Monday, 15 September 2008


One of the advantages of waking up at 4.30am is you can be at the sewing machine before 8 o'clock. Disadvantage, you feel like sleeping by lunchtime!

I am happy to say I have now caught up with TAST, although another one is due tomorrow. Today was all about couching.

I couched this to one seam using straight stitches between the beads in a contrasting pink perle cotton. The sheen on the thread catches the light as well as the pearl effect beads. I used two different laces on each of these seams. The vertical seam is couched by cross stitches and the one above, with straight stitches.
I used a button as the centre of this couched flower. The petals are worked in a pale pink cotton yarn, couched with perle cotton in a darker pink.
This is my attempt at a curly J. The boys think that it looks more like a number 8, but never mind.
This is the block as a whole. J has already decided he won't be using this quilt, he says it is too girly, which suits me. I can't wait to use it.

I have just sorted out the aran wool and a pattern to do J a sleeveless jumper. I may make a start knitting this later.


Paula Hewitt said...

well it is a little girly.... not that that is a bad thing! None of the men/boys in this house would be thrilled by it. Moo and I on the other hand would love it! I really like couching as technique - i like the pearl beads seam

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Jane, Your couching and stitching is lovely. Beautifully done. I bought a 365 Days of Great Britain Calendar while on vacation sooo I could visit the areas of all my new UK Friends. the area where you live is lovely. Hugs Judy

Elena said...

That looks fabulous! I like the perl beads a lot!

Anonymous said...

I love pink, and I love girly, so I absolutely love how this is looking!

Karan said...

Another very pretty patch. Oh well, J will just have to wait a bit longer while you make your quilt. :0)

Olenka's Stitches said...

I love your couching with beads and lace. Oh yes, the boys will never appreciate this.

Miriam said...

You did quite a lot of couching. Well done!