Saturday, 31 January 2009
This one for me, took a little getting into and I covered the worst bit with the ladybird button. Halfway around, it all suddenly fell into place and I knew exactly where the needle and thread should go. I decided to use this stitch to applique the patch to the background fabric. I will make this into a fabric postcard.
I am now going to remove the tacking stitches. I can see from the photo I have forgotten to take them out!
Friday, 30 January 2009
Block 3 is on the right and should have been photographed the other way. It wasn't until I was looking at the photo I realised it's the wrong way. It is in fact, reverse stocking stitch with a diamond pattern. Block 4 is stocking stitch with "holes". At least these ones are meant to be there.
I went into Hobbycraft today to get some floss for a project and had a look at their wool as I need some more to continue the blocks. Unfortunately, nothing in the right colour grabbed my attention, so I am hoping if I get into town tomorrow, I can find some there. I have enough here to do one more block, but I'm not sure I'll be doing it tonight.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
These are lovely small projects to work on and when complete, we will have another blanket to fight over in the evenings.
I am also participating in Wendy's ,http://stitchduchessscrazysanequiltingworld.blogspot.com, Pay it forward and these are the rules. It’s the Pay It Forward Exchange. It’s based on the concept of the movie Pay it Forward where acts and deeds of kindness are done without expecting something in return, just passing it on, in the hope that the recipients of the acts of kindness are passed on.So here’s how it works. I will make and send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment to this post on the blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. It will be sent to you within 12 months.What YOU have to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.
Monday, 26 January 2009
The first stitch was oyster stitch which I haven't done before. This is my first doodle using different thickness thread and ribbon. J thought it looked like a brain but the stitch spoke to me in a completely different way. It said sheep! So this evening this is what appeared.
Sunday, 25 January 2009
This morning it was back to the chicken scratch sampler. I was left with four corners to work on after the ribbon borders had been machine stitched into place. I put in a little heart motif in this corner. The outside of the cross stitch border was whipped with a contrasting thread and then the empty squares were outlined in straight stitch.
Saturday, 24 January 2009
The first project was to make a cushion cover utilising the first Alla Turca section. I made a very simple envelope style cushion cover with the cross stitch panel attached to the centre front. I attached the cross stitch leaving a fringed edging as per J's preference.
Thursday, 22 January 2009
Despite the frog, I persevered and finally finished Alla Turca Part One for the second time. This time it is on 18 count aida using one strand of DMC 522, so had a completely different feel to the first one. This certainly helped it not become boring the second time around. Part two is released next month so this can go away for a couple of weeks.
I have also done a little bit of the back of D's jumper, but not much. I'll get the opportunity to work on it a bit more tomorrow as the boys have ice skating.
Monday, 19 January 2009
I then pinned all the pieces into place to create this framed piece. It is on binca and I will put some more chicken scratch in the corners when I have bought the appropriate threads. The framing is done using ribbon and I have a few ideas for decorating this too.
I will machine stitch all the pieces into place when I get out the sewing machine(that's three items in the queue waiting for the machine).
Sunday, 18 January 2009
This year on Sharon B's blog, (http://www.pintangle.com/journal/2009/1/14/stitch-explorer-2009-january.html) she is doing a Stitch Explore every month. This month the theme is chicken scratch, so I have been having a play with different ideas this afternoon.
I will eventually put all the pieces together, and either frame it or make it into a wall hanging.
On this piece it was simply cross stitching over 9 blocks, weaving through with contrasting thread and attaching the beads along the centre.
This one reminds me a bit of smocking. There are green and white cross stitches and then green beads attached with a half cross stitch in the centres.I think this block is my favourite. I used green and off white tapestry wool to make alternate blocks. I used tent stitch, but each colour went the opposite direction. Using green, cross stitches were done over the white blocks and beads then added to the centre of the green blocks and the intersections of the crosses.
I am going to do two more blocks on the gingham and then the assembling process can begin. I am looking forward to experiment with weaving the cross with other threads, but I have to wait until I go shopping.
I am off to watch a film with the boys, so I shall probably spend some time knitting.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
I decides to continue stitching as I thought I could use this part to make a cushion cover. It will then coordinate with the framed piece on the wall. This means I have another three days worth of stitching to complete Part One-again!
Yesterday I went to Hobbycraft and came back with a few bits ans pieces. Couldn't resist a pattern reduced to 29p. I also purchased wool for a jumper for D and some for a Yahoo KAL for a blanket made up of patterned squares, some DMC threads and a shopping bag to decorate.
As the boys spent a couple of hours swimming today I took D's jumper with me and made a good start on the front. The pattern is straightforward enough to cope with the distractions of chatting and watching the boys. I didn't think I did too badly for the amount of time I had and it was better than sitting and twiddling my thumbs.
There was also more shopping today. I got some other yarn for the blanket which was reduced at John Lewis, some beads, gingham (also reduced) and ribbon to use on this months project from Sharon B. It is to explore chicken scratch embroidery and I have a few ideas swimming around my head. All I have to do is to get them onto fabric.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
I also found all the stitching that needs framing or finishing in some other way, so I will gradually work my way through them. I am really looking forward to making some picture frames.
This morning I did do a small part on my exchange piece but I need to go to Hobbycraft and buy some threads I need. It stitches quite quickly, so it shouldn't take long to finish.
After I had finished hammering in nails, I started on the Alla Turca Mystery SAL. The top left is complete for part one. Just have to do the middle and right, then the bottom half of the block.
I would have done more but Tugger was intent on catching the threads as it went through the holes. When he wasn't doing that, he sat on top of my arm! Do you think he was trying to tell me something? It is quite nice not having to think about colour changes and I am hoping that, as there is only one block a month, I won't get fed up with the colour. If I do, I'll blame J as he helped chose it.
Monday, 12 January 2009
I like this one a lot better than the previous one I did. I have two other motifs ready to use but that will probably wait until next month.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
As the light was bad, it was back to the cross stitch. It didn't take too long to finish this cross stitch so now it is all ready for finishing. I will have a look through the fabric I have and see if I have anything suitable for the backing and make it into a wall hanging.Some time ago, I inherited a lot of stitching materials. kits and magazines from a lady that I used to care for. She suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and as the disease progressed, she was unable to keep stitching so she gave me all her supplies so they wouldn't go to waste.
Amongst the items was the full collection of Discovering Needlecraft magazine. They have hardly been used and I have always promised myself a tour through them all. I felt that it was the only way I could repay my friend for her generosity.
As I had a bit of time this evening, I got out issue one and this is the free gift almost completed. It will be a potpourri holder with a lace edging. This magazine really explores some of the different uses for basic embroidery stitches. In issue one, it explores satin stitch and I am looking forward to trying out some different techniques.
I am hoping that tomorrow I will have time to get the sewing machine out. These two items will need to be completed and I would like to make a start on some fabric postcards. Unfortunately, I have to take the boys to town and the library first.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
I carried on with the cross stitch and am happy to say I have nearly finished the stitching.
Friday, 9 January 2009
I decided to do this little cross stitch instead. It was bought by a neighbour, but as she had never got round to stitching it, she gave it to me a few months ago. I thought I would stitch it for her, frame it and then give it back to her to enjoy. It is quite quick to stitch, and as it is made up of small motifs, it is like a continual chain of small finishes. So good for the ego!
Thursday, 8 January 2009
Yesterday, J and I got up in the loft and sorted some space in the loft so I could get 10 more boxes up there. There is also space for some more to go up, so it looks as if I can get the porch clear, but that is a job for another time.
I also managed to stitch quite a bit yesterday, so this afternoon I didn't have much more to do on the poppies.
I finished the cross stitch on the middle poppy and then back stitched the two bottom ones. Then came the fun part-french knots and beads. Once this was complete, I went back to the top poppy and finished the cross stitching. I put the last stitch in just as my friend started texting me. Great timing!
I know have to find myself a picture framer to cut me a mat so I can make the frame and get it up on the wall. I can't wait to see it.
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Last night, the kitten stopped me from stitching as he kept chasing the threads. He had his claws out so the only option was to put it away. This meant the candles weren't needed!
All the stems have now been completed and there only the two poppy flowers to stitch. I am hoping the cross stitch will be finished by the weekend ready to add the beads and french knots.
Monday, 5 January 2009
When we got back, I was able to finish D's jumper. As I had managed to complete knitting the collar before going to bed last night, I just had to cast off and sew everything together. It always seems easier with raglan seams to get all the bits in the right order. I really felt like carrying on with knitting this afternoon, but I think I will stick to my list of things that need to get done this month. That means that the next project out of the bag will be the cross stitch poppies. The end is in sight for this piece as I only have the last third of the picture to do.
I am not sure how long I will be able to keep stitching this evening as a couple of the bulbs have blown, and I have to wait until I go into town to get new ones. I suppose I could try candlelight!
Sunday, 4 January 2009
I am hoping if all goes as well as today, I can sew this jumper up tomorrow. Will be great to have something finished before the end of the first week of the New Year.
Saturday, 3 January 2009
I was up and out early this morning to get the boys. We managed to get home by 3.30 this afternoon, so after putting some jacket potatoes on to cook, I carried on with the sleeve.
After a lovely bath, I was happily knitting away contemplating a quick finish to the sleeve as I only had 4 more stitches to decrease when the realisation hit. I had knitted over half the sleeve on needles too small!
Nothing for it, but to rip it out and reknit, and there was no way I was going to bed until it was done. Oh the joys of knitting! At least it was an easy knit as the sleeve is just done in double moss stitch with no cables. So we have the back, front and one sleeve. I WILL do the second sleeve tomorrow.
Friday, 2 January 2009
Most of tomorrow will be spent picking up the boys, so I know I won't get much time for knitting or anything else.
I may not have had the energy to knit yesterday, but I did think about what I would like to get done by the end of the month. A couple of things aren't directly related to knitting or sewing, but it will help me free up some much needed space.
To do in January:
Rearrange loft-want to hide a load of stuff out of the way!
Finish D's jumper
5 TAST blocks-still wouldn't have caught up!
Sharon B's stitch challenge-more details to follow
Catch up with Lakeland Needlepoint
Finish Poppies cross stitch
Thursday, 1 January 2009
Here is what I have been doing this month. After the kitchen, it was the turn of the bathroom and toilet.
The last room to get done was the front room. Oh boy, what a lot of ceiling there seemed to be!
By the time I finished, I was aching right down to my finger tips. I sat down on New Year's Eve to do some knitting, but only managed to get the bag out. I am hoping for more success this afternoon, but my left arm really aches. Where are the boys when you need to them to move furniture!
I have rediscovered Gina's postcard she sent me from Melbourne, Australia. I love the way she has used the buttons. D seemed so surprised they had roses in Australia, not sure why.