slow sunday stitching

Out of the Hoop

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Finally the first counted cross-stitch I have ever made is out of the hoop and ready for framing. There is a space in the guest bedroom wall waitng for it. I bought the kit years ago in charity shop as I love irises but find I don’t love counted cross-stitch. I kept making mistakes, unpicking, re-sewing until I decided to ‘adjust’ the pattern if I made a mistake. Apologies to the designer but I would never have finished it otherwise.

 

I finished the crazy patchwork sample, adding a bit of lace and finishing the last few seams with chevron, chain (open and closed), feather, blanket stitch of various kinds and now it is ready to go into my sample folder for City and Guilds.

I have also been working on another machine stitch project which has been taking far too long as I kept re-desgning it. I have finally made a decision and these form part of the central panel. All will be revealed but hopefully this year and not another two as it was started in January 2015. I have far too many WIPS! I bet I am not the only one….

Sometimes I think it would be easier to be Socks and sit in the sun in the garden, but then she doesn’t get to look at all the other projects over at Kathy’s Quilts Why not pop over and see for yourself

 

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Antique smocks at the WI’s Denman College

Some beautiful examples of English antique smocking and to think this was work wear! This was posted on Marie-Louise Avery’s site which I would recommend you visit for the great recipes and beautiful photography

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Victorian Crazy Patchwork

I have to make a sample for my City and Guilds portfolio and I wasn’t very thrilled about it. With dark colours, black velvet, over-ornate stitching and every embroidery stitch invented it’s not my cup of tea at all.

However after a little research it seems it falls into two categories. It was a way of using up every scrap of cotton or wool by poorer people to make a quilt but women from richer classes, who had no need to work, it was another way to keep themselves occupied. With the wealth to buy rich fabrics such as silk, tulle, satin and velvet and trimmings it seems it all got a bit out of hand until the resulting patchwork was so encrusted with frills and furbelows, embroidery and beads, it was no longer a practical bedcovering and must have weighed rather a lot. It could be used to better effect for tea cosies, cushion covers or waistcoats.

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As you can see I completely ignored the usual dark colours and used bright cottons. I have used feather, chevron, cretan, herringbone, and blanket stitch so far.

 

I’ve added one piece of lace and will add some ribbon too but maybe not buttons and beads!

The feather stitch is rather wonky as I managed to break my left thumb nail off including down on the nailbed. I didn’t realise how much my thumbnail is used to position and hold threads in place – it’s very difficult with a plaster and no nail!

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Still a few more seams to cover and another sample is finished.

I am joining eveyone at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. Why not have a look at all the beautiful work which you can find here

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Japanese Fabric

I don’t usually do posts just about fabric but from ordering to receiving it took only 5 days for this beautifully packaged fabric to arrive in the UK all the way from Japan.

 

I wanted some Alice in Wonderland fabric but not Disney as it is too bright and the wrong colours for the quilt I want to make for a special little girl. This fabric is perfect.

If you would like to order some yourself you can find it here

Can’t wait to start!

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Miniature Quilt Finish!

 

Miniature Quilt

Oh so slow, you would think a miniature quilt would be quicker to make than a full size quilt but this seems to have taken ages. At only six by twelve inches it would hardly keep Barbie warm.  My next hexagon qult is going to be for the bed!

It isn’t as wobbly as in the photograph, I must work on my photography skills.

I used Liberty Tana Lawn and started off piecing with Auril but ended up using invisible nylon thread. I found the nylon very hard to work with as it formed loops and knots very easily which were hard to find and undo – it is invisible afterall! I used glue to make the 1/4″ hexies which was very quick and simple to do – and quick to remove at the end.

Still it has been packed off to the Isle of Wight ready to go with four other quilts from Region 8 of the Quilters’ Guild up to Birmingham for the Festival of Quilts in August. It’s not a competition entry but for a display by the specialist group ‘Miniature Quilts’ within the Guild. It is the first one I have ever made and probably the last; I don’t think my eyes can take the strain even with a magnifying glass

I shall have to start a new project for Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy’s Quilts. Now I am off to see what everyone else has been up to.

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Hexagon Go-Slow Sunday Stitching

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I think I have taken Slow Sunday Stitching to the extreme with these flower pots, but I have an excuse as the last picture will reveal!

They are to be appliqued to a background rather than finish the quilt entirely in hexagons

 

…and the reason they have taken so long? See below!

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The flower on the left is made from ‘normal’ sized hexagons  of 1 1/2 inches. Can you guess the size of the others?

If you would like to see more slow stitching posts why not pop over to Kathy’s Quilts where you can see what more sensible people make on Sunday. You can find the link here

Happy stitching everyone!

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Share Jane, Finished

I just realised I never posted about Share Jane the international project to make three Baby Janes that I took part in December 2015 details of which you can find here

Three quilts were created and have been travelling around the world. There is a Facebook page dedicated to their adventures here There was even an article in Quiltmania

I loved the addition of the two interlocking hearts created by careful placement darker blocks, I don’t have my own photos to post of it but there are lots on the Web

It is fun to take part in these projects – have a go if you see one!

 

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Finished Sewing Project…sort of

Last year I bought a rather dilapidated sewing box, clearly homemade and rather wonky. It had a certain charm but the brown varnish had to go – and now it has!

There was a little repair work to do as the bottom shelf was/wasn’t being held together by some rusty nails. They were replaced with a batten cut to size, glued with Gorilla glue and the top finished with woodfiller.

 

A couple of coats of pearl gray paint and a few of sheets of scrapbook paper to pretty up the inner tray and it is finished and already in use.

Now I can have my EPP projects close to hand and not have my stuff spread all around.

PS The cobwebs are gone too

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Cheeky Chicken!

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One of my chickens is slacking! I think it is Shimmer the Maran/Cuivree cross as she lays the darkest eggs, but they are usually darker than the egg in the photo. I don’t think it can be Rosie the Sussex Star or Anne the French Grey as they both lay light brown eggs or Sky the Heritage Skyline as she lays nearly white eggs (although they are supposed to be blue).

Shimmer must be the culprit!