Monday, 27 April 2015

chevron bracelet

Before I was ill, lovely mum and I went to a beadweaving class at The Bead Shop, Nottingham.  I think that might be the first time I've ever used the phrase "and I" in a real-live sentence.  The class was the St. Petersburg chain which is a beadweaving stitch.

I didn't have my tablet centred properly over the hole in my lightbox which is why the photos are fuzzy on one side...  ooops.  I chose red and hematite which we always call hermaphradite.  It's made with size 11 and size 6 beads.  I think.  It's been a while, I would have said size 8s but they look more like 6s.  Big beads anyway.

I love the chunky chevron pattern, though of course you could do many things with it just by changing the colours or the size of the beads used, it also reminds me a bit of feathers.  That's not a good thing really, feathers give me the creeps.  Anyone else creeped out by feathers?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

A daft little cross stitch


I'm joining in with the Smalls SAL again this month.  I doubt anyone remembers, but I've been stitching a series of little bunnies.  Each one was a standalone stitch found on a cover "gift" - one of those "free charts" leaflets that pass as a gift (on the front of a magazine full of free charts!), the only details I have is that it's from Cross Stitch Collection but I have no idea when.

This month I stitched Tiff (and then took a very blurry photo).  The real Tiff wouldn't really wear a dress, I mean, obviously not, she's a rabbit, but as I'm anthropomorphising her, if she were a walking, talking, clothes-wearing bunny, I doubt she'd wear a dress.

Here's all four bunnies together.  When I'd finished, I added their names underneath using an alphabet from Cross Stitch Keepsakes and Cards by Jo Verso.  It felt like it needed something more, so I added the row of carrots using a pattern found in 555 Cross Stitch Designs.  I carefully counted the threads, then counted the number of stitches in a carrot and figured out the spacing in between to have carrots all the way across.  Then I stitched the first carrot and somehow added another row.  I had to re-calculate, but it just wouldn't work out, so the final carrot is half eaten.

I put Ellis in the wrong place, Tiff and Colin don't live together, in fact, when they met, they fought.  Colin was the hardest bunny to stitch due to his colouring.  If you want to know what these bunnies really look like, there are photos in my sidebar, or search my tags for "real life bunnies".

I think Harry and Ellis would be friends if given the chance.  The sit in their runs and look at each other sometimes.  Aaah.  

Sunday, 19 April 2015

It's finished!

Hello ladies, I'm checking in for the SAL run by Avis and Claire and ... my piece is finished!

For those that haven't seen this project before, this is my Save The Stitches blackwork sampler designed by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.

All the blackwork is stitched, all the beads are added.  Since then it has also been backed and sent off to the Quilt and Stitch Village to take part in the embroidery show!  Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos other than this one, taken on my tablet.  My camera had died by this point (this was last week) and so I just sent it off with the intention of taking pictures when I get to the show.  Cue lots of worrying about whether it'll get lost/damaged/stolen/run over by a fork-lift truck/eaten by a herd of cows...  

As you can see, it's very long, about 40" I seem to remember?  I will take some more pictures when I get to the show and I'll measure it when I get it home and post about it again.  I can't help strutting a bit about this one, it's almost a year's work!

You can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:

Claire at Claire93's blog

Gun at Rutigt

Alison at Minerva Handmade

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Purple squares

I've been slowly working my way through 200 Crochet blocks by Jan Eaton, making squares for a possibly rainbow sampler blanket that I have in the back of my mind.  I still haven't got round to looking for the older ones I think I made a while back... I'm slowly sorting out my craft room so hopefully they'll come to light but that room is like a bottomless pit so who knows!

This is #3 Square Target, the colours are RUBBISH.  I just couldn't capture them properly and this turned out to be the last photo shoot of my camera's life so I think it was dying at this point.

#64 Sunshine Lace needs a good old block, in fact they all do, but this one is particularly curvy - tension issues?

I've still got a long way to go to work my way through the book, and then I should start on the 72 million squares that I've pinned...

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Finish Along 2015 Quarter 2 goals

I've been debating with myself about whether I should explain where I've been or if anyone had even noticed that my little blog went unupdated for 7 weeks.  Let's just say I've not been well at all but finally things are looking up and starting to feel a bit normal again.  Normal enough that I've decided to join in with Q2 of the 2015 FAL (Finish ALong)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

So here are my goals for the quarter.  I'm trying to operate completely without pressure at the minute so I don't care if I don't manage a single one of them, if I do, it will be a bonus.

1. Finish the Cuzco quilt.  This has since had the borders added, a back pieced and is fully basted.  I just need to get my sewing machine mended so I can quilt it.  

2. My nephew was 3 in March and I wanted this to be a birthday present for him.  No matter, it can be a just-because present instead.  I have so far cut out 3 pages, it all needs sewing.

3. I need to FMQ my And Sew On quilt.  It's quilted in the red borders and already bound, I just need to add some quilting to the blocks.

4. I want to make this circle of geese block into a trivet.  The two we have are so useful but get dirty often and so end up in the wash and we end up making do with a tea towel.  It needs bringing up to a useful size with borders, then quilting and binding.

5.  This orphan block from the Sew Kitschy BOM is destined to become a trivet too.  I have now added borders to it, so it just needs sandwiching and quilting, hopefully an easy one.

6. I think the Orange Peel QAL has now finished (I've lost track!) so this rather large mini quilt needs quilting and binding.

7. It would be nice to finally get the latch hook rug bound and on the floor somewhere.  Actually it is already on the floor, in my craft room, but it could do with being finished first!

I think that's more than enough.  With a bit of luck, I'll feel well enough this quarter to make a humongous list for Q3!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Half tila bracelet

Me and my lovely mum spent an entire Thursday at The Bead Shop Nottingham recently doing 2 workshops (and including lunch followed by cake at a local cafe).  One of the workshops was a beaded bracelet made using Tila beads.  Tila beads are flat square beads with 2 holes.

I chose these lovely silvery coloured Tilas and matched them with hematite seed beads in sizes 11/0 and 15/0.  The pattern was confusing at first, but as soon as the first couple of rows formed, I could see where I was going and spent the rest of the class happily weaving away.

It makes for a really slinky, tactile bracelet that feels nice worn.  I do love these shaped beads that have been coming out recently, like these Tilas and the Pips I've been playing with recently.  I'm quite tempted to do a bit of on line shopping and stock up on some more shapes, there are some interesting looking triangle beads I've got my eye on.

Part two of our day to follow soon.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Save the Stitches update

It's time for another update on my Save The Stitches blackwork sampler designed by Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey.  I've entered this into the Quilt and Stitch Village show in April.  I need to get it framed before then so I've given myself the deadline of the end of February to get it stitched.  I finished the section below, then I started crocheting squares?!?  How exactly is that helping get it finished Wendy?

I have finished blocks 18, 19 and 20, including the metal thread work.  This means I have one full row to do (made of 4 blocks), then I just have to add the beading before getting it framed.  

Someone kick me in the arse please, I need to get working on this!

You can go and see what the other participants have been up to here:

Claire at Claire93's blog

Gun at Rutigt

Alison at Minerva Handmade