SAL Update: Green Iguana #33

August 11, 2019 at 7:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 11 Comments
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I’ve been getting somewhere! Basically the last three weeks have been frantically busy with all the organizing work going on for the Dublin 2019 Worldcon (those things take an army of volunteers to make happen, who’d have thunk), and I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique to keep on top of my endless todo list, meaning for every 30 minutes spent trying to keep ahead of the information overflow, I gave myself a 10-minute stitching break. You can probably get an inkling on just how much work I have done during the last weeks by the amount of progess I made.

Old:

Green Iguana - 2019-07-21

Before moving the frame:

Green Iguana - 2019-07-31 old

I finished the third-to-last pattern page, and now have only parts of the two side-to-side pages on the top left to do, which I’ll be able to do with the new frame position:

Green Iguana - 2019-07-31 new frame position

I’ve now got a start on the area next to his eye:

Green Iguana - 2019-08-11

Don’t expect much of an update next time, since I’m off to beautiful Ireland tomorrow, and will spend my quality crafting time on the Raksura Colony Tree.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #32

July 21, 2019 at 5:28 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Has it been another three weeks already? It must have, and this time I did get a few more stitches in.

Old:Green Iguana - 2019-06-29

New:

Green Iguana - 2019-07-21

That guy turns out to have a fairly big mouth, we’re lucky he’s keeping it closed!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #31

June 30, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Time for a game of Spot the Difference! I did pull Mr. Iguana back out the last couple of days and added a few stitches.

Old:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-29 new frame position

New:Green Iguana - 2019-06-29

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Buttonmaking

June 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Other Crafts | 7 Comments
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Last weekend a friend and I used the Textile Art Berlin as a convenient excuse to spend a few days in Berlin. This is a two-day festival celebrating all kinds of textile creation. We went on Saturday, and it was hot, hot, hot. We still had a great time looking at everything on offer.

In the afternoon I had booked a workshop for making yarn buttons with Helene Weinold, who runs the Knopfwerkstatt. Buttonmaking is an old craft, but using the wonderfully colourful threads on offer today, it has a lot of appeal. Here’s my haul from the two-hour workshop:

Yarn Buttons - Workshop at Textile Art Berlin 2019

I’m particularly fond of the button on the lower right, it reminds me of watermelon pieces. They look pretty good for a first try, and the general principle isn’t hard. When finishing off the botton on top of the picture today, I realized that I’ll need quite a bit of practice to get any good at this – the tension was way too tight, which made it really hard to do the sewing bits at the end. I needed a pair of pliers to pull the needle through!

The workshop came with a warning that this can be addictive, and I think the danger is real. I might just have to order a pile of button blanks and go play.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #30

June 9, 2019 at 5:21 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Not that much to report today, because I’m busy with an important project that has an actual deadline, but I did move the frame since you last saw the piece, so there is at least something to show. Here’s where I left off last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-10

I did some more filling in before moving the frame:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-29 before moving the frame

And here he is in his almost full glory without the frame:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-29 full image

And here’s the new frame position for reference:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-29 new frame position

I did make a bit of a start with the area below his eye, but have put the whole thing away now, since I need all of my work table and my attention for the other project. (Eep, it says I have 68 days left right there on the front page, and there’s so much still to do!) So, if I’m not out of panic mode in three weeks, I’ll be able to show you at least the little bit I’ve done.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #29

May 19, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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This post is brought to you by the magic of WordPress’ “Publish Later” feature, since I’ll be just returning from a bit of travel when you read this. So, not that much has happened, but you may still be able to spot the difference. Last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-04-28

Right now:

Green Iguana - 2019-05-10

Still some progress made, even if it’s just two very busy weeks worth of progress.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #28

April 28, 2019 at 6:57 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Has it been three weeks again? I guess so! – Spring has sprung around here, so I’ve been trying to spend more time outdoors. But nevertheless, this little guy continues to be addictive. Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-04-06

And this is today’s picture:

Green Iguana - 2019-04-28

Quite a bit of progress! I worked on the area above his eye as well as the background. I almost got a page finish at the top, and then it’s down to four of the twelve pattern pages that still have open areas, and just one of those is completely white! While the end is not quite in sight, I’m getting there!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

SAL Update: Green Iguana #27

April 7, 2019 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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Today’s progress on Mr. Iguana – here’s the shot from three weeks ago:

Green Iguana - 2019-03-17

In the meantime, I’ve finished filling in the area under his eye, and once that was done, moved the frame a bit up. Therefore it was time to take another full picture of him!

Green Iguana - 2019-03-29

It’s been another week since then, and I’ve made some progress on the area behind his eye:

Green Iguana - 2019-04-06

Onwards to filling in above his eye and doing the background at the top, so I can move the frame over to the left.

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Jess, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

Where I’m hanging out these days

March 27, 2019 at 7:37 pm | Posted in Fiber Art | 1 Comment

You may have noticed that I’ve been writing very few blog posts lately, but that isn’t because there’s nothing to write about. In fact, I’ve been writing quite a bit more in the past couple of months, I’m just doing it somewhere else. Since that particular project is very fiber-oriented, I think you might enjoy following along on my adventure, even if you’re not the intended audience.

Basically, I’m organizing and running a community art project for this year’s Worldcon, which is taking place in Dublin this August. We’re building a model of a small part of a fantasy world using fiber and thread:

The Raksura Colony Tree

If you do plan to come to Dublin for Worldcon this summer, I’d love to meet you and to get some contributions to the model. If not, you might get an idea or two for a project of your own. Here’s a teaser of what I’m working on:

Raksura Colony Tree - Sample Platform

SAL Update: Green Iguana #26

March 17, 2019 at 7:23 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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Mr. Iguana got a finished eye today! Here’s last time:

Green Iguana - 2019-02-24

And now we’re here:

Green Iguana - 2019-03-17

The eye is completely filled in, and I’ve started working on the horizontal strip below his eye, which will also lead to finishing a pattern page. I’ll then go on to deal with the area behind and above the eye. The pink vertical line slightly in front of the iris is the midline of the piece, so once I’m there, this will be three quarters done! Makes me think I’ve got a chance to finish it up by summer!

Here are the other members of the SAL who are posting today. Make sure to check out their work, it’s amazing: Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Deborah, Connie, Clare, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn and  Sharon.

If you would like to join in please contact Avis, who will give you full details.

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