Another Scarf from Victorian Lace Today

February 17, 2018 at 7:39 pm | Posted in Knitting, Lace | 6 Comments
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A few days ago, I finally finished another project from Victorian Lace Today, which is a fabulous knitting book I have owned for quite a few years now. The link goes to my review which I wrote shortly after aquiring the book.

This scarf has been a long time travel project, since it provided a lot of knitting hours in a very small package. But the result is magnificent!

Scarf from Victorian Lace Today

Here you can see a bit less than half the length of the scarf draped over my reading chair. The reason I was originally interested in this scarf is its construction: You first work the wide border on the left lengthwise, then pick up stitches along the whole border to knit the middle bit sideways, and finally knit the right border lengthwise again while using up the stitches of the middle. Fun, and except for the middle bit, you work with relatively few stitches at a time.

Here’s a closeup of one end:

Scarf from Victorian Lace Today - Detail

The yarn is a lovely hand-dyed lace yarn consisting of silk and camel, which was great to work with. Now, I guess I need to find a new travel project!

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SAL Update: Green Iguana #8

February 11, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Mr. Iguana continues to fascinate me, and that’s how progress gets made! Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 20180121

I’ve since then started to fill in the area on the lower right side:

Green Iguana - Progress 2018-02-10

I’ll be a day late for the next update because of some travel, but I’ll definitely post!

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie. And please give a warm welcome to Sunny, who’s joining us for the first time!

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

SAL Update: Green Iguana #7

January 21, 2018 at 8:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-12-31

During the last week, I managed to finish filling in the area I was working on, and now I can be pretty sure that I’m over a quarter done with this. For proof, here’s a picture of the whole design area taken when I was moving the frame:

Green Iguana - One Quarter Done!

And here’s a close-up of that first quarter:

Green Iguana - Closeup of First Quarter

Since then, I moved into the lower left quarter and started outlining Mr. Iguanas shoulder, which will be entirely covered in scales, as you may have guessed:

Green Iguana - Progress 20180121

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

SAL Update: Green Iguana #6

December 31, 2017 at 8:40 am | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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It’s the last day of the year, and I’ve almost managed to finish the first quarter of Mr. Iguana. Here’s where we were last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-12-10

I actually did get around to some stitching while spending the holidays at my parents’ place:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-12-31

The circle is finished, and no, it isn’t the eye, which we will probably get to around the end of next year, if I keep up the pace. I think it’s basically the place where the upper and lower jaw meet. The faint cross you can see on the fabric is the midpoint of the piece, and I’m currently filling in the rest of the lower left quarter. I’ll then continue to the lower right quarter before moving into the upper half. I might be a while, since the lower right quarter is all skin and no background. This is also the reason why I won’t leave this quarter to the end – I’m a big fan of tackling the hard parts early.

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

Christmas Sewing

December 17, 2017 at 9:23 am | Posted in Patchwork | 6 Comments
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As I already wrote in my SAL posts, sewing some presents has been occupying me for the last weeks. I have two teenaged nieces which are always hard to buy for – I’m the aunt with the books, so they’re guaranteed a new book each birthday and Christmas, and I’m adding a bit of money for them to spend. In addition, I used to make sure there was something handmade included in their presents. This has gotten less the older they got, but this year I had an idea: I’m pretty sure teenage girls can never have too many bags to store and carry around whatever. So I’ve asked them for their favourite colours and got to work.

Knick Knack Bags

There’s a fancy little bag with loads of pockets and zippers that’s gone around the internet a couple of times during the last years that I always wanted to try. One of the vendours at our yearly exhibition is selling a pattern that is a variant of this, so I got it this year. I started by making a model for myself, which turned out to be the right idea, since I needed to practice dealing with zippers, and the internal zippers on my own version definitely don’t open and close like they should. Turns out when they say to make sure the fabric around those zippers needs to be aggressively pulled back before top-stitching, that’s not cosmetic, but necessary so the zipper doesn’t get caught in the fabric when trying to move it. So the internal zippers on mine are pretty much cosmetic and will have to stay open.

Knick Knack Bag - Rainbow

I tried to use leftovers for this project, and my version has a rainbow theme, the internal pockets going through all the colours of the rainbow.

Younger niece responded with “grey or dark blue” as her favourite colour, so I found a light grey print in my stash and added a very dark blue for the binding. The inside is solid greys and a lighter blue:

Knick Knack Bag - Grey and Blue

The older nieces wish of red or pink or turquoise or something, while being fairly broad, turned out to be almost incompatible for my stash. At the end I found a fat quarter in pinks with a gold print on top, but needed to go buy the dark red solid to go with it. For the inside I found a very light pink with fine stripes in my stash, and I used more solid grey for accents.

Knick Knack Bag - Pink

I’m happy with how the bags came out and hope the recipients will like them!

SAL Update: Green Iguana #5

December 10, 2017 at 10:20 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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In spite of Christmas preparations taking quite a bit of time, my obsession with Green Iguana is still in full force. Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana - progress 2017-11-19

And this is the current state of affairs:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-12-10

The circle I’m currently working on is one of the most prominent features of Mr. Iguanas head – and it even has a few areas of block colour in the middle! The concentrical circles are made up of more greys than you can imagine from the picture, though.

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

SAL Update: Green Iguana #4

November 19, 2017 at 7:59 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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Last time I had finished the left side of Mr. Iguanas neck, with lots of background left to fill in:

Green Iguana - 2017-10-29

The “now” picture is actually a couple of weeks old because I’ve consciously put this away in order to focus on sewing Christmas presents, which this time of year needs to take precedence for obvious reasons. But before that I did finish the background, so I could move the frame to the right. I love the splotches of blue within the green-brownish background! He’s back out as of yesterday, though, since I’ve made good progress on the presents (post to follow once I’m finished).

Green Iguana - progress 2017-11-19

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

SAL Update: Green Iguana #3

October 29, 2017 at 8:03 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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My obsession with Mr. Iguana hasn’t stopped yet, so there’s quite a bit of progress to show. Here’s where I was last time:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-10-08

 

And right now it’s looking like this:

Green Iguana - 2017-10-29

I managed to completely fill the outline from last time and made a start on the background in the lower left corner. I’ll fill in all the background next so I can move the frame over to the right.

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

SAL Update: Green Iguana #2

October 8, 2017 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 17 Comments
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Last time I showed you my start on Green Iguana:

Green Iguana - 20170917

Here’s my progress during the last three weeks:

Green Iguana - Progress 2017-10-08

I’m continuing to work on the lower left quarter and have now reached the lower border with a couple of stitches. Those dark lines are outlining Mr. Iguanas neck and will serve as a guide for filling in his skin in this area, which is confetti central. I’m leaving the lower left corner, which is mostly largish blocks of background, for the days when I can’t face the confetti anymore. The areas at the neck have the smallest structures in the whole picture, so while there will be a whole lot more of iguana skin to stitch after that, it can only get better.

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, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie.

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

SAL Update: Seashells #14 and Green Iguana #1

September 17, 2017 at 9:28 am | Posted in Embroidery | 18 Comments
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As promised last time, I’ve got a finish to show to you! Here’s where we were last time:

Seashells 2017-08-27

And here it is, finally finished in all its glory:

Seashells - Finished

There was some adventure involved, the spangles in the right-most shell were actually cut from a coiled wire, which was very finicky – I wouldn’t choose to do this again. The seagrass behind it with gold thread in fly stitch was an absolute joy to stitch in contrast – the gold hand-sew thread that was provided with the kit must be the first gold thread I’ve ever seen that you can actually hand-embroider with without everything falling apart immediately.

Here’s some detail shots of my favourite bits for you to enjoy:

Seashells - Detail

In this close-up you can see the tiny bits of sparkly thread on top of the little shell on the left.

Seashells - Detail

In other news, of course I couldn’t resist starting with Green Iguana before this was finished. But since I promised last time, I did make sure to finish up for this update.

In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with my new project, so I made quite a bit of progress. Here’s what I’m aiming for:

Green Iguana - Pattern

And here’s my start:

Green Iguana - 20170917

I’m working on 25-count evenweave fabric, which makes the stitches pretty tiny, but I love the effect it gives. The place where the needle sticks is the midpoint of the pattern, and I’m planning to work in quarters, since my frame is just big enough to work on one quarter of the pattern at a time. The part at the right is of course confetti central, and I can easily get stuck in the decision which colour to stitch next there. I’m trying to get unstuck by telling myself that it doesn’t really matter – they all need to be stitched eventually! There are huge amounts of background in the lower left, though, so if I need something a bit less strenuous, I can take a break down 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, Lucy, Jess, Sue, Kate, Debbie Rose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie, and a warm welcome to Jackie, who’s joining us for the first time today!

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

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