SAL Update: Seashells #6

April 2, 2017 at 10:05 am | Posted in Embroidery | 13 Comments
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I’ve been a bit preoccupied with another project, so didn’t get anything done before Avis’ reminder Email. To save myself from the embarrassment of not having to show anything at all, I did manage to add a few lengths of thread in the last couple of days.

Last time:

Seashells - 2017-03-12

Current state:

Seashells - progress 2017-04-02

At least the biggest wedges are filled in now, so maybe we can approach the end of the big shell next time? To tame the very unruly thread, I did an experiment and slightly waxed a length of thread in the last full wedge. Thread immediately tamed, but unfortunately the sheen is gone as well, even though you can’t really see the difference in the photograph. I tried to take a close-up, but still coudn’t see the difference. So, back to the original unruly version it is.

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine. Welcome to two new participants, Mary Margaret and Timothy.

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

Scrapbox management

March 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm | Posted in Patchwork | 2 Comments
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Reading about Kate’s efforts at scrap management, I got inspired to have a look at my own, much smaller scrap collection. Being somewhat in need of a new handwork-in-front-of-TV project, I decided to see how many 1-inch-hexies I could create out of the contents. Turns out not as many as I thought. Here’s the box after emptying out, with everything that wasn’t going to become hexies lying around it:

empty scrapbox

On the left side, there’s a small pile of solids that doesn’t belong in there, since I do have another scrap bag just for solids. On top, a few pieces that are pretty much big and coherent enough to count as fabric, even though they live in the scrap box. And that big pile on the right, pretty much everything that’s too small to cut a 1-inch-hexie out of it. Also some non-patchwork fabrics, and some black and white stuff that I didn’t want to include in the rainbow of hexies I was planning.

Looks like it’s still going to fill the box, and it did. The pieces I did pull out became this:

scrap hexies

Hexies in all the colours of the rainbow. I have no idea what I’m going to do with them yet. The plan is to make more, keep them sorted by colour and maybe use them for some colour exploration or smallish projects. Since a hexie turns out to be pretty big for most of my scraps, I may also continue cutting rhombs for baby blocks out of the fabric left over. Lots of geometric forms to play with!

If you want to create your own EPP templates for hexies, baby blocks, triangles and more, I recommend the graph paper generator that I also link from my sidebar, so I can find the link whenever I need it. Very useful tool!

Progress on this may slow down now that winter sports TV season is pretty much over, but that also means that spring is on the way and it’s time to find inspiration outside.

 

 

SAL Update: Seashells #5

March 12, 2017 at 2:26 pm | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Another report of not very much progress, but at least there’s still a little bit.

Last time:

Seashells - Progress 2017-02-19

Current state of affairs:

Seashells - 2017-03-12

The last picture taken in direct sunlight lost a bit too much detail for my taste, so it’s back to my working light now.

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

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

The Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook

February 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Posted in Fiber Art | 10 Comments
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Sometime last year, Anne Lawson and a few blogging friends came up with the idea to send one of her beautiful handmade sketchbooks around the world for artists of all kinds to add to it. I think I saw the call for volunteers over on Kate’s blog, and signed up immediately. This was just the kind of project I love to be a part of! Quite a few others from around the world liked the idea as well, and so the Sisterhood of the Travelling Sketchbook was born.

The sketchbook has been making a very leisurely trip around the world since then. You can read all about its adventures here. So, back at the end of January, when it was actually winter around here, the sketchbook arrived at my place. What a treasure to see!

After some thinking, I ended up taking my cue from the time of year for creating my contribution. I love how the trees look in winter, with snow on the grounds and the leaves all gone to reveal the complex structure of the branches. So this is what jumped out of my brain into the sketchbook:

Winter Tree - Travelling Sketchbook

On the facing page I added a little letter to my fellow sisters about the inspiration for my addition:

Page spread - Travelling Sketchbook

I’ve now sent the sketchbook on to its next stop on its travels around the world, and I hope everybody is going to enjoy it as much as I did!

SAL Update: Seashells #4

February 19, 2017 at 10:18 am | Posted in Embroidery | 15 Comments
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Just a tiny little bit of progress this time round. Before:

seashell_20170129

Now we can see how the second colour changes the appearance of the shell:

Seashells - Progress 2017-02-19

There’s a couple more progress reports with the big shell waiting to happen …

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

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

SAL Update: Seashells #3

January 29, 2017 at 9:00 am | Posted in Embroidery | 16 Comments
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This is where I was last time:

seashell_20170108

And this time, I just managed to finish the first colour of the big shell!

seashell_20170129

It’s still a slog, but thanks to wanting to show you something new each time, I’m keeping up with it! I do like the result, so that helps as well.

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Wendy, Linda and Catherine.

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

 

SAL Update: Seashells

January 8, 2017 at 10:18 am | Posted in Embroidery | 20 Comments
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I think I may be in the middle of the longest slog this project has. Last time:

seashell_20161218

Current state:

seashell_20170108

Filling in the big shell with chain stitch is slow going. And when I’m done with one colour, I get to do it again with another colour in the spaces currently left free. My guess is that I’ll have to show another shot of this stage three weeks from now.

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen and Steph. Welcome back to Wendy, and welcome to Linda and Catherine who are joining us for the first time!

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

SAL Update: A Start on Seashells

December 18, 2016 at 10:42 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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After finally having finished my paisley pillow cover last time, I managed to get a start on the goldwork project “Seashells”. First, the preparation work: framing the project up. The RSN Goldwork book recommends using a slate frame, but also gives the option to use a ring frame. Goldwork embroidery needs to be stretched very tightly, which is very hard to achieve in a ring frame, and I don’t have a ring frame where I can work hands-free. Therefore I took the more cumbersome option, mounting it on my Millenium frame. This makes it possible to comfortably work with both hands free, but makes it decidedly non-portable.

I also had to replace the backing fabric provided with the project, since the backing was much smaller than the silk with the design. The normal order of work is to attach the silk to the backing, not the other way round! So I grabbed a bigger piece of cotton from my fabric stash and attached the silk to that. That made it possible to frame the whole thing correctly:

seashell_framedup

Then it was time to start the embroidery. First part for all kinds of goldwork is to work all the non-goldwork pieces of the project, in this case the silk embroidery. The thread provided turned out to be something that may or may not contain real silk, but definitely contains viscose. It’s very slippery, but shiny. I like the effect, although working it is far from easy. (I have no illusions that working with silk would be any easier, although the source of the difficulties might be different.) Here’s how far I’ve come:

seashell_20161218

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy and Helen. Welcome to Steph, 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: Finally, a Finish!

November 27, 2016 at 9:58 am | Posted in Embroidery | 14 Comments
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I made a firm plan at the last update to finish my Paisley Pillow this time round, since there was so little work left to do. And yes, it actually happened! I finished the stitching a week ago, and this morning I managed to iron it (was a bit apprehensive about ironing silk, but managed) and to take some pictures for you.

Last time we were here:

indian_pillow_20161106

And here’s the finished and ironed pillow cover:

indian_pillow_finished

A detail shot of the embroidery:

indian_pillow_finished_detail

And here it is, with a pillow inside in pride of place at the back of my couch:

indian_pillow_stuffed

I love the shine of the silk!

So, now I’m out of excuses to start with that goldwork project … maybe I can get it at least set up till next time in spite of crazy Christmas season being here already?

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, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret and Cindy. Helen is joining us for the first time, welcome!

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

 

A Year of Quilting

November 12, 2016 at 10:03 am | Posted in Patchwork | 5 Comments

Last weekend saw the yearly exhibition of my quilt group, where we show off everything we’ve created over the past year. Seeing everything hanging together, I’m always impressed by what everybody manages to do over the space of a year.

So I think this is a good time to look at my contribution for this year’s exhibition. Turns out, even though it doesn’t feel like that much, I did get things done.

First, the group projects. Every year, we make a quilt to raffle away for charity at the show. For quite a few years now, we decide on next year’s quilt during this year’s show, and then get together on the 6th of January to sew the top. It generally takes the rest of the year to add the borders, get the quilt professionally long-arm-quilted and add the binding. Here’s the result a lucky visitor won last weekend:

ausstellung2016_gemeinschaftsquilt

When the top was finished, we had one left-over block, which I used to make a pillow cover to go with the quilt:

ausstellung2016_gemeinschaftsquilt_kissen

Then there’s the yearly challenge project, where everybody gets the same constraints to make a 40*40 cm quilt. I already wrote about my contribution, and here’s the whole panel with everybody’s quilts:

ausstellung2016_challenge

And of course, I had my own quilts at the show.

Rainbow: Gravity

ausstellung2016_rainbowgravity

Looks like I haven’t posted a picture of the finished quilt yet, but there are a couple of relevant posts here and here.

Mexican Bird

ausstellung2016_mexicanbird

There’s a whole pile of previous posts regarding this project:

  1. Getting started
  2. Paint by Numbers
  3. Adding hand embroidery
  4. Some decision making
  5. Documenting the Project

Looks like I’ve also been a better blogger than I thought! I think it’s good to occasionally look back at the things that did get done, especially with a hobby where things generally proceed at a glacial pace. Hope you enjoyed the little visit to our show!

 

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