Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October goals

Come on August, this is going to be a good month, I can feel it in my water!


Needlequest

This month is 3d stitches - so I'm about to have a go at stumpwork, exciting and very scary.

Something New for 2014

I hope to join in again this month, let's wait and see. 


A Lovely Year of Finishes

I'm going with the Mackintosh-inspired wall hanging again.  I got so much done last month, it seems unfair not to list it again.


Craft Book Sew along

There will definitely be at least one entry this month, I have several books I need to review.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge


This month is brown/black/grey. I'm going to carry on making scrap buckets for each colour.  I haven't decided how I'll separate the neutrals - probably 1 for brown, 1 for black and grey and 1 for white... I might need to sort the scraps out first and see how they look.  

Smalls SAL

I want to finish the mini cross stitches of my bunnies and as I've only done the boys so far, I have 2 more to go.

2014 FAL Q4

This is basically Q3 list with the 3 finished items removed!

1. Placemats to match my chair cushions from these scraps



2. Flower Patch bag using this kit



3. Hessian reindeer, bought many moons ago and now it's time




4. Mackintosh wall hanging, here's a photo of the pattern




5. Circle of Geese mini.  Remember this top?  I want to make a mini out of it.




6. Quilt And Sew On

Yes!  Finally!  


7. Cuzco quilt

It just needs sashing, making into a top, a backing made, quilting, then binding.  Not much then!


8. Applique cushion.  Remember this?  And no, I didn't iron it before I took the picture.  I'm going to FMQ this and make it into a cushion.



9. Mustn't forget the latch hook rug!  I will get it finished this time.  I said that last time too!



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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

September review

It's time to see what has happened challenge-wise this month.  Not that much...

Needlequest

The theme was Autumn and I got re-started on my Hardanger project, stitching the September block.



Sew Kitschy paper piecing bom 

September was the last month of this BOM and I can safely say I've failed quite spectacularly to keep up with this BOM.  Trivets WILL be made...


Something New for 2014

There was Zentangling and Micro macrame this month, not to mention my amazing Knooking!




A Lovely Year of Finishes

I said I'd finish the Mackintosh-inspired wall hanging which is a quilt pattern from Quiltessential.  I did get a fair bit done, but it's not finished.






I've done all the reverse applique, and the bias binding is now in place and stitched down.  I stalled when it came to quilting it as I'm not sure how to do it.




I wondered about a loopy FMQ in each block, but then I wondered about matchstick quilting.  Suggestions would be gratefully received.



















As you can see, the edges are not perfectly straight, and one of the corners is very skewiff, this is also putting me off finishing it as I'm not sure how to go about binding it...

Craft Book Sew along

I reviewed The Zentangle Workbook 2 and Knook, I also made a bunny from Amigurumi.

Rainbow Scrap Challenge


This month was orange and my 3 orange scraps weren't big enough to make a scrap bucket... I'll wait for October's colour.

Smalls SAL

Completely failed.  I blame the Hardanger!


2014 FAL Q3

We're at the end of Q3, so here's a quick rundown of how I faired:


1. Bag of the Month June bag - done!



2. Bunnie softie - done!


3. Placemats to match my chair cushions.  Still at the "scraps in a bag" stage

4. Flower Patch bag kit - nope

5. Hessian reindeer - nope

6. Mackintosh wall hanging - in progress but not finished

7. Circle of Geese mini.  Not even thought about


8. Recycling bag for our kitchen - done, and a matching hay bag



9. Quilt And Sew On - not touched

10. Cuzco quilt - all the blocks are made, I just need to sash and join them

11. Applique cushion.  FMQ not done

12. Latch hook rug - still sitting unbound

So I managed 3 out of 12, and worked on 2 others.  Not so bad.  Bet you can't guess what will be on my Q4 list!

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

hardanger

I'm a bit late this month talking about September's Needlequest challenge, but I am joining in this month! The theme for the month in "Autumn" and I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

A year ago I posted my last update on Mabel Figworthy's Fancies Song of the Weather SAL which was a Hardanger sew along I was doing.  You can find links to the previous months at the bottom of the page if you want to look.  I'd got as far as August, keeping up each month, but then I got really ill and this was one of the things to be put by the wayside.


Here's my completed block for September, the first month of autumn.  It features couched borders, Rhodes hearts, eyelet blocks and some simple wrapped bars.  I had high hopes of also doing October and November to complete the Autumn months, but this frustrated me so much I didn't get it done.  When I was working on this last year, I loved it and enjoyed most of the stitches.  I don't know what went wrong this time but every stitch was frustrating.


Here's September with July and August, completed over a year ago.  I'm making two panels with a 2 x 3 layout and will be adding a Hardanger sashing when I've done.  If I don't throw it out the window before then!  Wish me luck in not abandoning it for another year...



Friday, 26 September 2014

Swarovski love

I love me a bit of Swarovski bling.  Which is fatal when I go to craft classes at the Bead Shop as they sell lots of Swarovski.



I'd bought these pearls a while ago, the larger ones are 4mm Petrol and the smaller are 3mm light blue.  I wanted to make a pearl necklace, using a traditional knotting technique.  Mum lent me her Knot-A-Bead so I thought I'd better give it a go.  I used grey C-lon cord.  The gadget was hard to get used to, then great, but whenever I stopped to make a drink, eat my dinner, feed the buns, whatever, I lost the knack.



I didn't want a plain pearl necklace so I created a beaded cluster to dangle from it using this lovely twisted jump ring and a short length of textured chain.



I wear a lot of blue so this will see plenty of outings.



More recently I bought the dragonfly wings Swarovski Elements piece, and some Golden Shadow crystals in various sizes to go with it.  I'm in the process of beadweaving a necklace to hang it on. By "in the process" I mean I chose some seed beads, chose a pattern, tried to get started, failed and so put it to one side...



This was a little kit I got when I came second at the bead show last year.  I'd put it to one side to put together when I had a minute.  I really only did need a minute... maybe 5? to put this together.  I'm going to hang it on some chain.



Simple pendents, made in minutes, but very effective.

How do you spell pendent?  Is it pendent or pendant.  I'm getting confused with the french word meaning "during/while".






Wednesday, 24 September 2014

bunny no. 26

Yes, I really have made 26 bunnies!  I thought it was a lot but didn't realise it was quite that many.  Wonder how long it will be before I reach 100?


Last week when I was supposed to be making felted flowers for a book review, or maybe working on my blackwork, or finishing up any of the projects I've started, I felt the urge to crochet.  This little bunny was born.


This little fella is from (that's an affiliate link, if you click over and buy something, I get a few pence towards a voucher.  I am not affiliated with the author or the book, I just own a copy (which I bought)).

I think he looks so surprised as he has a very wonky tail.


I used a 3.5mm hook and aran weight yarn for the head and limbs.  Because the yarn is so heavy, he's very thick and sturdy.  I didn't have a suitable aran for the jumper, so I used 2 strands of DK held together.  The DK yarns were different shades, I like the mottled look.  He's sitting with us in the living room at the moment.  His sister is currently being born...  Because who doesn't need 27 hand made rabbits?


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bunny 17
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Monday, 22 September 2014

finishing off

I have been finishing off WIPs!  Yay for me, not something that happens round here much, despite my best intentions!


I went to a class to make this bracelet in December last year.  I then had a 'mare trying to sew the ultra suede on the back as I cut it too small. Fast forward 9 months and I tried again, and succeeded!  I didn't enjoy sewing the backing (and all those edging beads which are size 15/0) on, which is a shame as I enjoy bead embroidery in general.  This is now a brooch and I'm very pleased with it.



I'm less pleased with this, which has only been a WIP for a couple of weeks.  It's my knook spa cloth, relegated to being a dishcloth, and what a bloody mess!


I added a loop so I can hang it from the tap, and a crochet edging to try to neaten it up.  Didn't work, did it?  Ah well, first time knooking and all that... 


This kumihimo braid is only a week or so old, but it was nice to get it out of the box where I keep half done jewellery components.  I added some lucite flowers held on head pins with Swarovski pearls, and hung them from a short length of chain.


I'm really pleased with this one and have worn it already.  I'm also pleased with the alternative method of putting on the end caps that I came up with.  Not so neat, but I have long hair so it doesn't matter.  I know how to do it better for next time.


I made this bracelet back at the beginning of August, and all it needed was a clasp!  Clasp added.


Bracelet done.



I feel all virtuous now.  I might just go and start a few (dozen) more projects!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Save the Stitches update

It's time for another update of my pgrogress on Elizabeth Almond of Blackwork Journey's Save The Stitches blackwork sampler.  If you're new to my blog, you can see links to my previous posts at the bottom.

Instead of moving my Qsnap around after each block, I decided to hoop up an area and stitch as much as would fit in that area, then add the metallics before moving on.  Below you see half of row 8, all of block 9, half of block 10 and half of row 12.



I like this method.  I haven't added the beads.  As I've had problems with them being caught in the frame, I'm going to wait until I've finished the whole thing before adding the beads - another couple of years then!



Here's how it's looking so far:





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