Saturday, 23 July 2011

FSNI July - not much progress!

Mr CA has been working away on site for over a week, so as he came back on Friday night, I couldn't really spend the Friday Night Sew In up in my sewing room, I wanted to spend some time with him so hand sewing was the answer.

I've been without a printer for over a year as my lap top just didn't like my printer.  My dad solved this problem this week by buying me a new printer/scanner/copier and setting it up for me.  Love my dad.  I've been saving pdf patterns on my hard drive for a long time, but now with a way to print them, I started sorting them out and in doing this I found a lovely pattern for what I thought was a cross stitch bookmark.  On printing it I discovered it was actually needlepoint.  Fantastic, another LANT and a chance to sample a different kind of needlework.  I've got quite a list of needlework techniques on my Crafts page and I'm eager to give them a go.

I bought the necessary supplies:

1. Canvas.  They had a couple of types of canvas but only one in 14 count which was what the pattern specified, it's called interlocking canvas.  I have no idea what this means or if it's the right one.
2. Tapestry wool.  Despite my aversion to my crewel wool, I thought I'd blunder on!  The pattern gave the references for DMC and I hadn't looked at a conversion chart as I'd assumed Hobbycraft would stock DMC, they didn't so I picked my own Anchor colours.
3. Tapestry needles.  I love these little Pebble needle packs, I just wish they'd print the name of the type of needle on them!

I got to work.  3 hours later and this is all I'd achieved!

I'll put in a credit and links to the pattern when I show you the finished item.  And I will finish it as I'm enjoying doing it.  It's tent stitch, which is basically half a cross stitch, so it's like doing cross stitch, but only half of it, with wool. 

I do have a bit of confusion in my mind as to what this craft is.  It says needlepoint or petit point on the pattern, but I know that needlepoint is an American term.  What I'm not sure of is whether this is what we call tapestry.  Does anyone know?

Despite the small amount of progress, I'm linking up to the FSNI anyway.

Today I'm going to be working on a fantastic kit I got through the post this week.  It was sent to me by a lovely lady and I'll show you all and of course give you links to where you can get this kit when I've thoroughly tested it.  Here's a sneak peak:


Cass said...

Well it's what we'd call tapestry over here in Australia. Not that I've done any myself in forever! I haven't even opened the storage box of that craft. I'm assuming there'd be an unfinished project or two or three if I did!

Sarah said...

Looks like great fun! We just call it needlepoint or tapestry.

I just joined pinterest and tried to find you because I know you joined recently too, but couldn't! What's your profile name?

Sandra :) said...

Lovely colours for your LANT project - very soft and feminine - I'm looking forward to seeing what you create - both projects!

Allie said...

Very pretty! I think I'd go blind trying needlepoint, lol...glad you got a printer, girl!

Stitchin' time said...

Looks very nice. I still have to post my FNSI as it was like a visitors 'drop by' on the weekend here!

Cuckoo said...

Oh dear, so much to learn. Needle point and cross stitch aren't the same thing?