Sunday, 13 August 2017

Hair raising?

This is a project from the past, at a time when I was not taking pictures of my creations.  The recipient has kindly taken a photograph so I have an image to go with my reminiscences. 

My friend chose to be a hairdresser and went to college to train.  How to cut and style and dye and many another trade secret to beautify the world.

She delighted in all she was learning and as her graduation approached I wanted to make something special for her in recognition.

I used a design from a book I had with some tweaks to make it more personal. My Friends initials were H,A.S  so I added the ribbon, silver hair grip and snatch of hair at the top left  to form an H, the crossed hair pins to the right for the A and at the bottom changed the direction of the hair dryers flex to form the S.



































The mount board I cut myself, one of my early goes with the hand cutter.  Not too bad and the blue went well with the "comb" in the middle.

This was this first time I had made something to celebrate a profession.  Some years later  H.A.S sister graduated as a nurse and became my second profession design, of the two this felt more individually designed and I am happy to have a picture of it now to refresh my memory.

It is also nice to have this friend and her family living back within walking distance after some years over the boarder in Scotland.


Thursday, 20 July 2017

Lucky me

Cross stitch crazy Friday giveaway

for this week is 

mine

all mine.


the complements slip say it is just for me!

chuffed!




Sunday, 16 July 2017

to quilt or not to quilt

well as noted in a previous post I chose to quilt.

The dragon and letters are all done now and this project gets a rest while I quilt the rose and pink quilt.

Once they are both done then I will get the sewing machine out and make the dragon into a mini duvet cover and get the pink quilt bound.

So here is the quilted not sleeping dragon .....

This is where the dragons went

The quilted reverse.

I will say not worrying about the look of the back at all (it won't be seen once this becomes a small duvet cover) very liberating.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Less than the sum of its parts..

I know that the usual saying is that something is worth more than the sum of its parts but that is so often not the case with crafts.

I was reminded of that once again today in a charity shop as I spotted on the periphery of my vision  the corner of a nice frame with an aperture about 12.5 by 17.5 inches. With a nice detail to the wood.

A turn of the head for a closer look was followed by a double take as this nice frame surrounded a finished Lavender and Lace design complete with metallic threads.

Now the chart only, for this particular design, would currently cost $10.79 on 123 stitch.com or anything from £5.61 to £8 from Etsy Studio.  Then there is the fabric, in this case it looks to have been completed on  ivory Aida 16 count, so probably another £13. including the extra round the edges for mounting (which I tend to be skimpy about however, I am assuming this stitcher added the recommended extra).

Then the threads, which one site notes as requiring 41 skeins, it is all adding up. One American site quotes $41.28 for a kit.

Hours of sewing time, the cost of the frame, which being a fair size and quite nice and of framing (no mount board but the back looks professional and the result.

Sweet Dreams by Lavender and Lace
is my purchase of today which cost me.....£3, yes three pounds.  Whilst I have something beautiful to give next time someone who I feel will appreciate this is setting up a nursery I still have a sense of sadness that after all that input this has been valued at considerably less than the sun of its parts.

I hope that the sewing and the giving of it gave much enjoyment to the person who made this (there is no name on the outside and I do not intend taking the back off) and that at least for a while it was loved and appreciated before it came to me.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Getting to be all about letters

So last Sunday I gave up on the cross stitch I was going to have for my Sunday Stitchings.  All week I have been intending to sort out a pattern for this week...and not a thing was sorted.

So Sunday morning and no stitching is ready.  If I sit in the Chapel to hear the talks the lights bring on headaches of large and debilitating proportions.  If I sit in the other room, which has the talks on speaker but have nothing to occupy my hands my mind wanders and I don't concentrate as well on the topic being covered.

No sewing = wandering mind.

I grabbed a piece that could be termed embroidery and  in the spirit of solidifying the "stop the cottage" decision from last week, used one of the blue shades from the  abandoned cottage kit for the project which at the moment consists of letters.



I am only showing the little bit I am working on as I am not quite ready to share this in full as yet.

At the same time the "to sew or not to sew" question of the sleeping dragon has been resolved.  Whilst sorting through wadding to ascertain if there was enough for the pink quilt (there is is I cut it in half and sew it back together....yes that sounds mad but very quiltery) I came across a piece of 2 oz waddin just the size for the dragon.  So, I sew and as I work on yet more letters, quilted ones I am once again asking that time old question...who's stupid idea was this, and once again the answer is...mine!



Ah well hopefully once it is finished I will be pleased with my choice to quilt, at the moment I am wishing that Mr Pratchett had written a sightly, no a lot shorter amazing paragraph about dragons!

The talks today, well they amounted to don't get scared by the big picture and all the things that need to be done.  Focus on the good you can do today and the good you can do tomorrow.

So I shall try not to look at all the words I have to sew, just the letter I am stitching and perhaps the one after that. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

A Sunday stitching end

not a finish, an end.... the dark brown completed and then I was utterly unable to sort out what colour thread was related to what square.


I did think the palest green was identifiable, you can just say make it out, and then I thought nah! I can't tell what I would do next.  My BFF took a look and was similarly confused.

So I have decided not to continue, I may unpick and use the fabric for something else at some point, I may not whichever way this country cottage is not going to appear.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A bit of magic required

I used to like the fairy tales with magic elves that fixed things or made things over night. All they needed was a saucer of milk or little clothes or some other small treat.

Here is a pile of pinned blocks, squares made of triangles they should sew up with points, nice sharp points.  Regretfully I feel that my uniqueness in this instance is going to result in blunts!  Unless anyone knows what I need to leave out to have quilting elves fix my wobbly blocks overnight?


Ah well I will see what tomorrow brings... and if nothing else well there will be only one!

Sunday stitching

Still not much to see however, posting all the same as today once more we choose to keep on living...



Monday, 29 May 2017

WIP update


Here is an update.  I have a bit of a glitch here. Something is not quite right with the top arch.  I am not quite sure what, the sides are right, the middle is right there must be a stitch or two in the wrong place.

I am going to leave it for now and hope that when I come back to it my eyes can either spot the problem so I can fix it or figure out a work around.

I have finished cutting the strips and triangles for the blue and beige quilt. One seam away from having all the squares sewn and being able to try the lay out. Sew near and yet sew far.... 



Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday stitching time


Here is is the new sunday stitching project, starting with the dark brown.  I know it is not the most wonderful picture but then there is not a lot to see yet.  I may work colour by colour as I did for the Aveling and Porter, I may not, not sure yet.  
This is the second of the two-for-pound. kits I bought from the pound shop.

One talk today were about time and the way we use and prioritise it, it made me think of the sentiment on many an old sampler, that it was evidence they had learned not to sit idle..although I can't recall the exact words. (If any one visiting can please add to the comments, or use the e-mail box if blogger won't let you comment).   I also recognise the issue of time when considering all the WIP's I have (Works in progress, or for many Works in plan) and all the stash for things not yet even at the planning stage.

My pen pal friend's husband gave that talk and she followed with one on forgiveness.  That can be a difficult thing to do and a subject that is particularly of concern and thought just short of the Manchester bombing.

I wonder how many other topics will be sewn into this particular piece.