New Wip – Jeanne Ries Sampler

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And this is the wip that I – perhaps foolishly – have decided to do next on some really fine Aida jeanneries

http://www.casacenina.com/gigi-ries/jeanne-ries.html

I’ve brought from both this designer and this website before. Their website does come in English (albeit with an occasionally but delightfully non-native English speaker’s translation).

I am sure that I have stitched and shared something else by this designer, and will dig out a picture of something else I’ve done by this house…..

Completion and new WIP

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I have a piece that I completed on the weekend – or at least I thought I had! I ironed it in order to take a photo, and spotted a few stitches that I hadn’t completed. This always happens, and I really should learn not to pack everything away until I’ve washed and ironed everything and checked it all over.
However I have still taken a picture and will post a picture up in due course. This is the My Big Toe Maskerade design that I’ve posted about previously and have lost count of the number of times I’ve had to frog the bottom corner. Unfortunately it’s one of those patterns where even one stitch out is really evident as nothing joins up in the end…….

I’ve already started another wip – 1st attempt I started on a piece of fabric that I worked out would be too small, so restarted the piece on a piece of Aida, which I think is 18ct. I haven’t worked on Aida this fine in ages, and I’m worried that I will struggle with seeing it. I do have a magnifying glass somewhere that can be clipped to the side of a frame, but have no idea where it is!
It seems that if in doubt, I revert to doing letter samplers, even though I already have done loads in the past. They must attract me at some level, more than any other type of work

So what project are you working on at the minute? Sewing, knitting or any sort of yarn work?

To Zen(tangle) or Not to Zen?

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I’ve heard about Zentangle® on and off over the years and a friend has recently come across it and is just branching out into investigating it more.

When I heard it before I got the impression (rightly or wrongly) that for a drawing technique, there seemed to be a lot of proprietary/specialised kit required in order to do it “properly”. Seems I wasnt too far off, for when checking out the Tanglepatterns website – seems if you dont to it *exactly* to the right size of tile etc, you can only call it “inspired by” doodling.  Many initial Tangles, are, of course, available to purchase. Copyright statements are all over the Tanglepatterns website so I cant even give you an image to tempt you without the risk of getting slapped 3 ways from autumn.

So what does everyone else think? Heard of it? Love it? hate it? Thinking “what?”

 

Cross stitch Wip

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my big toe wipJ Just to show you my current wip, which is a My Big Toe design called “Masquerade (mBT-52) . It’s been hanging around for ages, and I’ve done a shed load of frogging on it, especially in the bottom right corner.

However, I seem to have gotten over my counting blindness, and am well on the way to completion as you can see. It’s not long before I’ve done the bulk of it and will be checking it over for the bits I”ve missed. I’ll get it washed, pressed and ready to go soon!

Cross stitch basics

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I make occasional forays into tutorials to see if I can pick up any tips, so here is a short little video that shows how to do a basic cross stitch on plain fabric.

Personally – I use Aida, which means the holes are already pre-defined, so I dont have to guess. She also has an interesting take on the starting and end knots. I never do end knots – preferring to slip my thread behind any pre-existing stitches, and I avoid starting stitches if I can but dont always.

Thimbles anyone?

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From Freerangestock.com

From Freerangestock.com

I know the principal behind thimbles, and why to use them etc – to protect then end of your finger and to stop stabbing yourself with a needle, especially when confronted with tougher fabrics. However, I’ve never got used to using one, and never had a fabric thick enough to require me to use one. I admit that I do, occasionally stab myself with the sharp end of a needle, but it’s rare. I also like the fact that I have a certain amount of control when not wearing one.

I’ve never collected thimbles – even the pretty porcelain ones that seem to have little practical use. I have no idea what the market is like at the moment, and whether people still do collect them

So how about you? Do you use or collect thimbles? What do you like about them, and how do you use the ones that are in day to day use?

thimble and needle

from freerangestock.com

UK crafters on the web?

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I put this call out a few years ago, but I think it’s time to do it again.  I have Google alerts set up for several topics, including multiple crafty subjects (knitting, quilting etc). I’ve noticed that the majority of results come from the US. Is this because the results are US slanted or because the UK simply dont post a lot on the web (or even worse, dont do that much crafting?!).

So in order to prove me wrong and show that the UK crafters are at least as good and as productive as the Americans – who should we be paying attention to? What websites, blogs, tweeters etc should we be following?  Who or What should I be on the look out for?

The Beatitudes – Completion

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One of an irregular set of post continuing to showcase my completions.

The picture below is a rather large picture of “The Beatitudes”, where the pattern is by Big Toe designs.  It is done in two colours – darkgreen and a dull red. It would have taken approximately 6 months to complete.

It was framed by The Framers in the Custard Factory, Birmingham

"The Beatitudes"

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