Sunday, April 22, 2007

Work on WISPs.

Well, this week I have managed to continue work on the Black, Red and White quilt. This time I have got to the stage of sewing all the twelve blocks together complete with the sashing between them.

The photo above gives an idea of the work so far. I have still to complete all the edging. I have plans for borders in both red and black on this side. This would probably need a thin strip of white otherwise it would look too dark and dull.

This is the reverse side of the quilt, showing the sashing around all the blocks. Here the border will be green and black with a thin strip of a pale colour. At this stage, I am not sure whether the thin strip would look better as a plain colour or as a stripe of the different colours used in the blocks. I need to live with this for a few days before deciding. The green shown in the photo above does not look as if it matches. In life it is really a darker shade of the small pale green square at the top left hand side of each of the blocks.

I fell for this yarn yesterday when I went to get some embroidery cottons for an embroidery project. Its fatal going into a shop which also sells wool, I just can't resist looking at all the yarns available at the moment.

This yarn is interesting, it is one of the Rowan range, and each of the colourways is variegated. It feels gorgeous, slightly fluffy and really soft. What fascinates me is that it is made from a mixture of 70% wool and 30% Soybean protein fibre. This particular colour ranges from a creamy beige to a mid brown. I can hardly wait to get started, but I have decided I really should get the ends on my scarves sewn up first.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Completed scarf.

Well, I have now completed the purple scarf that I mentioned starting in my last post. The photo shows it draped around Aggie's shoulders. Aggie is also wearing the purple jacket I made last year.
I have also been working on the Black, Red and White quilt. (Last posted in November!) This was the Block of the Month quilt which I worked on last year and is one of my current WISPs (Works in Slow Progress). I have finally completed the quilting and am in the process of stitching all the pieces together. Photos will have to wait until next time - its prickly with pins at the moment waiting for me to stitch the four lines of three blocks together.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Two scarves.

Its the wrong time of year to be making scarves - Spring has definitely arrived in England. However, I found myself completing scarves this week. The first to be completed was the felt scarf. This was started earlier in the year as part of the Adult Education Textiles course at Sir John Deanes Sixth Form College. I am still not certain whether or not I should add a deep fringe to the short edges. It will be left draped around Aggie's shoulders until I finally decide. Aggie is my tailor's dummy and is a very useful aid at times like these.
The first two photos - above, show details of the completed free machine embroidery just before I soaked off the Madeira Avalon ( water soluble fabric). At this stage, I had pinned it to some plastic foam ready for soaking in the bath.
The next two photos show the completed scarf after it had dried, sitting draped around Aggie's shoulders. The second of the photographs shows a detail of the scarf and the fabric scraps I had trapped in the stitching.
My last post about the same scarf can be found here:

The last photograph shows the completed knitted scarf, shown draped around Aggie's shoulders. I now need to knit an edging all around the scarf to even up the shape and sew in all the ends. There are not many of these since I knitted all the pieces together as I went along rather than sewing them together. It will be a really cosy scarf for next winter - it feels so gorgeously luxurious!

It has knitted up really quickly - this is my original post:

I have definitely caught the knitting bug again - I have already started knitting a very simple purple scarf to go with a jacket I made for myself last year. Madness. Still, if I don't buy any more wool, I shall then have to get on with the unfinished cardigan..........

Monday, April 02, 2007

Band Robin

I promised a couple of weeks ago that I would post photos of some stitching I recently completed. This is for a Round Robin.

The piece you see here is Margaret's Band Robin. She has stitched the glorious tulips which are at the top. I have added the amaryllis design beneath. You may recall the photos of the amaryllis from an earlier entry to the Blog.

This second photograph shows some of the detail of the stitching and the beading. The threads I have used are YLI silk, whilst the beads are Mill Hill small bugle beads. The colours are more accurate in the top picture.

The following pictures show my own Band, currently in the USA. I have used YLI Jeans Stitch on 28 count fabric. The background is a mottled blue. The fabric was purchased rather than dyed by myself... perhaps something else to try one day. The booklet is travelling round with my embroidery.

Sunday, April 01, 2007


I must be mad, but I've started knitting again..........

I found myself listening to a really interesting podcast by a male knitter from Australia:

Its well worth a listen.

Unfortunately, I have now got back into knitting once more. For me knitting is addictive, once I start I cannot stop until I run out of wool or finish the project.

I do have one knitting UFO (UnFinished Object). This was started a couple of years ago. Its a Jaegar pattern called "Hattie" and should have been a cardigan rather a long time ago. The yarn is Jaegar Trinity in a shade I would call light jade.

I got bored, so didn't finish it. I got to half way up the right front, having completed the back and left front. One day I shall get back to it.

I don't know what I am knitting at the moment, at present it is a collection of 4" squares which I shall probably knit or crotchet together to make either a scarf or a shawl. I'm making it up as I go along......... The yarn is the polyester yarn shown at the top, alongside some of the completed squares.

One thing that has got me really thinking is the idea of going green - using more ecologically sensitive yarns, threads and the like. This was the topic of one part of David's podcast ( today. Neither of the yarns I have could be called green. One is polyester and the Jaegar Trinity uses silk, cotton and polyamide! I think I have rather a long way to go before I can consider myself truly green.