After a snuffily start to the year, I finally made it back to the Royal School of Needlework last week. Between snow, illnesses and procrastination I haven’t made it this year. I think I have a standing email on a Monday morning to say cant make it again, so I was greeted with hugs and Happy New Year, before settling down to start work!
As I had forgotten most of my kit (who goes stitching without needles!) I started framing up my next project rather than mounting my canvas stitches. The last technique for my Certificate is Goldwork. I wanted to pick something with a bit of meaning to me for this project rather than do a more random design so I had a trawl of the Wellcome Images website and decided to go for a DNA helix.
So week 1 consisted of framing up the calico and then silk (100%silk from Silk route). Pouncing on the design and then the very nerve racking painting on – I don’t have the steadiest hand with a paintbrush and was very nervous of making a great splodge in the middle of quite a delicate design, but am quite pleased with the outcome – my best attempt to date!
So now my homework, stab stitching down the design- little stitches around the design to hole the calico and silk together and reduce the chances of bubble occurring while I’m working the design. Applying the felt padding to areas which will be raised and making a velvet board to cut the metal threads on to stop them pinging off all over the place.. Here is my first piece of felt on – just 17 more to go!
Since my resolution has been to start finishing things I have been working away trying to finish up some projects.
2 and a half years ago my mum and I went to the quilt show at Hever Castle and I signed up to a block a month quilt. I eagerly started the quilt then it got left to one side and ignored for, well 2.5 years!
I’m so glad I’ve picked it back up again as I just love the design. Here’s the fist completed block.
As you can see it’s a combination of appliqué and embroidered cartoon strips, I had done most of the embroidery but was struggling a bit on the appliqué. I did a course before Christmas and learned how to use freezer paper to do the appliqué which has really helped and now I’m working away on the second block which has an appliqué boat on it and 3 cartoon strips. Hopefully it won’t take me another 2 years to finish this one now I know what I’m doing!
Work may slow down a bit next week as I’m heading to the Royal School of Needlework for another lesson. I should get my canvas work off the frame and hopefully will get my Goldwork framed up – I’m very exciting about doing the gold and will photograph and blog my progress.
My resolution this year was to start finishing things, I’ve made a pretty good start..
I’ve finished two blocks for the Quilting bee I’m taking part in
The January block looks a bit tricky, so I’m putting that off to next week when my Mum comes to visit..
The canvas stitches piece I’ve been working on at the Royal School of Needlework, this piece is based on a painting by Georgia O’Keefe called Lake George, Autumn. This piece has been so much fun to do – I did go a bit mad with the shading, with sometimes more than a dozen threads in the needle at one time.
I have also finished a few pieces that I’m hoping to put up for sale in an Etsy shop – alongside their patterns.. Eek! I’ve been talking about this for a while now, but am close to making it real – I just need to fix the scanner and write up the patterns!
No cute photo of my son in the post, but while I’ve been productive in January, he has been in craft overdrive! He has discovered the joys of cutting and sticking! This spider was made one Friday morning before 9am. It looks likely he’ll be a lefty so I bought him some scissors just before the snow arrived, since then we’ve been drawing cutting and sticking pretty much every day.
I spotted a link to this gorgeous wrap from Purlbee on Twitter a while ago, about the same time I got an invite to a wedding September just gone. While it was no way possible I could finish the wrap in time for the wedding I figured I might get chance to wear it to a wedding some day (or to our 25th anniversary party… in 21 years time!). So I took the plunge and I went to visit the lovely Louise at my local knitting shop – The Knit Club – where she helped me pick out some yarn – a lovely silver from RICO design essentials cotton dk range – a very reasonable price (£2.65 for a 50g ball) – good job, because I needed a full bag!
I’ve named this Olympic knitting as I started the wrap in the summer when we were glued to the Olympics. It takes me half an hour to complete a row, so I might get 2 rows done in an evening if Ted goes to bed easily and I’m not too tired. Progress is being made and the pattern isn’t too taxing, but is interesting enough to keep me on my toes!
In the mean time I have also knitted this very cute fox hat for Ted for Christmas, unfortunately despite being age 3-4 the hat is a little small – I added a panel at the back but it remains a dressing up hat rather than a wearing out hat – luckily he has a plenty, including a rather cute one I knitted in the summer. – sorry any excuse for cute photos of Ted
It’s been a busy few weeks, we spent two weeks glued to the telly watching as much of the Olympics as possible – talk about Inspire a Generation, our two year old is still singing the National Anthem and awarding himself and us medals.
We managed to get tickets to a couple of events – sailing in Weymouth and we got to go to the Olympic park to watch Men’s GB hockey which was just awesome! Bring on the Paralympics, Goalball here we come!
I am so excited!
Luckily for us the Olympic Torch Relay came to us towards the end of it’s journey, we went out last Friday with our flags to wave it past! So the excitement started then for us, well me really.
Little Ted is still playing Torch Relay, which involves one of us waving the flag and cheering as he drives his toy cars past – turns out he thinks we were there to wave at cars and high five Policemen on their motorbikes – which is kind of what we did for 45 minutes!
The weather was lovely, not blazing hot, but sunny the atmosphere was carnival, Britain at its best!
I’ve loved seeing the Mexican wave of Facebook posts in the last few weeks about the Torch as friends in other parts of the country have seen it. Hope the next few weeks pass by safely and happily!
Bring on the Women’s football this aft!