Saturday, 15 December 2012
This month I receive the final pack in the Images of Japan quilt series. And so far, I have managed to actually get round to making three of the 11 blocks!
Here's the latest ...
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
I finally got round to finishing off my Mario patchwork block.It was a very labour intensive process - cutting dozens of 1.5 inch blocks, ironing them to the interfacing, sewing all the grid lines - but well worth it.
I'm calling this technique "pixel patchwork" and I think the finished look is just brilliant.
This will now be made into a cushion cover for my best friend Paul, hopefully in time for Christmas!
Sunday, 9 December 2012
At our final Embroiderers' Guild meeting of the year we enjoyed a whole day of crafting.
In the morning Hilary showed us how to make felted bowls. Using merino wool tops and olive oil soap, along with some very hi-tech equipment including bubble wrap, a towel and a sandwich bag, we carefully crafted our vessels by layering the fibres then rubbing them all together. We could have gone on for hours! I made an extra one at home and decorated them with buttons and beads.
And in the afternoon Judith got us making some felt decorations. You can probably guess my favourite colours given that I did both projects in them! Very predictable!
Thursday, 6 December 2012
My friends Sarah and Lynne run a fab monthly craft group in Bramley and every now and then I manage to attend to have a natter and do some sewing. But last week they did something a bit different and organised a hands-on session at Lush in Leeds.
We got to make a bath bomb by mixing up the magic powder and squashing it into a mould. Although my first attempt wasn't quite up to standard (I didn't pack it well enough so it was a bit crumbly) it still made for a very relaxing bath after my 10k race!
This is my second attempt, which came out much better.
Monday, 3 December 2012
Yikes, nearly two months since my last post! I'm so ashamed, and the worst of it is I'm not even sure where all that time has gone. There has been a lot of WI business to keep me busy, not to mention a few days out for filming, the Knitting and Stitching Show and lots of spare time spent running. But still, how is it December already?!
Time for a quick picture then. This is my purple and pink quillow on display at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate! The West Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes has a stand and we showcase the entries from the craft competition as well as items made by Members at craft workshops.
I helped out for one morning and it was great fun. Then I spent the afternoon shopping!
Friday, 5 October 2012
Monday, 1 October 2012
Saturday was the monthly Embroiderers' Guild meeting in Headingley. It's been a year now since I started going with Hayley and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. There are so many talented ladies and loads of inspiration each and every month.
In the morning we have a stitch group. It is organised by a member each time and has different themes. This month Hilary put together an applique kit for us to work on. I'm hoping to get it finished soon so I can show you later this week.
Remember the chain stitch maps we did a while back? They had been stitched together to go on display and are now back with us. Mine is in the top right corner. We'll be getting our own squares back so it might be the start of a new project for me!
In the afternoon we had a talk from Sue Seeger of the National Society of Costume and Textiles. She took us on a journey through ladies dress over the last couple of centuries, which was absolutely fascinating. I now really want a bustle skirt!
Friday, 28 September 2012
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Confession time again ... I started another project.
I can't help but have lots of different stitchy things on the go.
My friend Sarah runs a monthly craft club in Bramley, and I went along this month with Alix and Hayley. They had a sales table and I spotted this lovely canvaswork cushion kit.
It should complement the candlewicking cushion kit from my step-mum rather nicely.
It took me three attempts to start this correctly - I was in a bad mood so I kept reading the pattern wrong, using the wrong colour wool etc.
The trend has continued and every time I work on it I do a bit wrong it seems (much to Alix's amusement) but I am pressing on anyway.
Monday, 17 September 2012
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Last Friday I attended a workshop organised by the West Yorkshire Federation of Women's Institutes at the office in Rodley.
The very clever Anne Starkey was teaching us bobbin lace and we got to make a snake bookmark.
Here are my bobbins (Anne had painstakingly 'spangled' them all - putting beads on the end so they look pretty) and the pattern we would be working from.
This is what we were aiming to make ...
So I wound a lot of cotton on to my bobbins ...
And made a start! It was rather therapeutic - the same movement using two pairs of bobbins at a time, weaving them over and under each other.
Nearly at the end!
And I managed to finish my snake!
Very pleased with my efforts, although my tension leaves a little to be desired. I will definitely be doing more of this.