Canvaswork wallhanging

Monday, 27 February 2012

One of the things I purchased at the Knitting & Stitching Show was a cnvaswork wallhanging kit.

As with most things it took me a while to get round to it, but it is now finished and hanging up in my room.

There are four square tiles, each worked on canvas in six strands of embroidery cotton, then backed with a plain fabric with a square of wadding inside.

They each have little beads all around the edges too.

Here are the four tiles:

I'm getting to be a big fan of canvaswork now - there's something about the texture that I love.


An iPad cover

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Having invested in an iPad the other week I had to then make myself some sort of pouch to keep it in.

Rather foolishly I decided it should be patchwork, which meant it took rather a long time to complete (six hours to be exact!).

In fact, it took me nearly as long to decide which fabric to use! In the end I settled for Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, which I had a charm pack of. I selected the prints I wanted to use and set about cutting them into 2" squares.

Here I am ready to go ...

And here are all the squares ...

The next step was to piece them together. I sewed them into strips, then sewed the strips together, and quilted them down to a piece of batting with a red zigzag stitch.

This made the back piece and envelope flap. For the front piece of the pocket I used a plain fabric with one strip of the squares on.

Stitched together round the edges, et voila!

I also made a binding for the top of the pocket in the same strip of squares.

It was certainly a labour of love and it works just great, but if I make similar things again there will not be anywhere near as much patchwork!


Learning patchwork - Inner City block

Thursday, 23 February 2012

I'm taking part in a beginners patchwork course at the WI Office in Rodley over the next few weeks.

Led by the incredibly talented and experienced Anne Starkey it is a six-week programme that shows us several different blocks and styles of patchworking.

Earlier this week our first session was English piecing, which is something I have done before. I always need more practice though and Anne is full of wonderful hints and tips.

We had a choice of Tumbling Blocks or Inner City, and I chose the latter.

Basically, you sew strips of three different fabrics (roughly light, medium and dark) together on the machine, then use freezer paper to make little hexagons. They then go together in threes to make the 3D geometric shapes.

Hopefully here you can see how it comes together.

I need to get these finished off and stitched together before the next session in a couple of weeks.

On the agenda for the rest of the course is: chain piecing, curved piecing, American piecing and foundation piecing. We'll be doing blocks such as Log Cabin and Monkey Wrench. Drunkards Path is on the list too but I don't like that and it's rather tricky so I'll be doing a different curved one.

It will probably become a quillow when finished, but we'll see what happens!


Quick quilt update

Monday, 20 February 2012

Here's my quilt at 11 rows sewn together.

I've now done 12 and my size estimate seems to be right, so just five more rows to go!


Crazy patchwork keyrings

Friday, 17 February 2012

A little bit of crazy patchwork for you today.

We're trying to get together some new goodies to sell on our Buns & Roses craft stalls, so I rustled up these little keyrings.

I pieced together scraps on my machine, then made a sandwich with the crazy patchwork piece, pelmet vilene and a single piece of fabric on the back.

Stitched over the fabric joins on the top piece through all layers, then round the edge, and finished off with pinking shears and an eyelet and keyring.

Rather nifty I think. Hope they sell!


My birthday week

Saturday, 11 February 2012

T'was my birthday on Thursday and I was very lucky to spend at the The WI's Denman College in Oxfordshire.

My room ...

I was there as the College Host for the week, which meant I was there to assist with any problems and generally keep an eye on the students and visitors.

This turned out to be the main part of my job as Hazel Everett was there teaching a goldwork course and she always manages to have a classful of cheeky women! There was plenty of laughing going on, but their work was fantastic too.

It was incredibly busy at times but always great fun and I met some lovely people.

On my birthday everyone sang as I walked into the dining room for breakfast and there were lots of treats and surprises for me. I can think of no better way to spend a birthday than in beautiful, peaceful surroundings with dozens of (slightly crazy) women and having all your meals cooked for you!

Among my pressies I had a box of cucpcakes delivered from my friend Kat, Hazel's goldwork book, plenty of wine and sweeties and .... an experience day at Silverstone!

Hayley, Helen, Flower and my mum had coordinated to get me a session driving a single-seater at the track. I was so excited and overwhelmed with it all I was bawling like a baby!

Cupcakes ...

Needless to say I had an excellent birthday and a really lovely week.

On Thursday night I hosted a quiz for some of the students, which seemed to go down well, and we even got a bit of snow.

Denman in the snow ...

I'm back at Denman next month for a conference, then a further two times later this year for WI Adviser training.


Just Believe card for a girl

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Another card commission for Hayley for a little girl who likes pink!

The lack of typical girly things such as princesses and fairies has never worried me and instead I turn to the Just Believe stamp set, Boho Blossoms Punch and Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

Some Rhinestone Jewels for added bling, et voila!



Saturday, 4 February 2012

Canvaswork has been a bit of a love/hate thing for me.

I love that it is fairly straightforward, even more so than cross stitch, and the geometric designs really appeal.

But sometimes I hate the feel of the canvas and it always catches my threads as I'm stitching.

Here is one thing I have done with canvaswork recently ...

A little brooch and a magnet, which is handy for when you drop your pin box all over the car park/living room floor! It also keeps the random sewing pins in my workbox in one place!

I'm now working on a new canvaswork piece, which I hope to finish in a couple of weeks.


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