Japanese Trellis Quilt - Finished!

Friday, 28 September 2012

I am very pleased to report that my Japanese Trellis Quilt is now finished and on my bed.

I decided to tackle the quilting myself. Having never wrestled with a whole double quilt under my machine before I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but it wasn't too difficult really.

I stuck with straight tram lines on either edge of the big blocks that went right across the whole quilt, so it was a bit of a mission wrestling it through, but I managed pretty well.

I also just stuck with white thread so as not to complicate things further.


Very pleased with my new quilt. I had a quick nap under it this afternoon and all was well. Chalky likes it too.


Ssshhhh ... Canvaswork

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.


The cross stitch peacock

Monday, 17 September 2012

I'm afraid progress on this has faltered somewhat.

So close, yet so far!


A taste of a new craft - bobbin lace

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.


Leeds Art Library craft session

Thursday, 6 September 2012

On the first Wednesday of the month Leeds Art Library has a free craft session. I've been going for a few months now and it's always a lot of fun. The group is mostly ladies, and we bring projects to work on and share and there are instructions and ideas for more.

This week, a lovely lady called Margaret had some cute little things for us to make - a triangular thread catcher and a tiny crane.

Here's my little fabric box ... I think it would make a great gift with a few choccies inside (if any of my family are reading this you have just found out what you are getting for Christmas!).

And here's the crane. He is called Tsuru in Japanese. I am going to make more of these and put lavender inside (possibly as extra Christmas gifts!)


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