Sunday, 19 January 2020

Embroidery strip 2020- 12-18 January

Week 3


The other day Kathy asked me some questions about the parameters of my daily project.
This was my reply:
The selvedges are 3xm if you don’t count the fringe. The sections are between 9 and 10 cm long. The white/ cream section has 3 sections which alternate the weave. So I am counting that section as 3. It looks like the weave alternates between the 2 different patterns, whether colour or plain.
So each repeat - between the “strings” - is 18.
If I counted right , I think there are 15 repeats. Which doesn’t make a whole year, even if you do something to each of the 3 strings between repeats and count them as 3 days each.🤔 so, I am holding on for another bright idea to turn up before we get to that point.
Thanks for asking!

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Something on Saturday


Treasure 45

I love this little baby fox. I bought it sometime ago. Way before foxes were ‘in’ on the design scene.



Friday, 17 January 2020

Aluminium

on Saturday, I will be teaching a workshop about using metal as a textile.
So I have been getting ready this week. I ordered some aluminium shim sheeting.
Then I chopped it up so I can give a piece to each of those of those attending.
I also gathered materials and samples. And I think I am just about ready!

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

So, what is new.

I did finish the 24,000 bead project, but still need to take a photo. I am still thinking how to hang/mount/present it.

But, I have finally got my head round the 2020 project.
Last spring, I bought this unique ball of wool selvedge. One stand hand loads of these balls that were being used to do large knitting or crochet. Most were one colour or just 2. But this one caught my eye because of the variety of colours.

 I knew I wanted to embroider onto it, but needed time to work things out. As the year went on, I decided I would take a break from the beading and do a daily embroidery instead. Because of the sections of wool strips, it would work well to use this ball.

Then it came to the New Year, and the thread I had decided on wasn’t going to work. It rather got lost between the weave because it was too thin. (Upper right on photo below) Because I was still coughing my brains out, I couldn’t really think about what to do. But finally I got round to considering, and realised my pearle cotton was just right.

I caught up and then needed to do photos. Which I have finally done. So this is up to the 11th.

I am not making any real rules. What I chose for thread on the day, and how I feel about the stitch...duplicating doesn’t matter.
Number 12 in progress
 I have counted the sections...I may come back along and stitch over the threads between the larger sections of 18. I don’t think it will last a whole year, but I have plenty of time to work out what happens next.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Something on Saturday


Treasure 44

This paperweight used to belong to my Mother in law.


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Amaryllis days

You might remember when I took photos of my amaryllis as they flowered last year. This year we started with the 4 saved ones.  Two were badly damaged by slugs, one more than the other. We had to throw it away. So my husband bought one.  Lion Red...we had one, but last year it only had leaves.
Here is the new one now! It grew very fast and was the first to flower.

After he bought that one, I went to the shops and bought a few more. I knew I didn’t have white or one called Apple Blossom. I also bought Happy Memory, in case the one we had before grew only leaves.
And the same day, he came back with two more! These are meant to have double petals...I think.
So most of the new ones have been growing. I can’t tell yet if we will get any repeat flowers on the old ones.
However, Apple Blossom is flowering finely. Two flower stems and each with 4 flowers!

It didn’t grow as tall as most of the others have.

I do love these flowers! They are overwhelmingly beautiful...and they haven’t got a scent. This is good for me because I cannot breathe when flowers like lilies bloom.

Monday, 6 January 2020

A little more energy

This cough 😷...
Finally on Saturday I started having more energy. I have a plan for a daily project, but it needs a bit of tweaking. But I haven’t had enough brains to work it out.

However, today I am ready to start some kind of sewing. I wanted to use this fabric I bought when my sister was here at the end of 2018. Ok. It is not going to be easy. If I am going to make sense of the plaid, it needs to be offset drastically.

So, now to see if I can still get a dress from it.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Something on Saturday


Treasure 43

Another paperweight. I bought it in Scotland on a family holiday.
I love these millefiori types.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

24,000 - 22-28 December

India-
I have completed the word “Strong”, now working on “2019”, the date is at the bottom of the whole arrangement.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.
I have stitched 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Something on Saturday


Treasure 42
This would have been the last of the year, but there were a few weeks this year I didn’t do these Saturday posts. So, We have a few more weeks of treasures to look at.

I have several lovely glass paperweights.
This is the first one. I was given it by my friend Joanne, who let me live with her and the girls when I was in Bible College.

A good one for this time of the year.

Friday, 27 December 2019

Some sewing related pressies

Aren’t friends and family so thoughtful?

Some books, fabric and other sewing related things have come into my studio.
Not to mention the chocolate!

Note books and eco- dyeing materials
And notelets from a very good friend.

Thank you so very much everyone!

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Lovely Christmas

Some time ago I realised that Christmas is a lot more lovely if you make it up in your mind that it will be ...and that you will accept what it is as lovely.
So, although I am still full of cold, and haven’t much energy, that has been a good thing since I haven’t had to do allll the things I normally set myself to do!
And you know, it has still been lovely 😊! Those things not actually missed. Plus other people joining in to help.

One of the things I did do was make serviettes for friends. All of it from fabric I have acquired so it wasn’t tossed. Of course I forgot to take photos! Except for these I made to add to my own collection, since the others were getting faded. They can still be used, but now I have a better posh set and practical set.

Monday, 23 December 2019

24,000 - 15-21 December

India- 
I have nearly completed the word “Strong”. This time the word is at the bottom of the whole arrangement so the word is facing out, so to speak, to make it easier to read. 
one more Sunday for posting, but a couple days left. Beyond that. 
Still thinking about finishing off.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.
I have stitched 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

I have finished the main part of the project, the 300 days that were made of 10 beads in each square 8 x a day. Now I am working on some words to go round the star which will say a bit about the meaning. This will fill out the remaining 65 days of this year, since the bead project is daily for a year.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 41
I love chimes. This chime belonged to my Mother in law.
I was given it when she died.
At the moment it is against the wall in the kitchen.
It has a beautiful sound.

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Apologies for the state of the wall. For some bright reason, the people who lived here before us artexed as many bits of wall they could reach.
The bumps collect dust and you don’t realise. I am not good at the dusting thing. It is hard enough to remember to dust the treasures, let alone the wall!

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

A very cool thing!

Today we got a Christmas card from a relative of my husband in Scotland.

Sequins!

Then trying not to damage anything...

Ha! It is a piece of sequinned fabric!
How cool 😎

Designed for WHSmith 

Monday, 16 December 2019

Something (meant to be) on Saturday

I have had a head cold and Saturday got lost in falling asleep.
So, anyway.

Treasure 40

A decorative warming pan given to me by my mother in law. I don’t know if there is a story behind it.


Sunday, 15 December 2019

24,000 - 8-14 December

India-
I have nearly completed the word “Stand”. This time the word will be at the bottom of the whole arrangement so the word is facing out, so to speak, to make it easier to read.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.
I have stitched 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

I have finished the main part of the project, the 300 days that were made of 10 beads in each square 8 x a day. Now I am working on some words to go round the star which will say a bit about the meaning. This will fill out the remaining 65 days of this year, since the bead project is daily for a year.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Last Sunday

Last Sunday my friend went off on the Reading Toy Run. 
Each year she takes part in the charity run with her bike dressed up for Christmas.

 Although this year she moved away, she traveled back just to go on the run.


This year her theme was Brussels Sprouts.
I think it is wonderful how she is committed to doing this whatever the weather.😊

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

25 million stitches

making progress  on the second panel. Because I used a circular embroidery hoop on the first one, I thought I would use a somewhat square hoop from one of my machines. That wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. 😅
So I decided it would be ok to draw light lines with a pencil. So the second attempt looks a bit better. Keep going... I am going to try a few different designs within the shapes.


Sunday, 8 December 2019

Good news related to my India bead project

India-
in related news: here is a good thing!

Five Indian Christians wrongfully convicted of the 2008 killing of militant nationalist leader, Laxmananda Saraswati, which sparked horrific anti-Christian violence in Orissa (now called Odisha) state, were ordered to be freed on 26 November by India’s Supreme Court. They had been sentenced for life, 2 others were released earlier in the year.
Although a Maoist Naxalite group claimed responsibility for the attack almost immediately, but extremists blamed Christians instead and turned violently against them.
In the ensuing persecution, around 90 Christians were killed and thousands were injured. More than 56,000 were left homeless as houses were looted and burnt, while nearly 300 churches and many other Christian properties were destroyed.

This should be an encouragement. I hope more cases of imprisoned believers will reviewed.

24,000 - 1-7 December

India-
I have nearly completed the word “Attack”. I have miss counted the level these letters were to sit on. So I have had to adjust the last couple letters. Perhaps I should have made the T letters thinner.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.
I have stitched 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

I have finished the main part of the project, the 300 days that were made of 10 beads in each square 8 x a day. Now I am working on some words to go round the star which will say a bit about the meaning. This will fill out the remaining 65 days of this year, since the bead project is daily for a year.

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 39

This treasure is actually my husband’s. It belonged to his dad. One of those Loch Ness souvenirs, given him because he was Scottish. This one held whiskey.

 I  know if it was brighter when new. I know it was displayed in a windowsill for years by my Mother In Law.


Sunday, 1 December 2019

24,000- 24-30 November

India- 

I have nearly completed “Faith”.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.
I have stitched 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

I have finished the main part of the project, the 300 days that were made of 10 beads in each square 8 x a day. Now I am working on some words to go round the star which will say a bit about the meaning. This will fill out the remaining 65 days of this year, since the bead project is daily for a year.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 38
Another sewing machine
I recently found it again. Probably packed away when things were all upside down in my studio.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Unexpected Loveliness

Saturday a friend gave me a little gift. How lovely!
Even the wrapping paper at the top!

And then there was a parcel from Empress Mills when I got home.
With a bit of sparkle
And a fat quarter
How wonderful! Just the thing to fit with some of the work I do. 🤗