Sunday, 22 September 2019

24,000 - 15-21 September

Day 264- 21,120 people noted.
Each bead stands for 1 person.
Working on the next point of the star shape.
I wanted the same shape for each point. But I was getting myself very confused about the counting. It was not following the squares, that made it uneven on the edges. Finally, I turned it over. Oh!

I tried to make a plan. But on blank paper, which meant it was all over the place.

So, I went and searched round The Scientist’s room and found what I needed, squared paper.  Marked the pattern and voila! I was able to even discover parts of the first point that needed filled in. And it will be easy to make the rest of them easier.
This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.

I am stitching 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Something on Saturday

a bit late
Treasure 29

I love this little silver pin cushion given to me by a friend sometime ago.


I don’t really use it, but I think it is beautiful.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

24,000 - 6-14 September

India-
Day 257- 20,560 people noted.
Just imagine! Do you see each bead here? Each one stands for 1 person.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.

I am stitching 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 28

Another set of dogs from my brother.
Very small, as you can tell from the bottoms of the Encyclopaedia set behind.

Friday, 13 September 2019

UFO or WIP

Perhaps you know the  letters UFO or WIP and what they mean. Un-Finished Object and Work in Progress.
This is my latest. I have had the eyelet lace for a long time. Rescued from someone who didn’t want it.

I started making the dress last Summer, but with one thing and another, put it off. Probably the greatest reason was that I had to get my head round doing the lining and placement of the seams.  the seams. Then it became winter, and I determined to leave it to this summer.
I got the lining and lace put together earlier this summer. Then the delay was the zip and the best order for that.
Finally this week I sorted the zip and got on with binding for the armscyes(armholes) and the neck. I did binding sewn to the front and turned to the back. Today I finished hand stitching the binding to the lining.
Now it needs a good press - especially the seams - and then to the hemming.
Once this is out of the way, I really need to make some winter dresses.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Stitch on it - 37

Pistil stitch


A French knot with a tail
I have done this stitch before, so on the paper, I did a free form motif.

Monday, 9 September 2019

New Stitching

Starting a new stitching. This one for ‘On the Road’ Contemporary Quilt’s new suitcase collection.
I was going to do some sewing for me, but I had forgotten about this. It had a good idea, so I decided to get going while I could.
I was feeling very lost after the last stitching finished and there wasn’t something in my hands to do. I am using herringbone to give texture.

Stitch on it-37

Sheaf Stitch

I have done this stitch previously, but it was good to refresh my memory.
I tried one or two variations.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

24,000 - 1-7 September

India-
Day 250- 20,000 people noted. A milestone.
Just imagine! Do you see each bead here? Each one stands for 1 person.
The first point of the star. Not sure, but I will see how it looks when more points are done. It might need some added bits on the sides.

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.

I am stitching 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

Just to give an idea of the texture I did a couple photos from the side.


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 27
A little family of dogs my brother Tom gave me a long time ago.
I remember him when I see them.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Stitch on it - 36

Linked Double Chain Stitch

It has been a long time since I have stitched on my paper project. Now the Sister Artist project is done and sent off, so needing something to do with my hands I picked it up.

So, here is number 36.

I had to look up another tutorial to get my head round the instructions, but after that the stitch was not hard to do.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Finished! Sister Artists

The binding is on. The label and the sleeve on the back. And the parcelling up has been done.


And the parcel started its journey to Washington DC at around noon today.
Hurrah!😁👍🏻

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 25-31 August

India-
Day 246- 19,680 people noted.
(Last week Kathy said, I like the triangles -- are you going to square it off now? I hope they don't disappear. I like them also!)
So, the next step... I am attempting to create an isosceles triangle. These will hopefully turn the shape into a bit of a star. Possibly!

This work acknowledges 24,000 individuals - Indian Christians who were physically attacked in one year because of their faith.

I am stitching 80 beads each day for 300 days - 10 beads in each small square eight times.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

West Country Quilt & Textile Show

Judges Highly Commended!!!


As well as the rosette, there were goodies. Somehow they had 2 goody bags left for 3 people! So we shared the goodies out between us. 😁

Photo by Pat Beattie 

Friday, 30 August 2019

Sister Artists

Sister Artists
And the front!

Today I have been stitching the backing on...(while I sat for nearly 2 hours waiting at the hospital eye clinic. I am glad that I have had such helpful Dr.’s lately. )

I tried to keep the embroidery , done by the lady in Mali, the focus. Yet I wanted to set a scene as well.
The work had been called Hunting with Husband. In my head, the story showed the lady working in their plot while the husband gets rid of birds coming to take their harvest.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Sister Artists

So, teasing a bit, I have finished the embroidery. All that is left is backing and binding.
I hadn’t planned to put a backing and I really liked the way the back told the story of the stitching on the front. But when I was showing my friend the progress and mentioned leaving it like that, she suggested a backing. Her reasoning, that whoever would bid on it might be a bit reluctant on how to hang it and care for it. 
Closeup of part of the reverse. 
As I have thought about that, I realised it was wise advice. Someone who knows textiles might appreciate the view of the back. But if it were someone else, they might worry about threads catching, etc. 
The reverse of the stitching. 

So, I am putting on a backing and binding. I will show the complete version when that is finished. 
Another closeup. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Sister Artists

close up of greenery in the foreground.

The fringe of the precious fabric (which didn’t work for this project). I turned the fringe upside down and secured it with a green crochet cotton thread.

Monday, 26 August 2019

Sister Artists

I am nearing the last of the stitching now. This is a closeup of the stitching on the tree leaves.

The fabric I used was actually shrubbery which I turned upside down to be clumps of leaves.

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 18-24 August

Day 236- 18,880 people noted.

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

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Something on Saturday

Treasure 26



I showed some bells near the beginning of the treasure collection, but today I had my phone upstairs, and saw this little bell with ‘barge painting ‘



I bought it when we took a journey on a canal barge on the Kennet and Avon canal with a large group of friends.

Friday, 23 August 2019

Sister Artists


so to the leaves for the trees.
I had a precious piece of fabric I knew was the right colour for the leaves. I cut it into sections that would work in an abstracted tree sort of way. 
That is until I had positioned and repositioned them. I just couldn’t settle on it. Then that night I realised the precious piece would just not work because there was not enough of it. If the tree trunks were smaller, maybe. But because they went from top to bottom, they needed more fabric to even just suggest the idea of a tree. 

Next morning, I went to the ‘ landscape’ section of my stash and found something better almost straight away. 
I fussy cut sections and worked with them to layout something much better. Not particularly the type of tree grown in Mali, but it gives the look of a view through the trees that I wanted. 

I am now stitching these clusters of fabric down. 
The precious piece does make a little showing... it had a fringe omit, so now it will become grass growing at the bottom of the trees. 

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Sister Artists

Next step:
I wanted to make trees on either side of the scene. I liked the idea of something like bark cloth. But rather than the brick coloured bark cloth I have from Uganda, I found the mulberry bark I have to be a better colour choice. It picks up on the colour of the man’s hat and trousers.

I auditioned a few threads for stitching it down.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Sister Artists

Sister Artists- next step has been the side borders. I had this South African shwe shwe print that picked up more colour from the embroidery. It is more like quilting cotton weight, than the heavier fabric you normally see.  The fact that it has the different prints keeps it interesting.


And of course it wanted hand sewing, too! I finished last night. Took just over one skein of orange variegated thread from InStitches. I alternated running stitch and French knots.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Bead on - 24,000 - 11-17 August

Day 229- 18,320 people noted.

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

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Sister Artists


Now I have added the bottom border. I chose this African print from Tanzania. It brings it some of the colours of the embroidery. 
Running stitch 

I decided to use my adaptation of the Pekinese Stitch...the loops over running stitches. 

The threads are from InStitches , one of them the same as used on the scraps which make up the ground. 
When you see the piece in person, the lines that have been made by the loops are obvious. 
Heee you can see the difference made by covering the bold print with stitching. The original fabric is on the left. 
So the fabric is blended into the whole much better.