Sunday, 4 May 2014

Doing it for DMC


Ever since I can remember, I've enjoyed embroidery.  Not the fancy, perfectly smooth, perfectly placed stitches flecked with silver or gold, no, just plain ordinary stitches that keep the smile on my face and the furrows off my forehead.  

So, when I was catching up on reading enjoyable blogs I found an article Carina had written on &Stitches on DMC in France.  It seems they are compiling a number of letters, all embroidered in DMC 321.   DMC 321 is the red colour thread that is traditionally used in all redwork embroidery.  These embroidered letters will form part of a permanent DMC exhibition that will open at the Textile Museum Parc de Wesserling in Alsace later this year.

I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to do.  It didn't take long to find a monogram pattern on Mary Corbet's Needle 'n Thread.  However, when I printed it out and measured it, it was too big, as the square of fabric can only be 15cm and the monogram was 16cm.  So I reprinted it at 70% and it measured 10cm = perfect!  

When I was in South Africa in December 2013 I bought a few Frixion pens - in pink, purple, royal blue and red.  They are brilliant for marking quilting lines and drawing off patterns and when you're done, you just hover your steaming iron over them and the ink disappears.  I chose the pink one and drew off the monogram diagram and got stuck in. In total it actually only took a few hours but in reality, I stopped to fiddle and faff in the garden, repotted some plants, made our evening meal, stitched a little more and then set it aside for the night.

 This morning after traipsing around a soggy car boot, we came home to a warm cup of tea which helped to thaw the fingers and, then while watching Crimson Fields on Catch Up, I got it finished.  I'm pretty pleased with it actually.  It's been pressed lightly, and the fabric has been trimmed to a 15cm square as required and it's in an envelope together with my details, ready to be posted off in the morning.  I think it's exciting to be part of something so special and look forward to seeing it in amongst all the other letters.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Well, it's almost wordless.  If I told you about this, would you believe me.  Probably not, so here's evidence:


Sarah-Lou sent me a message to let me know I'm a non-reply blogger.  I didn't realise and am grateful to her for letting me know.  I think this happened when I signed onto Google+.  Please be patient while I try and get it fixed, and if you know any tips or shortcuts to sort it out please do let me know.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Just cruising along

It seems like forever since I last enjoyed the kind of time off where you can just make nice things and not feel pressured by a list of chores. This week I'm just cruising ... slowly and without pressure. It feels great!

It's day 2 of a week of annual leave and so far I've got the star quilt top sewn together, shortened some curtains, watched The Widower on ITV Player on the laptop while sewing. Also caught up with Bonnie Hunter on YouTube.

Time for some embroidery. This is one of two embroideries on my Finish Along list. Problem is this one has been folded up for about 5 years now. The iron on batting on the back has formed a memory of folds. I've spritzed it back and front and its pinned out on the design wall. With the nice warm weather we have at the moment it should be okay by Thursday to stitch on.

Tomorrow I'm going to spend some time with an old school friend who is visiting in Harrogate and flies home to South Africa on Friday 18th.

Hope you're enjoying your week.

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Finish Along 2014 Q2

For the second time this year I've made a list of items that I really want to get done.  Katy's linky for the deadline closes in about 3 hours so, here goes:

First there is the baby quilt.  In Q1 I showed the fabric blocks and they did get made into a top but the quilt needs basting and quilting.

Second, also a roll over from Q1 is this flowers in a watering can naive embroidery.  I love the simplicity of it.  As you can see, there isn't much to do before it's finished.

Number three, another roll over from Q1, is another embroidery.  This is one I started in 2005 when I started my international travels and it was so easy to carry around with me.  The pattern calls for it to be a cushion cover, but I'd prefer it in a frame.

I've struggled so with this section of the embroidery and have pulled it out more than once.  Maybe I should relax a little and just accepts what comes out of the needle!


This is the top right hand section of the embroidery and it just needs some more roses on the arbour.

Next are some hearts that I cut out of left over Denyse Schmidt fabrics.  I would like to sew them onto a solid background and am currently auditioning this (maybe too) dark green.  [Let me a comment and let me know what background colour you would use.]  In case you're wondering why there is clingwrap over the hearts, it's because our beloved Meisie likes to pick out pins and then runs away with them.  We're petrified she swallows one one day.  So, in the interest of health and safety, the pieces are being held in place like this until they get sewn down onto their backing.

Lastly, number five.  There is the quilt-top-in-the-making, which needs to be sewn together, basted and quilted.  These blocks were paper based and about 50% of them were sewn in a class held by Brioni Greenberg, held at The Skep in Farsley.  Brioni's own quilt is stunning.

Finish Along 2014

At the moment 174 other quilters have all joined in and linked to this Finish Along.  That's amazing!  I'd like to wish each and everyone of them good luck in their endeavours to finish their WIP's. 

Monday, 7 April 2014

Success leads to Q1 Finish Along 2014 failure

On 17th January 2014 I optimistically posted a list of photo's of projects that I wanted to pick up and finish, as part of the inspiration that is sweeping blogland, all thanks to the wonderful Katy at The Littlest Thistle.       I was sure these could be done in the space of time we were allotted. 

One weekend at the beginning of February I made a start and finished the baby boy's quilt top.  In time the granny sent a flannel blanket she wanted me to use as the backing.  Then I attended a sew along course with the fabulous Brioni Greenberg a.k.a. flossyblossy at The Skep.  (More detail about that on another day though.)  The pattern we sewed was paper based and after lots of strips onto paper my machine started complaining about the paper dust.  This has put paid to any serious sewing so until my Bernina can have a proper service I'm not going to be able to quilt the baby quilt just yet.

So, nothing on the list actually got finished [hanging head in embarrassment]  Talk about an epic fail!!  But, now you need to know ... ummmm, I want you to know the major reason for this epic fail (and lack of blog posts) was this   ......

completion of my Level 3 Certificate in Management.  The last piece of work was finished on 26th March 2014.  Now I need to exercise patience and wait for the outcome.  So far so good.   For the last few years I've done course after course and everytime I say "Right, that's it... I'm done now"  only to be found signing up for something else in the not too distant future.   However, I'm tired; and fed up - of deadlines - household chores being neglected - not going out and doing fun stuff - and also feeling guilty at the pile / list of WIP's that despite all the good intentions just get moved around without ever getting completed.  That's got to change though.

Here's hoping I do better next time :)

Friday, 31 January 2014

Nothing to show

That is what I thought. Not true. But, do you want to see pics of mending and altering residents nighties? No. But you might want to see what my assistant has been doing ...

She's more interested in watching blue tips *tits flitting around than saying Hi to you all. Oh well, forging on ...

*Edited due to predictive text knowing better than me!
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