Friday, 10 December 2010

Nearly Finished!

I've nearly finished my large scale piece for my City & Guilds course. I haven't actually attached the beads at the bottom yet - I need to decide whether I'm going to chop it straight, or leave it as it it. I was going to leave it, but the more I think about it, the more I think it would look better with a straight(ish) edge. I'll leave it overnight and decide in the morning.

The fabric was constructed using threads placed on sticky dissolvable film, with Romeo placed on top of that then machine stitched. Once the film was washed away, I stitched on three metal embossed panels, and made the beads with Tyvek. Makes it sound as though it only took me five minutes, but I started it in July!

Once I've finished this, I only have two more projects to complete, then I'll need to finish my samples and the theory part. Before the end of July. Hmmm...........!


Wednesday, 8 December 2010

December Quilting Arts

The latest issue of Quilting Arts has arrived, and it is an excellent issue. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, there are lots of great articles and projects, from a UFO challenge - which sounds like an excellent idea to me as I have so many - to articles on showing movement with stitch, innovative printing techniques using thermofax printing with paint, discharge paste and puff paint (not all at once!), printing with a brayer, air printing, stamping, screen printing, digital printing etc; reverse applique; quilting canvas, metal cloth (yummy!) and an article by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn on creating cloth from stitch. I could spend days working through this issue. Just wish I had time.......!


Sunday, 5 December 2010

Knitting v Crochet!

Whilst I was at home sheltering from the snow, I decided to knit myself a hat. Didn't get very far before I confused myself totally - it's ages since I tried cable, and kept losing stitches in one particular row! Back to the safe option therefore, and I crochet this cloche hat in a few hours. I've scanned it in, so the flower looks a bit squashed, and I may need to do a couple more rows as it doesn't quite cover my ears, but it's the first garment I've made in years! I used Debbie Bliss Glen wool and a pattern from the Crochet in No Time book by Melody Griffiths, both of which I have in the shop.

I went to the theatre with some Dunnett friends yesterday to see Romeo and Juliet at The Roundhouse. I was late getting there due to engineering work on the railway and missed most of lunch, but the soup I had was excellent and the play was good too.

Back at work as normal today, although I may shut at 4pm to get home before the melted snow freezes!