Archive for July, 2008

Christmas in July!

I belong to a wonderful group of tatters and our list mum kindly organised a swap which we all opened today. My box has been here waiting for me for quite some time, and it was terribly difficult not to cheat and open it early!

However I resisted the temptation and left it intact until today.

So what was in this early Christmas present?

Ginny had tatted two wonderful pieces for me, complete with tiny beads, in my favourite colour, purple. She even typed up the instructions so that I could make one of my own. Thank you Ginny. In the centre of the snowflake is a lovely silver coloured metal charm and she kindly included a whole pack of these charms also.

I had listed my favourite colour as Purple and Ginny took that to heart. She popped in a lovely purple bag, just the right size for carrying my projects around in. All these goodies were packed inside a sweet wooden box with a bamboo effect handle.

So what else was in there, Lots more yet!

Next was the cutest glass heart-shaped ornament that Ginny says she covers with tatting. I am amazed it arrived intact all the way from America, testament to her careful packing.

I also discovered a box of beads wit 7 different compartments. Six were filled to the brim with different pretty coloured seed beads. I think the loose beads in the bottom of my wooden box started out in the 7th compartment.

Ginny had popped in a tiny metal crochet hook to help with joins, I needed one of these so thank you dear lady. My smallest before this package was a 1.25 now I have a 0.4mm. Fantastic!

Now we come to the tatting threads. There was a ball of Oren Bayan no. 50 in tones of mauve and fuchsia, really luscious. And another ball Olympus size 40 in soft pinks, blues and lavenders. Absolutely gorgeous.

It doesn’t stop there! There were three thread bobs containing lengths of other threads to try out. Guess what colours?

First a bluey lavender Aida thread (colour 120) in a size 20.

Then another size 20 thread, this time Flora in purple and white.

Lastly there was a pale lilac Fincrochet thread, size 50 (colour 2687). I am really spoilt for choice now!

Tucked in the bottom of the box were two pretty notepads and a pen. And last but not least was a lovely pewter charm (?) featuring a gorgeous angel.

Ginny you certainly were my Christmas in July angel. Thank you so much.

In case you would like to see what I received I took a photo for you.


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The Crazy Quilt Sampler Round Robin that I am participating in adds new stitches each time we work on a block. This time it is french knots and chevron stitch, but we can also include the stitches from previous months in our work.

After using french knots in my butterfly the other day, I decided to work a seam using chevron stitch. I picked a hand dyed silk thread in aqua and green tones. Continuing the seam past my butterfly patch, I then came back and added french knots in a salmon pink perle number 8.

I kept the stitches small beside the butterfly and then increased the size when I moved on to the next patch. I wanted to fill more space here so repeated the chevron stitch, below the first row, to form a diamond effect.

Next I added lazy-daisy stitches on top of and in between the chevrons. The salmon pink lazy-daisies were topped with a bright pink french knot and two short straight stitches in the same colour. The bright pink lazy-daisies were tied down with a longer stitch.

I haven’t decided yet whether to add something more to the patch beside this seam. Watch this space, as they say . . .

Thanks, Wendy, for letting me play with your crazy quilt block.

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I sat and doodled with the needle last night and created this little butterfly on Wendy’s crazy quilt block.

The upper wings are French knots, the body is herringbone stitch, and I used satin stitch for the lower wings. The antenna are worked in stem stitch with french knots at the ends.

My husband thought it was two bunches of flowers next to each other! Oh well, maybe its an optical illusion. What do you see?

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Christmas in July

Although not strictly needlework, as I am using a shuttle, tatting kept me busy yesterday. Tatting is a form of knotted lace which can be worked on a needle.

I can’t show you what I was making yet, as it is a gift for my exchange partner in our Christmas in July event. We have to include a tatted item (that we have made ourselves), something to show where we live, some thread, and any other items that we feel our partner would enjoy.

We are not allowed to spend over $10 on all the gifts and half the fun is rumaging through our stash to find things that would be just right!

My tatted item is almost finished and will go in the box, along with everything else to be posted off tomorrow. I will take a photograph and post it here after the 31st July when we are all allowed to open our parcels.

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The next block has arrived from the Crazy Quilt round robin group. This is Wendy’s block before I add my work to it. This time around the stitches to play with are chevron and French knots.

Now I have to put my thinking cap on and see how I can use the stitches creatively on this piece. The first thing that comes to mind is a cluster of french knots in many colours, perhaps another butterfly? I will post again when the stitching is underway.

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I am taking part in a Crazy Quilt Round Robin where we practise certain stitches each month. Last month the stitches were cretan stitch and spidersweb roses.

I worked on a block belonging to Amy and the photo below shows my first section.

For my second area I used two rows of cretan stitch, in cream silk and gold metallic, then added alternate clear and gold seed beads. I finished the seam by threading a piece of dark red silk ribbon underneath the stitches.

I am now looking forward to starting work on Wendy’s block.

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Welcome to my new blog. All posts will be made here in future. You can see my old blog here. I have changed over because the system used to add posts to the old blog was difficult and didn’t encourage me to post regularly.

So what will you find here? Well you can see the progress of my needlework projects, I will be adding tutorials, general thoughts on embroidery of all types and perhaps stories of the inspiration behind my designs.

I do hope you will pop in often to see what I have been up to.


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