Comparisons

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It’s like watching grass grow – not that that is a bad thing. There is definitely a place for slow stitching. It is quite mesmerising – pulling the needle through the canvas.

Comparison is the thief of joy

I have been doing a lot of this lately  – stealing joy.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

And this as well – although I think (or hope) that I have had the fall. Sometimes I think I should not leave the house and socialise with people as I do it very badly.

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Birds …

Birds - look they match my flowers

Birds – look they match my flowers

Miss A has been unwell – headache, sore throat, cough (usual winter ailment), but it means we have been sticking close to home. So there has been a bit of canvas work done (and a lot of television viewing – 800 Words, Pitch Perfect 2). I am enjoying the process – very calming, although I suspect the back ground will be extremely annoying (do I do a different stitch to make it more interesting?)

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Unravelling

I am going backwards

I am going backwards

It all went horribly wrong! I just could not get the neck and armhole shaping to work (and the lace went pear-shaped).

As you can see, I am unravelling! (I can only face one ball at a time).

I have decided I need to get head my head around the shaping without any pattern issues. I’ve downloaded Blank Canvaswhich I believe was designed for this very purpose (get on top of shaping before trying a more complicated pattern).

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Bedazzle!

I’ve always liked a bit of sparkle, so I was super-excited to discover a bedazzler at my local craft fair (more on that later) – it’s not actually called a bedazzler I think it is some chinese rip-off, but it’s pink and it attaches crystals to things! What more could you want.

Miss P practising her bedazzling skills

Miss P practising her bedazzling skills

And in one of those cases of synchronicity I had just read The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast

American Gymnasts at the 2015 World Cup - BEN STANSALL / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES

American Gymnasts at the 2015 World Cup – BEN STANSALL / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES

“It’s difficult for me to imagine how we could get more crystals on,” said Kelly McKeown, executive vice president for design and corporate relations at GK Elite, the official outfitter of the American national gymnastics team. This Olympics, “we may have hit peak crystal.”

The girls and I went to the WA Craft Show (there is wood as well!). This is a nice craft show because it is a bit more local and less corporate than the Craft and Quilt Fair at the Convention Centre. A lot of the guilds attend this one and everyone is keen to have a chat and show you their latest projects.

We bought some patterns and a snail making kit (I know snails? And I am sure they will be bedalzzled as well – I am aiming to reach ‘peak crystal’).

 

 

 

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It’s all about the birds

Resting Bird Progress

Resting Bird Progress

So every Friday I go to an embroidery class here – it is run by the amazing Ann-Marie. I love going to this class – although I am not the best student – I enjoy the chance to just sit and chat and occasionally pull a needle through my canvas.

The class is full of women of different ages, backgrounds and interests and it is a joy to spend time with them.

My project is the least ambitious (painted canvas and tent stitch), but there is something comforting in the process. There is so much action, busyness and stress in the rest of my life I like the chance to sit and do something simple.

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Scarf Progress

A bit more progress...

A bit more progress…

I have been away to somewhere warm and sunny (here). There was quite a bit of sitting by the pool – reading and knitting.

The above was taken early on – I haven’t made much progress since the previous photo, however, I have probably knitted those few rows a million times (only a slight exaggeration).

I am a bit loathe to write this, but I think I have the hang of it now.

Some success!

Some success!

I have even managed to fix some mistakes…

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Easy Knitting Project?

Start of my 'Favourite Scarf Ever'

Start of my ‘Favourite Scarf Ever’

I wanted an easy project – something that was portable and that doesn’t require concentration. Favourite Scarf Ever from Lisa Bruce (sunshinewalks) seemed perfect.

Here’s the pattern page in ravelry

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/favorite-scarf-ever

It uses one ball of (extremely beautiful) misti alpaca sock yarn – perfect (I have quite a few of those on my stash). This one is colourway 46.

What you see above is my third attempt (maybe fourth – I am losing track). It is an easy project, but I get to the end of a row and realise I haven’t done the double decrease properly and my attempts to undo one row always end in disaster. Or I forget to P2Tog at the end and get half-way through the next row before I realise everything is slightly out of alignment. I need to learn how to fix mistakes – is there any course on that?

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Slow Quilt Progress

Two more blocks of the sampler quilt quilted

Two more blocks of the sampler quilt quilted

I have found a bit of renewed enthusiasm for this quilt. So 11 down and 37 more to go…

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Journal Cover Finished

 

Front Cover!

Front Cover!

Inside

Inside

I finished my journal cover-I used a silk dupion (has a beautiful lustre). It frayed like made though and I didn’t want to trim the corners in case it just frays away (I did zig-zag all of the raw edges).

I think the embroidery it too large for the cover, but that is what I made it for and realistically I am not going to use a bigger journal.

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Journal Cover – Machine Embroidery

Journal Cover - Front

Journal Cover – Front

Journal Cover - Open

Journal Cover – Open

Journal Cover - Inside

Journal Cover – Inside

This is my first attempt at constructing a book cover in the hoop. There were three hoopings; front, back and then joining them together. It works quite well – I am happy with the size – it could do with a bit of top stitching around the edges (but that would have to happen afterwards and not in the hoop). I have joined the two halves using a wide zig-zag and then hidden that under a grosgrain ribbon. This bit doesn’t work so well, so I am thinking of other options – bias binding or an embroidered strip – plus I think the cover of the zig-zag needs to be a bit wider.

I put a silk dupion to use with my canvas work. I am still thinking about the best way of inserting the canvas work – I don’t want any raw edges showing.

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