Friday, 24 July 2015

Water inspired wall hanging

This is my entry for the Worstead festival competition. The Worstead guild of weavers, spinners and dyers display their work at Worstead church during the festival. This years festival competition theme is Water. I decided to weave a tapestry from a mixture of cream handspun yarn and commercial blue cotton yarn. I surrounded this with a wool felt frame that is embellished with textured hand spun merino wool and silk. I also added lots of beads to represent bubbles. It it finished off with a hand beaded fish. The idea is that the fish is hiding in a cavern (represented by the frame area), looking out into the wild ocean.  This was my first go at tapestry weaving. I think I could have done a better jobs if I did it again, but I still enjoyed it. 

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Orange Tree embroidery wall hanging

I found this pattern at last years festival of quilts at the NEC, it is by Lynette Anderson. I fell in love with it straight away. I used some of Lynette's range of fabric to frame the design. I changed a couple of the colours but it is pretty close to the original design. It was originally meant to be a cushion cover. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. I would like to try some more embroidery in this style, it was great fun.

I have also been working on a few bobbin lace pieces, which I shall post this space.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Linus charity quilt for a teenage boy

At Drayton patchwork and quilters we have been making quilts in aid of the charity Linus. There has been a shortage of quilts made for teenage boys so I thought I would contribute. I have gone a bit mad with the skull theme! Hopefully they like it. Jean from the group had the squares that form the centre panel. We both thought that these would make a great teenage boy quilt. I made it a single bed size and added some free motion cobwebs. They were great fun!

Here is a close up of the free motion along the black side panels. I did this in black so as not to distract from the patterned fabric. The rest of the quilt is quilted stitch in the ditch.

I have got a few other projects to show you soon including a crochet ripple blanket inspired by Tilly trout (see her you tube videos on knitting and crochet, she makes some lovely things), some bobbin lace doilies and some gorgeous hot pink socks. Back soon.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Double zigzag bobbin lace panel

I have finally finished a bobbin lace panel I started working on about a month ago. The pattern was from a website called Jo Edkins bobbin lace school. It has lots of lovely free bobbin lace patterns and easy to understand cartoons of the stitches. The pattern is named 'another double zigzag' and consists of torchon ground, rose ground, triangle ground, whole stitch, half stitch and spiders. It gave me a chance to have a go at a few patterns I had not tried before. I especially enjoyed the rose ground. I  am planning to use this piece to add interest to a bag, but I am still not sure yet. I am now working on a crinoline lady and plan to make a swan. 

Here is how it looked when I was making it. 30 pairs of bobbins was a bit of a handful! 

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Easter Chicken

We did a chicken making class with Nina at Drayton patchwork and quilters for easter. Nina's chicken was amazing, so I wanted to have a go. My chicken was not quite as good as Nina's but I had loads of fun in the class making it. I made it for my friend Sarah as she absolutely loves chickens! I love the shape of the body, so cute! The main body is foundations pieced and quilted using fancy stitches on my machine. Great fun.

Here she is, Happy Easter!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Cardigan for Darcie part 2

This is the second little cardigan I have knitted for my cousins daughter Darcie. The pattern is called relish by Kim Hargreaves from a book called Rowan Babies. I used Patons FAB varigated yarn, I adore the colours. The pattern was easy to follow although the sticky out bits on the cuffs and bottom of the cardigan were time consuming. This is knitted in size 2-3 years, ready for Darcie when she gets a bit bigger. For more details see my ravelry page.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Cardigan for Darcie part 1

I wanted to knit a couple of cardigans for my cousins, daughter Darcie. The first pattern I wanted to try out is Maytime by Kim Hargreaves from a book called Rowan babies. It is knitted in James Brett supreme gentle 4ply. I am not a fan of acrylic but this one knits up well, it's really soft. It's a lovely combination of crochet and knit. I loved using crochet edging instead of picking up lots of knit stitches. For more details of the pattern and yarn see my Ravelry page

I love the crocheted picket edging around the neck and sleeves...

It was great fun making the little granny squares!

I love knitting small people's clothes, they are so cute!
I will follow this up with the second cardigan from the same pattern book, watch this space...