Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Whitework and Gloves

Tonight my whitework project was worked on again and I thought I'd take a moment to talk about working with gloves.

When I started this project, I looked around and thought about things and went, white is really easy to get dirty. I had a pair of gloves and decided to see if they helped or hindered. And I've decided that I really don't like working with gloves on.

The gloves are nice and tight to the skin, and actually quite dextrous. They are, I believe, some kind of poly-cotton blend. However, I find that no matter what I did, I might end up picking up tiny parts of the glove cloth (not full threads, just fuzz) which would then require me disentangling myself from the project. Not fun. I'm not keen on using latex gloves, which would skip that problem, but I know from experience can leave your hands feeling dry and chapped.

So, for me, I've decided to skip on the gloves and simply stitch. Its definitely faster for me. Even though I could feel the threads and what I was doing with them on, the catching of the gloves on the needle and thread just bothered me too much.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My First Quilt

So, I was going through some old photos and found one of my very first baby quilt!

I did it rather quickly, and although the photo doesn't show it well, there are flaws. But, it was my first, and there was much to learn.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Egyptian Inspiration

We went to the exhibition on King Tutankhamen this weekend. While the exhibits weren't as well laid out as I would have liked, it was very interesting and quite inspirational. I found myself thinking of all the Egyptian styled designs I've seen and how they don't compare to the real thing.

Gold work would of course be ideal for replicating many of the designs, although I've never tried my hand at it and am not sure whether I can feasibly get into it with the lack of suppliers in Dublin. I think I'd need to be able to see the gold work possibilities in order to actually figure out what might be possible. Then we hit the gift shop and an entirely different thought struck me as we found ornate boxes for sale.

The picture isn't great, as all I had was my phone, but you can see the pattern. How gorgeous would a quilt blocked in this style be? I'd have to work to find enough different and right white/ivory cloth, and I'm not sure I'll be able to find it until the Knitting And Stitching Show comes back around and there are more suppliers with broader ranges than Dublin has available.

But it's something I'll think about for future projects- not like I don't have enough possibilities already!

Friday, February 18, 2011

The Waystone

So this is a bit of an odd project. I started it in the fall, and just haven't yet figured out exactly what I want to add to it to finish it.

The Waystone is a fictional bar run during the Midway LARP by my character (and yes, I may have stolen the name from a book that I quite adore). I wanted a sign to attract customers, but couldn't figure out exactly what else to put on it, so I did the name part and left it like that intending on going back and finishing it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Whitework Project

Tonight was our weekly game at our house, which for me is a great time for crafting! Much of the work done on my tiger project was done during these games. Tonight I returned to another project.

This was supposed to be done for a wedding back in October (sorry M!), but I haven't had much time to work on it for a while. So I was quite pleased at how it was coming along when I brought it out again.

The pattern is a simplified pattern from Inspirations magazine issue 66, published by Country Bumpkin. It's a beautiful piece and I've got the majority of the range of stitches done. As you can see, I'm working on the middle section now, and can then finish on the outside.

This has been an interesting project. I get nervous every time I have to cut a thread, as I'm not used to cutting holes in my projects, especially when I'm praying that I haven't accidentally screwed up counting somewhere along the way. I'll keep you updated as work progresses.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Jewelry Bag

Christmas came this year and despite my attempts to avoid it, my name got stuck in the Kris Kindle. So I decided to make a jewelry bag for my recipient, and use the spare fabric to make a second one as part of a larger Christmas gift.

It was based on a jewelry bag that my mother had given me some umpteen years ago (the one in the background). Turns out, I ended up making a third recently. One of the girls at the Kris Kindle liked it so much I told her I'd do one for her.

Monday, February 7, 2011


So I was making the rounds of usual blogs when I found this. Reuters reported on it in 2007.
Hari-kuyo, a Japanese needle festival, seems like a fabulous little tradition. One I approve of at any rate. So tomorrow, I think I'll take some time and organize my needles, as they certainly need it. Maybe you can too!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Baby Quilts

Tradition in my family has been that a newcomer to this world gets greeted with a brand new quilt made just for them! So when my friends started having babies, this is what I just HAD to make for them.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tiger Cross Stitch

So this is the project that I completed that inspired me to actually create this blog. I still have to wash it, block it, mount it and frame it, but here it is.
Its from a kit- 'Blue Eyes' from Kustom Krafts. I started it in January 2010 and finished it, by sheer determination, before the end of January 2011. I probably could have done it faster, but various stresses and classes and other projects conspired to delay it. 

It had been a while since I'd done needlework or any real crafting when I picked this up at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Dublin. So, since I was rusty- there were lessons I had to relearn.