(I missed my alloted time again so slotting in here).
Long post warning, lol.
CQJP - February - WIP
Updates on the February block and a few close-up pics of some stitch embellishments so far on this block.
The needle-weaving seam, that was extremely "slow going" last week, has now been completed thanks mostly to my darling "Dooman" hubby who made new legs for my Posilock frame stand so that I could pop the embroidery hoop in it and work with both hands on the stitching. Phew!!!. It is great to be working without having to hold the hoop in one hand now. That Posilock stand has not been able to stand up on it's own for about 10 years, and I really missed it.
Last weekend Dooman was meant to be building a shed to house his new farm equipment. It started raining quite heavily and I wandered out to the barn (where he was hiding) and presented him with the Posilock stand and told him what the legs should look like. Less than half an hour later he gave it back to me complete with new legs, oh yeah, and the biggest smile on his face.
Lots of brownie points for Dooman.
The double row of Cretan stitch.
The Crocheted Lace piece.
Lots more embellishing to do on this block yet.
and the following TAST close-up pics are worked on this block too.
TAST week 7 - Detached Chain Stitch
Detached chain in lilac thread stitched closely side-by-side, and the pale green silk ribbon is detached chain as well.
Isn't this a great detached chain stitch "wheel" in variegated thread.
The centre is a woven spider wheel, and there will eventually be something else in the middle, but I haven't decided if it will be a bead, French knots, or something else.
As we Tuesday Stitchers are sharing pics of our workspaces, here are a couple of pics of where I do my stitching.
In this first pic next to the open French doors is my arm chair with Posilock stand holding my CQJP. Threads, beads, ORTs jar & snippers on the table at my side. Thread tray, lap tray and beads box on my footstool. Overhead angle-light for dark days. And outside on the deck is another space where I stitch. The outside dining table gets used for cutting fabric too.
Here's a better look at the view from my arm chair
And yet another place where I read and stitch is the gazebo. Love the shade here (so do the chickens), and the book on my chair is The Quilter's Legacy (5th book in the Jennifer Chiaverini's series).
And I just thought you might like to see this awesome scene that we woke up to on Saturday morning.
Have you ever seen a Cloud Rainbow before?
It was just "hanging" there over the orchard for ages.
My Other Project Updates
No update for February BJP as I haven't even started it yet. It is all "In-My-Head" for now.
I have made the fabric choices for Counties Quilters - February BOM due at next meeting in March.
I have fused the Kiwifruit applique block for Prostate Cancer Charity Quilt fundraiser. The block is now ready for blanket stitch and embellishing.
Block Lotto for this month is the easy Granny's Flower Garden, and fabric is being auditioned as I speak. The only stipulation for this is that the background fabric must be cream.
And the 2012 Freeform Crochet Challenge work is well under way, but I'm not allowed to post any pictures until the challenge book is published with all the entries in. This keeps it a wonderful surprise so that everyone can see all the challenge pieces at the same moment, and not get influenced (or intimidated) by anyone else's work.
So it has been another busy, busy week.
Next week has the potential to explode on me as I have so much to get done.
I want to make a brightly coloured, highly textured cushion for my mum, who has very poor eyesight (hence the bright colours and textures). She is almost totally deaf now too, and to top it off, she has recently had another fall and broken a couple of ribs.
As a very active person in the past, she is now suffering a bit. She loved her garden and spent all her spare time there when she wasn't working, stitching, or crocheting. So that is why I want to send her a flower cushion. To help bring a bit of that love back into her life, and to remind her that I love her even though I am half way around the world from her.