Monday, 26 May 2014

Grans Granny Blanket

I'm coming to the end of posting about my Gran's work, although I wish I had more to show. It's been something I have been wanting to do for a while, to document what I have. This piece is probably the most precious along with the patchwork quilt. When I look at it I remember picnics and trips out in their old car, of long summer holidays in the caravan.
Mom had this blanket until earlier this year when she passed it onto me. It has some lovely yarns that have kept their colour surprisingly well. As with anything made from pure wool, over the years there has been a degree of felting, but in my mind it only adds to its charm.
I hope one day that it will be passed onto my children for them to use on their family picnics.

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Cats and Crochet

Sometimes its impossible to get things done when Skimble's around. If he's not chasing my cotton reel bobbins, hooking buttons out my sewing basket, clawing at pieces of scrap ribbons or shredding balls of wool, he's definitely up to some mischief. Funnily enough, he has a real fondness for crochet blankets. Probably because they are all 100per cent wool and are super warm and soft. I didn't even get a chance to lay these granny squares out on the carpet before he was on there yawning & relaxing.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Gran's Crochet Broomstick Bag

Thought I would post Grans broomstick crochet bag that she must have made ages ago (At least 30 years I'm thinking). She used to keep her tin hair pins in there, although she must have lost a few through those holes. Its a lovely stitch and quite easy to do. There are loads of tutorials to be found on Pinterest. I have been using it all these years to keep my hair slides & clips in but recently have decided to line it. All I need now is some Liberty lining fabric!
The piece of embroidery in the last photo was enclosed when I bought another sewing item from the internet. Its really lovely but alas there is no information other than the year it was made. I am surmising that it was completed by a girl, possibly in her early teens or younger. Anyway I love it and its sits on my noteboard filled with other embroidery bits and stitched samplers.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Japanese Crochet Flower Scarf - Number 2

I finally finished adding to mom's Japanese crochet flower shawl and gave it to her last Friday. The extra motifs made the world of difference. The wool I used was a 4 ply which made the motifs smaller than the original pattern suggests.
I liked it so much I am making myself one. I doing it this time in one colour with my Raverly notes here. I bought this years ago because I liked the colour, but the yarn itself was really weird as  it was so stretchy. It has sat in a box and endured a house move before I have eventually dug it out to make this scarf. It is super stretchy with the advantage of being 100 percent wool. It holds the shape of each motif well and snaps right back into place. I tried to crochet first with a smaller than suggested hook - 3mm but it seemed to make it a little tight and coarse. So I followed the suggested and it has worked well. I must admit it is such a straightforward pattern to follow, especially when there is no colour change it makes up quite quickly with no brain power involved at all . The original pattern colours the centre with white and yellow so represent the flower. If I had enough yarn I would have tried something similar as  I loved how this was worked up.
I am still doing the Quaker cross stitch, it is really filling out now and becoming quite striking when it is draped on the chair as I'm sewing. I still think it will take another ten months or so. That's my reckoning at doing a motif a month!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Blackwork - Quaker Style - Update

An update of the Quaker Black Work cross stitch piece that I'm working on. I started this in January 2013 and it has been slow going but very enjoyable.
Its such a big piece, so its going to take a while to complete.
Its a 32 count I think or it could be even smaller.
It was bought as a kit with no instruction, just a chart.
Its one of those projects that you pick up, do a bit then tuck it away until the urge takes you again.


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