17 March 2012 23:45
The quilts below are more traditional than the Song of the Clyde quilts I think but there’s still loads of work in them as you can see. I’m just sorry that my photos aren’t great, I had to quickly snap them while there were no people standing in front of the quilts, it was so crowded.
So pretty and girly.
I don’t know about you, but I would love to have this as the view out of my window, rainbow and all.
I should have gone around taking notes. This one has a poem on it but I haven’t a clue what it says. The collage/quilt makes me think of “granny’s hielan’ hame” though. It looks like Loch Lomond with all the wee islands. Deceptively naive looking and it’s another location I would like to live in.
I just have a few more photos of the Creative Stitches exhibition at Glasgow to show – but I’ll leave them for another post!
13 March 2012 23:47
I went to the Creative Stitches Exhibition at the SECC in Glasgow on Sunday, it was the first time I had been so I didn’t really know what to expect. It was hoaching/heaving with women and just a few men (not mine)! All sorts of crafts were featured and there were plenty of knitters and crochet folks about but I was a wee bit disappointed by the knitted things which were on display. As far as I could see there didn’t seem to be much in the way of traditional knitting nor anything really innovative. Thinking back to the 1980s which was when there was a last big resurgence in the craft I remember it as being more exciting somehow – yes knitting can be exciting!
It was quite difficult to get photos but I did just manage to snap some of the Downton Abbey costumes – as you can see.
I took lots of photos of quilts and embroideries as that’s mainly what I’m interested in and I thought I’d start off with this one, a tribute to Jane Austen. It’s about a metre square I think and although this was part of the Quilter’s Guild Exhibition it also has a lot of embroidery on it.
In fact I think it’s often quite difficult to figure out what is meant to be embroidery or quilting. The two crafts seem to cross over into each other’s territory a lot. I would call quite a lot of the exhibits collages, but whatever they’re called I’m just awestruck by the beauty of some of them. I’ll be posting some real crackers soon!
22 July 2011 23:40
As you can see I’ve finished embroidering the linen cushion cover which I started some weeks ago and I’m quite pleased with it. I like the really bright colours which are a feature of this sort of 1930s Jacobean design. It should brighten up a grey day and we certainly get plenty of them!
It was absolutely yonks since I had done any embroidering like this. I’ve been doing cross stitch and tapestry/needlepoint projects more recently but I must admit that I really enjoyed doing this kind of embroidery again and I now have a few more similar projects that I’m dying to get stuck into.
At first my stitching was quite dodgy really but I think that I improved as I progressed with it and I hope that the next thing I do will be better. I’m going to try using a finer needle with the hope that I’ll be able to manage more delicate stitching then.
20 May 2011 23:03
It’s years since I did any needlework which wasn’t either needlepoint or cross stitch, but I’ve been thinking of doing some designs of my own, loosely based on some lovely Honiton Jacobean design pottery which I have. So when I saw this old cushion cover going really cheaply on that auction site I had to bid for it. Well nobody else did!
A wee bit of the top flower had already been embroidered but the rest of it is my work and it has been really quick and enjoyable to do. I just wanted to get some practice in before embarking on my own variation on the theme. I was never very great at satin stitch but I am improving with practice and I’m quite pleased with the effect so far. As you can see I still have about half of it to stitch but it shouldn’t take long to complete.
This sort of design became very popular in the 1930s and it was still being done in the 1950s. Design sort of stagnated during the war. I don’t think people could get the material for doing fripperies, it was all knitting socks and mufflers for the troops. The original Jacobean designs were not quite as outrageously coloured, but it’s the bright, crazy colour combinations which I love.
Elsewhere on the craft front I’ve finished off the pansies needlepoint. I managed to get to grips with my sewing machine which for some reason behaved perfectly, it must just have needed a rest. I even managed to do a button hole on trousers and I put a new pocket in a pair of my husband’s trousers. If only he wouldn’t carry so much junk around in them they wouldn’t wear into holes. It was a nightmare to do and the next time they are going in the bin if he can’t put up with not using the pocket. The trouble is his mother was a sewing teacher, in fact she was MY sewing teacher, and he tends to think that all women can do what she could do. I’ve told him that she went to college for three years to learn how to make clothes and learn about all aspects of sewing, but I don’t think he believes me!
21 September 2010 23:56
I’ve been sewing and knitting for donkey’s years and I think my favourite kind of stitching is needlepoint/tapestry, probably because it isn’t so hard on the eyes. Cross stitch often has me just about going cross-eyed but I couldn’t resist buying this book a few years back.
As you can see, I’ve just about finished the strawberry design which will be a reminder of summer for me. I have the teeniest wee alpine strawberries in my garden which grow all over the place. They taste lovely, that is if you can find them before the blackbirds do. The flavour is better than that of normal sized strawberries but I always think that they would be just perfect as a snack for a Borrower from the books by Mary Norton.
22 August 2010 23:31
This blog is supposed to have some craft content in it but I haven’t had the time recently for crafting. I had thought that I was going to be reduced to blogging about “one which I did earlier”, but then I decided that it might be more interesting to show this band sampler.
It was passed on to me by Great Aunt Jenny, who was an aunt through marriage. She had had it rolled up in a drawer for absolutely years but thought that I might like it as I do embroidery. Jean Barclay wasn’t actually related to me, she was Aunt Jenny’s great grandmother and I think she was probably about 10 years old when she did this sampler. Just imagine how annoyed she must have been when the date wouldn’t fit into the space which she had left for it!
Band samplers weren’t meant to be framed. They were rolled up and kept in your sewing box for reference. But I wanted to be able to see it so I had it framed and it hangs on my living-room wall. I’m careful to keep it out of strong light though, so that it doesn’t fade.
I can’t make up my mind whether the date is meant to be 1823 or 1832.