Monday, 23 July 2012

Working on the chain....gang

Thanks so much for all your words of comfort and encouragement on the last post, another last today- my last morning 'working' at the charity shop-but I got a rather nice denim jacket for £3.71 so every cloud... These two stitch samples have also been signed off . The blue one is chevron stitch. I love the dynamism of the central strip of stitches, this stitch would be great for electricity pylons  or anything with a 1950's vibe. I also really liked working the stitch over gingham and as a couching stitch. 

This yellow sample is chain stitch. I thought I 'knew' chain stitch, but it's amazing what new ideas came to me whilst just playing about. 
Both of these samples were worked in my table-stand hoop. I would really like to buy some cheap hoops the same size and mount all my samples up on a wall. This way I could just grab one down when I needed a little inspiration and if I was ever lucky enough to run a workshop or little lessons I could take my samples along. Next is couching which is one of all my all time favourite techniques. I wonder if this will make it harder or easier to come up with some really unusual techniques? 

Saturday, 21 July 2012

blanket coverage

Hey you! How are you? I'm hanging on in here- just. We have two weeks left in Kent now and our house remains available! That's a link back there, if you fancy a look at it, or more importantly if you fancy buying it- honestly we are on the edge of a world class golf club so this would be the perfect retreat for a golfer type- if you know one please forward the link! (excuse me- is my desperation showing? ;0) )

Sewing is much thinner on the ground now everything must be kept neat and tidy. I have completed my stitch samples for blanket stitch- I went a bit over the top and produced this little lot. I have about another 20-30 samples to complete for the course so it's a handy distraction.

I have also got some knitting on the needles for....wait for it.......for ME. I have never managed to make a garment for an adult before- well nothing which could be worn in anger- so fingers crossed this ends up O.K. I say fingers crossed but actually knitting seems to play havoc with my hands, making them numb the morning after an evening of knitting. I use wooden needles and makes starfish hands at the end of my rows, but I have noticed that Mum knits differently to me- I completely drop my needle but Mum uses a kind of crochet wrap to allow her to loop her wool without the drop. Does this make sense? I wonder if this might help my hands but don't want to fiddle with a new technique half way through a garment in case it buggers my tension. As if I didn't have enough to fret about without worrying I'm knitting 'wrong', oh well I guess a little bit of displacement worry never hurt anyone. 

We are moving in with Mum and Dad when we head to Dorset, this is just until we can sort out a rental property in the town in which we want to live. I'm sure it will feel just like a big holiday until September. I will try to keep in touch here a bit more but....well perhaps you understand that writing things down sometimes makes them seem more Real, most of the time I manage not to think about the kids not having school places, about walking into a playground with no familiar faces, about saying goodbye to our friends here who I love like family......yep mostly I just clean things and worry about for me!!