Quite finished quilt

Unbelievably, I’ve finished my quilt. I’m so, pleased. Many moons ago I read an article about making a quilt in a weekend. Ha! I can do that I thought. I can do a random pattern of stripes, use up all (ha) my scraps, make it look like a sea and do wavy free form quilting.

Well, it kind of meets that expectation except, most definitely the weekend bit! I know its been a while because the photographic evidence goes back 18 months and they weren’t taken when I started. I feels like four years but lets just settle for somewhere in the middle.

Anyway, here it is…

Raw edges and stitching in progress.

raw edges q

Work in progress, detail of strips, up-cycled fabrics including the odd remaining button…

detail q

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And the finished item folded…

finished q folded

Rear view, made in giant log cabin pattern…

finished q back

And the right side…

finished q

Phew! All done and very satisfying. Light weight and perfect for a spring/autumn boost.

Crafty 2016

Its so easy to lose track of what you’ve done over the last year. I found this last January when I blogged about that I’d read in 2015. It was difficult to remember all my reads. I resolved to keep a list of books and have kept it through 2016. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually had read and now I’m able to blog about all those good or not so good reads. That’s subject for another day but today I’ve been casting my mind back to my craft projects of 2016.

I don’t have a list, but at least I’ve a photographic record of lots of them! So, here are a few reminders of projects from last year. Some you’ve seen, some new…

Knitting

I finished fingerless mits made with hand spun yarn, a baby jacket and at the end of the year made myself a cosy cowl – another stash buster!

Spinning

I finally finished spinning some soft, but previously very dirty jacob, completed a four colour shetland yarn and at the end of the year spun some lovely soft, probably merino, multi-coloured top. I love its soft mossy green with hints of red.

Sewing

For me, sewing means many things. Often I use a range of materials, a mixture of textures, machine and hand stitching and embellishments of beads, shells etc. This year I managed to finish some WIPs that had been hanging around for ages, which was very satisfying but also knocked up a quick and effective flipped and stitched picture…

Crochet

I don’t really consider myself a crocheter but I’ve completed a few crochet projects in 2016. You’ve seen the rock pool cushion and experiment before but not quick Christmas decoration or the blanket which has played a big part of my crafty year. I really like it and it was very satisfying. Nearly all the yarn in these projects has been up-cycled and/or gifted and its been a good stash busting year!

And more…

And still there are a few more bits and pieces including a woven cardboard basket, the ever WIP quilt, a fun Lutrador and Xpandaprint experiment (still a WIP), a lesson in tunisian crochet (I really must revisit it) and shibori indigo dyeing.

And now for 2017…!

Shetland four ways

This is a catch up blog, just because I love the yarn and I wanted to share it.

Earlier in the summer I finished a long running (yes, again and over 2 1/2 years long) spinning project.

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The wool is shetland and its spun from four shades – white, a lovely grey, beige – mid-brown and chocolate. You need to look at more than one image to see all four shades!

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I rotated from one shade to another creating a thick and thing single. I need to improve the tension because the thin bits are quite over spun, however, I like this as a feature.

For now, its living in the stash, looking a good project!

spun-yarn

Going freeform

I’ve just finished my latest crochet project. But, this time its a bit different.

Our craft group recently had a class led by a lovely spinner, crocheter, felter and multi-talented lady. She inspired us to learn freeform crochet and it was great fun. Basically, anything goes.

Typically, I was determined to finish off such an interesting project and though it has taken a few months, its finally done. Well, the freeform part anyway!

I loved the way with freeform crochet anything goes. I combined lots of different shapes (stars, spirals, blocks), stitches (bullion(!), trebles, doubles) and then went really off piste and combined patches of knitting and felting.

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I was up-cycling old tapestry yarns and the colours were rather random but I kept bright colours for sea creatures, and greens and blues for the water/background.

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It kept on growing like an amorphous mass so I eventually took a tip from our tutor/inspirer and made a template, stuck to it and filled in the gaps.

Ultimately, it may be a cushion, but for now, I’m really pleased with my rock pool!

rockpool-crochet

Experiment

experiment

I’ve just wound up this project. I’ve been playing with a large crochet hook (9mm) and multiple fine yarns on cones which I was kindly given. Its been hard work crocheting such a number of yarns at once so, having reached a diameter of about 30cm, I’ve given up.

I’m going to rethink what I can do with the yarn and my chunky hook!

I didn’t know a the outset what the outcome would be and now I think its most likely to be a table mat. Anyway, despite the hard work, I like the resultant combination of colours so now I just need to find it a home.

Here’s the whole thing…

whole experiment

Tweedy

I started this year determined to finish some of my WIPs. I’ve done a few but have now ground to a halt, but probably only because I’ve got into new things which always spark my attention.

Anyway, back in April (yes, I should have blogged it before now,) I finally finished a tweed cushion. Its covered in applique flowers with free machine embroidery.

tweed allium

First, I built up the layers for the flowers and decided on their placement. This allium (above) has three layers. Placement was really difficult and in hindsight I’d rearrange them a bit but I’m really pleased with the results anyway.

The small, starburst flowers were the simplest with random stitching radiating from the centres.

tweed flowers

Selecting embroidery thread colours wasn’t simple. I wanted to keep a limited palette and tied it to the colours of the tweed discs that make up the flowers. Contrasting colours were most effective but didn’t work with all the fabric combinations in the flowers.  I worked with that and varied them as I went along. These three layer flowers have two colour detail.

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Some of my favourites are these sunflowers, they have a lot of stitching which really stiffens the fabric.

tweed sunflower

The final cushion has different sides, alliums featuring on one…

tweed cushion

and the large sunflowers, the other…

tweed cushion2