Resolutions update

The piece of Bargello I mentioned in my last post has now been attached to the empty coffee tin, and here it is.  I’m quite pleased with the finished item.





Once I had completed the stitching I decided to have a clearout, and sold some of my canvas and tapestry wool on eBay,  as canvaswork no longer has the appeal for me that it had when I bought them. The proceeds were very pleasing.

The next item I made was a pouch for my diary, as it is a very pale pink, and I don’t want to spoil it.  This was made with fabrics from my stash. The outer fabric is a from a sample book of curtain fabric, and is organza-ish. 



There is bondaweb on the back of the lining fabric, and I really like the effect.  There is enough fabric left to make an evening bag when I feel motivated.


Before Christmas I bought a kit to make an etui.  It consisted of precision cut cards, and instructions.  I didn’t realise until I read the instructions, that the etui is primarily made by glueing.  Not quite what I had anticipated, but acceptable to practice on.  The piece of braid needed to complete it arrived today, and here it is.



I am quite pleased with it, but just a bit worried what will happen along the line, when the glue dries out.  I have had to buy the fabric, and will probably sell the rest on eBay, as I don’t anticipate using the rest.  The braid also had to be purchased and proved difficult to find.  I was looking in the wrong places!  It is chair braid, so not found in haberdashery shops.

There’s not much embroidery at the moment.  I was not well on the day of the last Embroiderers’ Guild meeting, so I am suffering withdrawal symptoms, and a lack of inspiration.

At present I am reducing my stash of knitting wool, by crocheting blocks to make… what?

Crochet blocks



Whatever it is will be colourful, with interesting textures.

For me, January has been successful.  as you will see above.  I have used or disposed of quite a lot of my stash.  The only materials were required for a planned project.

I have also managed to buy my lamp, and I LOVE IT.  I had not realised how yellow the light emitted by energy-saving bulbs can be.  It is good for embroidery, and for reading small print.  Earlier in the month when  i was still working long-and-short stitch on the tablecloth,  I was doing it without a magnifier, and making really quick progress.  I had been wondering whether I need a visit to the optician, but now I realise that the problem was with the lighting.


P.S. the new lamp is has a floodlight effect tube, with a colour temperature of 6500 kelvin, which is equivalent to overcast daylight at midday, so good quality, and not too bright.

January 31, 2013. Tags: , . Bargello, Craft, Crochet. Leave a comment.


My New Year resolutions are still intact, but it was a close call yesterday.

My husband gave me some money at Christmas , and I have decided to spend it on a decent work lamp, with a daylight bulb/tube and no flicker. I do most of my embroidery in the dining room at the back of the house. I can sit at the table with the window to my left, which is ideal for a right-handed person. The sun only shines on the back of the house early in the day (when I am doing my chores, so I can get on with the things I really want to do), so I am never troubled by shadow.  In the evenings, I am struggling.  I got on reasonably well with the Mountmellick  project before Christmas, but at the point when I had to put it away, I had a lot of satin stitch to do, and that required better vision.  Between Christmas and New Year I got out the tablecloth, which is my longest standing  W.I.P. and worked on it for a few hours, but I was struggling to see the lines , which are a limey green. I had to take it into the kitchen and use a pencil to go over the lines before doing the stitching.  I have a small lamp which clips on, but the clip is vicious, so I have to pad it with felt, and it is not stable.  Also the  bulb and the shade get really hot.  Unfortunately, I knocked it, and it fell off with a clatter, hit the radiator, and the bulb has gone.  So I have decided that the best thing to do is take it to the refuse tip, and buy something decent.

I have seen one I like on the internet, but it is out of stock until next month (a lot of lucky people must have had them bought at Christmas), so I thought  a trip to Hobbycraft would be a good idea.  You never know, at this time of year, they might even have reductions.  It was the reductions which tempted me.  I supposed I should have resisted the temptation to look, but they were there, just inside the door.  First I found  a Jannlynn candlewicking cushion kit – reduced from £44.99 to £10 – what a bargain!.  I must have held it clasped to my bosom for about 10 minutes, while I looked to see if there was anything else, when I remembered that this was not what I had come for, and I was about to break a Resolution.  So I put it back on the display, and continued.

I always have a general look round when I am there (or any other embroidery-related shop), because I like to what they have, so I know where to go when I need things.  Next I spotted a book, in another part of the shop.  It was reduced from £10 to £4.99, and had some really lovely lacy knitting patterns.   I had to remind myself that there is  jumper waiting for a neckband, which I am holding back to take to the craft group at the end of the month, and I would be braking a Resolution.  (Why am I holding this back?  The lighting in the room where we have the craft group is really not good enough for embroidery.)

On to the stand with the lamps and magnifiers.  They have a good selection, but I prefer the one on the internet, so I came  out of Hobbycraft without spending any money.

So after a week all my Resolutions are still intact.  How much longer this will last we shall have to wait and see.

Last night I decided to make a trial piece of Bargello.  I went through all my tapestry wool (have I really got that much?), and took out all the small amounts which need to be used up, and got started.  I found it relaxing.  I have always intended to make a Bargello cushion cover, but I think I have got a bit carried away with the amount of canvas and wool that I have acquired.  I think a lot of people will know exactly what I mean.

January 8, 2013. Tags: , , . Bargello, Embroidery. Leave a comment.

New Year Resolutions

Have you made any?

I’ll just stick to those which are relevant to embroidery

My first two are the perennial ones

– finish some of the projects already in progress

– reduce the ‘stash’, particularly by buying only those items which will be needed for a planned project.
(This means I must NOT be tempted to buy something just because it is beautiful/ a good price/ hard to find.)

I must also add a third one

– spend less time doing meaningless/timewasting/non-productive things in order to make more time for embroidery and other valuable activities.

If anyone would like to comment, and maybe share their resolutions, I might just have to increase the list!

Happy New Year to you all

January 1, 2013. Tags: , . Embroidery. Leave a comment.