Now that Wimbledon is over…

I may get some embroidery done.

I’ve been doing other things like decorating the house and seeing to the garden, so we can sell the house.

Here is my reward, just picked.  They taste as good as they look.

strawberries july2013

I have managed to do some embroidery, from a Rowandean kit.  I like oriental designs, and really enjoyed doing this, as the instructions were there for me and I didn’t really have to think too much (which colour, which stitch etc.).

lady with fruit

Today I have been to an Embroiderers’ Guild meeting.  I particularly enjoyed it as I missed last month, when we were away on holiday. Our speaker was Jenny Boyle, who spoke about beads, and brought some beautiful items for us to see.  Maybe I’ll give beading a try.  I did once make a name badge, using Peyote Stitch, and I have plenty of beads left, so it might just be a matter of finding a project.  Mustn’t buy too much, as we’re downsizing, and I have already reduced my stash quite a bit, so I don’t really want it to grow again.

And yes, reducing the stash was painful, but it had to be done, and I’m quite proud of myself for being ruthless.

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July 8, 2013. Tags: , , . beadwok, Embroidery. Leave a comment.

Books Part 5

We’re getting to the end now.  First are books which have little or nothing to do with embroidery.

I was an avid hand and machine knitter at one time,  and tried to start a new branch of the Knitting and Crochet Guild.   I think we had a total of 7 members, but never all at a meeting at the same time!  After my back went I sold most of my machine knitting paraphernalia, but still have some yarn left.

‘Vogue Knitting’  is a  must-have – the description on the cover is  ‘The ultimate knitting book…’    It covers the basics starting with two methods of holding the needles, and how to follow a knitting pattern. It includes garment patterns and stitch patterns, but I also have The Knitting Stitch Manual by Lesley Stansfield.  These two books are all I need.

Next, Crochet – ‘The Vogue Dictionary of Crochet Stitches’ by Anne Mathews is much more than the title suggests.  It includes sections on techniques, instructions for garments, a comparison of  U.K. and U.S. terms, and Foreign Language Terms ((French, German, Italian and Spanish).

I bought ‘200 crochet blocks’ by Jan Eaton with the intention of using up some of the leftover wool in my stash.  I have done  few of them, but never really started in earnest.

‘The Technique of Crochet’, a 1987 book by Pauline Turner,  has designs for garments.  They are  a bit dated now, but I have kept this book because it is interesting for the different, less conventinal ways that crochet can be used.

‘Beautiful Bead Stitching on Canvas’ by Ann Benson is just what it says.  The designs are beautiful.  This book was a free gift when I took out a magzine subscription.  I have recently joined a craft group where some of the ladies are doing bead stitching on canvas, and it looks good.

At around the same time I acquired The Beader’s Handbook , which is  a publication from Bead & Button magazine.  Confession – I have never even looked through it!

Now for my design books.  The ‘Complete Book of Oriental Designs’ from Search Press has a wide variety of designs and some ides of how to make use of them. The book come with a CD so I have the designs on the computer.

A book I enjoyed working through is  ‘Drawing and Design for Embroidery’ by Richard Box.

‘Embroidery Design’ is a small booklet in the Needle Crafts series from search Press, written by Jan Messent.  I have found it very useful.

Last but certainly not least is  ‘Creating Sketchbooks’  by Kay Greenlees.  My ‘sketchbooks’ each have a different purpose.  That seems a good idea for another post.

December 8, 2011. Tags: , , , . beadwok, Crochet, knitting. Leave a comment.