Wednesday, 19 October 2011
IHSW and My Lovely Sewing Tools SAL
This is what I worked on for IHSW, it's the design from The Gift of Stitching magazine which Kathy and I are stitched along with Claire and Cucki (plus anyone else who cares to join us). See Kathy's Blog for more details. We have the full blessing of Gift of Stitching magazine to encourage as many people to SAL with us as possible! We're also posting pics to their FB page.
Isn't it just darling, as Dame Edna would say :-). Mine is stitched on 40 count Newcastle which is lovely but does crease. That tiny over 1 M was the worst bit to stitch so far but the satin stitch thread spools were great. Sometimes I'm using 2 strands of DMC and sometimes 1, it's producing interesting results and I like the versatility while still only using 5 different colours.
I have also discovered something new to me - size 28 needles. Old hands may laugh at me, but I've always used whatever needles came with kits and have quite a supply. I got a pack of gold 24s free with something or other ages back and love them. However I kept seeing reference to size 28s so got a pack - aren't they amazing!! I love them. And you can use the thread down to the last mm as they're so short.
I've also been stitching Green Goddess and the Periphaeria SAL which is in the final stages. Pictures to follow.
I'm really enjoying all the answers to the Coventry mini-comp from my last post. Yes, there is a convent there and some people believe that's where the name came from and others believe it was named after an Anglo-Saxon called Cofa and his tree which marked the boundary of his land. A winner will be drawn this weekend so there's still time to enter.
Finally I received a belated Birthday present from the City Stitcher AKA Hannah - the JCS Hallowe'en and Christmas ornament issues! Both of them!! I'm so excited, now I just need to learn how to finish neatly. I can do three sides very nicely but it's the fourth one after you've stuffed the thing I have trouble with. I whip-stitched the first one I did but the corners look odd compared to the other 2 corners. Maybe I should have whip-stitched all four sides? Or just get some cord and cover them up.
Finally, does anyone spell Hallowe'en with an apostrophe any more? I always do because it's short for All Hallows Even but no-one else seems to do so. Maybe I'm just really old fashioned...