Friday, 12 December 2008

Wool Pincushion

We've had some nice bright weather this week, so I've got some sewing done despite the short December days. I like to work in natural light where possible, and of course decent light is necessary for taking photos. This was a nice quick project which I really enjoyed.
It came about because I wanted to make something with the lovely blue hand-dyed wool I used for the background. I didn't have a pattern, I just played around with colours and shapes until I was satisfied with the arrangement.

I deliberately left the flower petals unstitched, but I wanted to "work into it" a bit, as my daughter's art teacher used to say, and I added some touches of embroidery and some beads. The beads were left over from the Christmas card I made a couple of posts back.

It was just a bit of fun really, to see what I could come up with. I might do it differently if I did it again, but I love these colours, and as a pincushion it will be useful as well.

I'm taking a Christmas break from blogging now. I hope you have a lovely Christmas and I'll be back in 2009.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Squares and Other Shapes

Remember these crocheted squares? Well I've been gradually adding to them and now I've got a basketful! I only need a few more to have enough for a throw.
The yellow is what I was thinking of using to join them together and for making a wide edging.
I wasn't going to bother blocking these squares, but looking at the photos, maybe I should.

There are actually about three different dyelots of the off-white here, so I think I'll have to be careful to mix them up evenly before joining them. It will be 14 squares by 12. Don't know what that comes to, but I know it's a lot, LOL.
I've been playing with wool fabric and cutting out shapes.
This photo reminds me of those packets of gummed paper pre-cut shapes you use to be able to buy. I remember buying those regularly with my pocket money as a child.

A pincushion perhaps?