Tuesday, 30 April 2019

100 day project - days 15 to 25

Day 15 - a spiral of fabric with running stitch.

Day 16 - strips of fabric attached with  variations of  chainstitch.

Day 17 - backstitched circles.

Day 18 - 4 piece of overlapped fabric embroidered with flowers.

Day 19 - strips of fabrics attached with a variety of running stitches.

Day 20 - an appliquéd crochet doily decorated with sequins and beads.

Day 21 - felt circles attached and decorated beaded blanket stitch. 

Day 22 - a square spiral of variegated thread running stitch.

Day 23 - a collage of fabric, lace and buttons.

Day 24 - manipulated fabric with either stab stitch or french knots.

Day 25 - circles of pale pink velvet with circles (all a bit wobbly) of a variety of embroidery stitches.

That's the end of the first quarter of squares, only another 75 to go!


Thursday, 18 April 2019

The 100 days project - days 7 - 14

Apologies for the late posting, but here are my stitched squares for day 7 to day 14.

Day 7 - a circle of linen with a scrap of lace at its centre, attached and encircled in long and short stitch. 

Day 8 - a circle of backstitch enclosing a myriad of french knots, with radiating arms of backstitch form the edge of the circle. 

Day 9 - three lozenges of fabric attached using long and short stitch. 

Day 10 - a vintage button attached to the fabric and oversewn with thread and decorated with french knots and beads.  

Day 11 - a backstitched  row of pink flowers in the grass.

Day 12 - pleated fabrics that have had the edges of the pleats decorated with (from top left of gingham fabric) couched wavy thread, green sequins attached with running stitch, french knots,  cross-stitchand zigzag  chainstitch. On the far right is bobble trim attached with beaded running stitch. The floral pleated fabric is edged with (from the top edge) stab stitch, blanket stitch and a version of herringbone stitch.  

Day 13 - woven strips of fabric with a line of running stitch down the centre of each row.

Day 14 - scrap squares of fabric,  attached with a french knot in a grid pattern.

I'm really enjoying the (self-imposed) rigor of producing a square of stitch each day and exploring different ideas.

I'll be back with more next week.


Monday, 8 April 2019

The 100 days project - days 1 to 6

The 100 day project started on Instagram in 2013, but this is the first year that I decided to take part. If you'd like more information on the 100 day project pop over to their website.

For my 100 days project, I'm creating 3 inch squares of stitch. I'm keeping to the colours of white, pink and green as I may want to join them up into a quilt.

Day 1 - three Suffolk puffs ringed in running stitch.

Day 2 - a piece of bias binding, edged at the top with buttonhole lace and sequins. The bottom edge has chain stitch with dangling beads. At the bottom is a piece of gingham with cross-stitch.

Day 3 - patches of fabric with running stitch.

Day 4 - circles of fabric edged in blanket stitch.

Day 5 - a strip of lace idled in loops of head with sequins. The piece of gingham has french knots and seed beads on the top edge. The bottom edge has a variety of beads. Underneath is a row of sequins and seed beads.

I'll be back with the next 7 squares next week.


Friday, 5 April 2019

A little lavender hearts

I made this little lavender for a birthday gift. It's made from recycled linen that I've embroidered a P, the initial of the recipient.  I used chain stitch to create the letter  P and then weaved thread around the chain stitch. I also added a little flower inside the P too.


Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Fancy hats and a gorgeous chair

My Father and I are slowly wending our way through the World Cultures gallery  in Liverpool. There's so many interesting things to look at and I'll be posting about a few of the things we see here, starting today.


This is an official's hat fro Bhutan and was made in the early 20th century.  High officials would wear these as they showed their rank and the part of the country they were responsible for. Unfortunately, you can't see the full vibrance of the colours in these photos as the lighting is kept deliberately low to help protect the artifacts, but the silk on this hat is beautiful. The rim of the hat has appliquéd flowers and leaves.

This hat is also from Bhutan and was worn by the Maharaja of Bhutan, or one of his councillors, and was given to Sir Charles Bell in 1910 and it was he, who donated the hat to the museum. The embroidered silk is lovely.

This beautiful 19th century carved ivory chair was taken from he palace of King Thibaw of Burma during an attack by the British in 1885. Thibaw wasn't popular among his people and that was the excuse the British used to invade the country, enabling them to take control of the region's trade.

We're off to the Museum today to continue our travels through the World Gallery's objects.