Wool on Sundays – 146 (Growing Slowly)

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Welcome to October’s Wool on Sunday! I don’t have any nice new yarn finishes to share so I thought I’d start this post with a photo of one of my trusty knitting companions – Poppy of the beautiful ears!

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The dubious green cardigan has grown but, despite my claims in my last Wool on Sundays post, it has not been a September finish.

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I have been trying to cram all my working info into the edge of a lace chart (I won’t decode because it’s not the greatest system!) but now I’ve got it all onto one needle it should become more portable and pick up speed.

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Meanwhile, I did have a prettier finish this month.

Truth to tell, I have been sorely tempted to embark on more new and pretty projects but I am resolved to do nothing whatsoever else with yarn until the green cardigan is finished. Do you get tempted to start new things halfway through a project?

On a cheerier note, we have lots of apples :)

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If you have any wool/yarn posts to share, I’d love you to link up. The rules, as usual, are: 1). Posts must include some content – makes or musings or photos – related to knitting, crochet, felting, spinning or yarn. 2). Projects sewn from felt or wool fabric or stitchery using wool are also welcome but please don’t link posts that are exclusively about sewing, quilting and fabrics. 3). Posts don’t have to be from the past week but please put a link to WOOL ON SUNDAYS or grab the button from my sidebar and include it in or at the bottom of any posts you link up. 4). MOST IMPORTANT visit anyone else who links. The next Wool on Sundays will be on Sunday 5th November.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

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Time and Tide…

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Time and tide waits for no man…

Have you tried something new this month and linked  up with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches?

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I have been trying out Pebeo Setacolor Opaque fabric paints. I came upon this after googling in search of gold fabric paint for a project which must remain secret for a little while. I found the gold very easy to work with and I was delighted with the results. The line below is 1/4″ wide and I’m sure it would have have taken me much longer to applique and would have been much more cumbersome.

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In case you are tempted to try it out, here is a quick ‘how to’.

  1. Iron a piece of freezer paper onto the back of your fabric.
  2. Either paint freehand or draw an outline (I used a Frixon pen) and fill carefully with paint. You may need several layers. The gold, above, was one layer but the photo of the white, below, was also taken after one layer, which was disappointing.
  3. When the paint is dry, remove the freezer paper and iron the BACK of your fabric for 5 minutes.

5. Layer your piece with wadding and backing fabric to make a ‘quilt sandwich’.

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6. Quilt as desired, as they say! I sewed around the outline of my shapes and then quilted straight lines in the background.

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The ‘Time and Tide’ block, unfortunately, didn’t go so well as the gold and purple one. I found the colours seemed less opaque and painting over them resulted in a more textured effect than I wanted (perhaps something that a softer brush might help). Also, the presser foot kept sticking on the painted areas and I’m not sure if that was because the paint was thicker (more layers) or whether it was the fabric or thread. I wonder if a teflon foot might help as I imagine it’s quite similar to sewing vinyl, which I’ve never tried… I certainly think there are a lot of possibilities for integrating this into quilts, though, and the colours, which are water based, are mixable and can also be be mixed with a special paint to give a pearlised effect so there many exciting possibilities I have yet to attempt :)

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I am linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2017

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

BECOME AN ENDEAVOURER!

Edited to add: We are delighted to have had such an enthusiastic response but we’re sorry to have to say this group is now full.

NEW ART QUILT GROUP – A CALL FOR MEMBERS!

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Would you be interested in joining a new Art Quilt group?

Sadly, the Four in Art quilt group will close after the next reveal (November 1st 2017) as members move on to new things, but Catherine, who blogs at Knotted Cotton and I are starting anew.

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Our group will be called ‘The Endeavourers’ (from ‘Endeavour’: try, attempt, venture, undertake, aspire, aim, seek) as this embodies the spirit with which we hope to approach our quilts.

We are looking for members who would really like the opportunity to take part in a quarterly challenge to make a quilt of any size according to a general theme chosen at the beginning of the quarter (we’ll either select it randomly from suggestions, or take turns to suggest it) .

You can work in any style suggested to you by the theme, but once in a while, we thought it would also be fun to throw a particular technique into the mix as an incentive to be adventurous.

We would like members to post about their progress and thoughts on their blogs (and any other social media), and on the shared group blog we will create, keeping the finished quilts for a shared ‘reveal’ on 1st February, 1st May, 1st August and 1st November where we can also talk about our own inspiration for our quilts.

We will publish the first theme on November 1st 2017 and our first reveal date will be on February 1st 2018.

We would ask for a commitment to one year to start with so we can get off to a good start.

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Our mission statement is:

  • to share enthusiasm
  • to share inspiration and ideas, and document our progress and process
  • to challenge ourselves to move outside our comfort zones (for example by working with new colours, fabrics, materials or techniques).
  • to develop our own styles and practices
  • to encourage each other in all of the above
  • to boldly go where no quilter has gone before (not really)

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Don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself to be an accomplished quilter or an artist. If you share the aims in our Mission Statement and would like to join, please do contact us by commenting below! We hope to have a group set up by 15 October in order to sort out all the final details by the end of the month. You can see the quilts Catherine and I have made for Four in Art by clicking here and here.

We’d love to hear from you!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

(The Scissor Image is from The Graphics Fairy)