Textural Peeks

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Happy New Year! Without going into a great deal of dull information, the past couple of months have not been so amenable to making as I would have hoped, owing mainly to some major redecoration done at great speed to be ready for Christmas guests staying. And with the happy intermission of Christmas, so it continues!

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That door, alas, is the Makery taped shut :( Mercifully, though, the ceiling is being replaced under an insurance claim – who knew a leaking radiator pipe under the floorboards could cause such a palaver! – so someone else is filling the house with dust today. Next week we are expecting more guests…

So a quilt for the Endeavourers Reveal on the 1st February has become a rather urgent matter. And that somewhat puts my blog on hold because I can’t make anything else until I finish that and I can’t say too much about that because it’s a secret until the reveal.

So here are just some small peeks. The theme is ‘Texture’ and, having failed to come up with a plan these past two months, I started by stitching together some offcuts from previous quilts to use as base.

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Then I took my favourite piece of embroidered linen (which came long ago in a scrap bag) and tried some honeycomb smocking, which gave me an inkling of what to do next.

And I tried some silk ruching and twisted pleats…

And I gathered a selection of scraps and offcuts of fabrics with different textures…

And the rest, I’m afraid, must wait for the Reveal but I think I will get it finished and it’s going along merrily at the minute – touch wood.

I hope the year is treating you kindly so far and that we will all have much making to share in 2019 :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

About Time – A Story

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Here, at last, is my Summer Stitching book. First the story, then some notes.

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THE STORY

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ABOUT TIME

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2018

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A story’s worth of stitching and suchlike.

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A house with roots is a home.

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To knit against cold in the wintertime.

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To tend the good earth during swallow time.

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And day follows day and the years roll on and all goes well. And yet…

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Don’t you remember when we were young and nothing was impossible?

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But now there is no time.

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There is no time – like the present!

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In the present, of course, you will find an Adventure! And there’s no time to lose so snatch up your fabrics, threads, yarns, pen – whatever you have to hand…

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Keep to the road and follow wherever it leads step after step, word after word, stitch after stitch.

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Not the end – time to embark on a new adventure…

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NOTES

For the pages in this book I used a selection of utility fabrics interlined with with Vilene Fusible Low Loft Fleece. For the cover I also used a layer of hobbs wadding.

For the stitching, I used a wide variety of stranded embroidery threads (including Anchor, DMC and unbranded) and ordinary sewing threads (including Guterman, Vintage Silko and unbranded).

I also used a wide selection of new and vintage fabric scraps, lace, tapes, yarn, buttons and notions.

For the transfers I used Lesley Riley’s Tap Transfer Paper and the transfer pictures are public domain images from The Graphics Fairy.

I gave myself two rules – 1. No frogging and 2. Using only materials that I had already.

It has been an interesting experiment, which I’ve enjoyed. It has given me lots of stitching practice and ideas for future projects :)

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

 

I am linking this post with Soma at Whims and Fancies for Wandering Camera.