Textural Peeks


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!


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.


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


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

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A story’s worth of stitching and suchlike.


A house with roots is a home.


To knit against cold in the wintertime.


To tend the good earth during swallow time.


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


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


But now there is no time.


There is no time – like the present!


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.


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


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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 :)


Janine @ Rainbow Hare


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