New Furtlings and Some Spring Photos

I seem to have given up blogging of late and almost a month has gone by, during which time Spring has been springing.

But I’m glad to say I have completed my monthly goal of adding all the TAST stitches to date into my fanTASTichia picture.

Lots of these stitches are new to me and I plan to keep going with this, at least for the first twenty stitches or so although I still don’t know what it will end up looking like!

Apart from that, I have been knitting…

And, after much trial and error, I have unvented a new improved way to attach heads to cloth dolls and a hair technique to avoid the stumpy, thick plaits/braids that rag dolls tend to have. When I get time, I’ll put up a tute in case anyone wants to try it.

I have also been outside a lot, mainly bramble clearing and weeding, but I haven’t taken photos of that! I did manage to get some pictures of a pair of geese who visited us one morning though and some on a walk with Poppy..

My most exciting news is that we are on the verge of having ‘real’ internet. After literally years of being promised more than a very inconsistent -1mb (owing apparently to long copper lengths, which has made providing us with the infrastructure for a reliable service ‘uneconomical for the public purse’) we have a green cabinet installed along the road which, if what they say is true, will deliver fibre broadband. I can hardly imagine what it will like – not watching a spinning disk and waiting for things to time out and resetting the router…

If you are a mother in the UK, I wish you a Happy Mothers day! If not I wish you a happy day anyway :)

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

I am linking this post with:

Fiona at Celtic Thistle Stitches for ‘New to Me’

Soma at Whims and Fancies for ‘Wandering Camera’

Helen at Archie the Wonder Dog for ‘Furtle Around the Blogosphere’

Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal – March Finish Link-up

fanTASTitchia

fanTASTtitchia

Although I’ve been following along with the TAST stitches in my practice/doodle squares, I thought it would be nice to make something combining the stitches so I have started a new project. I don’t have a plan beyond including the weekly stitches so we will have to wait to see what this ends up looking like!

I began with a chain stitch tree.

And then I started making a very small man and modified my ‘rules’ to include applique because I tried to stitch him and didn’t like the result! I made his head by stuffing a scrap of flesh coloured fabric and I will embellish him in time.

Then I made a buttonhole wheel because I’ve seen some amazing ones on other people’s blogs and it’s something I’ve wanted to try for a long time. You’d think drawing the guidelines would have resulted in a neater effect but for that, it seems, I just need more practice…

A LADY WITH A FELT DRESS

And, after that, I decided to put a lady in the tree and that’s as far as I’ve got.

During the next month, my goal is to add to this piece in some way that includes the first ten TAST stitches and, in the meantime, I’m going to link this post with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal March Link-up.

What are your goals for March?

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

A Little Stitching

Running Stitch

Last year (as blogged on 7th April), inspired by a photo of an amazing embroidery stitch sample book by the wonderfully talented Maya Matthew from Million Little Stitches, I resolved to join in with TAST (‘Take a Stitch Tuesday’ at Pintangle and I made a Running Stitch ‘page’. But I soon decided I wanted my fabric book to be a story and one thing led to another eventually resulting in ‘About Time’ (blogged here).

This year, I would like to make another fabric story book but I had an idea for a secret quilt, which kept nagging me until I’d finished it.

As I have not settled on how to begin with the new book yet I decided to make some more TAST samples. Including last year’s Running Stitch, I have now have five stitches done (I combined the chain stitch and detached chain stitch in one block) and TAST is in week eight so I hope I will soon catch up and then keep up for the rest of the year.

Chain Stitch
Stem Stitch
Fly Stitch

Unfortunately, here in the UK, it is not the season for photo taking just now but I’ll show them again once I’ve got them all done and perhaps that will be on a sunnier day :)

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare