Something Different (Wandering Camera and OMG)

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With the evenings, drawing in, the leaves beginning to turn and the fruits and berries ripening, I can feel the great wheel of the year driving us steadily into Autumn – whether we are ready or not – and, although I should probably be finishing up my Summer Stitching, the pervasive sense of change in the air and the sky and the fields and the woods makes everything I’ve been doing these past few months seem, suddenly, a bit samey and dull. And I just been wanting to do something different. No grand plan. No specific different thing. Just anything different!

So, whilst I was taking some flowery garden photos for Wool on Sundays, I decided to take photos, too, of the things I never take photos of and I was surprised at the variety of pattern and texture we have about the place. Instead of trying to take ‘good’ or ‘nice’ photos, I just took honest photos. Clips of things just as they are. It was more an interesting thing to do than a great result but I put them into this mosaic, which I quite like, as my offering for this month’s Wandering Camera with Soma at Whims and Fancies. Should you be curious, you can click through the mosaic to see the individual photos, though I should mention that to see the mosaic you need to view my actual blog. If you are seeing this post in an email, I’m sorry, the photos will just be dumped anywhere in a big mess because that’s what happens to blog mosaics in emails :(

In the Makery, also, I’ve been switching things up a bit. After my little Improv Horse, last month, I thought I might make a sort of improv sampler and, to start, I tried using some improv curves to make tessellating fish – I can think of no end of uses for tessellating fish! They were not a huge success. Horribly baggy in places, though I think it could work with gentler curves or, maybe just more practice.

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But I decided, instead, to make some with a seam allowance and to sketch up a rough plan for a wall hanging incorporating some improv elements but focused more on doing something different with simple shapes. So for my OMG this month…

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…I’m going to try making blocks and setting them into the layout of the squares and rectangles underlying a Golden Spiral.

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In case you want to draw a Fibonacci spiral, the youtube video below has an excellent tutorial.

I am not planning, at the stage, to make the actual spiral in my quilt – just to make blocks in the proportion and layout of the ‘background squares. I will complete eight blocks (equating to 1,2.3,5,8,13,21 in the diagram above) and inspired by the sketch below but subject to variation.

If I have time, I might sew them together or even make more but my monthly goal is just to make the eight blocks.

Good luck with your goals this month.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare

Some Views from a Gondala

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Well, it’s a far cry from the Rainbow Hare Makery, the city of Venice. So much so that I’m almost at a loss for what to say or where to begin. So, whilst I collect my thoughts and organise my photos, I will start simply with a selection of views from a gondala :)

 

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I will be linking this post with Fiona from Celtic Thistle Stitches for New to Me in 2018.

Edited to add: Also ‘New to Me’, I hate the way WordPress scrambles up the format and images in a post for email subscribers. It doesn’t seem to be possible to have a page break only in emails so, today, I attempted to solve that by selecting ‘show summary’  for each article in a feed. Now it has emailed not only the whole slideshow in a random layout but also included pictures that are not even in this post :(

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Janine @ Rainbow Hare

New to Me…

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Happy Midsummer or Midwinter :)

It seems like forever since I wrote a ‘New to Me’ post to link up with Fiona At Celtic Thistle Stitches – it’s so long, in fact, that I felt sure it was on the 15th of the month and I’ve just realised it’s not until 25th! No matter. I do have a couple of new things to share this month.

I have been crocheting Granny Stripes (which I’ve never tried before) and I’m confident I will have a blanket finished by the next Wool on Sundays.

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And I’ve re-newed my kitchen tablecloth. The photo on the left, below, was originally an upcycle from two quilts, which were too small to be very useful and I loved this quilted cloth but it had become horribly faded by the sun so I dyed it. I had to choose a colour dark enough to cover the red so I went for navy blue and found I’d quilted in dye resistant white :( But I think it’s ok with a vintage cloth on top and it definitely looks an improvement.

 

Apart from that, it’s been VERY hot. If you’re in Australia, I’m sure you’ll think 30+ degrees is nothing but with out humidity and lack of acclimatisation it’s been plenty hot enough! Today has been the hottest June day and this has been the hottest ‘prolonged period in June’ since 1976. It’s not quite new to me. I was ten years old in 1976 and I spent the rest of my childhood and many other rainy Summers hoping for a repeat but it is unusual and was certainly new to Poppy and Fiona.

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I’m actually hoping that these clouds in the West this evening are blowing in with some cooler weather. Thunder storms (which I love) are forecast tonight and then a band of rain, which I would welcome after all the gardening I’ve been doing lately – not too much rain though! As the sun was setting tonight, the birds were much quieter than usual but there was a huge hullaballoo of cows echoing all around the hills so I don’t doubt change is coming…

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In the garden, the most exciting ‘new to me’ has been a bird family that took up residence in a box nailed to the oak by people who lived here before us. I’m glad I eventually got around to taking these photos yesterday (even though the sun wasn’t in a good place) because today these noisy little birds found themselves so well fattened by the extraordinary quantity of insects and caterpillars their long suffering mother has been fetching and carrying to them for weeks, that they managed to fly away.

My other ‘new to me’s are less interesting. I have managed to get the whole vegetable garden weed-free (which, sadly won’t last long) and tried to net broccoli and kale making hoops from tensioning wire. It looks ridiculous and I don’t recommend it but everything was free and the proof will be in the eating!

And we have new-this-year courgettes and some runner beans grown, which is a new-ever to have by midsummer. Staying on the kitchen table all through April (owing to frosts) obviously didn’t do them any harm!

I hope next month I’ll have more crafty ‘new to me’s to link :)

Janine @Rainbow Hare

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I’m linking this post with Fiona at Celtic Thistle for New to Me:

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