By Maureen Bromley
During what turned out to be the first lockdown, I decided, after working on various patchwork quilt tops (unfinished), general sewing, and knitting and crochet, that maybe I should maybe get some of the UFOs finished. So I went through my workroom (not sure I could actually work in there as it could be considered a storeroom). I should finished one or two of the items started many years ago, which transpired to be during the 1970s. I first thing I thought I should finish was an embroidered tablecloth, with the design preprinted on it, which was about two thirds done. Over the period of the next few months I worked on it, then put it back in the bag, worked on other things and then finally in November I finished it. It had one or two light stains on it which have more or less washed out and I am pleased to say we used it on the table on Christmas Day. The tablecloth was bought for a table we had, but it does fit the current table diagonally.
I then found another tablecloth, this time it was pulled thread, a very soft evenweave fabric with a green and white stripe. Again this was about two thirds done, so I worked on that, in between other things and finished it February this year. This was an original design by me and the notes and diagrams were still with it, along with all the threads. But I did have to reduce the amount of stitchery on it as I wouldn’t have had enough thread. This was started even earlier than the other tablecloth, possibly 1970, again it fits our current table diagonally. It doesn’t photograph particularly well, or maybe my skills as a photographer are lacking, but the photo does give an idea of what it looks like.
Well, I think I was on a bit of a roll here as I found yet another old embroidery in the guise of a cushion cover. No idea what the fabric is, it is quite narrow, about 24 inches wide with a selvedge each side. The design is an embroidery transfer which I still have and it was probably about 90% stitched. Why did I stop? Well I have no idea, but it is finished now and made up into a cushion.
I then had to decide what to do next. There are several UFOs started on workshops when I was attending classes etc a few years ago, so I pulled out the first one which I had the threads and design with it. This is a crewel work piece, using mixed threads and was probably about only 10% completed. I am happy to say this is progressing well and I am enjoying it so I hope to be able to finish it now. I think it is supposed to be a cushion cover, I may be overrun with cushions, but we will see. After that there are at least another half dozen pieces to be done, so it may be some time before I start any new projects! Well, unless I am tempted that is!
I attach a picture entitled ‘July’.
It is one of a monthly series.
On the border I have used the names for July in the various languages of the UK and a Roman quote about sailing on the ocean. The main part uses Roman mosaics of sea creatures, with a nod to Asissi work, and the bright colours of modern Mediterranean mosaics to depict the mystery of the deep ocean, which is still a great unknown.
It is very simple. It is cross stitch, English star, and back stitch.
Val W opened our January Zoom meeting with a discussion about her love of Colour. Deborah D showed these two colourful pieces hand embroidered with spiritual wording.
Diana’s sister has embroidered these napkins ready for a 70th birthday celebration. Everyone is hoping they will be able to meet in person for this important date.
Maggie T ‘You did say you wanted colour’
You did say you wanted colour! This is my version of the Harry Styles jacket (with a lot of alterations)
Hilary G has a go at Tambour Embroidery following last month’s discussion.
Pat C I’m hoping members would like to see my ‘Lockdown Quilt’, finally finished in February 2021 and now with my son and daughter-in-law. The main blocks are from a pattern in Today’s Quilter but I had to improvise on the outer border and binding having only scraps of fabric left to work with. This was the result of having purchased a Stripology ruler and excitedly cutting more 2.5 inch strips than I needed for the pattern. Happy days!
Ruth : My January sewing finished project. I made 120 flying geese 0.5″x0.75″. The finished square is 14″
Hearts : Jeanne,Sue and Helen
Luggage Tabs and Rolls undertaken following January Zoom meeting.
Elizabeth talks about her ideas and inspiration:
I have been busy making Suffolk puffs the last few days. It’s making me want to make 2 sets of tags as I can’t always decide what colour scheme to use. I have made last weeks button tag but now want to make a Suffolk puff one.
I have used this style a few years ago. I bought a book on Kantha stitch 5 years ago at Knitting and Stitching and made a sweet picture of poppy and seed heads. I was then hooked on the plain stitching method with a hand stitched quilt in mind. (In my dreams for now!)
I then found on Pinterest Jude Hill – Spirit Cloth and was amazed at her work. I think it imprinted on my mind and with my love of Angie Lewin, then, Anne Brookes starting her vintage courses, here I am finding my own style.
Val has described the stitching she used each week of the challenge to date; week1 is white, week 2 hearts,week 3 fabric strips, week 4 flystitch,week 5 fabricstrips,week 6 buttons.
For those who may have been inspired by the above project this is an ongoing exercise on YouTube. Details and link on January EYES post.
Hilary G welcomes a new grandchild.
Hello, a picture of two goldwork projects just finished. They are the initials of my daughter and son. Hoped to get them framed before Christmas but do not think that is going to happen! The C is couched gold jap with silk embroidery thread for flower, leaves and tendrils. Padded leather for the butterfly outlined in a cord. The R is laid cord and small bugle beads.
Here are some of the Christmas cards I have been making.
Happy Christmas everyone
Susan B This Advent Calendar was a kit from Emma’s.
I’m attaching pics of what I’ve been making most recently, although not so much for Christmas itself. Decorations like the cats and dogs attached are but mostly I’ve been making little bears, dogs and cat cuddlies to donate to Womens’ refuges.Merry Christmas
Here are the ornaments I have made for Christmas. The pictures are the front and the patterns, the back
I made these decorations for grandchildren as we usually do decorations together but obviously couldn’t this year. They all have 2020 on the back so they will remember in years to come.
Crocheted Christmas wreath completed in 2019.
Jeanne C ‘A few things made in Lockdown’
Judy’s Christmas makes.
Hilary G Quilted cards and Bunting.
Dorothy has completed this quilt.
Pat C A Mantle Hanger from a pattern by the late Pauline Ineson, and then four beaded Christmas Baubles from Spellbound Beads books.
As requested photos of my Christmas Quilt completed recently and the Christmas cards inspired by Jayne’s demonstration last month.
Pat J Lockdown firescreen and embroidered table cloth.
The challenge was issued a few months ago. In a time when we were unable to come together for our usual live events, they wanted to find another way to keep the craft community inspired with a creative project that would bring everyone together.They received over two-hundred unique entries from crafters of all ages and abilities from around the world.
I would like to pass on my congratulations to Annette for her inspiring entry. I was interested in her planning, construction and methods that she explained to us in November. I had great fun looking at all the entries seeing the many different techniques, presentations, each one unique.
Annette, I hope you are proud of yourself, I certainly love your work. Well done.
image 1, inspired by a walk and sketch in Burton Bushes, Beverely Westwood. Gustav Klimt did many paintings of woods so wall-hanging was created with his work in mind.
image 2, I woke with this image from a dream really clearly in my head and I tried to reproduce my imaginings
image 3, inspired by a sketch drawn out in a wood, I created my own wood and then turned it into a wall-hanging using strips of cloth for the bark texture and random patterned cloth for the trees.
Val W Christmas Quilt
My twelve days of Christmas quilt. Another UFO finished
I had everything ready for the quilt top but how could I back it when I couldn’t go shopping? Then inspiration, I used all my spare material plus a half meter bargain purchase that fitted in so well. A good way to deplete my stash.
Huguette has been using up her stash of knitting wool to create cat nests and blankets for charity.
Muriel ready for winter weather with her Christmas tree of Knitted Beany Hats.
Keeping grandson safe a stitcher uses her artistic flair to create a street scene to be used with toy cars.Included in the scene the local supermarket and Daddy’s workplace. Other local landmarks also appear on this wonderful fireside bumper.
Cute crocheted Christmas Reindeer make up the second piece Hilary has been working on.