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14/03/2010 at 21:54

This is my current work-in-progress

And I also used to do lots of hardanger.  I made a duvet cover with lots of hardanger square inserts. It was beautiful until the cat was poorly on the bed and I could not get rid of the stains

14/03/2010 at 21:54

I own lots of tat and I probably will buy more when I get to the Metro Centre tomorrow.

There's a village near where I grew up which is quite famous for its lacemaking.  They revived the classes a few years ago and it's very popular.  I've never tried it though/

14/03/2010 at 21:55
Bobbin lace is easy, Kwilts.  You only ever use four bobbins at a time and either twist left over right or right over left. 
14/03/2010 at 21:56
Oh wow Schmuckee, that is just incredibly gorgeous.
14/03/2010 at 21:57
PS - What's the best way to take photo's of stitching that's behind glass?  I can't stop getting reflections on the glass
14/03/2010 at 21:59
Outside in natural light and shut off the flash?
14/03/2010 at 22:00
Cheers TP - I will post a pic tomorrow of what I have done of it so far.  I am one of these people who do stitching for three or four weeks non-stop, then not go near it for a couple of months.  One piece of work took over three years from start to finish but was probably only four or five months of actual stitching
14/03/2010 at 22:08
I'm the same.  I have great spurts of enthusiasm and then go off it and the bit of work gets left in a cupboard for months.  Mrs Pink has a tapestry of mine which I started when I was about 15 and finally finished when I was about 30.  I am thinking I might fancy doing some tapestry covers for my dining chairs sometime soon.
14/03/2010 at 22:31
I was once asked to do a set of tapestry dining chair covers, but it would have taken me forever
M...eldy    pirate
14/03/2010 at 22:44
I have a nice big sampler upstairs in my bedroom that I shall try and get a shot of ... I think the rest of my stuff is with my mother, grandmothere or unfinished in a draw somewhere !!
M...eldy    pirate
14/03/2010 at 22:45
That reminds me Moo,  I have an old rocking chair that has been given to me by some ancient relative and it is currently with my aunt in Essex and I have a tapestry to do at some stage which will do the seat nicely but not the back as well which will take some forethought and planning !
15/03/2010 at 07:32

I used to do bobbin lace, and agree with Shmunks, you can have hundreed of bobbins on the pillow, but only ever deal with 4 at a time. It was another case of looks lovely but what on earth do you actually do with it? I tried to make lace to go down the front of a blouse, but it never seemed to come up stiff enough to actually work.

I have a whole drawer of cross stitch things I've finished, but don't know what to do with next. There are only so many you can have framed and hang on walls, or make up into cushions. I've got a series of county maps, one for each county I've lived in, with where I lived marked on them. Lovely idea, but I'm not sure we have that much space to hang them, even if I did frame them up.

And if we're looking at long term projects, I started making a hexagon patchwork cushion when I started college over 20 years ago. It grew beyond this size.  In the last month I have finally got as far as pinning a backing and wadding in order to make a quilt for a king sized double bed - I am using the sewing machine for that bit!

Photos -  not looking at it straight on can help if you can't take it outside. Then the reflection from the flash off the glass doesn't come back to the camera.

15/03/2010 at 07:45
We are our own cottage industry
15/03/2010 at 14:21
Have taken some photos of my work.  Would it be best to upload to Facebook to save littering this thread with photos?  If I do the linky thing, does it only link to my album or does my whole profile become visible?
15/03/2010 at 15:44
Linky thing to album on Facebook showing some of my recent past projects and my existing project
15/03/2010 at 16:00

Schmunks, they're gorgeous! I've done the mother & baby in the same range...started it before my eldest was born, and finished after my youngest arrived 4 years later.

Love the skull & crossbones!

15/03/2010 at 16:15

WOW! Love the celtic seasons. I've had a look at several of their patterns, but always been put off by the apparent complexity. But they are divine.

The skull and cross bones is um, err, different!

And I admire anyone with the nerve to try Hardanger. I just know I'd cut the wrong bit...

iron fraggle    pirate
15/03/2010 at 21:23

I managed to felt my favourite hand knitted fingerless gloves/wristwarmers the other day     the stitch definition has gone, but they fit very well now as they were a bit too loose before

lovely stitching Schmunks this is my next project, I just have to pull my finger out and get started on it!

16/03/2010 at 10:19

Wow, Shmunkee - respect! Not sure I should even be on the same 'thread'. Heh heh, geddit?
I get quite a lot done when I'm visiting my OH in the hospital, but as he hasn't been in for a while, my production has slowed down a lot (but I'm cycling more)

My MiL used to embroider for a living so I'm too embarrassed to show her anything I've done. 

16/03/2010 at 12:30
Thanks for the comments, Guys.  I have loved doing that series, even though at times, it consumed my life.  Would love to do the Lavender and Lace series of Angels of the Seasons, but I will have nowhere to put them once they are done and too much hard work would have gone into them to give them away.  I have not touched current work in progress since New Year. 
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