Friday 24 March 2023

The Jacquie SAL, Part 6

In February, I worked on part 6 of the Jacquie SAL by Faby Reilly Designs - and that was were things got exciting! I was stitching another dragonfly, but this one had a lot more specialty stitches and techniques.

The stems of the flowers in the background where done in whipped backstitch, which I had used on a TW before, but the body was new to me: A woven Picot stitch, in which you use a pin to secure a number of threads that you weave through:

The wing was also done in stumpwork technique, using organza fabric. I was trying to be thrifty, so I used some of the fabric that was cut off from my wedding dress to adjust the length, and that worked perfectly! I also have enough of the fabric to do the four wings needed in the last part of the SAL.

Cutting it out was a little scary, but eventually I managed and put it all together. Isn't it lovely?

This month I'm working on Part 7, which is just the basis for the last month will be Part 8, which will repeat all these fancy techniques though, and then May will be assembly!

Sunday 19 March 2023

March Gifted Gorgeousness

Welcome again to my Gifted Gorgeousness for March, Jo's wonderful SAL after everything gifted and giftee! For me, it's usually a place to talk about my yarn work rather than my stitching, as I love to craft for family and friends, and they in turn like to gift me yarn. 

This month, I have to report a failure on my biggest goal...I did not make a lot of progress on my Snuggle Up blanket, and so it won't be done by it's one year mark on my birthday next week. I managed another two or three rounds, but it doesn't look much different, and I don't want to show it again before it's done! Hopefully in April. 

I did, however, finish one small gift, and that was a new pair of Jacobi Wristwarmers for my grandma, using the leftover yarn from my Hermione socks. I gave them to her for her birthday this week, but here they are on my own hands before I parted with them:

I've also done some crochet. Last time I showed you the start of an Amigurumi I was making...I have added a couple parts, but not as much as I had planned. Time just got away from me this month! Still, I could not resist starting yet another crochet project just this weekend. A friend had given me some super bulky yarn a while back, and I decided to use it and make a basket to hold some other yarn. Basically a win-win on the stash buster front! Here's my start, hopefully this won't take more than a few days, and also the collected parts of the blue Amigurumi:

Sunday 12 March 2023

Hermione Everyday Socks - Finished

I'm one of those people who have the bad habit to always craft for other people and not for myself, but last October, I finally started a pair of socks for myself! I've been working on them on and off, and as usual, the first sock took me about four months, and the second was done in less than two weeks!

I used a pattern I've been meaning to do for years, the Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder. It's a wonderful pattern with just the right amount of texture to keep things interesting, while also being quick to knit and really pretty!

The yarn I used was Regia Premium Silk Color, a sock yarn with just a *touch* of silk to make it really nice and shiny and soft! I can highly recommend both the pattern and the yarn and might use both of them again.

Saturday 11 March 2023

March Fully Finished Gallery

I was really hoping to have something new finished for this SAL this month, but I'm having one of my worst stitching and blogging months in recent history (nothing dramatic, just a lot of other stuff going on), so I'll have to do a bit of recycling. So today we're talking about a project that has been on this blog before, but it's been finished after the last FFG so I think it still counts as 'new'! This is the Binary Heart I made for Valentine's Day this year:

As you can see I finished it in a hoop - I bought a whole bunch of these small ones a while back, and it's quickly becoming a favourite technique! As usual, the back was secured and cleaned with some felt, and I stuck with the colour scheme on the front:

I'm not sure if I've talked about that before, but the cute dotted aida was part of a set of ornament cut fabrics I got a while back. I'm never sure what do do with printed fabrics, but think this was a nice fit. 

So that's it for this month...hopefully, I'll have something more impressive for April!

Tuesday 7 March 2023

The People Chose: Science

Well, I had a good run with hitting all my SAL dates this year, but I was bound to slip sooner or later! The March check in for Jo's wonderful all-purpose SAL was last Saturday, and this month's theme is 'Science'. 

So what does science have to do with stitching? Let's see. Some say baking is a science:

Genealogy can be a kind of science:

Potion brewing is a bit of a science - witchy chemistry!

Meterology is a science too!