Hearts a plenty

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I seem to have made rather a lot of hearts. Some are crocheted, some are made with punchneedle embroidery, everyone likes hearts and most of these are filled with lavender.

 

wpid-20140413_120155.jpgThis is a cute one, I have had the kissing sheep pattern for a good few years, I got it as a freebie from a blog, unfortunately I can’t remember which one, if anyone recognizes it perhaps you would let me know then I can give an acknowledgement. It is a great pattern.wpid-20140413_120126.jpgI love this one! At the time I was making this I was reading books written by JR Ward – The Black Dagger Brotherhood, these books are about a group of  vampires who obviously fall in love with human girls – and boys, and they also police their world. Fabulously sexy guys and great stories.

So a black crocheted heart edged in black sparkly beads with a pretty red rose, indicative perhaps of blood.  What the heck I had great fun reading the books and making the heart!

I could go on and on about the hearts on the mantelpiece, if you see one that you would like more information on please let me know.  Well my looms are calling, I have the makings of a box, and it all needs sewing together.

See you soon! Rx

 

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Wordless (Weaving) Wednesday.


Blog Giveaway

I was looking through some of my favourite blogs this evening, and over at Nataly’s Needle Creations, some fantastic goodies are up for grabs. So go to my blog roll over on the right, click on Nataly’s blog and sign up to see if you can win these lovely stitching goodies.

Weaving a shawl/wrap

I have just started weaving this gorgeous shawl by Jana Trent.  Jana put this pattern up on the online weaving magazine WeaveZine (see blogroll). The yarn that Jana used is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.

However being in the UK this yarn was not known, so I bought some yarn that I thought would do and gave it a try.  I used a bamboo/viscose and wool mix called Flirt by Sirdar, and the plain squares came out very well.  I could see it was going to drape beautifully.   However the lace squares were not too good, because of the smoothness of the yarn the lace pattern just sort of slid together, and I could see that I was going to have trouble blocking this.

Sooooo, I went mad and ordered the Elsebeth Lavold yarn from, Wool & Company – see blogroll.    This was the company that had the cheapest price at $7.95  so that plus postage from Illinois amounted to about $56 (£35).  I thought this was pretty good and the yarn is lovely.

A funny thing happened when I ordered the yarn, I got an email saying that they hadn’t got enough of the green I originally wanted, and Neil who wrote the email, said that my address was very familiar as he used to live a couple of miles away from me 20 years ago!  Woodseats,  Sheffield in the UK is a long long way to Saint Charles, Illinios, but somehow it’s a very very small world!

So here is the yarn I orderedI went for the gorgeous juicy orange, the photo does not do it justice, its more of a goldy orange than what you can see.  The pattern takes five skeins, but by the time I had come to take the pictures, one whole skein had been used, and I had fun with my Swift and ball winder making them into balls.  Here is what I have done so far.It takes 22 plain squares and 23 lacy squares, I think I have done about 8 of each so far. I need to get it finished by the 9th of Feb so I can take it to the next meeting of the EG.

Oh by the way, the yarn took only one week to arrive, so that’s definitely a point to Wool & Co.

Thanks for taking a look at my blog.

Count twice, sew once!

This is my very first biscornu.  I have admired these for a long time and now that I am back enjoying needlework I thought it might be an enjoyable and fairly easy project to begin with again.  It has been quite a few years since I did any X stitching, it must be about 15 years since stitched with any quantity. I went along to Wye Needlecraft in Bakewell, this is about a 30 minute drive from home, and as I don’t drive it means I can only go at the weekend when dh is about.  I have put Wye in my blog roll so take a look, they will send anywhere and they do have some really lovely things.

Anyway back to the biscornu,  so much for it being an easy project!  Well it probably is, but I forgot the motto of X stitcher’s  “Count twice, sew once”    I thought that the material would not be worth sewing on at all by the time I had undone my errors for the millionth time!

At last I finished it!  and although I did make some ridiculous mistakes I thoroughly enjoyed making this little pincushion.

Remember, count twice, sew once!

Triangles

Since I have been making the little cushions with the 3.5″ tumbling block loom, I have been wanting to do a triangle so that I can make the cushions a bit bigger – they will be ‘proper’ cushions when I get my 7″ loom.  For now though I have been trying to make triangles.  I even wrote to Hazel to ask how I could do them, I  had seen instructions somewhere, but simply could not find them.  Anyway I worked it out before Hazel could email me back .  When I did get mail from Hazel, she told me the instructions are actually in then instructions that I got with the loom in the first place!  Doh!

The triangles are really easy to make, I used my weaving needle as the anchor at the halfway point of the diamondTriangle all woven, just pull the needle out and take it off the loom.It matches exactly with the diamond, which makes my brain think of tons of colour combinations and patterns.Can’t wait to make something with the triangle.  If you have a 7″ square loom, you can also make triangles on that too.  Have fun with that.

I also finished another little cushion, my favourite of the lot.Love to know what you all think,  have a great weekend!

Rosie x

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