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Year Sampler

5 Jun

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Just realised I never posted my finished ‘year-long’ project for last year. Each square represents a week, and I used a combination of techniques. Goldwork, Hardanger, blackwork, stumpwork, needlelace, drawn thread work, beadwork, embellished photography, Bargello, Assisi work, cross-stitch…. etc etc. Mostly my designs, with a couple of motifs from cross-stitch books.

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Week 33: 14th August – 21st August 2013

21 Aug

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Latest commission – a 10″ x 8″ embellished photograph. Not my usual style – a bit too pretty pretty. But it’s what they ordered! Photo transfer on to canvas, embellished with embroidery silks, couching, goldwork techniques.

 

NB : you may notice there is no week 32 – unfortunately I’ve been ill, so life has been on hold!

Week 30: 24th July – 30th July 2013

28 Jul

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Crocheted yarn pot – for putting your yarn in when knitting or crocheting to stop it getting dirty or being played with by cats! This is a larger version than my previous one, and is my own pattern. You can thread the yarn out through the top (centre of the flower) or through a hole in one of the ends. This is made from a chunky acrylic yarn so that it’s washable and doesn’t felt. It’s a present for a friend who has a new kitten.

Week 19: 8th May – 15th May 2013

13 May

pillowcases irish crochet lace

A few weeks back I made a couple of strips of Irish crochet lace. After various ponderings, I decided to attach them to pillowcases. Had to be hand-stitched on, due to the thinness of the heading strip on the lace, but look quite good. (So modest!). The pattern for this came from a J & P Coats publication : Irish Crochet, book no. 535. They still produce crochet cottons, patterns, and other craft materials.  The copyright belongs to Coats, and they will not permit a PDF of the pattern to be made available on-line, even though the booket is out of print. You can however find a similar pattern here: and here

Week 12 d: 20th March – 26th March 2013

25 Mar

hapy easter card

Happy Easter card. Cross-stitch on Aida. Very simple.

Week 10: 6th March – 13th March 2013

15 Mar

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Autumn band sampler from the book  ‘Jo Verso’s Cross stitch Year’. I did the Spring and Summer ones previously – only Winter left to do now. Looks a lot more complicated than it is. Stitched on 28 count country style evenweave. Finished size 3.5 in x 9.5 in (9 cm x 24cm)

NB – actually finished this last week, but no chance to post a photo till now!

Week 8a: 20th Feb to 26th Feb 2013

26 Feb

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Butterfly lap-quilt, button quilted. Material used in quilt is all recycled sheeting. Centre is cross-stitch on aida.