This is my Christmas Tree this year 2010. Lots of craft pieces from friends, including swaps and ones I have made.Tatting, Beading, crochet, cross stitch, hardanger, quilting, machine embroidery and machine made lace.
This is 'In the Arms of an Angel' by Lavender & Lace. It is one I stitched years ago, but I am re-framing it to hang for Christmas. It is stitched in stranded DMC with beads. The majority of it is worked 2 threads over 2 threads of the 32 count linen, but the face, arm and baby are 1 over 1. It makes a much finer look.
Finally, Darcy is finished. I buttonholed all around the letters and added some buttons and some tatted butterflies. A framer locally cut a backing board for me to stretch it over and has made a frame. All that has to be done now, is put it in the frame. Then it will be on it's way to my granddaughters bedroom. She is only just one year old but in the future it will help her recognise her name and teach her the letters, as it did her sister, when made I one of her name.
This is a picture of my granddaughter's name. I cut the letters of Darcy out of fabrics that go together, and pasted them onto the background silk with Bondaweb. I have chosen the colours of DMC stranded to stitch round the outlines of the letters.
I went on an Embroiderer’s Guild weekend to Folkestone. There were 2 workshops, and I attended the one on Beadwork. The Tutor was Heide Jenkins. She brought along a lot of her jewellery and we made some of it over the weekend.
There was a Necklace with Interlocking Triangles so I made two triangles, and sewed them together to make a Star of David. . The other piece I made is a Kings Soloman’s Knot.
After this I made a pair of Dancing Leaves Earrings, and some pretty ones with tiny leaves on strings.
This is my work station and as you can see Lorcan came along to help me out with the more difficult techniques. I think he enjoyed the weekend by the sea.
I am making a quilt for Sophie, one of my granddaughters. There are twelve blocks. Ten depicting farm animals. One of a scarecrow and the last of a barn.
The top picture shows all the blocks.
The second picture shows the blocks and also the cream material I will use to back the quilt. The coloured flowery material will be used to separate the blocks and go round the edge of the whole quilt.
My Mum taught me to knit when I was under 5. She also taught me to make clothes for my dolls and I eventually made them for myself and my children. When they were gown up, I discovered embroidery. This came from the WI, then the Embroiderers Guild.
This blog will show my work, including anything stitch related.
My Tatting can be seen on Wendytats.blogspot.com
My other work can be see on my website www.handicrafts.org.uk