The first thing I have to show is the recent sampler finish all laced around a board. Sir and I spent some time together working on framing issues on Monday evening - that is, he cut six pieces of card and I mounted the sampler onto the largest one of them. Here are the front and back views.
Below is the 'floss toss'. I've drawn the design out twice as I may have a go at doing it in another colour way as well. The appallingly blurred shot at the bottom is how far I've got - not very!
Last Friday saw me heading up to Harrogate for the Knitting and Stitching Show. It was quite a day and not for the expected reasons! Three out of my five buses were late, causing me to lose an hour of my precious little time at the Show and then to get home an hour late. If that weren't frustrating enough, my complimentary ticket was thoroughly non est when I got the desk! I couldn't say what had happened to it and who, if anyone, messed up, but the clerk on the desk, despite it not being at all busy given that it was 12:30pm already, declared it 'wasn't his responsibility' and declined to help me get in touch with the exhibitor who'd promised the ticket. (Yes, in his position, I indeed would have!) Anyway, I was just thinking that I had to choose between £15 for the ticket and slinking off with my tail between my legs, when I remembered that I had the mobile number of the blogger who I'd arranged to meet for a cuppa and a chat. So, Rachel Wright of Virtuosew Adventures was my good angel that day. She hared off to the relevant stand, explained the problem and then came over to where I was waiting with one of the team's own exhibitor pass to get me in. Whew! Was I ever grateful!=) Rachel, mwah!=)
Here's what I bought:
The silk fabrics on the left are fat quarters and they're to be used as backgrounds for the needle paintings I hope to work in the fullness of time. The other packs are some organza pieces from the Rowandean stand. I thought they might be fun to play with and they were only £1 per pack. Two of the overdyed threads were for pieces planned/in progress and the other two were 'useful greens'. Softly variegated greens, like some of those by Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, can work well in freestyle pieces.
I also got a couple of fabric paint things - a mixing grey, a transparent extender (to make pastel/more transparent shades etc) and a pearlescent paint, and some four seasons type buttons which I got in the hope they would do on my Lizzie*Kate pieces. However, what didn't click at the time is that the original buttons have holes in them and so lay quite flat on the fabric. All these that I got are the type with a lump behind and almost certainly won't do. Drat! I'll have to think of something else now!
Anyway, I think that's all I have to share for now. This has been my 500th post!
What have you been doing??
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2013