Thursday, 1 January 2015

Wrapping up the Needlequest

Well, here we all are in 2015!  Seems like 2 minutes since all the mad Millenium celebrations 15 years ago (which were a year too early....), and only about 5 minutes since I was in high school in the late 1980s!!  You don't believe that time flies when you're a kid, but you soon learn it to be true, no?

Last post of the challenge for the Needlequest now.  Just two of us had a go this month, just Pamela, Dorte and I.

* I did the tiny sample of a hardanger motif you can see above.  The larger one is on 22ct hardanger fabric and worked in #5 pearl cotton, whilst the smaller one is one 40ct linen and worked in #12 pearl cotton.  It's about 1/4 in actual size so very much like a lot of dolls house scale stuff.  Although the dolls house is (usually) 1/12, the stitchery tends to be the right size overall, but 3 times too big in terms of stitch size.  Had I wanted to get this to be actual 1/12 scale, it would have needed something like 132ct fabric and I dread to think what gauge of thread!!

* Pamela made a lovely bargello scatter cushion/pillow against the time when she hopes she might have another dolls house.

* Dorte posted a lovely stumpwork finish for the November theme using the leaves she'd created during her Autumn theme work and her work thus far on the December challenge.

So, that's it!  Thanks to all who've joined in at some time or even just enjoyed reading the posts and updates.  I've found it quite stressful as I've felt I needed to have something to write about all the time, and it's just not practical to carry on like that just now.  Also, participation was good to start off with, but waned so much during the year that it was a bit deflating.  Maybe I'll do it again later on, but I won't re-run the challenge in 2015.

In case you're wondering what my hardanger motif was for, you'll soon be seeing in the first thing I expect to finish this year, a hardanger bookmark in these colours, the same ones as I used in my main needlecase:

I hope to be back tomorrow with the stitching review of the year post, so, until then, t'rar! :)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Queeniepatch said...

Happy New Year.
It has been interesting to follow your Needlequest, although I have not had the chance to participate.
Wishing you all the best for 2015.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy wishes to you in 2015! I've definitely enjoyed reading about the Needlequest, but alas had no time to participate myself.

Rachel said...

It's has been fascinating to follow the quest, and I'm sure you've learnt an enormous amount from it!

D1-D2 said...

Happy New Year! I can't wait to see your bookmark. I started a Hardanger project this year and I love working on it.