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I had a great day yesterday at the Children's Class. There were times when I got a bit wobberly but I got though alright.  Or I thought I did.  I haven't been too good today so am taking it very quietly and staying in the air-conditioning.  That is why I am late with my Work in Progress.

And there hasn't been a lot to report.  I have started on a new teaching piece because the one I had was too hard.  But I don't like the background linen.  I might bleach it or switch to a white linen but then that isn't very practical for a book cover.  I will have to see where this one goes.

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The February 'peace' embroidery doesn't have a voice at all.  I am outlining the design, slowly, and there isn't a peep from it.  I thought it would have told me what it wanted for the filling but not a word.

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Language difficulties

It is so difficult to view a Japanese site using Google and I have to use Google so that I can have them BADLY translated.  I came across a reference to a Kogin stitching competition that was held this month (I think).  From what I can gather it will be in the Amuse Museum in Toyoko.  All that aside, there was a reference to the work of a "Mr Kamata Hikariten" and some illustrations of his work.  Lots of curves.

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And the other images show some fantastic work.

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It is so frustrating just getting glimpses of this work and not being about to find out more.  I suppose that's how the other 80% of net users who do not speak English feel as well.


The month of experiments

This month is turning into 'The Month of Experiments'.  I have lots of ideas that I want to test out. 

I haven't used any of the Hishi Sashi patterns in my work for a while and in another piece I am designing I thought the smallest, 11 count patterns, would work well.  The only draw back is that there are a limited number of designs in this count.   Because they are small it takes time to cover the fabric.  It has taken a day to finish this small swatch. 

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Then I had to deal with the limited number of designs. Queenie sent me a comment about my last post on swatching that got me thinking.  Maybe it would be alright if I 'adjusted' some of the designs I had to expand the range of designs available.  So I did.  Oh the guilt I felt!  Just shows how 'brainwashed' I am about following rules and regulations.  All those years as a school teacher had an effect.

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Straight lines & Curves

I have thought of a new design for my next Kogin project but I am finding it difficult to realise it.  The problem is that Kogin embroidery is all about straight lines.  All the designs are mainly based on a diamond pattern.  There are some patterns that are used as borders and again these have straight edges.  My pattern is about curves.

I have drawn out a template of the curve and then tried drawing this using my computer program.  It looked fine but experience has taught me that what might look fine on the screen might not translate to the fabric.  So I have been 'swatching' and I can see that the bottom edge of that curve needs some tweeking.  I may have to look at stitching through a thread.

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The other problem to be solved is that the design has to go across a seam.  I have drawn this so that when the seam is sewn the missing parts of the design on the left of the pattern will be stitched in.  This part of the pattern will appear on the far right of the printed design.

One of my goals for this year is to get the first draft of my book on Kogin Embroidery completed.  I have this project on track.  But the more I think about it I am understanding that my experience of this typed of embroidery is very coloured by my Western Culture.  My Embroidery looks like the traditional technique but the experience of stitching it is totally different.  Trying to use curves where there are usually straight lines just highlights this.

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WIPW

It seems a long time ago that I last posted about my work in progress but it was only two weeks ago! 

Then I said that I was experimenting with some new Xmas decoration and two weeks later  I have stitched out 4 designs.

I decided to use perle 8 thread.  I wanted a look of 'embossing' so I made my tension just a little tighter. 

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Now that I have stitched out these designs I now have to decide just how I am going to make them up.

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These were all stitched during the time that the children were here.  Lots of miss counting and unpicking.

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There are still another 8 patterns to be stitched but Xmas is 12 months away!

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Peace Embroidery No 1 January 2017

One of the tasks on my list for 2017 was a "Peace Embroidery" for each month of the year. Personal Peace is what this months saying concerns.  It comes from George Fox, one of the founders of the Quaker Movement and was written during the 1600's.  But the sentiments are true today.

"Carry around some quiet inside thee."

Having a quiet spirit is an enviable attribute.  In our world today, with it's many distractions it is sometimes hard to find.  In my classroom I had positive affirmations posted on the walls to encourage a positive learning environment.  I think the same approach, of having quotes that catch our attention and remind us of things that are important,  is applicable in our daily lives.

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I have to say I rushed this piece.  It was the noisiest embroidery I have every stitched  It was insistent that I keep stitching and get it finished.  It wasn't happy with the colours I had choosen and I found myself stitching with different colours altogether.  I told it that it would just have to put up with the frame I put it in as it was all I had to hand and I can see it has moved slightly..

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With all that pressure I made mistakes so the chart is slightly different from the finished embroidery. (Only at the corners of the border)  It is stitched on 32 count even weave linen and I used 2 strands of DMC embroidery cotton and a 26 Tapestry needle.  I'm not quite sure how many hours are in the stitching as I did so much 'reverse' stitching but I think it wouldn't take more than a day or so.  A quick easy project.

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Thank goodness for the aircon!

It is very hot and humid here.  The humidity is so thick it makes me feel sick on the stomach.  Thank goodness for the air- conditioning. 

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My husband soldiers on but the dogs have all moved into my sewing room with me!

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I have been stitching away every spare minute I get but I don't seem to make much progress.  I am bevering away at teaching samples but I keep getting all these other ideas that keep saying "stitch me, stitch me."  Then there are the pieces that I have half finished but am not pleased with. I can't just nick out to the shops to get some more fabric, that requires a full days planning for the travel but I have in my mind what I want.  I know the shop to go to but will I be able to park the car?

But looking at the pieces again I think that the 'busy' fabrics I used are the problem.

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The ones that I used Toiles in don't look too bad.

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Where is that quic-unpick?


Heating up

It is hot here 38 degrees centigrade.  I have been working flat out stitching samples for the next Children's Class.  I had the idea for this class back in April but could never get it all together.  Now, with a dead-line looming, the samples are finished. 

It is a "Two in One" project.  The cover can be used as a needle case or a key case.  Each of the little pouches have a lining of wadding and a cotton fabric.  For 'Polly the Pig' I used some glitter fabric that was so pretty I extended it a little to make a trim.  I used a natural coloured fabric for the cover because they will be handled a lot and pale colours will show the dirt.  (they are washable.)

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Depending on how quickly the students complete the embroidery, they can have no trim, like the birds, or a row of stitching around the hem and also a small embroidery on the back.  For those really quick sewers, they can make their own cord.

There are seven different designs to choose from, although I have only stitched out three.  (I got a bit carried away with the drawing.)  The purpose of this class is to teach how you can fill in a shape using stitches other than satin stitch.  I tested these on the grand children and the pig won hands down.


A tale of 3 little fabric bowls

My friends have given me little fabric bowls as gifts over the years.  Two in particular I find just doesn't work but they were given to me by a friend that has passed on and I like to look at them and think of her.  But that still doesn't make them work! 

The problem is that I use these to put the ends of threads in and the opening is too small.

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I keep looking at them on my desk and try to think how I can fix them.  The sides have been machine stitched, so I have tried undoing this  a bit, but that opening is still too small.  So today I completely undid the sides of one, folded down the flaps further and re stitched the sides by hand.

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It works a lot better.  But is still not as good as the one that I made as gifts for my friends a few years ago.

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Luckily I put up the pattern in April 2009 as a free download,  so I was able to get it down and make another one using some scraps I had left over.  I tried to dress it up a bit by beading the edges.  I was just going to do the corners but got carried away.  Then I thought it could use some buttons, so I made some.

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The pattern for this can be found on Mary Hickmott's blog.  It is a fair way back and is titled "Yorkshire Buttons".  She has included templates is several sizes, from small, like mine, to large.  She said you shouldn't start with the small size, but I don't listen very well.  I also made mine out of 3 strands of DMC cotton, which is a bit challenging, but I'm please with the result.  I have now put those other thread bowls on tables I don't use as much. Then I looked at them again and have had a better idea, wool bowls!

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Now I originally made my thread bowls back in 2009, 7 years ago as Easter presents and filled them with chocolates.  I think I will make some more this year as Xmas presents.  I have lots of scraps and I can get some more practice on those buttons.

 

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