A bit more of the Cross Stitch.  This one is going on all year.

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I have started the samples for the Chicken Scratch.  I do not like this light fabric and am experimenting with different threads.  I could put a stabalizer behind the stitching that will sit in the hem but then it would look different from the rest of the work.  Nothing to show though.  A friend from the Guild said she had a stash of the old fabric and has promised to bring some in for me.




Frustration reins supreme.

And because of that I have been taking more steps backwards than forwards.

My Kogin bag is now finished.  As you might remember I wanted to incorporate leather into the finished bag but after many attempts I had to admit that I just couldn't sew it on a domestic machine.  The hemp fabric is too stiff and the thickness of it and the leather were just too much.  So, I then tried to insert a zipper but to no avail.  I am not giving up on this idea but it will be for something else.  I ended up binding the top edge with a heading tape and using a hand made button with a loop closure.  As this is a class sample I had to also consider just how students would construct the bag.  This I think is a good compromise and "doable."

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With all the baby sitting and stress I have been stitching cross stitch like mad.  I am still behind but I have managed to get quite a bit done.  The thread and fabric contrast even better than I thought they would.  But, one draw back with stitching with silk thread is you have to be extra careful not to make mistakes that require unpicking.  The silk complains terribly and then dies!  (the screams are quite off putting.)

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It is finished!!!

The last of the "Peace Embroideries" that was my project for 2017.

Peace Embroidery No 12

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The whole piece was stitched in back stitch.  The outline of the hands in 1 thread of DMC  stranded cotton and the lettering in 2 threads.

Now it is time to reflect on the process.  I found this a really worthwhile activity and I learnt so much about the process of translating a drawn design into embroidery.  July's design was the easiest to stitch.  Traditional stitching on linen.

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The most difficult was April's design

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It was the modern type embroideries that pushed me the most, including No 12.  The modern designs called for simplicity.  Using the 5 basic embroidery stitches, well.  I tend to over think everything.

The other lessons learnt is that stitching lettering is not easy on non traditional fabrics.  In fact all lettering calls for some skill to achieve a good result.

I have another long term project simmering in the back of my mind but I have to give it a bit of thought.


No progress this week it is just too hot!!!

On top of that we keep loosing power.  Causes, severe thunderstorms and heat stressed trees that keep dropping big branches.  The best place to be in in the water.

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I got started on my SAL cross stitch but put on the wrong glasses and had a headache for 3 days.

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I have also started the No12 Peace embroidery.  Not much done here.

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And the knitting is progressing, when I can get to it.

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So, I have put in the last hand stitch on this piece. It still needs to be blocked and then made up, so another weeks work still to go before it is complete.  My challenge was using a running stitch (pattern darning) and Kogin Hishisashi patterns from the Nambu region of Japan  (even count), stitch a piece where every pattern is different.

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There are 95 different designs in this piece, (and a number of small counting errors, which you really have to look for to find. )   I started by selecting the count of the diamonds then I choose patterns that would fit into that count.  The fact that there are some small errors is a positive when it comes to teaching.  It shows that although it is technically not completely correct, and you would never enter it into a competition, you can wing it, sometimes.  

You know, it is going to drive me crazy that there are a couple of small mistakes.  I might have to stitch another one?


A little knitting is all I have achieved this week all my efforts have gone into teaching and finishing children's work.  (And write an assignment that was overdue.)

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Not much to report this week except that I am teaching every day and that doesn't leave much time for anything else.

But I do try to do a few lines of the Kogin each day.  I still have quite a bit to go.

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Frustration still reigns supreme with getting my computer to work properly.  Part of the problem is that my computer connection is so slow (Telstra) that nothing will work.  (We pay top dollar for a very poor service.  Even standing on the roof I can only get 2 bars on my phone.)  So I apologise if I haven't replied to your comment,  The emails are just not getting out.

I also apologise of the quality of these images  I took them on my phone and again they are just not up to standard.  After that little vent, I have finished Peace Embroidery No 10.

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Nearly finished No 11, just a couple of flowers to go.

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And I'm half way through my Kogin piece.  The reason for the step on the side is because I started the piece a few stitches too big.  This will disappear when I make up the bag.

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There is a delay in the start of stitching on my SAL as I have to wait for the thread to arrive but I still have plenty to keep me busy.



 As my new mantra is "to accept what is',  I have to honestly say, not much progress has been made at all.

One small rabbit. A gift for a new baby.

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A knitted Arran jumper and hat for a bear.  (This will be a prize for the Children's Class.)  I couldn't find a pattern so I made some major adjustments to Julie Williams pattern for her knitted animals seasonal sweaters.

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and then designed the hat.  I think I need to make a pom pom.  That tassel looks weird.

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I have started the body of a cat.  I hate this yarn.  Just horrible to crochet, but it looks good.

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The padding for the satin stitch for the re stitching of Peace Embroidery 10.

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Actually I have done more than I thought!!!

I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I will do for the TAST '18 Challenge.  It is all still floating around in my head.  I will let your know what I decide.  I have made a new folder for it so I am going to have to do something!