Samantha and Geraldine are finished.

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Those two have been on my 'to do' list for a few years now but the time was never quite right.  They were always destined to be for my grand daughters but with so much work involved I wanted the girls to be a little older so they could look after them better.  I am so surprised at their different personalities.  The patterns are identical but each rabbit is different from the other.  And, they took some time and a lot of effort to make.  I stitched each one in a different coloured thread so that, even without clothes on, they could tell which was which.  I am not altogether happy with the boot laces.  They are probably a bit long but little fingers have not perfected the skill of tying them so I make the laces a length they could manage.

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I see that Salley Mavor over at Wee Folk Studio has a wonderful idea for slippers that I could also sew.  ( Everything Salley does is inspiring, I have all her books.)

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At the moment their wardrobe includes;

a good dress + capelet

a skirt + jumper

and 4 pair of undies.

Each rabbit has it's own overnight bag.

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I need to make hoodies, slacks, cardigans, night clothes, quilts and pillows.  One cardigan is finished but I am a bit worried with the amount of wool I have left to finish No 2.

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Grandpa is still working on the beds so they will not be finished until after Easter and I might leave the quilts until then.

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I have become quite attached to these young girls.  They have been writting to my grand daughters so hopefully they will get a warm welcome.


One thing about writting this post is that it keeps my stitching front and centre in my mind. 

Just what did I do last week? 

What will I do next week?

What would I like to do?

 So what IS in progress.

My sampler.  Looking at this image I hadn't realised that I had made so much progress.

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But that is only progress on January's pattern, I am 2 months behind on the rest of it.

Doll's clothes.

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I hated dolls as a child now I love them.  (I never said I was normal.)  I bought these kits back in 2013 to make for my grand daughters but they were always a bit young for them.  Now at 5 and 7 years I think the time is right.  You can still purchase the sewing patterns from Alicia Paulson  although there are no kits.  I adapted the little sweater from a pattern I bought from Little Cotton Rabbits.  These are such good patterns that adapt to all kinds of toys. I also have a few pieces of fabric for more clothes.

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 and that's about it.


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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