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The Wessex Stitchery progresses slowly.  (Count 3 up, 3 over, 3 down.)

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The knitted shawl is finished but I don't think I will use this yarn again.  The colours were wonderful but the spinning of the yarn is uneven and for the price I paid not good value.  The feel of silk and wool is nice against the skin and I know I will use it.

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The children's quilt is all finished along with the pillows and stacked ready to pack for postage.

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I made a storage bag for the quilt.  I like to have a bag I can store my quilts in for the summer.

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I am quite happy with this finished quilt.  It is a good size and the cushions are an added extra.  It will brighten up a child's room.

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This was originally for my grand daughter who said "it isn't pink" when I showed it to her.  So the name has stuck.

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Looking at the bundle of quilt tops I have in the cupboard I think I will just keep quilting till I get the back log under control.

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I have been caught up with business matters since last week and sewing is taking a back seat for a while.  Having said that the sewing was driving me up the wall!!  I just couldn't work out the stitching sequence for the border I was stitching in 'Outrum' design which is a design in Wessex Stitchery.  I have it worked out now, after a lot of restarting and just need to keep repeating the pattern.  It is nearly the end of the month so I need to get a wriggle on.  I find this kind of stitching just like most computer games.  It is all in working out the sequence.

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I am using a 32 count linen and I strand of a DMC multi shade thread.  (I still don't have proper glasses only the magnifiers.)

There hasn't been a lot of progress on the quilt either.  I just couldn't get the hang of the rulers so have put them aside.  The quilt has 3 borders which increase in size.  I have free machine quilted the 2 inner ones with a random star pattern and then measured out the outer border to be stitched in a large diamond pattern using my walking foot.  I'm still thinking what I will do with the rest of it.

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My bobbin has just run out so it is time for a tea break.

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The Xmas decorations are finished and off to the Guild to form part of their Xmas raffle.  That beading around the edge was fiddly but it finishes them off. ( I will attach them to the board with pins that are invisible not these.)  I used a left over piece of velvet made into a sleeve to go over a piece of cardboard to display them.  I stitched these using a perle 8 thread onto 32 count linen.  The cardboard that I mounted them on was cut to a 3" circle.   There are lots of other patterns you could use to make decorations, it is the assembly that takes a bit of effort.  I will put up a tutorial for that in the next couple of days.

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I have also finished the peace embroidery for July.  It is not what I would have thought I would have designed but I have to say that I am pleased with the result.  It isn't exactly the same as my drawing and I added a smattering of French knots.  The lettering looks a lot better in back stitch.  I thought it might have been the colour of the thread I was using that didn't look right but it was the stitch.

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So I am now onto Augusts offering and this has not started well.  I choose a piece of pink even weave linen I had in the draw but find I can not see it any time I try to stitch.  It just all goes invisible and merges.  I mentioned this to my eye specialist who immediately said I think you have Erlin Syndrome. Now I find that my grand daughter has the same problem.  It isn't an eye problem rather a problem with how the brain processes the information.  So although I love pink my eyes can't see it properly.  I have now opted for a white piece of linen and have it tacked out.

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All the Van Dyke stitch is finished on the decoration, just the beading to go.  And because I was too lazy to get up and find a thimble I have a hole in the end of my finger!

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I have stitched in most of the ditches to keep the three layers together and flat on the quilt.  I used Aurifil cotton thread for this.  This reel had been given to me and I love it.  There isn't that much difference in price between here and the USA, around about $1.25 a reel more here.  Maybe I can fit some in my suitcase to bring back?   As usual I have underestimated the amount of stitching I will need to do.  There is tons and tons of it.

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I am going to use this quilt to practice using my rulers.  I have bought a Craftsy Class on this so we will see how it goes.  (In the quilting shop they told me they had 15 attempts before they got the result they wanted.)

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And there has been a lot of reverse sewing on the 'July's Peace Embroidery".  I have gone with the grub roses and will just get another frame.

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I wrote this post and then lost it so have had to start again.  Oh Dear!!

Progress to date, not much.  Things have kind of stalled as I adjust to my new eyes.  But I could see to sew the Xmas decorations together but not to do the edging. 

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I drew the design for July's Peace Embroidery but progress is slow.  I am using a piece of quiet heavy linen to embroider on and it is an uneven weave.  I had thought of doing grub roses for the flowers but they might not sit behind the glass in the frame I am using.  I might have to switch to a flatter flower.

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Not a lot of work but I have finished two of the Xmas decorations.

It took me 3 or 4 attempts to get the right stitch to sew the edges together.  I had thought of stitching needle lace around the edges but gave that away fairly quickly.  I sewed the front and back together using quilting thread and a whip stitch.  Over this I then stitched and edge using my version of Van Dyke stitch.  I had to try a few different threads for this but ended up with the same perle 8 I had used for the cross stitch.  This gives a nice edge that you can attach to.

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  Onto this I sewed the seed beads and used a DMC stranded gold metallic thread. (Mouline No E3821 x 1 strand)

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I crocheted 150 chain stitches to make the hanging thread using the same gold metallic thread.  I was surprised at how strong it was as this thread usually shreds.

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The red stitched one was next and I used the same method but worked out a better way of attaching the beads.

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So, 2 down and 6 to go.

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The stitching of the "field of stars" is now finished, all eight stars.  (I still have to remove the tacking.)

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No 7 is nothing like the pattern.  I made a mistake and kept changing it.

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No 8 is perfect, not one error.  (I finally got it right after all those attempts.)

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Now I have to assemble them.  I am now starting a trial of what I think I want.   It is rather like a round pin wheel on a string.  The join is going to be the challenge.  This is the backing fabric which was a gift from my friend Angela.  I have been waiting for something special to use it on.

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I have returned to work on the Xmas ornaments that I started earlier in the year,  (January actually) , with some interesting results.

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  The patterns I have stitched are not quite the same as the patterns I printed out.  Reason, I'm having trouble seeing the thread of the fabric and hence my count has become a bit creative. 

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  They still look like snowflakes just not quite the ones I started out to stitch.  These 4 designs I will stitch in re perle 8 cotton on the same linen as the white ones.

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Oh well 2 down and only 2 to go and then I will have to assemble them.  I have some ideas of what I want to do but this doesn't always work out as I expect.

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Well, the knitting is a write off.  I am still trying to get the pattern right.

I started on some cross stitch, but all I do is make mistakes because I can't see it.

So, I have settled on finishing some quilt tops that have been languishing in the bottom draw.  I was making this one for Jasmine, but it isn't pink.  My grand nephew Leon is going to get this one.  I decided on the layout back in September 2014.

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I must have done some sewing on it because it was partly put together.  I had cut the left overs into pieces so continued with this to make the quilt wider.  Then I found I didn't have enough of these to go right around the blocks so ended up just keeping them in the middle sections.  After doing this I realised that it was too long and narrow with the 8 blocks so cut it back to 6 blocks and used the other 2 to make cushions. 

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I managed to buy some fabric at East Cost Fabrics where the fabric is very cheap, but good quality, for the borders.  They are all in place and the next job is the quilting.  I might send it out to be quilted but then again I might do it myself.  I just have to think about that one.

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I'm glad I made it shorter.  It is still the length of a single bed and looks more balanced this way.  So all was not lost over the last week.  Making the cushions is the next step.

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I go in for my first eye op this Friday so I'm trying hard to get my 'Peace' embroidery finished to post on the 1st of June. 

After the bombing in Manchester last week these embroideries are taking on an even deeper meaning for me.  I still experience bouts of P.T. S. And  though they don't take the stress away and these events bring back the nightmares just looking at the embroideries is soothing.  If I am feeling this on the other side of the world my heart and prayers go out to all those who have experienced this horror in Manchester and to those who live with it daily in the middle east.

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I think that one of the embroideries is going to have to be what we say in our Christian church service.

"Peace be with you."

The other WIP is still in my head.  On a visit to Melbourne last year I visited The Dr Suess shop and seeing the actual painting inspired me to think about an embroidery based on the paintings, but what?  When reading one of the books to my grand daughters and seeing them chuckle and engage with the story,  and then stitching these peace sayings,  I think I will do an insiprational saying for each of them taken from those books.  Some saying that can be framed to hang on the wall in their bedrooms. That they see every day and could inspire them and make them laugh.  It will have to have the 'Cat in the Hat' in them,  he is just ridiculous.  As the girls tell me.

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