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  • HL I have visions of those plastic pan scourers, sounds very uncomfortable

    I can still miscount with cross stitch
  • Is knitting the new pipesmoking?
  • knitting is the new rock and roll and sex and drugs, Barly
  • And to prove it, I've just finished knitting a pair of socks image
  • Which presumably you knitted whilst taking drugs and having sex? Careful with those needles image
  • I am taking my needles and new yarn on the train with me tomorrow.  Gawd help anyone sitting next to me who encroaches on my knitting space.  I shall practice my best stern glare.
  • I find it best never to annoy someone armed with pointy sticks image
  • Ooooooo, I will post piccies of my cross stitch series.  Had a phone call from my framer last week to say that they last one is framed and ready for collection.

    Does anyone here do/have done bobbin lace making?  I used to about 15 years ago and still have all the bits and pieces in the attic.

  • Never tried bobbin lace, but have admired it. I can tat.
  • This is my current work-in-progress

    And I also used to do lots of hardanger.  I made a duvet cover with lots of hardanger square inserts. It was beautiful until the cat was poorly on the bed and I could not get rid of the stains

  • I own lots of tat and I probably will buy more when I get to the Metro Centre tomorrow.

    There's a village near where I grew up which is quite famous for its lacemaking.  They revived the classes a few years ago and it's very popular.  I've never tried it though/

  • Bobbin lace is easy, Kwilts.  You only ever use four bobbins at a time and either twist left over right or right over left. 
  • Oh wow Schmuckee, that is just incredibly gorgeous.
  • PS - What's the best way to take photo's of stitching that's behind glass?  I can't stop getting reflections on the glass
  • Outside in natural light and shut off the flash?
  • Cheers TP - I will post a pic tomorrow of what I have done of it so far.  I am one of these people who do stitching for three or four weeks non-stop, then not go near it for a couple of months.  One piece of work took over three years from start to finish but was probably only four or five months of actual stitching
  • I'm the same.  I have great spurts of enthusiasm and then go off it and the bit of work gets left in a cupboard for months.  Mrs Pink has a tapestry of mine which I started when I was about 15 and finally finished when I was about 30.  I am thinking I might fancy doing some tapestry covers for my dining chairs sometime soon.
  • I was once asked to do a set of tapestry dining chair covers, but it would have taken me foreverimage
  • I have a nice big sampler upstairs in my bedroom that I shall try and get a shot of ... I think the rest of my stuff is with my mother, grandmothere or unfinished in a draw somewhere !!
  • That reminds me Moo,  I have an old rocking chair that has been given to me by some ancient relative and it is currently with my aunt in Essex and I have a tapestry to do at some stage which will do the seat nicely but not the back as well which will take some forethought and planning !
  • I used to do bobbin lace, and agree with Shmunks, you can have hundreed of bobbins on the pillow, but only ever deal with 4 at a time. It was another case of looks lovely but what on earth do you actually do with it? I tried to make lace to go down the front of a blouse, but it never seemed to come up stiff enough to actually work.

    I have a whole drawer of cross stitch things I've finished, but don't know what to do with next. There are only so many you can have framed and hang on walls, or make up into cushions. I've got a series of county maps, one for each county I've lived in, with where I lived marked on them. Lovely idea, but I'm not sure we have that much space to hang them, even if I did frame them up.

    And if we're looking at long term projects, I started making a hexagon patchwork cushion when I started college over 20 years ago. It grew beyond this size.  In the last month I have finally got as far as pinning a backing and wadding in order to make a quilt for a king sized double bed - I am using the sewing machine for that bit!

    Photos -  not looking at it straight on can help if you can't take it outside. Then the reflection from the flash off the glass doesn't come back to the camera.

  • We are our own cottage industry image
  • Have taken some photos of my work.  Would it be best to upload to Facebook to save littering this thread with photos?  If I do the linky thing, does it only link to my album or does my whole profile become visible?
  • Linky thing to album on Facebook showing some of my recent past projects and my existing project
  • Schmunks, they're gorgeous! I've done the mother & baby in the same range...started it before my eldest was born, and finished after my youngest arrived 4 years later.

    Love the skull & crossbones!

  • WOW! Love the celtic seasons. I've had a look at several of their patterns, but always been put off by the apparent complexity. But they are divine.

    The skull and cross bones is um, err, different!

    And I admire anyone with the nerve to try Hardanger. I just know I'd cut the wrong bit...

  • I managed to felt my favourite hand knitted fingerless gloves/wristwarmers the other day image    the stitch definition has gone, but they fit very well now as they were a bit too loose before image

    lovely stitching Schmunks this is my next project, I just have to pull my finger out and get started on it!

  • Wow, Shmunkee - respect! Not sure I should even be on the same 'thread'. Heh heh, geddit?image
    I get quite a lot done when I'm visiting my OH in the hospital, but as he hasn't been in for a while, my production has slowed down a lot (but I'm cycling moreimage)

    My MiL used to embroider for a living so I'm too embarrassed to show her anything I've done.image 

  • Thanks for the comments, Guys.  I have loved doing that series, even though at times, it consumed my life.  Would love to do the Lavender and Lace series of Angels of the Seasons, but I will have nowhere to put them once they are done and too much hard work would have gone into them to give them away.  I have not touched current work in progress since New Year.  image
  • Fantastic work Schmunkee! I have only ever done one piece of cross stitch and it was tiny. It was a still life of shells and most unimpressive.

    I have completed one slipper.

    Shame we have 2 feet isn't it... now I have to do the other one and already I want to have a go at something else. Ah well, better get on with it...

    This site is good for free knitting patterns if anyone is wondering what to knit. image

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