Monday, December 26, 2011

stitching and stitching

I don't celebrate the Christ-Mass, but I DO love this time of year because I have a couple of weeks off - yippee!

I finished the Felicity Hall Peacock Clutch - being tent stitch, it has warped a bit, so may need some blocking. I'll have to get the Sewing Master (ie Anita's mum Brigitte) to help me make it up into a clutch.

Although I'm itching to start my own clutch, I've promised myself I'd finish my 'Red' cross stitch kit first. This picture gives you an insight into my chaotic way of designing ... scribbling all over the canvas with texta, then drawing into a graph afterwards to create a pattern for the kit.

OK, after this short computer break, it's back to stitching!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

feeling a bit cocky ...

Haw haw ... bad joke, sorry!

This is the progress of the Peacock Clutch designed by Felicity Hall.  It's looking gorgeous so far ... but it's not very friendly to stitch.  As I've mentioned, I hate printed canvas, since the print is never exact, and you have to guess where the stitch is supposed to go.  I also feel the wool is too thick for the gauge of canvas.  Ah well, it's good for a change ... though I'm *itching* to start designing my own clutch ;)  The metallic thread running through gives the design a real 'kick'.

Oh, and here's what Charlie thinks of it ... this was just after I had sewn the canvas to my frame:

Hrrmmmm .... cat hair on bag is just a bonus!

I've googled, but I haven't been able to find anyone online who has completed this kit, or who has made a needlepointed clutch - this is a pity, as I was hoping to get some making-up and finishing-off tips!  Luckily, Anita's mum Brigitte is a sewing whizz ... so I may need her help ;)

Next on my stitchy list is finishing off the 'Red' kit, and starting a clutch for myself.  Then I'm going to investigate making smaller coin purses to see how easy they are, and how long they take to stitch.  I'd love to sell these ready-made on my Etsy store

My other little project at the moment is a new radio show on Cathedral 13.  It's called 'Cannibal Roses', and will be monthly starting Saturday December 3, playing mainly Coldwave and Dark Post-Punk.  I hope listeners like it!

Oh, and here's a couple of pics of Anita and I before we went to my work dinner:

Right - I'm off to do more stitching!