Monday, July 11, 2016

F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D! Yes, It Is!

It's done! Weighs a ton, feels like a luxurious, unbelievable lush, thick, velvety, shag-pile, roll-around-on-it marvelous thing. Quite happy with it actually!

The rug is 74 x 140cm and is made using mostly silks, rayons and otherwise exotic fabrics. I've used cloth from my vast stash or op-shops, plus a tiny bit I bought new because it was the right colour and it's my money! 
The strips were cut slightly off-grain, to avoid fraying as I've not used any stretchy materials. 

I cut them between 2 and 4-5cm wide, depending on how thick the cloth was, then about 5cm long (by winding the strips around two sandwiched 2.5 wide cardboard strips and slipping the scissors in between to cut one edge, like you would a pom pom).
 I joined the '10 minute a day' group over on Rug Hooking Daily, which was effective because I made sure I did at lest 10 minutes, rain or shine, and that (of course) translated into 20 minutes or 3 hours! Plus it kept my interest.
I thoroughly enjoyed the process once I stopped cramming my progs so close as to be difficult and slow! I'd wondered if it'd be the only one I ever made! But now I can't wait to start another.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Fleur-de-lis Rug

The back of proggy's is always clearer huh.

Fluffy softness for my feet.

My proggy rug is nearly done (even more so, as I write this). My sciatica will hopefully move on when it is, as I spend way too much (potential cleaning) time at it after dinner in the evening and the sciatic nerve is making me pay. Pretty-well every night, I get sucked into it. It's killing me. 
My hubby is going to make me a standing-up pair of trestle legs, so I can either prop on a stool or stand up to work. 

A couple of nights ago I sacrificed my over-pj's-wear kimono because it's exactly the right colour for some background. It was wearing out in any case, so...gone. I did like wearing it though... hmmm.

I've discovered audio books. This rug has seen me through the entire 8 Outlander books and now I'm onto 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. Wow! What a book that is. Amazing account and so human.

The audio's are good for making vacuuming a 'nothing' rather than a bore too. Excellent! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ship Sampler

A group has sprung up, making my sampler. I stumbled upon it and here is the chart the lady, Cierra Tuatha made:

Go here for pictures of my actual sampler.

These colours are the lady who made the chart's approximation. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Did I Post This Little Cushion Yet?

I've decided to make a different cushion for each doona cover and quilt. Only because I want a reason.

Moving Into Autumn Proper

It got brighter still and is now mostly gone. We're going to put a few walls/fences up around the place, like this, with various things on... roses?

You can see the fake hedge makes a good backdrop for the front garden.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Proggy Rug No. 1

I'm really enjoying doing this rug. It's slow work, takes tons and tons of cloth, is terribly messy, gives me a sore neck and is the funnest.

It will need some trimming later.
I bought the frame via Miriam Miller at Narrawilly Rugs. It sits on a couple of old trestle legs in my sewing room so I can pop in and do some every day. I signed up for that 10 minute a day pledge on Rug Hooking Daily, which is good because you invariably do way more.

Here is my sketch (which I've deviated from considerably) and its inspiration.

Friday, April 22, 2016


This is my version of the butterfly. It's to be part of a doona-cover made from old tablecloths and such like. I traced the design from an ancient part-done doiley I'd picked up years and years and years ago. It's stitched onto a well used tray cloth which I'll patch onto something to make the doona top.

Just enlarge or reduce it as you wish.
I've used closed herringbone and stem stitch, colonial knots and couched weaving. The thread is DMC stranded, 3 strands. The knots on the wings and eyes are worked in variegated yellows, not variegated orange, just to add a spark.
These are (obviously) the origanals. I'd imagine it's meant to be stitched with cut-work embroidery? Anyhow, I didn't have the heart to pull out the colours.