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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

slow progress

I've been working flat out on several projects - but I didn't finish all too many of them - yet! well, I suppose it's easier to finish socks, scarves and other small things, at least that's my excuse:) I have finally finished the peagreen monster - the recipient was happy, although I thought that the smaller size would have been large enough for her. but if she wants the cardie to wrap around her - who am I to complain. I am well known for preferring woollies to wrap in to "negative ease" garments!
I think it has been a rowan pattern, from one of their magazines... it's debbie bliss donegal tweed, but I have to admit that I prefer the finer Kilkarra aran tweed. the pattern gives the 6.5 mm needle, but I only used 6 mm, to make the gauge fit, but also because I liked the grip of the tighter knit better. the sleeves are wide, totally unshaped at the bottom, so maybe not very practical in use, and the fit is extremely loose (tent springs to mind:). the collar sits better on a real person - but unfortunately there was nobody to take a proper photo (as usual)....
the next nearly finished project on the needles is the baby alpaca cardigan - which has to be blocked before I can work out the upper sleeves... the lace pattern pulls in so much that it is difficult to calculate the decreases otherwise. 
the other main project (unfinished of course!) is the hexagon table cloth. all the flowers are finished, plus some double and triple ones and a handful of buds. those are all the greens to surround the flowers (at least I hope I'll have enough!) plus a few sets, in case I do need more small inserts.... 
I couldn't resist the stack of flowers - a hexie highrise in colour:) I don't think I'll need all of them, but it's better to have a few spare - and I want to do a second one anyway.... 
until my room is ready, I won't have the space for an upright board, so I put two polystyrene boards on a camping table to lay out my hexies. I know that there is too much room in between some of them, but I wanted to make sure that the colours are spread out reasonable well. (the green is just fabric pieces in this pic!). the colours in the back look more muted - but I put that down to the darker background fabric. I printed some close-ups and keep them close to my sewing corner. I pricked the first few hexies up on a piece of cardboard and started sewing this morning. to be continued... 
 
I also received some purple fabrics - my favourite bag is slowly coming apart and I plan to make myself a new one with some purple fabrics. and maybe a little green, but I'll test that before I sew. the pattern consists just of larger squares that are put together to form a round bag - easy to sew with the machine, even for me:). and I have no idea why blogger doesn't let me write on the side of the picture....
 
on the 24th of may our group, the Connacht Textile Crafters, took part in the "Feile na Tuaithe" (good thing that I can type here, I wouldn't be able to pronounce it properly...). it takes place in the Museum of Country Life in Castlebar, where they have a lovely park to put up that festival. our group was given a marquee, so we brought a few of our finished projects for decoration. Lesley brought some of her lovely quilts, which look good even from further away.  I brought my revontuli shawl (black/grey/white, right side) and the red and green thingy (shawl), that looks like a curtain here:) we had problems with putting the stuff up so that it's visible - but doesn't cover the rest... we also had smaller projects on the tables below, peg loom weaving, embroidery, crochet, knitting etc. in the background we put up our bunting, which was made by members a few years back. each member received a felt tile to decorate with one letter of the groups' name. in hindsight we should have put it up closer to the front, because the details of each tile were too far away to be appreciated; but we were worried it might rain and end up a soggy mess!
I demonstrated bobbin lace (place on the right, only my board is there:) and ended up nearly finishing a bookmark; I did the last bit at home later. not perfect, because it's hard to concentrate and talk and explain at the same time, but at least it's usable. I'll mount it on some fabric to make it a bit sturdier.
 
Anne, another member, demonstrated how to make buttons out of fimo clay - which was an instant hit esp. with the kids, because it's colourful and fun to look at.
we were lucky that there was practically no rain, but it was windy and cool - esp. after a few hours of sitting in front of the projects...
 
so now - back to sewing hexies. I had to resort to using one of those sticky patches - after sewing about 400 flowers, my middle finger wasn't taking any more needles without "complaining":)


12 comments:

edith said...

Wunderschöne Lupinen und die Jacke sieht sehr bequem aus. So eine tägliche zweite Haut, die man gar nicht mehr ausziehen will. Nicht zu dick und nicht zu dünn. Und natürlich die tolle Farbe.

Alles Liebe
edith

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Renate said...

Was für eine Megarbeit, diese Hunderte von Hexagons nähen....alle Achtung! Wenn ich nicht so schnell die Lust verlieren würde....gefallen würde mir so etwas auch. Wie lange brauchst du denn für ein so ein Teilchen?
Ich glaub, ich muss doch irgendwann mal einen Tripp nach Irland einplanen....also dein Fleiß ist kaum zu überbieten. Da merk ich erstmal, was für eine faule Socke ich bin. Du solltest mal einen Shop aufmachen und verkaufen....ich wär der erste Kunde ;o)))
LG
Renate

Nina said...

That hexi quilt is going to be stunning when finished. You're putting a huge amount of work and dedication into getting it finished. I'm feeling a bit sad and unmotivated that I'm still working on that quilt from 2 years ago, and it's completely machine stitched.

Delighted Hands said...

Wow, where to begin; you have accomplished some beautiful work! The green sweater is stunning! The hexagonal are delicious and I love the way you photographed them! The textile demo looks like it was a great day!

Leigh said...

You are so organized! Maybe if I were better organized I could be more productive. Hmm, now that's a thought.

Woolly Bits said...

Edith - meine lupine ist grad in hochform, wird auch zeit, weil nach den tulpen in dem beet erstmal weniger bluehte:) aber obwohl ich gruen in der natur sehr mag, fuer klamotten ist es nicht unbedingt so meine farbe...

Renate - diese hexies kann man ja auch fuer kleinere projekte nehmen, muss ja nicht gleich ne decke sein. ich brauche zum naehen so ca. 15 min. fuer ein bluemchen (mitte plus 6 teile), aber wenn man die schablonen nicht kauft, braucht man natuerlich noch zeit, die zuzuschneiden. plus stoff schneiden - plus am ende eben fertigstellen. aber wenn du die hexies groesser waehlst - bist du auch schneller fertig:) und das mit dem verkaufen: ich machs nicht gern. man bekommt sowieso praktisch nie einen reellen preis fuer seine arbeit - da verschenk ich lieber sachen:)

Nina - I am not too keen on machine stitching, because I have to pack away the machine all the time! hand sewing on the other hand is fun, portable - and easy to do without big set-up! ok, patience is needed, but bit by bit I am getting there too...

Cindy - thanks, I am always tempted to use my full hexie box for decorations:) and the craft market was fun - even though it was a bit on the cool side...

Leigh - I am only so organized with my hexies because I stick them with tape instead of basting. if I keep them together in tight packs I won't run the risk of the masking tape coming off! I do like the look of the stacked hexies though:)

Elke Schwarzer said...

Ich auch erstmal deine Lupine bewundern müssen. Ich habe leider keine mehr, mein Garten ist nicht mehr sonnig genug und die Schnecken haben den übrigen Pflanzen den Garaus gemacht.
Ich sammel dir dann Wald-Ziest-Samen zum Verschicken, denn ich bin doch immer froh, wenn ich einen neuen Ziest-Fan finde! ;-)
VG
Elke

Anonymous said...

Komm. Angela
Du hast bestimmt immer Urlaub.
Wo du wohnst ist es sehr schön.
Wohne in NL.
Herzlichen Grüsse,
Annalies

Woolly Bits said...

Elke - ich wunder mich immer, dass die schnecken scheinbar diese lupine garnicht moegen, meine ersten sind allesamt den schleimern zum opfer gefallen! und das mit dem ziest ist toll- da freu ich mich sehr. mal sehen, ob ich was feines zum tauschen finde:)

Annalies - naja, wenn man dauerhaft irgendwo wohnt, sieht man es nicht mehr so als "urlaub" an, sondern als normal:) aber es stimmt schon - hier auf dem lande ist es wirklich schoen (es sei denn, man ist eine stadtpflanze:)

fairfaxweaves said...

I've just been catching up on your blog, and you've ben busy! Your work is perfection itself. Your "stacks" of flowers are inspiring.
We are getting ready to move house again, so eveything but one wheel and some sock knitting is packed away. Though small, the new house will have room for a studio of sorts. Also, my own herb garden! Please tell Lesley --Hello- from Marty...

Woolly Bits said...

Marty - welcome back:) my stack of flowers is shrinking - but luckily the table cloth made from them is nearly done...
and lovely that you'll have a studio soon - no matter the size, it'll feel good to have a special room for your stuff I am sure! and you can grow dye plants in your herb garden, too:)
good luck with the move - and of course I'll pass on your hello to Lesley (she was in the picture of the craft fair, too, but I thought I'd better blur the faces...)