The Stitchbook Collective is off and running! Our first pack arrived a day early – wow! I was jumping up and down with excitement. Little packages of delight.
A present I have given myself, each month for a whole year – it feels so good.
Then the joy of opening them all up and seeing what is inside …. all there waiting to be played with….
The Texture and Starter Packs are available to buy individually, with unlimited access to the video tutorials.
As a child, I used to go and stay with my step-grandmother, I called her Dabbity, and she would have little embroidery projects ready for me to make – it reminds me of that – Helen and Dabbity have merged together in my mind, it is warmly comforting to have those memories revived.
Once again (like in the Starter Pack) there are 9 tiny samples to create – this is the first one I did
It inspired me to think about making a larger one, with just the large cross-stitches to hold the fabric pieces to the back ground – so I’m off to get some more calico.
The next was a loopy one – I love these loops
and then a spider’s web inspired piece, weaving the textured thread through the spokes
I am having fun with these.
One of the best things about this ongoing project is the Facebook Group that nearly all of the 150 in the Stitchbook Collective are members off. We share pictures of our work and aspects of the processes we go through. It amazes me to see the rich variety created from much the same materials and what gems are created on tiny areas of calico.
Do you have any embroidery on the go at the moment?
Leave a link in the comments, I’d love to see what you are up to.
It is WIP-busting time here. This project has been lying patiently in the pile since August 2017. It was originally started as one of a pair for my twin Grandaughters, but I decided that it would be more practical to make their blankets in SSDK so this project was put away….. until now.
The Colours I have used are (in order of use): Moon Stone as the main colour, Rose Quartz, Citrine, New Jade, Larimar, Amazonite, Axinite, Pink Quartzite, Green Agate, Crystal Quartz.
Made with Scheepjes Stonewashed, 78% Cotton, 22% Acrylic, Sport/Baby weight and a 3.5mm hook. The colours are wonderfully subtle shades, easy to blend for an ombre effect, but have not come completely true in the photo. Go to the Scheepjes link to see truer colours.
Colour order Round by Round as follows:
Round 1: Moon Stone
Round 2, 3 : Rose Quartz
Round 4, 5: Moon Stone
Rounds 6,7,8,9: Citrine
Rounds 10, 11: Moon Stone
Joining Round 1: Pink Quartzite
Joining Round 2: Moonstone
Joining Round 3, 4, 5: New Jade
Joining Round 6: Larimar
Now you go to
Round 20 in Part 2 of the Mandala Madness pattern: Larimar
Round 21: Larimar
Round 21: Larimar
Round 22, 23: Moon Stone
Round 24: Amazonite
Round 25 and 26: Amazonite and Citrine
Round 27, 28: Amazonite
Round 29:Rose Quartz
Round 30: Axinite
Round 31: Pink Quartzite
Round 32, 33, 34: Moon Stone
Round 35, 36: New Jade
Round 37, 38: Green Agate
Round 39: Larimar
Round 40: Crystal Quartz
Round 41, 42: Moon Stone
This completes the colour order as shown in the top picture.
The lack of stretch in the cotton yarn takes a bit of getting used to but I love the colours and the feel of the piece – strokable – verrrrrry strokable. 🙂
It is the first Tuesday of the month, time to share some photographs of WINDOWS, our theme for the whole of 2019.
I have to admit it crept up on me this month, as the last few weeks have been busy with grandchildren on their summer holidays – I’m one very happy but very tired Granny!
So I have been dreaming of holidays – and thinking of windows seen on holidays in the past – this one with shutters in a little beach shop on Nevis in the Caribbean in May 2017
Love those colours together.
In contrast, this one seen on a walk to Pickering from Whistle Stop Cottage last November
and a bizarre shop window in Tokyo from November 2015
Do you have any window photos to share this month.
All are welcome whether they are current or archive posts – sometimes it is fun to revisit blog posts from a few years ago. To join in you can put a link in the comments of this post anytime until the next month begins on the first Tuesday in October.
doodle and relax
Question: Do you like the sound of Squeaky Gates?
I would hate to have one outside my house, but on a walk, I often open and close gates several times to really hear the nuances of the sounds, my grandchildren look at me quizzically – just Granny being Granny!
This one is near Compton Abbas
and this one at Kingston Lacy
I have often thought, if I knew how to do it, I would create some kind of music out of the sounds, so I was delighted to discover that Alastair Duncan of Still Walks has done just that. Here is a link to his Soundscapes.
Alastair has been exhibiting his interactive weaving and is currently working on an exciting new project: Art and Audio Interactivity.
Very exciting! I hope to get to see his work as part of an exhibition in London in October at the Espacio Gallery
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