A couple more projects

Back to some of the small projects for Kogin kits.  Well this one started small but kind of ran away with me.  I could have kept the pattern just to one side but I ran it all the way around, so lots of stitching. This phone pocket is lined with a Merino knit fabric so that the face of the phone is not scratched yet it is not too bulky.  This is the simplest of patterns, the basic seed but you have to concentrate to keep the count even and to not pull that thread tight at the beginning and end of the line or else it slips under the weave.  I would have liked to use an earth magnet closure on the top edge but I'm not sure what effect that might have on the phone, better be safe than sorry, so I didn't put it in.

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The next is a pinch purse.  Although it looks more complicated it is a simple stitching project that you can finish in less than a day.

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I used different patterns on each side.  The odd count flower diamond one one.

And the even count geometric pattern on the other.

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I used a thin pellon for the interfacing and the patterned fabric as a lining.


Another find

Going through those boxes I found a card that my son and his then partner sent to me 10 years ago.  It was bitter sweet because I loved her like a daughter and when they broke up it was a terrible loss.  They sent me this card, which I'm sure she selected, from London back in 2006 for my birthday.  It still looks as fresh as the day I received it.

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The detail in those dried flowers is stunning.  Maybe I could embroider them?

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The Children's Class

Well we have another successful class finished.  You never know the range of ages that will turn up and this time we didn't have any little ones.  Or rather we had one and his grandmother sat with him downstairs so that he wouldn't distract his siblings.

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  As usual they were lovely children and some of them have been coming to my classes for the last 6 years.  These girls are now very proficient embroiderers and some are better than a lot of adults I have taught.  I haven't taught the previous 3 classes and I was shocked to see how much they had grown.  I don't know why, that is what kids do.

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One brother and sister sang a song in parts as they stitched.  They enjoyed what they were doing and we all loved listening to their singing.  I noticed that the other students stopped talking to listen.  This is such innocent fun that I remember doing as a child, singing in parts with others.  I am so glad to see children still enjoy it.

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I always encourage the students to put their own 'stamp' on what they are doing and this time some added tassels to the star which I thought was a great improvement.  I will have to remember that one.

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Even if they didn't finish their stitching we constructed all the cushion covers and the opening at the back is big enough for them to keep stitching the designs until they do finished.  We sent these kids home with enough thread to do the job.  There are still a couple of days of the holidays to go so I think they will get the job done.

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Now I had to think of something for the next class.

An Unusual Find

I am still unpacking boxes that have been in storage since we sold our house.    It is not a nice job.  I have to cull my sewing things and I keep loosing what I had found.  But in one box I found an old tin that I know came from my Grandmother's house.  I have no idea why I have held on to it for all this time.  My Grandmother died back in the 1970's and I have put this tin in one moving box after another.  I know she told me it was her Grandmother's so maybe that is why I held onto it.

It was a tin of pins, long since used and the tin is very much the worse for wear.

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It was either sent from England in the 1800's or came here when she arrived in the 1840's, I think.  I know she died before 1900 so it pre-dates that. I do love the inscription inside the lid. 

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The rust spots make it hard to read.  I think it says:


Containing a Quarter of a Pound of Best Pins




Is an indispensable companion to Ladies at home, abroad, in the boudour, touring, visiting or the hotel.  Being made of the finest brass wire and carefully silvered, these Pins may be used without risk in the finest materials."

I wonder if "ladies" still have call to use pins  in their sewing in all those locations?






Collecting myself

I have had a testing week.  My grand daughters came to stay and it wasn't all plain sailing.  I didn't get a lot of sleep and my husband and I were at odds which is a sign that he isn't well.  Sure enough there was a rush to the hospital on Sunday night and then he had to be moved to where his surgeon operates, which is in the city.   At the same time the Children's Embroidery Classes started and I went in to get that off the ground and managed to fall heavily on my knees.  Nothing broken, just my pride but it did shake me up.  Then back to the hospital. He has now had 9 operations over the last 18 months.  This one has been a success and he will be home today, another trip up to town and back.  Then tomorrow the final day of Children's Classes. Up to town and back again.  (This sounds like a song.)

So, for the uninterrupted part of the day I am going to finish some Kogin purses I am putting together as kits.  I often get asked for kits at my classes so I intend to put a small range together.  That doesn't sound very relaxing but it will be for me.  The first one needs to be bigger, I don't like  it being so small.  The thick fabric is even thicker with interfacing and lining.

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The next one is just right.  The trick to getting that zipper sitting nicely is to withdraw a thread and sew along the line where you sew when putting the zipper in.  It sits just right.  I think perhaps they might look better with tassels as keepers on the zippers.

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I used Kogin thread on the small bag and Sashiko thread on the other.  Both work well on this fabric. But not every one is good at putting in zippers so next will be some small pinch purses.  Watch this space.



I have a new obsession

Yes it is the Digitalt Museum in Sweden.  This resource includes work from 49 Museums, 1,992721 objects, 87 exhibitions and 1,268 folders.    There is just so much to troll through.  I could never have this kind of access on a visit to a museum.  So here are a few images I am currently looking at with a mind to how they might inspire some new embroidery.

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And this is only a small selection.  What I like is that the images are high resolution and you can enlarge them and get in close.  I mustn't get lost in here.



A sleepover

My grand daughters came for a sleepover.  One couldn't wait to get home and the other didn't want to go home at all so she stayed a second night and would have stayed a week but her parents came and got her, which she was non too pleased about. The girls wanted to write a book called "On Miss Hayley had a Farm", you know the rest.  We started but books take some time to write so it is a work in progress.

This morning Jasmine, the one how stayed, thought we should visit the farm to take photos.  (That is something we are learning to do.  She is very good at taking a photo of her finger!)  I had a bag of vegetable scraps that I had saved so off we went.  I will not show you all the finger or off photos but there were a few good ones.  Like feeding a baby guinea pig.

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or the cat 'Marmalade Toast' eating carrot.  (That is why she is orange!)

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Then we were very brave and fed Lollypop the donkey and the chooks were around to pick up the crumbs.

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There is just so much to go in this book that Jasmine thinks we will have to write one about each animal.  Now that could take some time.

I did find some more

On a website called Meaningful Designs I found an article about some drawn thread work embroidery from Jamaica it was written back in 2014.

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This is stitched by the women of the "Jamaica Hardanga Heritage Trust" and is a mixture of a number of different drawn thread work techniques, making it a fusion type of embroidery.

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There are some nice images in the original article of some of the fine embroidery.