Friday, 20 February 2015

I've been making a ball and ....

The time has flown by so quickly this week.   But I have had a profitable time getting lots of jobs crossed off my list before I start my new job on 3 March.  
Today I made a ball and although the fabric scraps limited the size of the pentagons this wasn't quite as fiddly to stitch together as I had thought it might be.   The colours go well together don't they (wink wink to Little Sister!)
I have also tried out, fairly successfully,  a flap for a hardanger pocket.   The pocket is not quite wide enough for what I want so I will get out the graph paper and extend the chart as I quite like the pattern of this one.   As I want to use up the rest of the linen, I won't be making up the pocket until I have stitched the tassel, the needlecase and the bookmark on the remaining piece of this linen.
I'm thinking that a "flapped pocket" in cream lined with ruby red may be just right for my planned ruby wedding gift.  We shall see.
My hardanger Christmas tree is coming along.  It is now officially confirmed that I am no great fan of cross stitch and hardanger, nor roses (or are they supposed to be holly berries?)and cream, but this is turning out reasonably well.   I will have to visit my local DIY store to see what they can provide by way of a base for this to stand in as the pattern says a wooden candlestick!   Goodness gracious.   Who has wooden candlesticks nowadays?!   This is not the Victorian era!   I'm thinking a cream ceramic planter pot and a painted wooden dowel.
Hopefully the roses will all be finished tonight and I will attempt to decipher the instructions for the hardanger.

Yesterday the HD3QBEM and I went into the City and bought a new merino winter sweater for her.   Yes!   In 26 degrees celsius heat we bought merino!!!   It never ceases to amaze me that end of season sales happen in January and the Autumn and Winter fashions come into the shops in February. Who feels like trying on woolen garments in that kind of heat?   The HD3QBEM is delighted with her new sweater and I approve of the lovely pink so we are both happy.
Tomorrow is Embroiderers Guild and I am looking forward to seeing what others have been working on over the summer break.


  1. Congrats on the new job! I can't wait to hear about your guild meeting - wish I could be there too!

  2. Your hardanger is looking fantastic! And congrats on the new job!! Laura

  3. The ball is very neat, so well put together Margaret. You must be looking forward to starting your new job - it will be fun to meet lots of new people.

  4. I really take my hat off to you; you are SO productive. The ball is perfectly round and I bet it was a bit fiddly to assemble. The Hardanger is just wonderfully elegant, you are so good at this type of embroidery.
    I hope you will find time for your embroidery once you start your new job.

  5. Congratulations on the new job - and - as always - your stitching is amazingly beautiful!

  6. Congratulations on the new job, which one is it?
    I rather like the combination of the red, green and hardanger but then I also have some wooden candle sticks somewhere! Maybe it's a "thing" LOL.

  7. Congrats on the new job Margaret! Lovely hardanger and stitching! You've been keeping quite busy.