Sunday, 25 April 2021

On to the next project

This week I finished the Kogin for the fifth little bag.   The DBEM will testify that I got into a good rhythm with this and the speed increased.   But lesson learned -  I will not be attempting Kogin on fine 36 count linen again.   In my fabric stash there is plenty of much coarser linen and I will use that.   Next up I plan on making placemats.  Watch this space.

With some difficulty I traced off one side of the pattern for the Noodle Box Bag and have stitched it. 

There are just the gold bugle beads to go at the upturns of the pagoda roofs but they can wait until the very end.   I'm using a Perle 12 from Gumnut Threads as once again I was determined to use only stash.  Isn't it amazing what limited access to a specialty needlework shop can do?  Ha ha.   I really desperately miss my Ribbon Rose (LNS in Auckland) and even more so as I am contemplating another big project which requires Gloriana threads.   I'm sure that Ribbon rose would have something suitable to substitute if I were able to visit in person.   I've been researching on line but the international post and packaging from Needle in a Haystack are extortionate so I'm thinking about alternatives.

And the Deruta Sfilato (Italian Drawn Threadwork) is coming along.   The first attempt at drawing the threads resulted in disaster.  I had miscounted:(   However that piece is being used as a "doodle cloth" to test out the stitches and I started again and was more careful and the second time it has worked.   

The daisy in the centre is now complete and I am ready to put in stars and a net filling.   I am enjoying this very much and forsee more Drawn Threadwork in my future.

Tomorrow is a public holiday here in New Zealand but that will make little difference to my normal routine of life.   This week looks like being rather busy with DBEM's medical appointments.   I'll be back soon.

7 comments:

  1. I love seeing drawn work still being done. It's so beautiful.

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    1. I'm thinking this is a practical way to make use of my stash of fine linens as the drawn grid is easy to work on. And....I like it:-)

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  2. The Kogin bag is beautiful. Everything is a learning experience.
    Is postage from Europe any cheaper than from the US? I know their prices have shot up more than ours in recent years.

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    1. Hi Jo, I don't know any on line UK needlework shop. Do you have any recommendations?

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  3. Or what about the Crewel Gobelin in Australia? Surely that will have more reasonable shipping charges to you in NZ?
    Westendembroidery.com has a very good selection of threads. Their shipping weithin the UK is very reasonable, or get it sent to me and I will send it on to you. Email me?

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  4. Your Deruta Sfilato work is impressive.
    I've used 123stitch.com in the USA and have found their postage costs reasonable. They're cheaper than the rates from the UK to Europe for the same items.

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  5. Such interesting techniques! Love the drawn thread work.

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