Archives for the month of: June, 2014

Once I’d sorted out the corners, the final border was plain sailing. It just took awhile, as the finished piece is 16 inches by 15 inches.20140626-161659-58619081.jpg

The finished border, ready to take off the frame.

20140626-161659-58619627.jpgThis shows the canvas piece laid on the cushion and the fabric for the edging and back. It only gives a vague impression as the extra canvas and denim are folded underneath. It’s now ready for the scary bit – blocking. Not something I’ve done before with such a big piece of canvas work, nor unaided. But too impatient to wait for help.

20140626-161700-58620173.jpgI’ve read how to do it in a couple of different books. Basically, it needs damping and stretching over an old sheet into a board with push pins or tacks, making sure it is straight and square, and leaving to dry thoroughly. One book recommends for at least a week. I’ve got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, it means I’ve got to be patient before I unpin it to see how it looks and to finish it off, on the other it means I can start (or continue) with another project without feeling I should finish this first.

20140626-161701-58621142.jpgThe blocking has to be done wrong side up, which means you can see the messy side, no knots (uncomfortable to lean or sit on), just woven through ends.

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I’ve  just got to be patient.

For some reason when I posted this last week it didn’t appear! And only part of the draft was saved. Frustrating, but hey, so here I go again.

I’d nearly got to the end of this section when I realised it wasn’t going to meet up properly. It would have involved loads of unpicking, again. I decided to finish it off and see if it was obvious. I showed it to 3 observant folk and none of them could find it. Phew! I even have to look hard for it myself a few days on.

20140612-204639-74799672.jpg  The finished piece.

20140612-204639-74799891.jpgBut it wasn’t really as big as I wanted, and there is enough canvas to make it a bit larger. So I’m now putting on an extra border to make it bigger. I bought several feather filled cushions some years ago. One of which was ear-marked for an Indian cushion I received as a “thank you” for making a quilt for friends that was inspired by  several of these cushions. No idea what I was planning on doing with the others. But I want this cushion to be the same size.

This is it so far. I then had to take it to be photographed for “insight” open artist studios in North and North East Lincolnshire the last two weekends of September and first in October. More about this nearer the time. I was so close to finishing it but just ran out of time. Usually it’s not the whole piece that’s used for the brochure, so not really a problem. I just wanted to finish it off.

20140612-204640-74800089.jpgI’ve used the same pattern (just over more holes) as the outer border and the divisions of the sections.

IMG_1604The 2 small triangles and one large triangle give the impression of a heart, so it will have a border of hearts, once I get it back.

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In between other projects I’ve stitched away at this canvas work cushion at the various groups I go to. It’s a slow process and I’ve been challenged to have it finished before the group on 13 June, we’ll see.

On Sunday morning I was feeling slightly head-achey and out of sorts, with not much energy. So I decided to have a slow start to the day and make the most of  a warm sunny morning, stitching outside under the wisteria  in the garden, before the wind and rain finishes it off for this year.

I dream of lying under it in the hammock with a good book, but rarely (once?) have I managed it, either time or weather has always been against me. It’s slightly passed it’s best but still smelt wonderful. Before we moved here (24 years ago) I had a similar dream of spinning under the apple tree, again it only happened the once, but I still remember it as being idillic.

There are goldfinch nesting up in one corner, almost totally hidden by the metal frame and the wisteria. I had a few really good glimpses of them. Also blackbirds coming and going with food for their babies.

Stitching with the sun on my back outside in the area of the garden that is more or less sorted for the moment was a rare treat. I made some good progress and the end is in sight on the one panel. The other needs more and what I hope to be the last of the unpicking on this project!

I sometimes find stitching quite mediative, totally in the moment, and the  garden setting helped with this. But, it also can be time to reflect and plan new projects, and just sort out my head amongst the chaos, and hustle and bustle of day to day living.

 

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