Saturday, October 18, 2014

wishes do come true

While I didn't exactly wish upon a star .I did find inspiration for some fiberey gifts. The tools and skill set are from my youth. The inspiration is from a FB post. Sometimes the world wide web is the answer.

The  projects require very basic fiber tools . A rummage around the garage located the potholder looms. Mine is the 2 part blue one with very close set teeth.  Knitting Nancy was watching over the looms which is a good thing because I will need to do some spool knitting as well. Nancy must have belonged to my DD's as mine was a large cotton reel which my father put 4 nails in. The potholder loom with the yellow center belongs to the daughters and the remaining one I think might be my SinL'.
The blue woven samples are done on the sunny yellow loom with double strands of wool. I'd never used yarn on the looms or woven a triangle . Never too old to learn.

O.K. so I have all the basics for one of the projects and none for another. Weaving sticks were required. Yes sticks 8" long with a hole in one end and lightly pointed at the other. A web search revealed several sets made in exotic timbers posted from all over the world with equally exotic prices. Not this little "Black Duck" dowel is cheap and a trip to the handy man store was already planned so off we went and I bought my treasures while DH wandered up and down looking for fertilizer.

I am capable but DH soon stepped up and offed his assistance. Who am I to sat NO? In the end we cut and drilled enough sticks for 2 sets of 1/4" & 2 sets of 3/8" weaving sticks. I am still sharpening the ends with a shiny new pencil sharpener and sanding before giving the weaving sticks a nice coat of wax.

One set of each size for me and one set for the GD so she too can enjoy fiber stuff (with Grama).

There has also been some stitching but it is also secret.

Enjoy whatever your up to Terry

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hard Wired

Spring is here.

 The view from the front door. I love the burst of delicate colour this apple tree has each year. Promise of a new season. Out the backdoor sunset. Beauty every way I look

The macadamia tree in full bloom was the view from the breakfast taple provided another view of spring.

My mind started to wander "late September time to start making Christmas gifts. "  Here is the hard wired part

Hand knitted and something everyone can use. MITTMENS.   DA ! Where did that come from?  Christmas in Sydney is for swimming not tabogining.  I guess the desire to knit Christmas pressents needs a re-think.

Monday, September 22, 2014

the Story of a Quilt.

A long time ago and far far away ( 1997 across the Pacific Ocean). 
The great summer visit to our extended families in the USA was recorded in signature blocks .

The memories included in blocks are stories in themselves.  The block is a traditional signature block construction called Tomahawk . I made the blocks of scraps of quilts and dressmaking  favorites from both my girls. The added signatures and stories from both my family and my husband's give me goose bumps. The potential was so great. There was so much happiness in the small fabric squares.

Like all fairy tales the main characters (the blocks) moved house 3 times while being auditioned for several quilts without the wow!.

Spring last year 2013 the perfect quilt called Silk Skirt by Lynn Alchin was magic.

Preperation, appliqué and .......

Spring 2014 a ta da moment

Hanging in the macadamia tree my finished quilt top blooming with love and comfort .
Now to complete the tradition of special memories recorded in quilts. I feel very connected to the history and traditions of quilting.

Sure hope you all celebrate your enjoyment in stitching, knitting and making memories.