Saturday, September 28, 2013

where do i start....

i did so many things this week that i can't possibly get them all into this one post so just a few of them....
the top of the silk cloth is finished and i'm almost finished embroidering french knots on the back. just french knots scattered in color blocks to match the colors of embroidery thread used on the front. it will be stitched today and i will start working on the edging.

click on the images for close-ups...


pale pink cotton backing with french knots


i did some more smocking on the toile fabric i'm using in my 'fun times' cloth. haven't worked on that cloth in a while. i used a section of the smocking to make a toggle...something Karen demonstrated this week in Simply Stitch 2.

smocking on the toile fabric

the bottom toggle is the newly made one with smocking in the middle and web stitches on the edges.

i did start the embroidery based on the watercolor i posted previously. i'm using white dupioni silk and floche thread.

those are bullion knots stitched on the bumpy bits. i stitched those on before cutting out the circles and applying it to the base cloth.

i have lots of what looks like a rayon thread that my grandma gave to me way back in the 1970s and i decided to try using it in my bobbin lace. she used it to crochet doilies. i thought it might be too slick but it does hold the tension needed and is quite nice to work with.

a lace pricking of leaves. just started doing the leaves and a couple of stems. i have lots of different shades of this rayon thread so i'm mixing them up to give a variegated look.


for those of you who like to try new knitting patterns....this one was new to me and is called 'Cross Stitch Knitting'. i just loved the way it looked and had to try it. there is a video here if you would like to have a go at it. it's quite simple once you see how it's done.

this is my sample with some yarn i had left over. i just love it.

i'll have another knitting sample for you next time. i'm working on it right now and it's not quite finished.

the weather is slightly cooler and we've had a bit of rain which has been wonderful. more expected today.
my plumbago does so well this time of year. glad i can see it out of my kitchen window.

blue plumbago
hope you're all having a great weekend and i'll see you next time.

17 comments:

montana joe said...

oh my, deanna! i'm tired just looking at it all! ha! your industriousness and skill set are inspiring!

karen said...

I also love the knitting, it is so effective. Will you make a garment with it? Square samples of that would make brilliant patchwork and I guess your plants are very happy with the rain.

Nancy said...

Deanna~ You keep me in lightness, beauty and skilled creating...and I love seeing it all! Thank you for always sharing such treats!

Els said...

One thing's for sure Deanna : since you joined Karen's classes lots and lots of fun work is coming out of your hands !!!
That pleater must be fun to experiment with (though it probably takes quite some time before you can get started ....)
The knitting looks rather think, I think .... will study the video ;-)

Oh my, that plubago reminds me of the one my mom loved (as a house plant ofcourse !)

Nat Palaskas said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one doing many things haha! I love the bobbin lace using your grandmother threads. Smocking hum, I want to get back to it from seeing yours sample. Glad to hear your weather is getting cooler. Have a great weekend - Hugs Nat

Jeannie said...

Thanks for the knitting link! It's getting to be knitting weather and I have some new yarn that would look really good in that stitch. Your lace making is gorgeous. I love the slight shimmer rayon has and it has such a lovely feel to it. Your toggle is wonderful. I still love that toile fabric and how many different ways you have used it. Thanks for all the inspiration!

blandina said...

I am always surprised at the amount of different things that you can put in your days. Your creativity runs a wide spectrum, maybe I should apply some discipline to my creativity and dedicate some exclusive time.

Jane Galley said...

Oh, Deanna, you are such a talented lady! Love seeing the bobbin lace in progress, and the toggle with the pleated fabric is wonderful. Have another lovely creative week

margaret said...

you have been so creative this week, lots of lovely things shared with us

Mosaic Magpie said...

Wow, I am unsure of where to begin my comment....you are one busy lady and a wealth of inspiration. I love the toggles you created I can see a jacket being covered in them...what fun! The cross stitch knitting is new to me and looks as though it is very sturdy and would make a very warm garment...I like the texture it has. The threads you are using in the bobbin lace are beautiful, your grandmother would be proud to see them being used in this way.
The smocking is inspiring and the fabric you have used give it a modern twist.
Lots going on with you and it is always a pleasure to see what you are up to.
Deb

Lucy said...

oh my goodness - you have been busy! It's amazing how you manage to work on so many beautiful pieces all at the same time - it'd overwhelm me. The smocking on the toile is just heavenly :-)

Janet said...

Wow! The skill level on each of these projects is amazing! I can't decide which I like the most, but I love how you translated that watercolor into fabric - very cool!

liniecat said...

Some wonderful work there Deanna! love the smocking toggle, so pretty!

Rachel said...

Did you design the bobbin lace for yourself? I've used other people's patterns, but I wouldn't know where to begin in designing one!

handstories said...

lace making always mesmerizes me, something I will never do, but love to watch. the toggles are fascinating, too. How will you use them?

neki desu said...

you go girl! so many exciting projects.
my plumbago is a water gobbler,it's in a pot and dries out quickly.

Peggy said...

So many lovely things, I enjoyed seeing them all. That cross-stitch knitting appeals to me, too! Happy lace-making, Deanna, it'll be a special piece, for sure.

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