Saturday, December 14, 2013

a week of distractions...

didn't accomplish half the things i planned to do this week. i am so easily distracted but sometimes the distractions lead to new inspirations so i guess it's a good thing. i started out making a bound button hole as demonstrated by Karen Ruane in Simply Stitch 3...well i wound up with this....

click on the images for close-ups...

an embroidered letter on free motion embroidery done on scrim
doesn't look anything like a button hole, does it. well this is how it started:

and there it went to a different type of letter...

it's been embellished and sits on one of the panels of my Fun Times Cloth. one more panel and corner block to make before it can be finished.

embellished on one side with ruffled lace, bullion knots and french knots

an F and a T for Fun Times

with the help of a couple of people, i finally was able to make a sample of this knitting pattern i really like. i had the graph but no legend and instructions so i was pretty lost. those little white bobbles are called nupps (rhymes with soup). here's a video if you'd like to try them. they give a nice little texture every once in awhile.

this measures about 3" square. made with a extra fine yarn and a size 2 knitting needle
 i'm thinking this pattern might be nice for the top section of a sock or maybe even a scarf.
i have done some more work on my knitted coat but not as much as i hoped...too many of these distractions taking up time.

i also wanted to show you this beautiful cotton embroidered cloth i purchased from ebay a couple of weeks ago. i'm sure it's machine made but i thought....very unusual....can't wait to find a use for it. it's said to be vintage 1930s.

vintage 1930s cotton embroidered cloth


it's been a cold and rainy week but should warm up a bit to the 50s and 60s in a few days. i'm really looking forward to that. hope you're all staying warm and cozy.

17 comments:

liniecat said...

Innovative lettering! your ebay buy is just beautiful Deanna

epocktextiles said...

the nupps look like french knots in crotchet

Els said...

Hi there Deanna ! What a wonderful student you are ! Karen will surely be very proud of you !!!

Ahhhhh ! that vintage cotton ! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm ! They don't make it like that anymore ...

Anneliese said...

Deanna, your buttonholes morphed into lovely and usable and exquisite letters. But are these all bullions in pink? Extremeley well made. The knitting is very fine with needles 2!!! What about your cardigan. I think it is growing in secret.

karen said...

I love the nupps Deanna.....they would look amazing peeking through some cutwork but......don't get distracted!!!

karen said...

and in reply to Els.....Karen LOVES having Deanna in her classes!!

Deb G said...

Your distractions lead to some pretty interesting places though! It's warmed up here. Back to normal wet and squishy. Chance of snow again later in the week though.

Nancy said...

You must plan to do a ton of things!! Look how much you did get done! Love the 1930's cloth.

margaret said...

your lettering has worked a treat and the knitting design is very pretty, think it would look lovely as a summer cardigan

Jane Galley said...

I love it when you start with one intention and end up doing something else. It's all part of the fun. Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Rachel said...

What lovely distractions! how lucky you are!

Nat Palaskas said...

Nice distraction there Deanna. I have to large reading about it! Love that piece of vintage 1930 cloth - Enjoy
Nat

neki desu said...

gorgeouser and gorgeouser.
following the downton abbey trend,
have you thought of making a detachable peter pan collar with the fabric to put on crew neck sweaters or dresses?

Anita said...

If a distraction makes way for creating such beautiful pieces then I'd love to have them every week :)
The letters are interesting,especially with the knotted stitches.The ribbed wheel adds beauty texture as well.The star pouch you had made is also lovely!
Karen must be very proud now and as a teacher I'd like to thank you for making her proud :)
Your e-bay purchase looks interesting.

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Deanna. Glad I found time to stop by. You do such an interesting variety of things. LUV the F and T, and that free motion lace is so extravagant! very pleasing...Lovely knitting, and that embroidered cloth is really interesting.
Wishing you a happy holiday season and New Year with your loved ones!
best, nadia

Peggy said...

You've invented something with your lettering, I think! The intricacy of your stitching always amazes me. And the knitting, too -- love that pattern. You're in a very creative flow these days!

handstories said...

Baby bobbles! I've never heard of nupps, I do love making bobbles, these should be fun, too.

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