Saturday, June 28, 2014

assembling a VW Bug...

with thread, of course. The body of the Bug is done with Lizbeth #20 cotton thread in bobbin lace. I've been working on the interior and the wheels with bakery twine using a combination of techniques...a Romanian Point Lace type cord for the wheels with embroidered centers and a crocheted frame for the interior with wrapped thread windows. I'm going to try dyeing the white wheels and interior with onion skins to give it a rusty effect....we'll see how that works out. Hoping to have this all finished within a week or two. The pieces will be combined on a cloth background.

click on images for close-ups.

bobbin lace exterior of VW Bug

working on interior

and.....I've been meaning to do this but keep forgetting. Time for another blog giveaway. I had mentioned that this little pouch would probably wind up in a giveaway. I posted about it here.

felted pouch with flannel lining. it measures 6" x 9".

If you leave a comment, I will assume you want to be included in the giveaway unless you indicate otherwise. I will announce the winner in my next weekend post. Everyone is welcome in this giveaway....no matter where you live.

We have been getting some rain on and off so the grass is nice and green. My heritage vege seeds did not fare well. I picked one lemon squash and zero cucumbers and both plants just died....withered brown leaves. I never planted these seeds before and will not ever again. That one little lemon squash was quite good in my salad.

Have a great week and see you next time.

19 comments:

Anneliese said...

A quite new technique for me. What's that - a VW-bug so prosaic? It seems you are trying every technique you can get to.

Penny said...

Interesting way to make a VW bug.

Anita said...

Your lace piece looks beautiful and you've made it more interesting by combining different techniques.Is it a small piece? looking forward to see the dyeing results.

Jane Galley said...

The VW looks amazing. Can't wait to see it completed and in place.

margaret said...

bobbin lace I so admire but have never had a go. Have watched it being demonstrated , maybe next time I wll have a litle go Love your little bag and yes please put me in the lucky dip

Rachel said...

I would never have thought of doing a Beetle in bobbin lace - looking forward to see how he turns out!

Nat Palaskas said...

I love VW and had 3 of them in total! I love your version of VW. Onion skin the white wheels would look great with the blue body. Nice that you got some rain. We have too much of them this week - Have a good weekend yourself - Hugs Nat

Suztats said...

This is very interesting, Deanna! DH and I had a Bug when we were first married, so seeing one take shape in thread brings back memories as ours was metallic blue, too.
Lovely bag for your giveaway!

Deb G said...

Oh I love love that beetle! So sorry to hear that the veggies didn't do well. I'm planting my cucumber starts today. Need to put them where they won't get lost in my jungle.

KAM said...

The beetle is most wonderful! Many years ago I spent weeks, months, years making bobbin lace..I did not stretch to using the techniques I learned to create something "new" and do so appreciate your walk into this world of exploration. Working with the bobbins was always a fine, easy rhythm - rather meditative for me. Great to see where you are going with this.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Bobbin Lace is on my bucket list. You are making very clever use of it. That pouch is adorable so of course I would love to be included. For now I'm going to catch up on your posts. I have been trying to stay off the computer more, but it is difficult when I find I've missed so much.

Susan Hemann said...

I have always wanted to try bobbin lace, what an amazing project. I would love to be in your drawing, I love felting knitted items. I have made a few purses that way. Unfortunately they are huge!!lol
Try going to The Natural Gardener on Old Bee Caves road. I have been there several times and subscribe to their newsletter. Love the place, very helpful staff.

Louise Oakes said...

Seeing the outside but of your bug actually makes bobbin lace more accessible, to me anyway. Seeing your thread laid around the pins makes sense.
I'm looking forward to seeing the finished bug.

deanna7trees said...

Diane F. said:
You know I love your meanderings and ,of course, I want my name in the drawing for the pouch.
I love that pouch.

And I love your VW Bug.
We had a sky blue one that we bought for David to drive when he first got his license.
It did not have air and in Waco that was not a smart move on our part. He couldn’t take his dates in an un-airconditioned car.
So we sold it for more than we paid for it and bought us a VW van. It was VW red and we had some great vacations in that van. We kept it several years.
Actually, I don’t think we sold it until we moved to Waco. Pat drove it to work on the base everyday.

Diane

Peggy said...

Hi Deanna -- that bug is going to be amazing. Triggers memories for a lot of us . . .

I won't be in the drawing because I won the last one for the necktie bag, which I lovelovelove. xo

karen said...

I was soooo happy to see this post pop into my inbox whilst I was away...it reconnected me with thread, thank you!! Your bug is amazing Deanna...wow, looks so complicated....

neki desu said...

haha! delightful. and now that you've honed your skills a rolls royce or a ferrari.

Velma Bolyard said...

deanna, over i came and see a bug! holy moly girl, you are amazing!

Tina said...

Deanne, love the bug! You are so busy creating a


the time, love that.

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