Friday, January 30, 2015

I really am trying....

to finish my Downton Abbey coat. I have spent the last couple of days stitching the side seams and the sleeve seams using the mattress stitch which gives such a nice clean finish. You can hardly find the seam on the right hand side....but it's slow going. It takes time but it's worth it. I still need to set in the sleeves, and do a few rows of knitting around the neck edge before I can attach the collar. My plan is to have it finished by my next blog post. I did try it on and it actually fits well.

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so close to finishing...not the true color here....too much light

Hope to get someone to take a picture of me wearing the coat when it's finished. It's a much deeper color as you know from previous posts. Just couldn't get the right lighting today.

I've done a bit more collage and doodle work inspired by Lisa Congdon's class on Creativebug.com.

cut up business cards and flyers, micron pen, black stitched french knots

The doll is finished and both dolls are now on their way to two sweet little girls. Hope they will enjoy them. They were such fun to make.


A while back I purchased several bags of Bucilla Needlepoint & Crewel Wool packets from the thrift store. I couldn't imagine why anyone would give such beautiful yarn away.....well when I started unraveling it, i understood. The moths had gotten to it but not all the packets were damaged so I've been unraveling and separating the 3 ply to one ply balls. I plan on crocheting small star shaped motifs and joining them together for a shawl or maybe a blanket. It will be a good 'take along' project to have in my purse.....so many pretty colors. I did make one motif but I need to try it with a larger crochet hook so the pattern will show up better.

100% wool in beautiful colors

Lots of other things going on but I will save them for next time.
Have a great weekend and stay safe if you are in the midst of snow and bad weather.

15 comments:

Ginny Huber said...

Hi Deanna: Nice to catch up with your doings and makings. Thanks to FaceBook your posting about this blog post was the first thing I saw just now..an so here I am looking at and enjoying your wonderful projects….I will look forward to seeing you in that coat!!

Ms. said...

SUPER! I'm so excited for you. The cuffs are lovely. Adorable dolls and gorgeous wool too. :-)

Nancy said...

Yay! The coat is almost done!! I can't wait to see it on you. The doll is so sweet. Your use of junk mail is super fun. What a great idea. What is the blue tool in with the yarn? Have a good week.

karen said...

I love the coat Deanna, it's fabulous ans more than worth the time you have taken with it.

Louise Oakes said...

The Downton jacket is coming along beautifully. I bet it's going to be lovely to wear.
Your collage looks good too, it makes me want to get my art journal out!
The doll looks fabulous too, those little girls are going to love them!

Anita said...

lovely collage ! Your coat is beautiful and good to know that it fits well :-)

Deb G said...

Good things are worth waiting for. :) I like your doodles a lot too!

Peggy said...

Love the coat! And everything else here, too! So much goodness...happy sigh.

Jane Galley said...

Oh Deanna, that coat is beautiful. You'll enjoy wearing it, and well done on getting the doll finished. I'm sure they'll both be loved

Rachel said...

Good to see you are on the home straight with that jacket!

Susan Hemann said...

your coat is so wonderful! what a lot of work, I hope to see you in it! I took that class on Creative Bug, it was fun! Hope it is warmer down there now. We have more snow and 10 inches expected today. Very pretty, thank goodness I do not have to go out in it. Have a lovely week!

handstories said...

Your coat is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it on. We're Downton fans here…

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I am so looking forward to seeing you modeling your coat - it looks beautiful now and I know they always look better on a real person.

neki desu said...

dying to see the cardi worn!
you know about the freezer remedy for moths don't you?

jude said...

i have some of that yarn too. i am weaving with it.

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