Monday, 19 December 2016

Grandma's Toy Hospital Emergency !


Clanger has been rushed into the A+E department of Grandma's Toy Hospital in Mullion this morning .  As in all hospitals right now , Christmas is such a busy time .


                                               Coming apart under his chin !


                                             Worse ! He has become quite bald !


                                                      This is soon fixed .


                                 Then for more delicate "under the chin " surgery .


 Made a better job of it this time round ,stitching all along with stronger wool  .


                   All done ! One happy Clanger = one happy little grandson !

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Autumn Stitching update


Sitting cosily  in the car , at the top of the cliffs , looking towards Gunwalloe , doing a little stitching  , while the rain lashes down .


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Starting the Oast Houses of Kent Countryside crewel embroidery .


 I was so lucky to have the right colours for the oast houses in amongst the vintage crewel wool in my basket .  There was no picture , nor instruction leaflet with the transfer . I did find a picture of the front of the original leaflet , so I can use that as a guide , but there is no list of the colours or stitches or the order in which to do it .


So to begin with I went over some of the more important details with a sharp pencil . I think I,ll do this a little  bit at a time , because it could smudge .Then I,ll stitch a bit around the outlines of things and just see how it goes really .
Once again , like the other vintage embroidery I did , the stitches in these Briggs leaflets are mostly the basic ones .... back stitch, stem stitch , crewel stitch , long and short shading , detatched chain stitch for the leaves and what else can I see ?.....ah ...French knots ..lots of French knots on the cherry blossom ....and it is all very freely and painterly done  , or so it seems to me .
 Actually ,  I am not even sure if this one is a Briggs Embroidery transfer ,  There is no makers name on the transfer  . Maybe someone could let me know ?


 The sun has come out , so I,m off to sit out in my garden and stitch a little more .

Friday, 9 September 2016

Happiness is ......


                             Happiness is a basket of vintage Penelope crewel wool !

Vintage Oast Houses Embroidery Transfer


 I found this old embroidery transfer of the Oast houses in Kent and it tugged at my Kentish heart strings and I just had to buy it ...but sadly when I came to iron it on to my linen , it didn't work ! It seems that it had been used too many times and the ink was used up .

So I sat for about two hours going over all the lines with the horrible pink transfer pencil .


                                                  ...and then ironed it on ......


Its not brilliant , and the next problem is that it didn't come with any instruction leaflet  either ...grrrr . I managed to find a picture of it on the internet and decided to match the colours up as best that I can . I,m not even sure if this is meant to be stitched with wool or cotton threads .  Anyway  , I,ve decided to stitch it with the lovely mellow colours , of the vintage  Penelope crewel wool , that I used on the "Down a Country Lane " embroidery earlier in the year .
 Cant wait to get started now .  Here we go stitching into Autumn  . I love Autumn  !

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Shorleyker Moth


                                   A little Sunday embroidery....I find so relaxing.
 I ,m stitching another moth from " A Schole-house for the Needle " published in 1624 by Richard Shorleyker .


                 I,m using buttonhole stitch around the edge of the moth's wings .


I just did  backstiches for the moth's body , I ,m going to whip those green back stitches over and over for a nicer and ever so slightly raised finish .


The sun came out and I took my needlework out into the garden . I have been delighted by the appearance of some wild strawberries , I suppose a bird must have brought in .
I thought I would put these photos on here, useful I thought , to use in another Elizabethan embroidery ..sometimes I think that the patterns in modern embroidery books have become too stylised . I want my strawberries to be more botanically correct  .
 I put them on here that you too can look closer !
  Strawberries were a much loved subject of embroidery all through the medieval  times , especially loved by the Elizabethans  as a symbol of love and righteousness , the three leaves , symbolising the Holy Trinity .


                        ...and the tiny fruits much loved by the Cornish Piskies  !


       I stitched the tiny whipping stitches , over and over , around his green body  .


  Then begin the wings by putting in some directional guide line stitches , which will be worked in to my long and short shading , from the outside edge to the centre .
 This is not a tutorial ...you do not have to do your butterfly wings like this...you can stitch them..upwards , downwards , in french knots , however makes you smile ..for that is the most important thing and also not worry about the mess on the back if you are a beginner.......just relax and enjoy being creative .