Royal School of Needlework-- 2014 Courses

Sunday, June 22, 2014

LE Borders -- It's All in the Numbers (or, Why do borders take longer to stitch?)

This one particular element of the border design is simply:
1 center times 4 (because there are 4 equal designs)
This was done in dark purple, with a reverse applique on fabric matching the background, not the background fabric.
8 teardrops times 4 -- 32

AND, the leafy green things:
8 of them times 4 -- 32

After the applique, the final step (not yet done) is to refine all edges with a toothpick to make all curved parts absolutely round and appealing to the eyes. Then press, then double-check the smoothness of all parts with another toothpick scrutinization.

Inside petal turn under line is approximately  1/16 to 1/32nd of an inch.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Why not?

I don't think I am alone on this.....or am I?
As I walk from room to room in the house, I pass stashes of fabric.
Some are in cardboard boxes, some are in plastic boxes, some are in carrying cases, some are on the ironing board....
You get the picture.

So, as I was walking by one of the living room stashes, this fabric caught my eye, and I immediately said, "Circles!"

And so I added 36 of them to 2 borders still in progress.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Friend Mary

Mary and I are both working on Esther Aliu's LE Coverlet from 1790.
We both belong to her Yahoo Group on the internet. This is a group which now numbers nearly 4500 members. Esther has left the patterns up for new members to enjoy making this special coverlet.

This week, Mary finished her 2nd detailed border side. (She has a color picked out for the interim 2 inch border between the zig zags, and yes, it is beautiful!)

I am still working on these 2 sides.  It is quite a lot of fun, albeit time-consuming.
"Slow, but sure", as they say.

Enjoy Mary's version.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrap Challenge

At the Wednesday Bee, several ladies were creating a lap quilt, using donated fabrics.

As everyone knows, after the squares are stitched by machine, they are ironed flat, then trimmed.

It's a shame to throw all of these lovely cuttings into the trash.
"Waste not, want not."

Please leave a comment: "What would you do with these scraps?"
If you have a photo, send me a link by email, and I will post your creation.
(I'll post my idea later.)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Stitching in Tight Quarters

I found myself stitching behind the wheel on Saturday while waiting in the parking lot of a restaurant in Coventry.

(A little trimming after reverse applique.)

I am using 60 weight thread as much as possible. This coverlet will weigh quite a bit when finished, and the 60 weight may hold better than the silk on the larger items.

I don't like stitching in the direct sunlight, however, it is easy to see.

Monday, March 3, 2014

My friend, Mary, and her LE

I have been working on Border, Part 8, but have not completed it yet.
This is my friend, Mary's, border.
To see the center it will go with, click here.

 Mary is a member of Esther Aliu's LE Coverlet project. To learn more about Esther Aliu and her creativity, click here.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Working at a Slow Pace

Even though I still have finishing touches to add to Parts 6 and 7, I couldn't resist taking a preliminary look at Part 8.