Looking at the piles of craft ‘stuff’ that came out of the box the other day I wondered what had induced me to buy/gather/collect it and all the other stuff than came and went before it. Did I actually have something in mind, was it a bargain or did I want to be like the quilters with their philosophy of who has the most fabric wins?
Surprisingly, when I think about it, over the years a lot of it did get used!
Some of the felt would have been for those along with tapestry wool. This was my sample made many years ago – it crops up in some photos occasionally- blanketing, piece of card and silk fabric joined and secured with blanket stitch. Felt attached with wool strung round the spine and tied in a bow at the base.
A craft stall favourite that sold well at a time when I was hard up 🙂
There was a time when I needed order and structure in my life and believe it or not this book on the left provided just that. Bargello work involved thinking – counting – quiet times. I had the canvas, the threads and unhappy days filled with quiet plus a 20yr old pattern book. An old rustic photo frame was used for the small sample I made – it’s there as a reminder that given time and patience all will come good in the end 🙂
This tattered piece of paper began my hunt for silks satins and damask materials – it also provided me with a learning experience I’ve never forgotten. Silk Ribbon Work!!
It began the day I saw a course advertised in the window of a craft shop, just a simple floral bouquet of roses. So needing something to cheer me up and take my mind away from whatever, I signed up straight away. Blow the cost I said!
This bouquet of roses on damask was my first attempt at something so fine and delicate.
Now up to then my craft had always been ‘chunky’ – no 3 or 4 ply baby wools always double knit/8 ply, as little plain stocking stitch as I could get away with, lots of aran knitting and fair isle that didn’t really show any uneven knitting – wool embroidery because nobody seemed to notice uneven stitches – get the picture? Dainty was not me 🙂
I discovered self doubt disappeared – that given help and encouragement along with the friendship developed among the group anything was possible.
See – proof positive Catherine was capable.
She also went on to make more – hence my need for pieces of silk satins and damask 🙂