Friday, 3 January 2014

....in with the New!



                                               Tree in dining room from unlit kitchen.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! We have no way of knowing what the future holds for us - fortunately, I think - but I would wish that we enjoy good health, sufficiency in wealth and goods, great riches in family and friends and wonderful and creative pastimes (and the time to indulge them) to nourish our spirits and souls.

I haven't done New Year Resolutions for years now, although I understand the natural drive towards new beginnings and self improvement; I think too many resolutions fall quickly by the wayside to get  excited about nailing my colours publicly to a mast! However, I do love the idea of Intentions. I read in Karen's blog Chelmarsh Chunterings, that she is drawing up some personal intentions, which somehow have less of a feeling of being written in stone, and therefore are more achievable.

Another activity we often indulge in at this time of year, is to review what we got up to over the past twelve months. This time last year, we were sitting on the edge of our seats watching the awful weather, and worrying that the airports would be closed just when we wanted to be flying off to New Zealand. We made it my the skin of our teeth!

I find I just haven't got the energy to even think about composing a 'year in pictures' post though the idea appeals, and I've read some lovely blog-posts this week doing just that.

Sooooo....I will just leave you with a couple of shots of my latest creative venture. It is a wool quilt - well, a throw, really, as I don't think - at the moment - that I am going to put wadding (batting) in it, but there will be quilting stitches. It is all hand work, using flannel and wool for the appliqué, and wool yarn for the stitching.


Yes, unusually for me, I'm using a hoop. I find the flannel and wool need to be kept taut while I am stitching the seams and free edges. This is one of two hexagon composite motifs.

 
This is a free-style log cabin block with the logs just laid down overlapping, and then over sewn with this beautiful hand-dyed wool. I feel the need to go over the outside stitching with some random wild stitches, as it looks a bit prissy to me at the moment!


I'm really liking the looks of this - making it up as I go along. The vibe feels a bit like darning with a nod towards the Japanese Boro textiles which I have blogged about at length earlier last year.


I can't tell you how many hours of stitching these three motifs have incurred! Much more than it would have taken me to needle-turn applique them, I promise you! Next post I'll tell you more about the inspiration for this quilt and hopefully be able to show you the completed Sunflower Farm quilt. I have cut and pressed the binding!!

I hope you are not in the path of the flood warnings, stay safe til we meet again!

16 comments:

  1. That looks so beautiful - right up my street with a passing nod to crazy patchwork isn't it? Can't wait to see the finished article. Is the backing a single piece or is that tweedy fabric also pieced? I think January is the very time not to saddle oneself with resolutions which are doomed to fall by the wayside and an intention sounds so much more flexible - I could handle a few of those perhaps! Hope 2014 is healthy, peaceful and with enough happy moments to make it cheerful for us all.

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    1. Thanks Jane, yes best not to saddle oneself with the unachievable!
      The woollen fabric is a yard and a half from the Fent Shop several years ago, which has maundered away to itself in a chest until I read a book about working with wool and I thought Eureka! I have just the thing! I'll tell you more about it in my next post.Lx

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  2. Love the look of your throw Lynne, it's going to be a beautifully cosy one too by the looks of it, I agree about resolutions and do t really make them anymore. However I have got a few new ideas and new outlook to life that I hope I can stick with. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my post yesterday it really meant a lot.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. And you are very welcome!Lx

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  3. The throw looks lovely Lynne, wishing you all the best for 2014 x

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    1. Thanks Jay, and all the best for 2014 to you too!

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  4. Happy New Year. I hope 2014 is a good one for all of us. I love your through the window photograph, it looks so cosy and inviting.

    Beautiful throw, you have some wonderful ideas, that would make a lovely snuggle blanket for those cold evenings in the caravan. Xx

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    1. Hi Karen - yes, I'm thinking this is going to be a real snuggler! Ideas abound - it is finding the time to put them into action! Lx

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  5. Well, I have never made resolutions, but tried intentions always, and have found that I stick to them. They don't seem as rigid somehow, you can forgive yourself if you slip up, whereas so many people seem to beat themselves up if they make a resolution and break it within the first month. What's the point to that, who needs the stress? My intentions are to try and do more sewing a la Lynne, to get my book to publishable state by the end of the year and to keep as healthy as I can bearing in mind all the health issues I have to live with. And to let go of things from the past that bug me and bring me down. A bit of regular visualisation may be called for to help with this. And I love, love your new snuggly... want one of those!

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    1. (Edwina I deleted your double post!) Thanks for visiting, and yes, agree with all you say. I meditate and it does help as I have a tendency to 'dwell' on stuff!

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  6. oh my i love the throw - i've never seen anything like it before - i would NEVER in a million years have had the idea of using wool for the applique or the sewing!!!!! BUT i've got to remember i am primarily a card maker who loves the idea of sewing!!!!! actually not much crafty work going on here again - i've got it into my head to tidy and move things around!!!! i don't make resolutions but i would like to moan less - i am getting really bad at it although i do laugh a lot as well!!!! lovely photograph of your tree from the kitchen ...... ah another thing i wish i was better at -photography!!!! hope you have a great weekend - it's blowing a gale here in keynsham!!! xx

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    1. Hi Lynne, I've been appliqueing with wool for a while now, and saw someone stitching onto a piece of wool and loved it. This is my own idea but certainly inspired by the book which I shall blog about next time. And my photographic skill are nil - I'm a point and click girl with a fairly basic digital camera! Most shots, I find, look better on the computer! Lx

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  7. I love this combination Lynne, the textures and colours work great together....yep, one day at a time, that's my motto.....whatever you get up to in 2014, enjoy it! :) xxx

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    1. Thanks Ada, and the same to you! Lx

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  8. That looks fantastic, I love the multi coloured stitches. Thanks for your lovely comment on my post. Happy New Year. Gillxx

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    1. Hi Gill, thank you, this is quite muted but the variegated thread/yarn lifts it I think. All best wishes,Lxx

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