Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Past and Present Projects

I suppose it's only fair to start with a warning that this is quite a long post.  

It took me a couple of hours but I was finally able to find and photograph most of my current 'Projects'. Below you will find Past and Present projects.  Eventually I will post projects I would like to do in the future but alas at the moment there simply isn't enough space here to list them all, I will have to narrow the list down somehow! :) 


Whilst in Western Australia I visited Spotlight.  A lot.  On one of these visits I found this awesome red yarn.  It came with a pattern to create a small hand held bag.  I had always wanted to do one of these so I set out to complete this task.  I was extremely surprised to discover that this project was completed in a matter of days.  The only holdup was that I did not originally have a knitting needle big enough and had to wait a couple of days to revisit Spotlight.  I liked it so much so that I went back and obtained further yarn to create a bag for Grangy as well.  Alas, I got so side tracked by all 5 of my new Cross Stitching projects I never got it finished.  Never fear! I will complete it before the year is out!  ... I hope. 

Above is a project I started a couple of years ago.  It is an awesome looking crocheted rug.  The problem I found was that it was extremely repetitive and I just couldn't bring myself to complete it all in one go.  I keep coming back to this project every few months.  It is my hope to have this on the list of Completed Projects for 2013.  

Cross Stitching!

Cross Stitching is something I learnt as a child and was immediately drawn to.  However, as a child I was only ever exposed to the most basic of charts.  Upon meeting my partner I was exposed to a whole world of Cross Stitching I didn't know even existed.  Some of the artistry that has gone into these charts just totally blows my mind away.  I've been sitting on the sidelines wanting to do a "big" project for a couple of years now so after I was introduced to Heaven and Earth Designs I decided to just jump right in.
Here is my progress to date so far as at January 16 2013.

This is such a big project for me that I thought it amusing to lay everything I am using for this project out to photograph. 

A couple of years ago I went to a Craft Fair in Brisbane and I purchased a package of fabric from a company called Stitches and Spice, an Australian company that specialises in hand dyed linen and fabrics.  This pack contained four pieces of linen each in different colours - Lime, Pink, Orange and Turquoise.  I have struggled to figure out what I wanted to do on these awesome pieces of linen.  Whilst in Western Australia with the assistance of my awesome soon to be Mother In Law these pieces of linen were finally matched to projects. 
On the Orange piece of linen I am going to be using an awesome chocolatey coloured thread and I will be doing a monochromatic Papilion Creations - Eightsome Reel stitched 1 over 1. 

On the Turquoise piece of linen I am using a beautiful dark blue thread and will be stitching a monochromatic Needleprint - Amager Panel 1799 stitched 1 over 1. 

On the gorgeous Pink piece of linen I will be using a beautiful variegated blue and purple thread and stitching a monochromatic Papilion Creations - Midnight Garden stitched 1 over 1. 

And on the lime linen I will be using a beautiful variegated purple to brown thread and stitching a monochromatic Alessandra Adelaide - Madre Terra stitched 1 over 1. 


I awoke one morning a couple of years ago and decided I wanted to learn how to quilt.  I went to the news agency and I bought a bunch of magazines and I spent a couple of years trying to figure out what I wanted to do.  Last year I finally thought stuff it, and I went to the local Spotlight and collected a bag of fabrics and bought a pattern online and off I went.  

In hindsight, I probably shouldn't have chosen a king sized bed quilt to be my first project, but alas I finished it.  I haven't had a chance to finish all of the hand stitching yet, but the quilt is functional as it is. 

Here is a photo of the majority of my fabrics and quilting supplies.  On the one hand it occurs to me I have to many fabrics already.  On the other hand I think 'Can one ever really have too many fabrics?".

A couple of weeks before Christmas 2012 I got it into my head I wanted a quilted christmas table runner.  Totally ignoring the fact that we were scheduled to spend almost a month in Western Australia at Christmas time and that I wouldn't need a table runner of course.  I got this far before I both ran out of time and had to start packing for our trip.  It is my aim to have this project finished for Christmas 2013.  Given all I have to do is the binding I sure hope this is a project I can add to the Completed list!

Kids Stitching!

While we were in Western Australia the girls each got a boat load of Cross Stitching supplies from their Grangy.  Included was some Aida.  They each set out to create something without having a clue what they were going to make.  Piper picked it up really quickly and in no time was finished with her design which Grangy showed her how to turn into a Biscornu.  With so much excitement going on Jaelyn didn't get to spend as much time focusing on her stitching, so her sister Piper helped her.  

Pipers first ever Biscornu. 
Jaelyns Biscornu. 

Other Projects!

Last but not least here is a project I inherited from my partner Jacob.  It is a Teddy Bear Kit.  It will probably be a while before I even contemplate attacking this project cause it is totally out of my area of experience.  But it looks cool! 

1 comment:

  1. That was so interesting Naomi. I love the rug you are crocheting. I remember seeing that when I was over visiting in 2011. I have linked your blog on my blog so you can get lots of followers.