Once more with a feeling

And another one from the UFO Lottery – a panel turned into a cushion cover.

The red frame around the center, made from the darkest red, called for some contrast. There was a black scrap on the table that was just the right size for a thin accent border.

Instead of a zipper closure I went for a hotel closure. I was so proud of myself when I managed to get that part instantly right. So off I went to the sewing machine. What I hadn’t noticed at the time was that I had the front pinned on inside out. Misfortune never sleeps.

My friend Jack (the ripper) went to work and I pinned everything anew – once more with a feeling.

A description of how I made the panel is here.

 

Zigzag Loop Scarf

Another appearance by George, my faithful scarf model. 🙂

This time he’s wearing my version of Beate Zäch’s Zickzackloop (zigzag loop scarf). I was given the pattern by a friend. Unfortunately, I can’t link to Ms Zäch’s pattern (in German) as her site is currently unavailable.

I loved making this so much – a second version is on its way, with a little twist. More about that when it’s finished.

Ammonites, Barnacles, Crinoids & Friends

The next finished piece is Fossil Friends.

You may have recognised the Crinoid panel (top left) which is my blog icon. I was planning to use it together with the Ammonite panel (bottom right) for some time already but had no idea how to finish the piece. After a rummage through my stash I came up with coral and ammonite prints. A leftover of light green Fossil Ferns fabric was perfect for the barnacles. But what about the ammonite print as I already had an ammonite panel? My sister suggested starfish. The internet had what I needed (find the free starfish pattern – in German – here.) It’s hard to see in the picture but I used four different colours of thread for the hemming, matching the individual fabrics in each corner. Finished size is 54 x 51 cms.

 

 

 

Uglies

Here’s another one from the UFO Lottery, Uglies. A title lovingly created for a piece made from not so beautiful or just the ‘wrong’ kind of colour fabrics.

Finished size is 58 x 100 cms.

Some of the original blocks, cut up and with added black strips

I played around with a couple of design options.

Impro-Blocks

Another finish from the UFO Lottery, with two more to come and lots of stuff in the making, working on projects every spare minute.

It’s named Impro-Blocks. I had already cut some fabrics for something very different. Didn’t work, so I had to improvise a little to make something else.

Finished size 47 x 56 cms

Small panel

Leftover scraps from my Lumos! project went into this small project. The squares were originally part of the now abandoned Strata series.

I fused scraps to a background fabric and machine sewed some lines across them (hand sewing was done on the red square).

Finished back in February, size 18 x 43 cms

Silk patchwork un-quilt

This project was drawn from the UFO Lottery four years ago. I was planning to finish it using a dark blue piece of silk from my stash. Somehow I never got that far. Recently I was washing the turquoise flea market fabric I bought together with the box of embroidery floss in May. Something struck me – or was it someone in the shape of Dave the Muse? Anyway, I cut the border strips and the backing, sewed on the borders, sandwiched everything and used my favorite method of hemming for finishing. Yet properly unnamed, size is 62 x 92 cms.

Embroidery – a summary

The recent entry about the found again embroidered flower pictures reminded me that there is more waiting.

This is one of several update posts that have been drafts for far too long. I’ll try to get them published as soon as I can. I’m still struggling to get the words that are in my mind down onto paper or screen.


Pot of flowers, tapestry stitch, made for Mum in 1999


Pot of tulips, cross stitch – originally intended for my former ‘Tulip Lover’ blog. I added the backstitching only recently, this will be used in some upcoming project (may take a while)


Connections, cross stitch, backstitching, now with some additional lines, to be used in a project I already have in mind

Additions to The Reef

A while ago I finished some new reef inhabitants. I haven’t named them yet like I did with the ones I made in the past. Find out more on the Coldwater Reef gallery page.

Clockwise from top left: sea-anemone, felted sponges, various sponges (partly felted), corals (partly felted)