Behind the scenes

The behind the scenes work continues.

A basket with finished scarves I never washed and blocked or blogged about properly is being given the treatment, one at a time as blocking space is limited (my second Wingspan scarf shown above). Five washed, seven to go. Watch this space. 😉

Most of my precious home-recorded VHS tapes have made space for books. Some will go without being watched again, some will at least be partly watched and a small part will stay, as long as the hardware lasts. Not sure what I’ll do with the tapes then. You can’t even donate them, nobody wants them anymore. The best thing I found in the depths of the internet was glueing them together to make small pieces of furniture. Hm.

The craft inventory list and the list of possible projects are growing profusely and I’m looking into an abyss there. Again. 🙄 Still, I’ll put together some kits with the material needed for new projects which I’m planning to start next year.

But before that the UFO Lottery will have my attention until the end of the year. A couple of projects will take some time to finish and some will only require little time and effort. These are the ones I’ll finish first so the list will become shorter, including things from the intended second round of draws (nos. 36 to 70, with a current total of 103 😀 ).



Skipping Stones – UL 21

The UFO Lottery continues and one more of my infamous un-quilts is here – Skipping Stones.

A piece inspired by a quilt I found in the Spring 2015 issue of Burda Patchwork (Hüpfende Steine by Emma Coutancier). Read more about the start of the project here and how I messed it up here.

I was thinking of quilting but couldn’t decide upon a pattern so I left it unquilted. Finished size is 58 x 71 cms.

DWXS6 – UL 19

I still owed you DWXS6 (Doctor Who cross stitch project #6) which I finished a while ago but didn’t get to wash and take a picture of due to some other activities.

This is a kit by Serenity Designs. It came with 18 ct white Aida, needle and DMC threads. As I didn’t like the greenish threads in the first Serenity kit I stitched (DWXS2) I decided to replace two of the threads, DMC 642 by Anchor 392 and DMC 640 by Anchor 903.


Oops, I did it again

Two more victims – the last one only lasted a couple of hours. Total number of the new DMC needles shredded is now 5 (four #28 and one #26).

They always break at the very top as you can see below. Also, as I noted after enlarging the picture, they seem to have very rough eyes – no wonder my thread broke frequently. Not quite what I expect when I order stuff by such a well-known brand.

The good news is that I finished DWXS6 a couple of days ago. Still, no time to wash it yet because I was busy with my ‘book of ideas’ and other stuff (cross stitching a Christmas surprise, collecting inspiration, starting a full inventory of my craft supplies). Today I rearranged my book shelves and took out all of my VHS cassettes. Now I need to decide which ones to keep and what to do with the rest. Sigh.

A new construction site

It’s been a little quiet around here lately. I didn’t have much to show you because I’m currently working on my master plan for 2018 (apart from finishing DWXS6 – just a couple of days now).

At the beginning of the month I decided to gather inspiration for new craft projects I’m going to work on during the next year (read: the next one hundred years 😉 ). So I’ve spread the first part of my hoarded press clippings on the floor, roughly sorted, to finally create a place to have them all together in one place.

Juggling with my scissors and the glue bottle, the first random pages have found their way into a ring binder.

Now how do I sort everything to find again what I have in mind? By colour, texture, shapes, subject, material, artist? Or intended projects? That’s the tricky part I’ll have to master yet.

Nevertheless, Dave the Muse is sporting a wide grin while he makes notes upon notes on every new page finished.

Swag bag

When I returned from my weekly visit to Mum’s a couple of days ago I brought back a swag bag full of goodies.

From Mum I got

  • a travel steam iron (which comes in handy for small projects)
  • a beauty glove (which I’m planning to use as a dry felting base – hope it works)
  • assorted gift ribbons
  • a bag with different cotton yarns (Why do I always seem to attract pink?)

From an unknown donor, a small bowl of useful things left in the staircase for whomever might want them, including

  • a plastic bag of buttons (already sorted and cleaned)
  • a latch hook
  • a crochet hook (5 mm)
  • three circular needles, 5 and 6 mm (80 cm/32″) and 3 mm (40 cm/16″)
  • a set of dpns (5 mm) plus two leftover dpns (3.5 mm)
  • some beige sockyarn and some gray acrylic yarn

Especially the needles are a welcome addition to my collection as I was lacking the 5 mm ones.

The next UFO and needle issues

Next project in the UFO Lottery is DWXS6 (in full, Doctor Who Cross Stitch #6). There’s still a little work to be done, but it’s growing and the left half is finished now.

When I last worked on it in mid-April, I left it with this –

I picked it up a couple of days ago and now have this –

Doesn’t look like much, but it’s confetti stitching on 18 ct Aida.

I broke the needle that came with the kit and am now using one of my newly ordered ones. It’s a #28 DMC needle with a very narrow eye so I can hardly get it threaded (and I’m experiencing the same issue with the new #26 ones). I’ve tried both threaders I have, a little wire one and a metal one. Tricky. I’m expecting to break the needle every time I’m rethreading it. Do you have the same issues? What kind of brand of embroidery needles do you use?