Thursday, 31 December 2015

Nettle green

Last project of 2015!  I've just finished a pair of bed socks knitted in super-soft angora and merino wool.  The wool comes from Sarah at BigWigs - she has her own farm with around 80 bunnies in the Yorkshire Dales.  The rather large furry critters get groomed and clipped every few weeks and the fibre is spun with merino wool to make the fabulous yarn.  It's dyed in lovely, earthy shades and this is nettle.  

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Happy Christmas!

Silver lights and dark green fir tree - Wishing you a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year!

Friday, 18 December 2015

Black, grey, silver

Black, grey and silver - not a reference to the weather although it's a pretty good description of life in the Pennines!  The title is the subject of the Christmas competition for Skioton Embroiderers' guild. 

Combining my recent studies of sampling techniques and concertina books, I made a fabric book using black linen and embellished it with circles of stitches. Each page was folded and joined together with a close zig-zag stitch using variegated viscose thread.  The book is closed with a vintage button and satin ribbon.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Advent red

This gorgeous red Christmas garland was inspired by a necklace bought on my summer holiday to Turkey.  It's a quick and simple make using crystal organza and beads, linked together with a crochet chain of red cotton. I'll be making lots of these with my sewing friends next week at our annual Christmas crafts day.