Thank you so much Mandy, it is always nice to come across a soulmate ones in a while. There are lots of people very skilled in 1 or 2 area's , which makes me kind off envy them, because I want to do everything. Sometimes I get quite confused, where to start, which project first. To many idea's to little time, that must sound familiar I suppose? And on top of that , you are a animal lover :):):):) We have also a dog, a Collie... and three cats.
thanks re: the miniature crazy quilt....just like to work with all types fabrics lot of fancy ones...small quilts easier since you have time to finish them(haha) sometimes I will use basically one color in the block as in this quilt...then next time I mix up the colors...lots of fun and remember no rules! Mary (in Texas)
Thank you for the praise! I know that not having a car can make going places a bit more adventurous, to say the least. We don't own one either. However, public transport is good where we live. And I walk and cycle a lot.
I have only recently started to teach for the Royal School of Needlework. In January I will start a RSN satelite in the Netherlands. Very exciting!
Hi Mandy, I'm interested to know how you get on with needle lace- it's one of the things I want to learn next! I taught myself to knit & crochet last year & also did some machine sewing for the first time, so I reckon I need a new challenge! :-)
Thanks for stopping by my page and for your kind words on my blocks. I tried to do one a week and was successful till some time in April when 'life' got in the way. Now I am consistently 5 weeks behind, but with lovely weather for stitching in the garden, I hope to change that soon (I live in Canada so it's summer here at last!)
It only took me about 2weeks to make the purple blanket. My mish mash blanket will take a little longer as i am adding to it all the time. i am also doing granny squares to make into a cushion and put it in to a craft fair for grading.
Yes, Mandy, this issue is a nice one, with at least 3 articles which I liked. It is the April/May issue of this year. As I am not at home but at McDo's for internet I suppose only. Therapy blocks ist the title. You know I am not a precise worker but I love more the cutting, sewing together, cutting again. I don't want to count stitches, too slow. I love to make bags and have a lot hanging behind my "studio"door in Germany, but using more or less about 5 of them. Oh, about renovating: My husband wants to renovate another house, he did the one in the Vosges for 17 years now. I have a little room in it and it is just too great to be able to leave everything, just dropping the work and go to housework or garden work.
Mandy, I meant to add that the small boxes with embroidery on the top are made of folded thin card. It is incredible how strong they are and they don't need to be stuck down. Someone showed me how to do this. However, the embroidery would work on any kind of box as it is so straightforward. You only really need to know how to fold the corners of your fabric and any box-making book would tell you how to do this.
Thank you for your comments on my work, Mandy. The Ruskin work was done from a book - Ruskin Lace and Linen Work by Elizabeth Prickett published by B.T.Batsford Ltd - with very clear instructions and photos. What I would say is that it is a technique that takes a very long time to work as you have to prepare the hems etc before working the decorative patterns. Patience is definitely needed! The boxes, on the other hand, are very easy to embroider as the material used is pillow ticking and you just embroider between or over the lines in the fabric. They are very straightforward.
Oh Mandy, not much. We are presently lookingk for an old house to renovate. So this takes up a lot of time. Did you see the article in Quilting Arts M. about therapy quilting. That's what I started. I have many hand dyed fabrics and some of them will go into this.