However, there have been photos...and knitting, too!
I finished the hoodie for my husband's cousin's first grandchild, a boy -- a couple of weeks old now, Baby C:
I've almost finished Niven, a capelet, from the Berroco book of Nora Gaughan patterns, #13 -- knit in Lustra. Once it's finished I'll post a photo -- I promise! This one is in a discontinued colour (a hot pink) and will be a store sample at The Crafty Lady -- my first store sample!
It's a pretty little thing and once I have it back from the store, I think I'll enjoy it 'round my shoulders of a cool evening.
On the quilting front, I continue to sample techniques.
The current project? A 10" x 10" that must be mounted on stretched canvas for a silent auction donation to the Lacombe Arts Foundation -- due at the end of August. The tree theme continues, and this week I have been playing with acrylic felt, the embellisher machine, and the heat gun.
I've been trying to recreate the fungus on the mountain ash (aka Rowan) in my back yard:
I thought acrylic felt might work...embellished with yarn and then burned away with the heat gun. I tried a couple of colourways in my samples:
|Yarn felted to acrylic felt, burned away|
And here it is in a different colourway:
But it didn't matter...In the end, I knew I needed something 'lacy' but with a softer hand, less 'plastic'. I can use these samples, cut into pieces, for another project.
I turned to water-soluble fabric, and a combination of hand and machine stitching, and have begun my next sample:
I free-motion machined a pattern drawn from samples of the fungus, outlined and enlarged, and have now begun to embroider over the machine stitching using DMC floss, 2 strands, in different greens. Beads will be added to achieve a 'dewy' effect...and then the water-soluble fabric will be dissolved to leave (it's hoped!) a lacy, beaded fabric that can be overlaid on the background -- a nubby olive green silk.
This will be linked to The Needle and Thread Network's WIP Wedneday. I'm off to the shop tomorrow...
Ta-ta for now!