Sunday, June 29, 2014

Some news and needlelace

First of all, here is the lace I have been working on lately...Hardanger is new to me, but I must admit I love this...

 The supervisor is loving the lamp and my knee!

 And finally the 1st placemat is finished!
This is the first of a 9 piece table setting...a table centre, 2 placemats, 2 serviettes, 2 serviette rings and 2 coasters....
 
And the news- Sadly, Colin's cancer has returned so posts will probably be very few and far between for a while.  The treatment is almost over, but the prognosis is not all that great...we are clinging to hope and prayers.
 
Warmest of hugs to my blog friends.  Stay safe and enjoy every day!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Some lace at last!

But first, let's take a peek at what is happening in the shed! 
 
This is what Colin has been playing with over the past few months :)
 
This machine does not like straight driving and I must admit, it is a lot of fun...
 I have finally sorted my new 4 jaw chuck, upped the revs on my lathe (although still a ways to go according to the bobbin experts) and had a play today.
 
I think the wood is Blackwood...lovely and dark!  The smallish blanks were given to me a couple of years ago, but the first piece just turned away to nothing, so I put the rest away.
 
These are traveller sized bobbins and will look great on my travel pillow...another pair to make, then I can get on with some requests!
And I have also been busy with the beads!
 
Some of these ones are spoken for, and I still have 1 more request to play with...it is in the too hard basket at the moment, but over the weekend, I will give it 1 more try!
Once they are fired, some of these beads will become divider pins, some will adorn key rings and a few may even wind up as spangles!
 
 Ok, ok....here is the promised lace :)
 
The pattern was published a few years ago in Australian Lace...
 
The yarn is Misty Alpaca...
 
The lace was started by a retired lace maker, and I "inherited" it at the weekend...it is making some good progress, but I really need to get back to the 'other' piece!
 Thanks for stopping by, warm hugs :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Doll update

Although I have been busy making beads, bobbins and lace, there is not much to share in that department at the moment...
 
Here is an update on Heidi, the milk maid...
Fired and glazed she is making progress and looks better that the previous effort...
 I'm still not that keen on the dip and strip method...much prefer lace!
 As I am the only student at the moment, I have been working on doll number 5 at the same time.
 This elegant lady has been a real challenge, but my teacher is rather impressed....
 
Soooooooo much to learn and soooo little time!
 
She is in the kiln, ready to be fired, so next visit will see the colour and time to pick a name!
 Heidi has her first coat of paint...still want to add some Mother of Pearl lustre before she is fired again, but she is starting to come to life :) 
 
I do promise that lace is progressing well...after a misfortunate run in with the scissors!
 
I have the bobbins wound for several projects, but finding the time to play with the bobbins these days is a little more tricky that it used to be.
 
 
Hugs to all...and thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Catching up

First things first!  This spider has made her home at my daughter's front door...now she wants to know what kind if spider and is it a nasty?  We live in Northern Tasmania, and she is near the bush.
 Doll number 4 is making progress.  All I need to do is add some lace to tidy up the shoulder then she will be ready to fire :)  Working in the heat yesterday was not much fun, so I hope she fires ok.  I did not make the lace for this one...but I am working on the lace for 1 down the track...
 I found this style of sleeve a real challenge, but the rest has been a lot of fun...I just hope the fabric sections work better this time!
 My gorgeous grandson starts big school this week.  Last week, we went shopping for his little brother's birthday and discovered that drink spiders are very yummy, and he is the perfect gentleman (only when he goes out with grandma though!  This pirate is his home id LOL).
 
His mum asked about a library bag, and when I told her I had bought some fabric ages ago, I was asked to make a library bag :)  The back is the same as the edge fabric! Hope he likes it LOL
 Finally, we have been discussing bobbins on the Australian Email ring I am a member of.
I promise some pics, so here they are...
 
These are all my own bobbins, spangled with my own beads.  There is Huon pine, Blackwood, Jarrah, Tas Hardwood and Silky oak.  My first bobbin (and bead) is the Huon pine bobbin 7th from the right on the bottom row...the yellow bead was the first bead I made.
 Here are some more of my own bobbins, but they do not have my beads on them as yet.
Colin made me the very top left bobbin...it is the only bobbin he has made, and calls it a cricket bat.  I made the one on the right to go with it and the pair make the best ever gimp bobbins.
These are my bead tile bobbins.  The top 4 bobbins were made by David Potter, a Tasmanian bobbin maker.  I made the bottom 4 bobbins.  The very top pair have the first tiles I made with the teacher.
I designed the other sets of tiles.
 Here are the other tiles, ready for the bobbins...when I get around to making/purchasing them...
The teacher provided the patterns for the top row and the pair on the right of the 2nd row. 
The rest are my designs...including the special ones to celebrate my engagement in February last year :)
 And here is a size comparison for you :)
 
If you have made it this far, thank you for stopping by.  I hope your neck of the woods is fair weather (or lots of lovely lace time) and good health...please drop a comment in the box before you go as I love to see what you think too.
 
Hugs til next time...may your threads never break and your pins never bend...

Monday, January 6, 2014

Wishes and Finishes

A bit late, but I hope all my bloggy friends had a wonderful Christmas, and 2014 brings you all the very best of the things you love most :)
 
Here is my Christmas tree - it actually made it out in 2013, and the collection of lace will almost catch up to the collection of cross stitch next year lol
 
With time on my hands (I have been unable to go to work for 7 weeks), I have been busy getting some things done - this pile of bobbins came off a pillow after 18 months...cannot share the lace at the moment, but suffice it to say it was a PROJECT lol

My latest lace drapped doll was not so successful :(  From the lace up, she is probably the best one so far...this is the view from behind....
 
 
Here is the front...unfortunately the dip and strip (fabric at the bottom) did not go well and the seersucker look was not intended, but lesson learned for both myself and the teacher...also from this angle, you cannot see the crack in her right arm...oh well, she will reside in the cupboard until there is room needed, then she will be evicted...my friend feels she should go live with her...we will see...
 
Time at home has also meant time in the shed...here is a small selection of the 150 odd beads I have managed over the past 3 weeks...
 
Some finished lace I can share...the bohemian scarf...
up in the window, the pattern shows through...
On the table, you can see the gorgeous colour.
I am going to keep this one for myself, just not sure how often I will wear it lol

 
My counted cross stitch photo conversion has reached the half way point, so keep an eye out for that one.
 
The spinning has also been on the agenda...and I will soon have to start making the lace with the last 3 skeins completed...have a feeling I am going to get a request to make my uncle an over vest with some raw handspun in the near future too...that may be interesting...
 
Until next time, may your pins never bend and your threads never break...hugs and smiles


Monday, October 7, 2013

My latest project

The thread is a mixed bunch, purchased in a single ball - it is called Bohemian in Orange!
I did need to add a few more bobbins, so there are some cream/white in the mix.

 this book is the source of the idea and pattern.
Short and sweet :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our Wedding Day

Just thought I would share a few images from our Wedding Day on the 22nd September...not sure what was going on with the camera date thingy...we figure it is Colin's mum saying hi (the date shown was her birthday after all)

 The lace is made from the handspun I showed in an earlier post.
The little Honiton bee was made by Jacqui of Larkholme Lace in the U.K.
The necklace was made by a friend from our local craft group.
 The garter was made by around 15 different local lace makers from a Louise Colgan design.
 The Wedding Party with Dear Son (behind) showering us with bubbles.
 The wedding cake decoration...
A local resident of Tranquillity Gardens, popping in to add his congratulations...
 Colin's Grand daughter enjoying the balloons...
 The Bride and Groom...
 The signing table flowers.
 Looking North over the Tamar Valley 
and South towards Launceston (my Grandson thinks this is a view of "the whole world" lol)
The T Model that transported the bridal party.

A wonderful day was had by all, and we followed up with the most awesome 8 days on the big island.  May share some pics when I download the 3 cameras.

Now back to some lace for me :)

Hugs to all, thanks for visiting...don't forget to drop a line in the comments...