Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baby hankie

With a new Grandbaby due almost any time now, I thought I had better get my hurry on to make a 'bring home' bonnet.
 Just a simple Torchon edge.
 Working up quickly.

 
The pattern is from Fun With Corners in 90/2 linen.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.  Warm hugs XXX

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Around tuit at last

I have wanted to make an all lace shawl for such a long time...
 
It is finally started!
 I have made the bobbins and most of the beads!  The glass divider pins are also my own work :)
I even spun the wool from an old Corriedale fleece!
The shawl will be made in 3 or 4 panels, and the 1st is now under way.
I will source the pattern for you next time I post about this one...Colin is sleeping and I don't want to move and wake him :) 
Thanks for dropping by, hugs and warmest regards,

Friday, August 22, 2014

I don't make scarves...

...by the singles!
 
These are my most recent...
 
1 Scarf...
Pattern: Tradition into Creation by Jacqui Barber
Thread: Bohemian Autumn
 2 Scarves...
Pattern: Winter 2007 Australian Lace Magazine...cannot find the issue atm, and don't recall the designers name, so sorry.
Thread: Misty Alpaca
 3 Scarves...
Pattern: Torchon Explore by Ulrike Voelcker
Thread: Thai silk from local supplier Fibres and Threads
 Closer view of the latest...
 More!
Although there are more scarves, I have either already posted or given them away before I took a 'completed' pic, so here is 1 setting of the Hardanger work complete.
The table centre is almost finished, so only a placemat, serviette, serviette ring and coaster to go.
 
Back to the stuff I should be doing now...
 
Please enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts :)
 


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Productive times

The scarf is progressing nicely, with some safely rolled away on the roller.
 
 While working this section, I realised that the only bobbins I had never used in my collection are now in use!!  Yay! 
I have a pair of rather heavy brass bobbins, (the one with the coloured thread) that I am alternating with the new thread.  They have always been too heavy to play with the other bobbins, so I had avoided them.  For this project, they work rather well.
There is also a single aluminium bobbin on the left hand side that had not been on a pillow at my place.  Several friends swear by them, but I find it cold to the touch, and had always passed it over.
Also in this shot (just) is the pair of bobbins with a pink ceramic joiner, a gift from a Gumnut.  The bobbins arrived broken from their journey, so I repaired them with the ceramic glue used to put final details on my dolls.  They are working perfectly and remind me of my Australian friends each time they pass my fingers.
 And here is a new batch of beads ready for the kiln.  Dear Step Son is visiting today and will take them to Burnie for me.  I hope to make the trip with Colin in a couple of weeks time to collect them...
The pin toppers (ladybirds, flowers, turtles and hedgehogs and the cotton reel were all made before Colin collapsed.  the rest have been made this week to fill the tin.
 
Thanks for taking the time to read this far, stay safe, happy and healthy.  Hugs,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some bobbin lace PHD's

 First of all, here is the next lace for a porcelain doll...slow progress, but a little every now and then...have to find/design another piece to complete the doll, so still a long way to go before a doll will be seen.  This is Bucks Point in Finca 80...wide design by Heather Billington, narrow one from Pamela Notingham's Intro to Bucks book I think.
 Here is the 2nd piece from the workshop I was participating in when Colin collapsed.  I completed the 1st repeat at the workshop and most of the rest of this one was done at Colin's hospital bedside during his 2nd stay in Hobart.  The thread is Lizbeth 80...have no idea why I would buy this colour in the first place, but love it in this piece.  The designer is Ethel Zuccolotto.
My 3rd piece was started yesterday.  The pattern is from the Ulrike Voelcker Torchon series, done in Thai silk from a supplier here in Tassie.  The scarf will be for Colin's daughter...maybe for Christmas...
 
up close...
 
Finally, after our recent trip to visit Colin's surgeon, we decided to stay over and visit Mona Museum...I found out about this cement truck from a friend in Estonia on Facebook...now I have seen it for real!!
 
The detail is simply amazing, and it smells much better than one of the artist's other instalments at the museum!!

 Hugs to all, may your pins never bend and your threads never break, so that you can make the most of every moment life has to offer!


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 :)