workbox #12 house front – not

I know it’s a make-believe embroidered house but I had to turn what I had planned to be the front of the house into the back of the house when it became obvious that I hadn’t left much space between the windows for a door plus surround that looked in proportion. Silly I know. Anyway, here’s what’s now the back of the house and the first gable end with additional leaves and stems on the “Boston Ivy”.

Workbox #12 gable end

I thought a climbing plant would be appropriate for one of the gable ends of the Home Sweet Home workbox. I was trying to suggest a Boston Ivy here but it’s taken several hours and much unpicking and restitching to get this far and I’m still not satisfied with it so I think it’s time to cover it up and leave it for a while. The front of the house will be next.

gable end climber

After a brief interlude…

…I have returned to the blog. The main reason I haven’t blogged for two months is that I had a problem with my left hand which made it awkward to type and almost impossible to sew anything without a great deal of pain and along with that I totally lost the will to be creative. Nothing had changed by the end of November so I tidied away all my sewing gear and wondered what I ought to do with all the stuff I thought I might never use again. I was busy with non-crafty things in December and suddenly it was 2019 (Happy New Year by the way!), and two days ago I felt like being creative again and my wrist didn’t hurt when I tentatively tested alternatives to the book’s recommended method for the windows for the Home Sweet Home project. I’m delighted to be back in the zone.

upcycled #14

Yellow cotton table napkins were the basis for these two child-sized tote bags. Sooty and Sweep fabric remnants provided the applique, trim, and handles. Each bag approx 17 x 20 cm.

upcycled #13

A selection of miniature pottery shoes was donated to the Red Cross shop a while back and someone thought I might like to turn some of them into pin cushions so I did just that.

playing footsy, sort of

Rather than toss away all those oddly shaped fiddly scraps of felt I’ve been keeping, I free-motion appliqued a load of them into what might become something useful another day. I removed the paper from a piece of Madeira Washaway Avalon Fix and pinned it to some calico, adhesive side up, then added the felt scraps in a very random manner.

I was really testing a new embroidery/free-motion/darning/call-it-what-you-will presser foot. I know, I know, I have several more than enough already of these feet but this one had the largest transparent plate that I had ever come across – approximately 2 cm square! And yes, I did my usual tweak of inhibiting the hopping action (which I cannot abide) and then I modified it further by increasing the viewing area with the addition of a piece of yoghurt carton plastic reckoning that this might allow for even teeny tiny pieces of felt to be stitched without being moved or catching on the foot edge which is often what happens. It was reasonably successful. The smallest piece I measured was less than 0.5 cm long.

Here’s the new foot in its original state, then after the hopping tweak, and lastly with the yoghurt carton addition. 

I didn’t measure the extra plastic before cutting it and it probably doesn’t need to be quite as large as 8 x 7 cm, and if my centre cutout was a smaller round hole (I had used a paper hole-punch), it would be less likely to lift the  points of the smallest pieces when they are not adhered to the ground fabric beforehand. I expect those will be my next tweaks. Honestly, you’d think I had nothing better to do all day.

penny snake

I’ve made one hundred and twenty four felt pennies so far and stitched over nine thousand five hundred buttonhole stitches in the process. They will now go in a bag to await a decision on their final use.