Sewing related items for the Red Cross this time.
This post shows more bags I’ve recently made for the Red Cross upcycling group.
Still here and still making things for the Cheltenham British Red Cross shop to the exclusion of anything else. Today we filled the shop window with almost everything the craft group has made so far. During the past week I had made doll’s bedding for a wicker crib and a wooden cot and a few people seemed interested in them almost as soon as they went on display so fingers are crossed that they’ll come back and buy. Little Ted, kindly modelling the bed set below, was relieved not to be included in the window display.
The bed linen was upcycled from curtains, old pillow cases, a shirt, and a scrap of quilted fabric. The padding was a remnant of high loft polyester quilt batting donated a few weeks ago.
I am unable to embroider the Victorian Street crewel work piece whilst seated on the sofa because the frame is wide and it’s just awkward to turn it over in a restricted space, but I wanted something to stitch in the evening so I made a cover for a magnifier I recently acquired. Two of the pieces from Sachiko Morimoto’s book Stumpwork Flowers embroidered way back in March/April 2014 were used for the outer cover and the lining is a synthetic batting which should protect the glass well. One flower on the cover is watercress and the other is viola. This evening I might add some fancy stitching along the seam as I think it looks a bit plain. I only ever framed one of the completed flowers from the book and the rest have been in a cupboard since. Three down, fifteen to go. Any ideas on what to do with them?
Yesterday I finished the needlepoint sampler, added a fabric border and attached it to the footstool. Taa Daa! I’m not sure how well it might wear but it adds a nice splash of colour to an otherwise plain carpeted floor. I deliberately aimed for a different stitch in each of the forty areas but as I was typing the stitch list I noticed that I’d used Tent stitch in two sections. Too late now to unpick one of them but I won’t lose any sleep over it. I quite enjoyed doing this but it might be a while before I attempt any of the projects in the charity shop book that got me started on this in the first instance. Stitches used are listed below with the name that was given in the source I found it in but you may know some stitches by other names. If you spot any glaring errors between what stitch I claim to have used and what I actually stitched, please let me know!
Panel number three is the pied wagtail, balancing on a fence post.
The fence: lollipop sticks cut to size with a craft knife and coloured with wax crayons. Posts connected with craft wire. The fence is held in place with a few stitches and a spot or two of fabric glue at the base of the posts.
The purple flowers/grapes: see yesterday’s post.
Tendrils: thread dipped in fabric stiffener solution then wrapped around a wire. Uncoiled when dry and stab stitched to fabric.
Grasses: Chopped up scraps of free-machine embroidery from a few years ago.
This past week I’ve been working on the background for the pied wagtail but it’s not quite finished so you’ll have to wait a day or two for the main reveal. The image shows little triangles of colonial knots with a few french knots in between, stitched onto water-soluble interfacing. I tried colonial knots a long time ago but couldn’t easily convert from right to left-handed instructions so gave up on them until The Left Handed Embroiderer’s Companion by Yvette Stanton made me think again and with my hoop clamped and both hands free, I find they’re not difficult at all and I’m now a fan. I can’t make up my mind whether these triangles are less like wisteria (my original intention) than bunches of grapes but I don’t think the wagtail will mind either.