You might remember that I was making Bunting for my super step granddaughters birthday BBQ on my last blog. Well job done and I was really pleased with the result.
In the meantime I have also been sorting through my stash of “stuff”. A local charity shop in Chester, The Share Shop Chester, had put out an appeal for fabrics, sewing patterns and notions. Three sewing machines had generously been donated and are scheduled to go abroad to enable refugees to make their own clothes. I had a good sort out and have sent over forty sewing patterns for them, some dress length fabrics and a pile of threads. It’s great to know that they are going to a good cause. Not only that but I have actually made some space in my craft room.
Whilst rushing to complete a knitted Christmas hat I dropped stitches and couldn’t see to pick them up. Black on black is a nightmare in artificial light. Solution= Head torch!!
I’m not going down a mine but this torch really works. The actual light is directional so just wear and aim at the work in progress. It doesn’t do much for your hair and it’s not a good look. But hey do I care? It works!
Hat completed, hair flat, job done!
I will be brief! Last night I had a phone call to ask could I help out and do a craft cruise to CANADA NEXT SATURDAY!! Could I help? Of course I could!
In the meantime I’ve got to:
Take 2 Grandchildren on a bucket and spade holiday to a caravan.
Write the craft programme.
Sort out all the craft supplies.
Dream up a couple of extra ideas for alternative classes.
Make some samples ( always practice, always be ahead of the student)
Pack a suitcase for next week.
Pack a suitcase for the cruise.
Get myself to Liverpool to pick up the cruise.
Sign and return contracts.
So I’m very sorry but no time to blog, no WIFI next week, probably no WIFI on the ship.
But, Hey! Canada here I come!
Last weekend Hubs and I had a sneaky weekend away in the Lake District. As you know dear reader we love the Lake District, Cumbria. We snook away without Benji dog ( he had a holiday with Grand Children) and went without Damnvan1 who is awaiting a service and minor surgery.
We stayed in a pub which served great food and a fine pint of real ale!
The weather was unexpectedly kind to us especially on the Sunday morning which was cool, crisp, misty and perfect walking weather. We walked across the fields to Hawkeshead village and enjoyed the delights of a good coffee shop (and bakery, but don’t tell anyone about the pastries!)
On the way home we crossed Derwentwater on the very old chain car ferry. It’s a slow but efficient ferry that saves miles of road driving. It’s always exciting driving onto a ferry, requiring breath holding as I head down the “gang plank”
We waited for the ferry to return to us as it appeared from the other side of Derwentwater through the mist.
We returned home to warm up our lovely stone cottage. This property loves to be lived in! It gets really cold when empty but the stone retains heat when warmed up. Log burner lit, dog collected, wine poured, bliss!
Well I reckon that most hair styles are a result of hair dressing products. I am no exception. I wash, condition, mousse, spray and gel most days! This routine is often done whilst on automatic pilot. Take yesterday as an example. I completed a reasonable effort to make my hair look good, reached for the hair spray as usual and STOP! I’d absently picked up spray glue! Not much different than hair spray you might think. Wrong! You try washing it out!
I have used spray starch by mistake in the past. There seems to be a pattern forming here and my hair isn’t that fantastic. I really must separate the household products from the beautification products!
I didn’t tell you how amazing my birthday cake was did I? Darling daughter made a Piñata cake which was fantastic
It appeared as an ordinary, if rather tall, white cake embellished with Happy Birthday candles. When I ceremonially cut into it a beautiful rainbow filled with multi coloured sweets appeared, with the sweets cascading out! It was absolutely lovely. Thank you family for a different treat.
The base was surrounded by multi coloured buttons, probably the contents of Darling Daughters button box, which Step Granddaughter begged to take home. A budding crafter here!
Well my Mum turned 90 this last week! She has now officially lived longer than any of her Six siblings. Well done Mum! On her actual special day she was very happy to hear “Happy Birthday” sung by her 2 daughters ( me and Sis), her 3 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren.
I’ve done a lot of celebrating this week! No crafting and no sensible eating.
We met friends in Chester on Friday who we met on the last cruise. We had afternoon tea in a restaurant by the River Dee. Top location and top company.
Today I met up with Girl friends and we had a Champagne lunch in the Grosvenor Hotel Chester. I could get used to this life.
These embroidery samples were each made by my children when they were in Junior school. They were usually made as Mothers Day gifts. The two boys produced excellent results which is amazing as neither would dream of picking up a needle and thread these days. Well maybe the Company Sergent Major would! They have used Aida cloth.
Aida cloth is manufactured with various size spaces or holes between the warp and weft to accommodate different thicknesses of yarn. These are described by the count. For example, a 10-count aida cloth would have 10 squares per linear inch. Typical sizes are 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, and 22 count, ranked from the coarsest to the finest count. Traditional colours are white, ecru, or shades of tan and brown, although brighter colors are also available. Aida cloth is sold in precut sheets or in bolts of 40″ – 60″ width.
Aida cloth has a tendency to fray and often needs hemming before use. It should never be laundered prior to craft work and tends to contract when the finished item is washed in soap and water. Hand washing improves the appearance of finished cross-stitching because Aida cloth naturally contracts in specific areas where it is embroidered.
I suspect that the teacher would have helped quite a lot,as they were each made when they were aged about eight or nine.The patterns are all quite precise and carefully balanced. I adore these “Folk Art” samplers and will keep them with my other treasures. My three children all have children now so I am watching with interest to see if the Grandchildren bring home similar gifts.
Technically I suppose this is Wordsmith Thursday but I am totally mixed up with holidays, mobile WIFI and adorable grandchildren!
This definition reminds me of a course that I did with my friend Penny. We never stopped laughing which I suppose is why I still can’t do Tunisian Crochet! Thanks to Wikipedia for the following.
Tunisian crochet, also known as Afghan crochet, is a type of crochet that uses an elongated hook, often with a stopper on the handle end, called an Afghan hook. It is sometimes considered to be a mixture of crocheting and knitting. As such, some techniques used in knitting are also applicable in Tunisian crochet. One example is the intarsia method.
The work is begun with the traditional starting chain, a series of slip stitches. Once the chain is completed, the first row is worked by inserting the hook back into the previous link of the chain, and a loop from the free end of the yarn is grabbed with the hook and pulled back through the link. Unlike traditional crochet, however, this new loop is not then pulled through the initial loop. Both remain on the hook and then the process is repeated, working from right to left, until each link in the chain has been worked. At the end, there will be as many loops on the hook as there are stitches required. This process is called casting on. This is the first of two parts for creating a row.
The work is never turned. Once the correct number of loops is obtained, the process is reversed with each loop being worked off from the hook by pulling a fresh loop of yarn through each stitch, working from left to right. It is both parts of the process which form a completed row. The tension of the yarn is much looser than in standard crochet or knitting.
After the recent trauma of Benji dog destroying my vintage blanket I have decided to forgive him how could I not? He has obviously forgotten that he ever did anything wrong! The blanket has taken up temporary residence hung over the stairs with some other favourite textiles. Actually it looks quite good if you ignore the shredded bits.
I will have to decide what to do with the blanket in the longer term. Because of its special history I would like to keep it, but I can only think of cushions. The hole in the middle means it won’t make a lap blanket. Has anyone any good ideas?
Grandchildren have just invaded our house for a week. Guess what? They have brought Benji dog a present. It is a plushy toy that he is currently enjoying trying to destroy!