Wednesday, 10 September 2014

WIPW - 1946 1955 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday is a support programme to encourage you to work on, and eventually finish, your various needlework projects. To join in, first read all about it at Pintangle. You are in for a hussif treat!

Swedish Cushion
I have reached the stage where some initials and a date should be added. I have a few vintage books in Swedish where I found some nice designs.
 I used a cross stitch pattern from the small book, which was published in 1955, to stitch 'TAST' in capital letters. Waste canvas was a great help.


I selected a font from the blue book, of 1946, for my own initials and the year 2014.
You will have to wait to see the result until next week.

 Swedish Wool Embroidery Collar
The weed of last week went to seed and those spread to make new weed flourish on the rest of the collar.


The fibres of the wool yarn add a lot of charm.

TAST Reference Chart
I stitched Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole in square #128:

Kafferepet
This quilt is out of its summer hibernation and is getting an airing. Stitching starts soon.

27 comments:

  1. Good thing I wasn't weeding in your sewing room.

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    1. You may come and weed on my balcony, but please leave the wildlife in my sewing room alone! Ha, ha!

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  2. waste canvas is so useful isn`t it, your Tast has worked very well. Good to se the has appeared again although it means autumn is here. I do like the interlaced up and down buttonhole stitch and have even used it on my latest CQ block

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    1. Yes, it has been of great assistance to use waste canvas. Well, autumn might be here but it is still too hot and humid to feel the real burst of energy for stitching the Kafferepet (as it is a quilt it will be hot work).
      Good to hear you have found use for the Interlaced UaDB stitch. I will add it to the Swedish Cushion; there are still some areas that can be filled in.

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  3. the cross stitch with waste canvas looks lovely. the weeds are growing flourishing beautifully on this collar. very neat interlaced up and down buttonhole sample. looking forward to the progress on the quilt.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness.
      Right now I feel I have too many projects on the go at the same time. I feel impatient to turn some UFOs into FOs!

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  4. Love the way your weeds are flourishing. I like your two colour tast stitch.

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    1. Now that I am back in Tokyo I have access to more wool yarn and can start on the fluffy edging of the collar. It will be nice with something different from stitching the 'weed'.

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  5. You may send me rampant weeds anytime Queenie, they look so good on the collar.
    Love the pretty cross stitched initials.
    I must have seen the U.D B'hole before but noticed that it appears in a diamond? shape and I can't remember that bit. Very nice.

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    1. Thank you for your comments. I am always so impressed with how many details you notice.

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  6. I have just found your blog and have been looking through your past posts with much interest. I love your colourful Swedish embroidery - the nightly coloured blue wool embroideries make me want to rush off and do something similar on the cuffs of a blue boiled wool loose jacket - delightful. I also blog about embroidery, patchwork and life as the wife of a priest in a rural Oxfordshire parish - if you are interested, do have a look http://www.addisonembroideryatthevicarage.co.uk

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    1. Hello Mary,
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.
      Wool is such a nice material to embroider with/on. The fabric in the collar is from a recycled cashmere coat, and it is like stitching through butter! Last year I made a pair of wrist warmers that the collar is meant to go with. There is a picture here: http://queeniepatch.blogspot.jp/2013/08/wipw-im-not-really-ready-for-winter.html
      I had a look at your blog. What a delightful collection of monograms and initials. Do you make these for all weddings in the parish? Your stitches are so neat these gifts will be treasures for life.

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  7. Love the lettering, waste canvas is a great help. It's so good to see your Kafferepet, I'm looking forward to see it grow again! Thanks for sharing the close-up on your collar!

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    1. It was such a long time since I used waste canvas it was like meeting an old friend!
      The Kafferepet has survived the summer heat and humidity thanks to the many bags of moisture absorbing powder I had pack it with - nevertheless it was in need of a good airing.

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  8. Using waste canvas is a great idea. I have some somewhere, I must dig it out. And those weeds, such beautiful weeds, I wouldn't mind some on my work. You make me feel quite guilty when I saw you had your quilt out to work on. I'm going to get mine out next weekend. Really.

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    1. When did I last use waste canvas? I can't remember but I am glad I did use it - so easy to count and get a reasonable result.
      The Kafferepet quilt begged me to be let out of the wrappings and bags of de-moisturising powder. Now for selecting a quilting stitch...

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  9. I do like your lettering, great effect.

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    1. It was a long time since I stitched initials or monograms, so it was a nice change from the rest of the cushion's free form embroidery. Right now I am doing some more lettering in Satin stitch which I love!

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  10. What a good idea to use the canvas for your lettering they look very neat! The collar is so beautiful, like you say the texture of the wool is lovely!

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    1. Do you ever use canvas for stitching on your knitted items? I imagine it would make the job easier.
      Every material has its benefits; wool needs delicate washing and can be itchy, but it has lovely structure and 'hairyness'. The cashmere that I am stitching on is soften than creamy butter...

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  11. I love the font you used to stitch TAST! And I cannot wait to see how you add your initials. (I have been very thankful for waste canvas this week. I can only wonder if we were removing those white and blue fibers at the same time.) Your wool collar is prettier and prettier every week.

    Now, I have to confess that I fought the urge to clap with excitement when I read your Kafferepet quilt will be coming out of hibernation. You were working on it when I discovered your blog and I fell in love with it.

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  12. What a coincidence! It was some time ago since I used waste canvas and when I pulled out the blue threads my blood frooze; I thought I had pulled out a piece of thread from the background fabric!
    I used padded Satin stitch for the initials and year, then compared it to the work of my mother and grandmother (pillow cases and tea towels) and thought of ripping it all out. I still have a long way to go, sigh!
    Oh, you are putting a lot of pressure on me regarding the Kafferepet quilt!

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    1. What a stressful moment with the waste canvas. (I once had to cut around parts because I could not remove it - even with pliers. Thankfully, that block was for me and it was not noticeable.) I have no doubt your padded satin stitch is lovely - even if you feel it still needs work. And there is no pressure with the Kafferepet quilt. It is already gorgeous. Every new addition will simply add to it. Enjoy!

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  13. Hi Queenie, just got back from my lovely Holiday and catching up ! The Swedish cushion just gets better every time I see it........The lettering is fabulous ! I sometimes think that the older books hold some amazing gems that we can bring out of hiding and your lettering is certainly one of those gems ! Your collar is so inspiring too and the fibres from the wool certainly add to the effect........I'm feeling 'Autumn ' colours are on my agenda quite soon....
    hugs
    Chris Richards
    xx

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    1. I was so happy to keep my Mum's books of initials and when I showed them to a friend she promptly went out and found the small book. I agree, the old books hold some fantastic fonts.
      What will you create in autumnal colours?

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