Thursday, 12 December 2013

Can't decide on a title...

I'm SO fed up. After blowing my nose since last weekend I am now coughing and feeling thoroughly sorry for myself AGAIN! I keep having lovely ideas for things to make but just cannot get my thick head round anything.  It is the first time in many years that I have not made Christmas cards, but that is not entirely down to the head cold, but just not having any inspiration. I am so glad we'd bought cards Until the dreaded drip took hold I did manage to get on with the a few things.
The Pop-Up shop proved a success and I made a good amount of sales. So much so that my Etsy shop is rather bare.  Not a bad thing, as you can only sell things once.  I will have a rethink what may be in it in the new year. I always said I wouldn't just make things to sell, so it will depend on where the fancy takes me.
I did finish quilting my three poppies. Here they are pinned up to the back of the door.

I've found a suitable fabric for making the cushion backs, but I just haven't had the time or brain power to think about making them up.  The last thing I want to to is to mess them up. A clear head will be needed.
I have been practising my knitting on circular needles and made these three cowls.  I find all the jumpers I like have large scoop, or boat necks and I feel the cold. I often wear a scarf to fill the gap, but fancied something different.  These took a 100gr ball of chunky or super chunky yarn and even I could knit one up in a couple of evenings.  I used a random pattern of rows of stocking and garter stitch which makes the whole thing reversible and no counting!

I rather enjoyed knitting and I am tempted to try something more demanding.   Trying to think of something that comes between a simple tube and a garment with shaping!

The one other creative thing I did before the headcold struck was add some leaves to this little painted quilted piece I started ages ago. It just goes to show that if you hang on to something long enough, you will find the solution. I wanted to add foliage to it and may be some flowers but couldn't decide what technique would work.

I suscribe to Maggie Grey's Workshop on the Web and this quarter there is a piece by Arlee Barr. I have been following her on Facebook and have found work utterly fascinating. She lives in Calgary, Canada and her work is complex and thoughtful. However the technique she uses to create padded appliqué was just what I need to add to this piece. I felt it was a real privilege to have access to her method of working.

It is not simple, and as this is a small scale, rather fiddly to do, however it was perfect for this project.  The leaves have embroidered detail and stand out from the body of the quilt. I can't wait to feel my brain is working so I can plan more leaves to add. 

I am looking forward to my first Christmas Tea with the Embroiders Guild this Saturday and a talk by Linda Monk, hopefully the cough will have calmed down by then or i won't be very popular!

I do hope you are fit and well and prepared for the season.  We have a VERY quiet Christmas, however we do like to fit in plenty of socialising in over the break. 
Hope to be back soon.


cyndee starr said...

Love your little painted quilt.

Jee said...

Sorry tp hear your not well, there are some very nasty and persistant bugs around. Take care.

Jee said...

Sorry tp hear your not well, there are some very nasty and persistant bugs around. Take care.

ju-north said...

Sorry you don't feel well. Hopefully you will be able to enjoy the festive season and continue producing great work!

Joanna said...

Jill, I'm so sorry you're feeling so under the weather - and I can empathise, having just had a horrible head-banging-bunging-cold for 3 weeks.

I love the painted quilted piece, especially with it's new leaves :)

Get well soon!

vintagerockchick said...

Hope you are feeling better Jill. I've been reading back a couple of posts, and those Poppies look fab - I agree with another commenter, you'll just have to change your colour scheme around the cushions!
See you later x

Printed Material said...

There's nothing worse than feeling woolly headed Jill.... unless it's having a cough to go with it. Commiserations but I can see the creative grey matter is still ticking over and working well. Enjoy your Sunday tea with the EG and as for the quiet Christmas -well, we'll be doing the same!

arlee said...

Thannks for the shout out, Jill, would like to see more!

Heloise said...

Do hope you are feeling better.