Thursday, December 27, 2007
I ended up not using any pearls or sequins on it. I made a twisted cord from the burgundy thread to use to tie on the rings. It seems to hold the tie nicely but also pull apart easily so there won't be any unseemly struggles for the rings at the altar.
My part in the preparations for the big day is over, phew!
Friday, December 21, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
It's coming along. I stitched two more silk feathers last night after I scanned this. It doesn't sound like much but each takes about twenty minutes. Seven more feathers and I'll be done with satin stitch.
As I'm stitching I'm thinking about finishing. I'm still thinking twisted cord. I'm debating endlessly whether twisted cord or ribbon would be better for holding the rings---which might be easier to untie and not knot.
I'm also going to make two small felt pillows, one for the ring bearer to "replace" the fancy pillow and one for the flower girl. I plan to put their initials on them and perhaps a pocket on the back for a note of thanks.
Monday, December 17, 2007
I didn't get to pick up a needle yesterday until late in the evening so it was good I'd done a lot Saturday.
Yesterday we had about 6-8" of snow to get shoveled, the usual weekend chores, plus I fulled two hats I'd knitted and plan to give for Christmas. The hats take forever to dry and I have six more to do (with one still on the knitting needles). I'd forgotten the toll felting takes on my hands (I prefer to do it by hand). Today my hands and arms are pretty sore.
In Saturday's mail I got back my Embroiderer's Guild of America Group Correspondence Course piece, Crewel Confidence by Judy Jeroy. I am over the moon with her evaluation! It is much better than my last one (Crewel Confidence). I grinned for hours. Here's the picture:
I tweeked a lot, from the colors to some of the stitches and placements. but didn't do anything major to the design. It was great fun and that must have shown in my stitching. Judy's ending comment was "It's been a pleasure to evaluate this piece; please continue with your study of crewel." Woo-hoo!
I think my next step will be the Crewel Individual Correspondence Course. I always intended to do it when Mary Dick-Digges was the leader, and never got to it. I wasn't ready then but perhaps I am now.
Trixietaxi: check out the hyperbolic crochet pages and the crochet reef and you'll be hooked, too. I did my little bits in just a few hours and had a blast. I trolled the sale bin at my lys for the fuzzy yarns I used on the edges. The base yarn is Noro. There are some great new crochet designs out there.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Here's the shower invitation, which was fun to do. And I had no problem getting it going or completed and mailed on time.
For the ring bearer pillow, the fabric is a lightweight silk with a layer of fine chiffon over it, both in a nearly-white color. The embroidery will be in silk and metallic threads (Kreinik Vatican and silver) in shades of white and a burgundy. I have some wired flower centers that are quite similar to the trim on the wedding dress and I may either attach them around the pillow top using the wires or remove the wires and stitch them on as drifts of flowers. So the plan is worked out and things are set.
I will attach Burgundy ribbons at the dot in the middle to tie on the rings, and an elastic band underneath for the ring bearer to hold.
Since the couple likes classic and simple, I plan to just finish the pillow with a twisted cord around the edge.
This is the book that provided the basis for the design, a ring bearer pillow that I modified a bit by swapping some design elements. The text is in Japanese but the pictures are good and my niece was able to translate some things for me, to get me going.
My niece and her fiance are both Far Eastern Studies majors and have lived, and plan to live and teach, in Japan. That was my motivation for a Japanese theme for the pillow. Nothing else about the wedding reflects this interest, but I thought a touch of it would be a nice addition.
Next week I'll post the progress I make over the weekend.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
If you're near Chicago and can get into downtown this week, don't miss the Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef at the Chicago Cultural Center. This is the last week for this awesome show. So, if you're heading to the loop for the Christkindlmarket or holiday decorations, be sure to stop in at the Cultural Center at Randolph or Washington and Michigan for the Reef. (it's free!)