Monday, October 18, 2010

cool stitched stuff

Before I post more photos of more cars (yep, another car show this weekend), I thought I'd post some really cool needlework. Mostly not by me. This is my sister-in-law, wearing a sweater she knit over a lacy top she knit (her show-n-tell is mostly wearable) holding a sashiko pillow by our niece. three at once.This is a runner my sister made. I adore the bright colors.Here are a couple of close ups.My sister also made this cute veggie tales quilt.
On Friday night I made this mari. Step one for a temari ball. The center is shredded paper from my office shredder. In a knee-high nylon with a run. It's bigger than I intended but I made some choices I'll make differently next time. I began with black wool, then some thinner navy wool yarn. That was fine. I topped it with random thread--mostly in peaches and greens. Very pretty on the blue wool but, hmmm, when I went to wrap the white top layer, I began to see the error of my choices. I ended up using two spools of white thread for the top layer, just to cover up all of those dark colors. I've learned.

Now I need to decide what to do with my big fat mari. I spent some time browsing in my book thinking about what I like and why I like it.


Rachel said...

I'll be watching the development of your temari ball with interest. I'll get to it one of these days!

terryb said...

The pillow your niece made is beautiful. I love the flowers.

Jenny Woolf said...

Oh.... what is a mari? I have never heard of one. In a funny sort of way your dsecription reminded me of a type of candy we had as children, called a gobstopper. It was very, very hard, and, pretty big. It started off one colour and then as you sucked it, it turned all the colours of the rainbow so you had to keep taking it out to check what colour it was. I used to love them because they seemed like magic!