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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pinterest Challenge by the Pin Chicks


Hi,
Time for the Pinterest challenge by the Pin Chicks,   this time I went for embroidery, and I found this charming little Japanese  scene,   usually they are embroidered in shade of blue,  but I started off with green and then half way though decided perhaps I should have done it in shades of blue,   But having started I finished it in colour and was going to do another one,   time was not on my side so it never got done.  This pattern is by QisforQuilter.com.  I used two strands of embroidery silk and the stitches are straight stitch, French knots, lazy daisy stitch, stem stitch, and blanket stitch.  The whole picture measures 6 ½  by 5 inches or 16 ½ by 12 ½  cms.


Now for my second part of this challenge,   I found a Japanese earring pattern which I think its Japanese,  which I do like and here are one pair of earrings using Lizbeth thread no 20,   I made a small ring at the top for the ring to connect the earring piece,  I find a small ring better than connection to a picot.
The only thing wrong with this pattern is the the ring in the middle of the chain is floppy there's nothing to hold it and these will have to stiffen to hold it into shape.

Here is the pattern

















Then I had an idea,  I put a larger picot on the center ring and added two beads which I connected to the otter ring,   This holds the pattern together and stops the top ring and chain going out of shape.  Again I added a small ring at the top to hold the ring and earring piece,   I added two beads but three could be added if required.




Well thats my pieces for the challenge,  I have no idea what the other ladies have done.  I hope you will pop over and visit the other pin chicks and see what they have done for this challenge
links to their blogs,  Margaret,    Suzanne    and Carollyn
If you would like to join us,  just let us know we would be delighted to see you join us.

                                    Hugs
                                Margaret


Monday, 29 May 2017

Tatted Ice drop snowflake and Ice drops


 Hi,
Its a bank holiday in the UK this weekend,  and as usual the weather is not playing ball with storms although the sun has been shinning on and off,  just about right after a beautiful week hot week.
Today I have some Ice drops for you  above it a snowflake ice drop I tatted this is Sea Island Citrus and white with a pale blue gem in the middle,  I was using up the thread on the shuttles from the mat I finished.  The pattern is January reflections by Lenore English.   I had to do an extra ring because my gem is slightly bigger but I don't think it makes any difference to the over all snowflake.   The back of the gem is the usual ice drop pattern and then I work the snowflake pattern which fitted in perfectly.




This Ice drop is tatted in Green Coral sea thread, with a green gem, again I had to do an extra ring to fit the gem,  The pattern is Spring Garden  Ice Drop By Diane link to her blog.  









This Ice drop I found I had not posted so here it is,  It was tatted in Carousel thread with a clear gem and very pale green beads,  the pattern is called Root Beer Fudge Ice drop again by Diane.


All the above were tatted in Lizbeth thread no 20.


Hope you are having a lovely weekend

                                Hugs
                            Margaret


Saturday, 27 May 2017

Bristol Parchment Show 2017


Hi,
Last Sunday Vernon and I went to the Parchment show in Bristol,  it was a lovely day,  unfortunately the parking for the show was so far away and a lot of walking, which for me spoilt the day as I ended up in total agony.
The show its self was smaller I am sure than other years, but the standard of work was wonderful,  I am totally inspired when I visit this show.  Two of my favorite designers were not there which was a pity but I can understand why when the cost of a table, accommodation, parking etc is enormous.  Anyway here are some pictures of the day which I will leave with you for you to enjoy.


 When Vernon saw the Bra and panties he thought I could make my next set in parchment  instead of buying them,  I don't think so...............







                                                 
                                     

                                               

                       

                               



I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoyed the pictures of the show,  
                                Hugs
                            Margaret

Sunday, 21 May 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Say it with flowers


Hi,
We are back again with another challenge this time is Pamela's choice and this fortnight its Say it with flowers.
To me I had one image in my mind when I saw the challenge and that is an image from Popcorn the Bear CD,   I love his sunflowers being carried ready to give.   I also used the backing paper which went with the image,  matted the image onto pale yellow card to bring out the dark yellow flowers and then placed it on a darker yellow card,  adding a cream ribbon and bow down the side and finished off with corner peel offs.
 I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.
I hope you are having a lovely weekend.
                              Hugs
                          Margaret

Sunday, 14 May 2017

My new tatting project

Hi,

Well the sun is shining,  and at long last we had some proper rain during the night,  the last couple of days we have had a few showers but nothing to really water the garden,  I am sure my shrubs enjoyed the rain,  I hope this is not a sign that it will continue to rain every day,   In the UK once it starts raining it does not know when to stop.
Here is my latest tatting project,  I'm using lizbeth white no 20,  I said when I finished the mat I would start this so here it is,   I will not post a picture too often but I will show you for time to time how it is going.  I also have done some more ice drops but I will leave them for another post.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend
                                  Hugs
                              Margaret

Sunday, 7 May 2017

CD Sunday Challenge - Anything Asian


Hi,
Here we are again with another challenge,  the fortnights do go quickly,  this time its Jane's choice, Jane is our newest member and this is her first challenge with us,
She chose Anything Asian,   well elephants sprang to mind and what else but a card with elephants on,  well it sort of went a bit further and grew into a card the shape of an elephant.   Four drawings and three pieces of card later and here is the final card.   The backing paper came from the Joanna Sheens Royal Horticultural Society CD.   I made the ear separately and covered it with another piece of paper before placing it on the elephant,  Asian Elephants have smaller ears than the African.
 The coat over her back is two pieces of felt the top one is embroidered with tiny flowers and the sequins are sewn on then the two pieces are sewn together before glueing on the back of her.  before adding an eye and peel offs to finish off and adding a silver bow on her trunk.
I hope you will visit the CD Sunday Challenge site, and remember if you want to enter the challenge you must use something from a CD no matter how small and let us know which CD you used.  Here is a link to CD Sunday Challenge blog  we would be pleased to see you.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend
                               Hugs
                           Margaret

Monday, 1 May 2017

1st May - Lilly of the Valley

Hi,

Today the 1st of May and my Lilly of the valley is in flower,   here is some I picked straight from the garden when I got back from Sheffield on Saturday.  The news from Sheffield was not good and its another set of injections in my eye over the next few months.
Over the last few years I have not had any Lilly of the Valley until later in the month but this year its on time and out in flower.
Its a bank holiday in the UK today,  so have a lovely day, hopefully the sun might shine.
                                 Hugs
                             Margaret