Saturday, March 31, 2007

This is the beginning of a small clutch that will hold dangles from the centre beading fashion bead. All of these beads and sequins are readily available at department stores.......not to advertise any in particular and for special beads I have to purchase the little MH packets from the fabric stores.

I want to do this one on black with a larger feature going over the fold on the clutch. Once again this is from a Ruth Wilson design for the actual beading and she is a fantastic hands on teacher with her works. Her book on beading is out of print but her patterns appear is several needlework publications over the years and her descriptions are like having a teacher in your living room. No affilliation just share the same love of heirloom embroidery.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The beauty of champagne crocheted with the everlasting love of pineapple crochet and combined with the shell stitch has turned this work of art by Leisure Arts into a piece of art that I would do again and again.

I must admit that the pattern is very simple until you get to the pineapples and then you have to watch each row, but the ravelling and re=crocheting were well worth the effort, this is my favourite by far. It will be lined with an antique wwhite slip. Both of the gowns on this blog are true labours of love as the time involved is starting from one ball of thread to completion.

5-hour baby sweater knit in blue astra sparkle doubled. This is a gorgeouos pattern to knit and one that I normally have a few on hand for gifts for babies.

Started last year and just completed yesterday. This is crocheted in size 10 cotton and I have added my own special touches. The pattern is from a Leisure Arts leaflet and once started easily read and accomplished.

Handknit baby set for my heirloom collection. Started several years ago and just completing today. I also notice I will have to add the ribbons again as the hat is inside out. The things we do when we don't like finishing in a hurry.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Whitework again. This one will be a pendant with a beaded tassel finge hanging from the bottom and a beaded chain going to the neck that will be removable. This is an Ann Benson pattern that I have reworked in my style of beads in tones of white and champagne. I hope to start work on a collar next. I would love the collar to be able to be adapted to different styles of outfits and create them as well to be worn with evening wear.

Whitework is an obcession with me lately and I have finished my first piece of french hand beading. It is done in the same colours as the original. It is a Ruth Wilson pattern from an older book and I have done mine on white linen. I want to turn this one into a forties style clutch purse with the hard shell and the snap closure. My favourite part of this piece was adding the collages of beads in groups of three and a sequin.