SilverScribe wrote:hobby, he's ADORABLE. And the French Knot snowflakes are definitely a very, very nice finishing touch, I love the result.
Thanks, scribbles, I think so, too! Got the pattern in a magazine I bought three years ago in Glasgow on the way back from a moot.
I love the cuteness, and I agree that some nice, big snowflakes are just the thing to give it the cosy, winterly look.
I did leave out a lot of backstitch, though. I don't like outlining everything with backstitch - makes it look too much like a line-drawing and even on the model photo is usually untidy, too, so I just do the bits that are really necessary in order to clear up outlines and details.
The linen cloth really makes it look so much softer, I think that was a better choice than a stiffer Aida type cloth.
Yes, I don't use Aida much when I get to choose, but kits usually come with it. It's always strange to change from cloth to aida and back, I think.
I bought a large piece of the cloth I used here many years ago, and it's almost up now - I wish I remembered what it was called. I guess it's what you'd call an evenweave fabric in English? I'll have to just check at the department store if they still have something similar. It's not pure linen, I'm sure it has a large cotton component.
As for the mitred corners, yes, you do the bit for the corner first, then turn right side out to sew the rest of the hem. For the example they show, the hem is so wide that some folks will only tack it, since a machine stitch would be quite a way up from the edge.
But for my sister's runner, the hem was a "fine hem", i.e. under a half inch wide, so the machine stitching finished it off much more nicely.
I just thought it would be harder to do the hem once the corners are done...maybe I'm still not getting something. I'll just have to try it out and see for myself, I guess.
So, what are you doing next?
There's a kit from the "All Our Yesterdays" series that I started last summer and might finish now. I stopped working at it later in the year, when the design began to feel too little in agreement with the season.
It's not too much left to do there, though, and I have a number of kits waiting that I'd love to start, too. (Resulting from two sales at "sewandso.com" in the past couple of years - no fair! We were tempted, precioussss! )
Still, it might feel too summerly yet.
So, I might also pick up a major project I've been working at off and on for five years now, which is just a border ornament for pillow, really, but because of the cloth I chose it has teeny-tiny crosses, the pattern is pretty irregular and uses only three colours, one of which is a gold metallic thread - so you need to concentrate very hard, pay attention with the metal floss, and be patient with its being pretty much the same all the time. I like the look of it and am proud of how tiny it is, but after doing an inch or so of it, I seem to tire of the work for a while again.
Or I might do some knitting for a change, as long as it's winterly enough to make me feel like it.