|This is Josh, my next block to work on.|
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|I was lucky to have a lovely crochet doily in variegated lilacs that I cut in half for this block. I am making good progress on this year's journal project. This is the sixth block finished out of 20 for the project. I need to do almost two blocks a month to finish by the end of the year.|
|This is Josh, my next block to work on.|
|This is Emily, Suzie and John's daughter and Jack's younger sister, and one of my three grand daughters. The block is mainly lilacs and already there are a couple of areas that were already embroidered: the pansies are from the corner of a hankie, and the bottom left fabric is a sheer net embroidered with lilac flowers.|
I still have more than a week left of my vacation and I'm hoping to finish this block and one more.
|This was such a lot of fun to work on. Because the photo and frame took quite a bit of room on the block, each seam and area of fabric patch was short and small. So I was continually changing stitches and threads.|
|This little spray was a surprise to me. I'm not good at drawing or designing this type of thing. But this one began with just one big cross drawn on the fabric. The centre button stands out and then, as you can see, I added some bits and pieces, embroidered some leaves, and it looks pretty.|
|Here's some of the Kiko flowers that Sharon B. taught us in Connecticut a few years ago.|
|The hankie formed the frame for the picture, and because it was so delicate, I didn't want to overly embellish it. I left it to the very last and in the end used every single fresh water pearl I had in my "brought to Florida" stash and it looked just right.|
I do have my next block pieced together and photographed, but I have a Mac laptop now and my photo is on it, but I haven't figured out how to get it to this screen.
|This is my daughter Suzie as a baby. The block is a bit wild, but it does go with her red dress!|
|The next block is Heather, my younger daughter. I had this wonderful old fine lawn hankie edged with tiny rosebuds. I didn't want to cut it up, so I laid the photo on top and folded the hankie around to make a frame. I am without sewing machine while on holiday, and these blocks are all hand sewn, so they all look a little bubbly.|
|This is March's block and these are my grandparents on my mother's side. The block turned out rather fancy, but I don't think that my grandmother had many beaded or sequinned clothes, they were very much from the working class. She worked very hard to giver her four daughters a decent education and a chance for the future.|
|April's naked block.|
This is Suzie, my eldest daughter at about 10 months old. I remember making her the red dress for Christmas.
|This is my mother's parents. I met my Grampa many times, but my Grandmother died tragically when my mum was about 11 years old.|
|The pink side, with pretty simple stitches. The basic block construction from the middle out.|
|Under the Sea side which is a bit more challenging and is put together as a scenic block.|
|Some fool's gold work|
|Folded and gathered flowers and different kinds of leaves|
|This page is mostly simple silk ribbon|
|One of the stitch pages - feather and cretan|
|Silk ribbon flowers.|
Here it is finished. The centre photo is of my parents at the beginning of their honeymoon on Jersey. This was just two days before World War 2 began. On their second day, my father was recalled to his RAF unit.
I'm doing a series of blocks that represents my grandparents, parents, siblings and my children and my grandchildren. A total of 20 blocks.
Ribbon roses. Above the roses you can see a piece of lace where I added a small piece of orange satin under the lace flower.
I added a lot of beads and stitching to the two rows of lace trim and I like the effect. The centre bead began as a small white glass flower and changed completely with some gold thread.
This was in my stash, and isn't it lovely. A crochet flower with variegated thread gives a nice pattern.
|A little patch of roses.|
|My sister Helena is here visiting again, and guess where she quickly landed....on the floor with the fabric!|
|Within a few days of her arrival, we were out shopping and one of the pieces we found was an exquisite child's top. We couldn't bear to cut it up and after some discussion decided that it would make a lovely cushion to go with other beaded cushions on my couch.|
|Here it is with the shoulder straps turned under, laying on dark brown fabric. Anyway, from this idea, my sister made the easy move to arranging fancy cushion fronts from my large selection of beautifully beaded, sequinned, embellished stash. Click on the pictures for close ups.|
|Hot Pink, the first one completed|
|All the pinks|
|A very beautiful brown and beige|
|This is a close up of the main sparkly piece in the brown/beige photo.|
These will be going on e-bay next week.
|There is an empty piece of pink satin at the bottom, but I may use that space to embroider the name of the person (me) there, maybe using waste canvas. I haven't decided whether to put the names on the block, on the sashing pieces, or on the back.|
|SRE roses and leaves on the left, and some beading on a really nice piece of lace|
|Velvet ribbon flowers and lots of cast on stitches using one of the Colour Variation Perle 5 threads.|
|I found this lacy looking embroidery in "Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples" by Yasuko Endo. I used a #10 crochet cotton.|
|With some lace and embroidery added and having a bit of fun trying to be lavish!|
May 5 1916 - July 24 2013
|Caleb & Brynn (below) are my two grandchildren from Quebec, a 3hour train ride (with cakes in tow).|
|Brynn asked for pink rosebud cake, there are rosebuds around the base, but the main event is the 6" open rose on the top. Don't ask how many petals!|
|Emily in the Matheson tartan.|