Anyway, let's move onto more pleasant things - how about a biscornu? (An eight-sided cushion, often used as a pincushion or scissor fob.) There's a lovely selection of them on this site. I'd not made one of these before so when my friend, the very talented and lovely Beryl at Knot, advertised a one day biscornu workshop at her studio I couldn't resist. (She doesn't have a website but if you're in the Teesside area and want to find out more please email me!) Mind you, who can resist an entire day of stitching with like-minded people?! Not me, that's for sure!
We had a wonderful time choosing which Oliver Twist one-off bundle of threads (a variety of ten hand dyed cotton and rayon threads) we wanted to use and dyeing our canvas to match/contrast. (Just to let you know that I've not used the website I've linked to but it had the best range of the bundles I could find.) A good time was had by all as we learnt new stitches and chatted. By the end of the day I'd done a fair bit of stitching but not as much as others who'd done counted thread work before. I've only ever done counted cross stitch but although the counting is different (you count threads rather than holes) it stood me in good stead, I think! It only took another few hours to completely finish my pincushion but it's taken me considerably longer to blog about it!
I'm afraid I don't have any in progress photos to share (bad blogger!) and it turns out that a biscornu is quite a tricky thing to photograph. So here's some fairly awful photos of a fancy pincushion (notice how I'm managing your expectations?!!)
|Side one - stitches include Sprat's Head (unfortunately named!) and couching.|
|Side two - stitches include Moorish stitch and cross stitch|
|A poor photo of it from the side - this was the best of a bad lot!!|
There's a good site here with step-by-step instructions on how to make a biscornu once you've completed the embroidery and I think suitable patterns would be quite easy to find. I quite fancy a plain oversized one in velvet as a comfy cushion for my settee! I've got some blue velvet in the loft and one of these days I'm going to drag it out and cut into it rather than just admiring it!
I'm also a little behind on sharing my hexies. I haven't stitched any in a couple of weeks as the DPs have taken over my hand stitching time but I've got about 10 that I've stitched and not shared. I'm only going to show you a few today as the weather is so awful this afternoon that it's hard to get a decent photo. I managed to get this photo of Archie before the sun completely gave up - compared to now it looks like glorious sunshine!
|Can't a dog get forty winks round here without being disturbed?|
|Hexy 61 - I love this blue and white print!|
|Hexy 62 - looks better in real life!|
|Hexy 63 - love these windmill hexies!|
|Hexy 64 - nice and simple to offset some of the fancy pants hexies in the quilt!|
A few weeks ago Archie and I went for a walk on our local beach - I had to go to the library and the cobbler so decided to take Archie with me and treat him to a walk through the valley gardens and onto the beach. He loves all the smells and I love the sight and sound of the sea! I'm afraid I forgot my camera (bad blogger...again!) but I took some photos on my mobile - they're not great (again!) but I think you'll like them!
|I love the seaside - did you mention biscuits?!|
|He's pinching my biscuits!|
|If he thinks he's getting this hole he's got another think coming...|
|Gaze into the distance and look intelligent...|
|Sustenance, I need sustenance - I'm in danger of fading away!|
...before we went back down the steps, admired the fishing boats (and managed not to wee on any of them, thank goodness! Oh, and that's Archie doing the weeing, obviously!) and did our usual 'wouldn't it be lovely to live in one of those' gazes...
|I'd love to live in one of those houses, imagine the view!|
I think I'm very lucky to live near such a lovely beach. This is where Mam, my brother and I spent many days in the summer holidays (when it was fine enough) as we lived just ten minutes walk from the dunes - sand and egg sandwiches, paddling and sand castles, what bliss! Even in the 'breeze' from the North Sea that often turned us blue!!!
And thank you to Sheila and Leanne - I'm honoured and it's very nice of you to say such nice things! I'm afraid I'm going to ignore the rules (again!) and share some random facts over the next few posts...I hope that's ok?!
Random Fact (I'm stopping counting because, quite frankly, I can't be bothered to keep track!)
Pssssst! *looks around and then beckons* Over here! Now, don't tell the Quilt Police (and if you happen to be one then look away now) but I break the cardinal rule of rotary cutters...I cut towards myself! I promise I'm careful though! Now remember, not a word to the Quilt Police, ok?!
Another Random Fact Archie has a funny foot. As far as I know it doesn't tell jokes, recite limericks or do impressions but there's always a first time..this was the best photo I could find of it - Archie's out on a walk at the moment or I'd take a better one!
The vet thinks someone stood on it or trapped it in a door when he was a puppy. It doesn't affect him in the slightest but it does make those two claws very hard to clip. I usually do it myself with my nail clippers and an emery board as it's safer than the dog claw clippers I've got. I've never caught his quick when trimming his claws but the vet did once (it's very easy to do as the quick is almost at the end of the claw) and it needed cauterising...poor Archie!!
That's it for today - I hope you've enjoyed all the photos?!! Even the bad ones?! I'm off to catch up on blog reading/emails...I think a cup of tea is in order and maybe a sneaky 'you'll spoil your tea' biscuit! Maybe my appetite is returning!
Thanks for popping in!
P.S. Do any of you have a free Flickr account with more than 200 photos uploaded? Does it annoy you that you have photos that are unavailable? I'm almost up to my limit and I'm starting to wonder if I should delete some of my older photos to make room or ask for an upgrade for my birthday. Is the upgrade worth the money or are there, as I suspect, better things to spend £15 a year on?! I know a lot of you will have an opinion - please let me know what you think!
P.P.S. I'm sure there was something else I meant to mention - I've got no idea what it was but I've forgotten to acknowledge something/someone please give me a not-so-gentle nudge! Thanks!