Thursday, 22 May 2008

Lace Happy Dance!

Last night I completed Margaret. I still need to do the finishing - sewing in all the loose ends (I usually don't bother and just cut them close to the reef knot, but as this is a gift...), and find a suitable bit of fabric for the centre. Hopefully I'll find lots of time to do this before Ed's mum's birthday in July. I've added a close-up photo to show the stitches used - rose ground, spiders and cloth stitch trails and fans. It was fun working the trails in a different colour.

I did take Assisi knot garden to our S&B last night, but I didn't touch it - instead I had a go at crocheting. Chrissie was busy sewing the ends into a fantastic blanket of squares, and she inspired me to pick up a crochet hook for the first time in about 15 years - I haven't crocheted since my grandma died. She (Chrissie, not my Grandma :lol) offered to give me some pointers, but I wanted to see what I could remember. I think we were both impressed (I did make a few mistakes initially - it took me a couple of minutes to work out how I should hold the yarn). After 2 false starts (nothing fundamentally wrong, just not quite 'right') I finished a small square. The best thing of all is that it is so easy to pull out something you aren't happy with! Hmm, maybe I need to invest in my own crochet hook and some yarn... Chrissie's stitch & bitch happy hooker book had some great patterns in!

Tonight it's my lace class. I've decided it's time to try a different kind of lace, Milanese. I'll let you know how I get on!


Anonymous said...

The lace is beautiful!! And well done on the crochet too.

Lindsay said...

Your lace is beautiful Jo, Congratulations on finishing it with plenty of time to spare