Monday, 7 January 2013

Oakshott blue wall hanging


There was some consternation in the comments to my last post that I hadn't chosen to display my face with the description of the offending glasses. While I wouldn't actually mind doing that, I do find it unnerving when occasionally I'm searching on Google images for something sewing related and a picture of myself pops up...it makes you more aware that you probably don't want that photo to be one of you looking like a female Elvis Costello on a distinctly uncool day. However, I'm happy to humiliate myself within the confines of Instagram so if you're eager to see then you can follow me on there and you'll find a photo from a couple of weeks ago in my archives. I go by the username of FlossieTeacakes.


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The wall hanging I made for my parents is no longer resting by the door, but now hung safely on one of the walls of my parents' house and I feel delighted by how well it fits in with their home. I love the frame that was made for it and, happily, my parents did too - my only regret was that I didn't have time to photograph it before I put it in there as it's almost impossible to photograph well through the reflections in the glass. It feels as though I ironed out many of the mistakes I'd made in creating the rubies wall hanging and it's an infinitely better-finished piece as I had a better idea about how to frame it and the key change that I made was to paper piece even the borders (and leave the card in place there) so that a uniform tension is retained right to the outer edges. I also designed this to have less areas where many seams were intersecting which produced a smoother finish that didn't require setting seams into a fleece backing to give an even thickness to the piece.

English Paper Pieced wall hanging made from Oakshott's Lipari

I surprised myself by craving a complete break from needlework over Christmas. I'd been intending to finish hand-quilting my daughter's Liberty print quilt, but the will wasn't there. We worked out that the wall hanging had taken well over 150 hours of hand stitching completed in just under three weeks and by the time I'd finished my elbows hurt so much that I had to sleep with them dangling down like a gibbon's arms (completely unbent, rather than neatly tucked in like a small dormouse, which is my preferred sleeping pose). Who knew that one could be so crippled by one's sewing activities! So I did virtually nothing for the entirety of Christmas other than feel ill with the strange flu virus that most other people in England seem to be suffering from too, play Monopoly, watch films and see other friends who felt ill. It was ultimately quite restorative to spend so much time just pottering with my family, and I can tell that once I feel better (because we're currently on Day 16 of Christmas is Cancelled Due to Ill Health...and it's now January 7th!), I will be supercharged and ready for some Extreme Sewing once more.
 

I still don't have the will to attempt to hand quilt my daughter's quilt though. So today I'm going to try something sneaky that I'm hoping may give the same effect. I'll let you know if it works.

Florence x

14 comments:

  1. Erm, Florence? The exciting gift you promised to tell us all about??

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    1. Nina, you are a most demanding reader! Firstly, I am not yet better and your impressive - but not quite perfect! - memory should also have reminded you that I'd said I couldn't possibly talk about it until full health had been restored. Secondly, I was trying to spare you from reading through a blog post that would require the eating of an entire packet of digestives just to work your way through half of it. Really, it was a kindness. But I will indeed share it next time. x

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    2. Oops, sorry! I'll get my digestives ready and wait patiently! x

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  2. Yes, we haven't forgotten! :)

    (I had forgotten...)

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  3. Wow, this looks gorgeous! Your parents sure are lucky!

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  4. Gorgeous Florence!!! I'm sure your parents will treasure all your hard work. I think your body was demanding a break from sewing and that's why you got the flu!

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  5. My heart goes out to you. Our youngest was ill just before Christmas and missed all the school celebrations; at home he was extremely generous with his cold/flu virus, and we have all had it including my poor parents. I fell, almost literally, victim on the 26th and I'm still recovering.
    But despite all your illness, the wall hanging looks fabulous, and will not doubt be treasured by your parents.

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  6. This is absolutely beautiful Florence, lucky mum and dad.
    I'm sorry to hear that you had that blasted flu virus, my 2 daughters had that the last week of term.
    I too have not done any sewing over the holidays and am just about beginning to feel lost without something in my hand to sew. At least the house is back to being tidy!

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  7. Florence this is sooo beautiful. I would love to try something like this (perhaps simpler!) Did you design this on your computer or did you begin by getting the basics from a book you could recommend? And you have my sympathies about your elbows. For me its my fingers, and thumbs from knitting like a dervish to finish Christmas presents

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  8. I am wondering about your gift too. I am very pleased to know that your parent's wall hanging is finished and beautiful and nothing of a red setter but my curiosity remains unsatisfied so I am now wishing you all a swift recovery for quite the wrong reasons.

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  9. Eeep! Misplaced apostrophe. I hate autocorrect.

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  10. Ooh it's so beautiful. I have my sympathies with you, my elbows, shoulders and forearms were killing me when Christmas came. I did not make anything this huge, just a lot of different things! We really need to see your glasses though. I wear lenses/glasses and because I am practically half blind, I never ever go to buy glasses without wearing my lenses. I did learn the lesson the hard way as well!

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  11. I was the victim of a crochet related elbow injury a few years back so you have my full sympathy - rest, rest, rest! Don't do what I did and ignore till I had such bad tendonitis I couldn't even lift a teacup (now, that *was* a disaster).

    And I'm so sorry you had the fluey thing - my younger daughter had it and it ended up as a chest infection and a week of antibiotics. No fun at all - get better soon!

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  12. The wall hanging is lovely!

    Oh dear, I don't do Instagram ( I had to google it), so I won't be able to see you in the glasses. Would it be worth joining just for that I wonder?

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Florence x