Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Wrapping Cloth

Wrapping Cloth

 
 
Inner Child
 
 It's January and I've spent the last few months taking an on-line course from Karen Ruane who lives in England. This cloth is the result of that course. The course was on a wrapping cloth that would be used to swaddle a new born child. Being well past the age of child bearing and with no great- grandchildren on the horizon I decided to instead make a cloth for my Inner child.

 
This panel with the O's represents hugs with a hidden hug in a pocket held in place with the small red button. The pocket above lined with buttons is divided into four sections for gathering all those childhood treasures.

 
This panel represents seeds - unborn dreams depicted by using seed beads. Another pocket with small buttons sewn across it and red stars depicting the dreams bursting into reality.

 
This panel has a picket fence with flowers and Suffolk puffs, also lace with four leaf clovers.

 
 This panel has a wide band for the wrapping part also a row of life savers represented by the seed stitching wrapped around cording.

 
This is my edging using beads which represent childhood tears - lots of beads for lots of tears.

 
Another picture showing the panels sewn together and embellished with bullion knots.
The finished cloth measures 12 X 60 inches.
 
Enjoy
xo
Cheryl

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Christmas Shows

Christmas Shows
 

It's been a very busy year and we've been doing some Christmas craft shows. Here are a few pictures of my work and Manny's honey.

 



 
 Manny and his honey.
 
 
 
 
Wishing Everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Weaving and the Garden
 
It's August, where has the summer gone? It's been a very hot one here. Our poor garden has struggled this year everything has been so dry.
 
 
 Our trumpet vine has bloomed and we've had Hummingbirds feeding at it.

 
Cicada Insect on our kitchen window screen.


 
American gold finches in the garden

 
 
Weaving placemats and table runners. 

 
Making pin cushions covered in French knots.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Cheryl's Small's

Baby Booties

 
 
 
Just had to post these. I'm using up some small balls of hand spun, hand dyed yarns from my Romney sheep.
 


 
These were  hand crocheted using a # 5 crochet hook. The pattern was from a you tube site called WoolyWondersCrochet a sweet lovely gal  who has lots of nice baby patterns.
 
 
The snow is almost gone and spring is in the air. Yay!!!
 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Spring spinning and dyeing

Spring Spinning

 
 
 
  Spring is in the air although we still have snow on the ground. Lots of robins this year in our area, my husband counted 100 in the park yesterday when he was walking the dog. I've been doing a bit of  hand spinning. This is a first clip from one of my Romney girls and some hand dyed silk that I spun and plied together.


 
 
  The pattern is a Lace Trellis Stitch (multiple of 11 stitches.)  called Strips of Lace Scarf. I'm not sure what book it is from. I used 5mm needles.




After washing.
 
 
 
  Finished scarf measures 6 inches x 39 inches.
 
 
Baby Hat
 
 
 Another small ball of hand spun yarn. This is 2ply Romney hand dyed. I trend to spin fine yarns and it's a challenge to find things to make with it.
 
 
 

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Busy Weaving

Busy Weaving

 
It's cold outside. The weather has been crazy. Warm with sunshine and green grass a few weeks ago and now is windy, snow covered ground and cold again. This is the perfect weather to stay indoors and weave. These are a few of the pieces I'm working on. I love rag weaving. Some of the materials are recycled and I'm also using cotton yarn.
 



 
Stay warm.
xo
Cheryl

Monday, 11 January 2016

Winter Weaving

Winter Weaving
 
 
 It's been a bit of a funny winter. Not much snow this year but the weather has turned very cold. My thoughts have turned to weaving and I've been busy making some scarves.



 
 This scarf is very soft, shades of pinks, from my stash. The label has been lost but I'm guessing acrylic.The scarf is 8 x 69" long with a 6" fringe.
 
 
 This yarn is called Calypso from Emu, made in England. The yarn is 70% wool and 30 % acrylic. It washed up beautifully and is very soft. It has shades of pink, yellow, green, on a black background and feels like a party is about to take place. The scarf is 8 x 67" with a 6" fringe.


 
 
 
 This scarf has woven up very fine in weight. The yarn is 88% acrylic, 7% Lurex and 5% polyester.
The Lurex is a gold thread in the yarn giving it a pretty gold sparkle. The scarf washed up beautifully and is very soft, no scratchy feel (given the gold Lurex)  to it at all. It measures 8 x 66" with a 6" fringe.

 
 All heading to my Etsy shop.
 
Hugs and stay warm.