stitching and reading

My sister is now happily married and all of the hectic making is over. There was so much to do that something had to go on the back burner and it ended up being the present. I finally finished it last night and I am so pleased with it. ETA: can’t rotate this flipping picture. Aaaarghh!

It is part of the reading I did in church which was from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres, one of my favourite books. I went to a wonderful Friday morning stitching workshop here a few weeks ago and that encouraged me. I don’t often do hand sewing and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. Luckily my mum had scraps of fabric left from her mammoth bunting and tablecloth production so I incorporated bits of that and some bling from the bridesmaids dresses.

My next project is going to be some socks in the new Rowan Fine Art sock yarn ready to show off at my drop-in sock session at John Lewis Milton Keynes . I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample skein of it in the pink/minky shade and have turned it into a Hitchhiker.

But I couldn’t resist the Raven colourway so that will be my socks.

Well, I am off to deliver the belated wedding present!

Homemade wedding

My sister is getting married in a few weeks and despite her best efforts at avoiding having anything homemade at the wedding, my Mum and I are managing to sneak the odd thing in. So this week while there was still some sunshine we got making and produced these string bauble things  by pva-ing sparkly yarn over balloons! I had to leave before the balloons got popped but apparently they turned out perfectly. I will post a pic of them in situ in a few weeks.

We also made, with the help of one of Kirstie Allsopp’s books, some flowers made out of ribbon to nestle in the fake bay trees. My Mum was worried about using real flowers because they might wilt and nice fake flowers are really expensive when you need about 25! They look great and even my sister was impressed! 

My next job is her wedding ring which calls on my silversmithing evening class talents from many years ago! We’ll see how that goes…

Needless to say there hasn’t been much sewing going on this week even though I had given myself the hen night as the deadline for making my own wedding outfit. That’s on Friday. I have tacked half of the bodice pleats. That is all.