Monday, 21 May 2012

Three bags full

One of the great perks of meeting and making friends with other crafty folk is that you can pass on to each other things you no longer need. Well, you can imagine my delight these last few weeks when I received not one, not two, but three free bags of goodies from friends! 
Tangly but tempting
Firstly, I received a large bag of mixed, tangled threads from work. Museums with a mixed collection often have machine and hand thread to repair costume collections, make fabric supports and protective covers. Our conservator found a 'lump' of tangled thread that we had no use for, so I volunteered to give it a new home, assuming it was a tangle of machine thread that I *might* be able to find a use for. I was later surprised to learn that some of it is cotton perle thread! I've really only been doing embroidery for a fairly short time, and though I'm aware that there are other thread types besides 6-stranded cotton, I've been deliberately keeping that knowledge behind a little locked door in my head marked 'not yet!'. There are so many styles, techniques and fabric and thread you can use in embroidery, that if I didn't deliberately stick to a small section of it while I learn, I'd be completely overwhelmed. Does anyone else ever get that feeling? Still, free thread that comes to me is always welcome! It's interesting to see a thread with a round profile, and I think I might even use some of it to add some loose hairs to my wolfman's head. Oh dear, not doing very well on the 'not yet' front am I?

Secondly, my friend Bea who volunteers with us at the museum (and is a mean embroiderer and member of the local branch of the embroiderer's guild) gave me this wonderful bag of fabric scraps. Some of them are actually quite huge! I've already earmarked some for bunting that I have a plan for...I can't wait to dig in and sort them all out!
My brain whirls with ideas when I look at this little lot!
Lastly, but by no means least, Lorna from my local Stitch group gave me a big bag of unwanted embroidery thread! My stitch group is great, we meet every Thursday night for a couple of hours, and much knitting and sewing gets done. Lorna is a fantastic knitter, and was so kind to offer me her thread! I haven't dug into this yet, I'll wait until I have time to sit on a comfy chair with a cup of tea. I do the same with magazines, I don't really read them until I have time to sit down with a cup of tea. It makes the whole experience so much more enjoyable don't you think?
Om nom nom!
Embroidery WIP update
I mentioned my wolfman above, so I can't really sign off without an update. Work continues on him, but rather annoyingly I've ran out of the grey-brown that is his main fur colour and I have no note of the number! Luckily, Bea has a colour chart so I gave her a scrap of thread away to try and match up. I tried one of my local shops but no joy. Also, although these updates don't show it, I've started work on his little vest - in a lovely bright blue which contrasts nicely with the natural tones of his fur. It is quite nice to get a break from fur every so often, though I'm looking forward to getting back to it.
His head is pretty much complete, with just some extra 'loose' hairs to be added on top.
When I ran out of the grey-brown to finish his arm I moved on to the feet. I decided to stitch his paw pads in a dark brown colour. I first outlined the areas, then started in the middle and slowly circled out to the edges. This created a lovely raised effect in the middle, giving his pawpads a bit of depth, and a different look and feel to the fur.
Hoping to have his top blocked in for the next update, and maybe have some more grey-brown thread!



  1. Lucky you getting all those lovely bundles, I love it when that happens to me!

    Wolf man is looking ace, what a lot of thought and care is going into him, you're very talented xx

  2. 3 bundles of joy?!? You lucky thing!
    Your wolf is amazing! Your embroidery is so intricate and precise. Looking forward to seeing him all finished.....