C17: Day 226 – And so we begin

August 14, 2017

This line of pale green represents 50 minutes’ work. Hopefully, I’ll get a bit faster as I go along…  

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C17: Days 222-225 – Ready to rock

August 13, 2017

I was busy Thursday and Friday evenings, but it was probably a good thing because yesterday and today I spent 1.5 hours getting the silk ground and backing fabrics prepared, transferring the pattern and then getting it all set up on my Millennium Frame. All of that needs to be done carefully and that means […]

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S4C and Cymraeg 2050

August 13, 2017

The Welsh Government recently released a strategy, Cymraeg 2050, to increase the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050.  The strategy focuses predominantly on children’s education, which is sensible and obvious, and on Welsh speakers in Wales, which is also sensible and obvious. But there are two groups that could do with a little […]

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C17: Days 219-221 – Sort of back on track

August 9, 2017

The crochetpocalypse is over, as last night was the Women in STEM Amigurumi workshop I’d agreed to do and had been working towards. In the end, we had a fun evening, although most of the attendees were beginners so I spent the time teaching the magic ring and double crochet (single in USian). Mead Library […]

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C17: Bonus bit of jammy creativity!

August 6, 2017

Last year, Kevin and I cleared a parasitic vine off our concord grape, and in August ended up with more grapes than we knew what to do with. So we froze them. Having pruned our vine, this year it’s looking like a bumper crop so I thought we had better take the 2.7kg of grapes […]

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C17: Days 211-218 – More emergency crochet, building computers, finally some embroidery

August 6, 2017

Welp, it’s been another one of those weeks. The emergency crochet continued until I had four reliable patterns ready for Tuesday’s workshop. The third figure is Dr Anandibai Joshi, who is also my favourite: The fourth will be published next month. Interrupting all that was the arrival of parts for my new Hackintosh, which has […]

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C17: Days 204-210 – Emergency crochet week

July 29, 2017

So, I haven’t blogged for nearly a week, primarily because I haven’t embroidered since Sunday last, and then I didn’t finish the particular test I wanted to do, so there was nothing to blog about. I have, however, been creative. Very creative. I’m running a workshop at Mead Public Library here in Sheboygan on 8 […]

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C17: Day 203 – The sword

July 22, 2017

I had three goals for today’s work: Find out of a single strand stem stitch for the edge of the sword works as well as the double strand, and I have to say that I don’t think it does. It just doesn’t really stand out. Find out if I should fill the whole sword. I […]

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C17: Days 201 & 202: The back of the shield

July 21, 2017

Green and Bayeux stitch or green and satin stitch? With stem stitch edge or not?

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C17: Day 200 – Shield front

July 19, 2017

I really changed my mind about front of the shield. I thought about doing a vertical long and short stitch, but it just didn’t feel right, so instead I went for a satin stitch in a radial pattern. I didn’t mark out the directions, which I will do when I do it for real so […]

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C17: Day 199 – More snail

July 18, 2017

Not going to complete that area because this isn’t a colour choice issue, it’s a stitch issue and I’m happy with the split stitch to give it a bit of texture.

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C17: Day 198 – More snail

July 17, 2017

Short entry today: I worked on the snail again, but haven’t finished it, so photos tomorrow!

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C17: Day 197 – Another leaf

July 16, 2017

Colour testing two reds, one more of a plum. And practicing fishbone stitch.

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C17: Days 195 & 196 – Snail test

July 15, 2017

I was feeling a bit ropey yesterday, so saved up that time for the snail test today. Although, to be honest, I probably spent a couple of hours on it whilst I was watching Wimbledon, which is slightly more than the 10-15 mins per day I had originally imagined spending! Anyway, this test is slightly […]

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C17: Day 194 – Leaves

July 13, 2017

I thought that it might be a good idea to do a small leaf in each of the greens, not just to help with identifying which colour might work best, but also to help me decide how to do the embroidery of the leaves themselves. I have decided on a fishbone stitch, which is probably […]

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