Waste nothing: rejected quilt hexagons mounted and framed

Embroidered tiger lily and sunflower (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Rejection should never be a dead end and this applies as much to patchwork pieces as to people. I began the Ipsden altar frontal thinking to embroider intermittent flowers on backgrounds of varied colour. It gradually became clear that pale backgrounds didn’t work but that those done on black had a real impact. Those on cream were put to one side.

Embroidered tiger lily (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

Tucked away at the bottom of a tin the rejects embroidered on cream eventually wormed their way to the surface and into my head. I could think of nothing to do with them as a group but, in want of a birthday present for daughter No 1, thought a few would look nice framed in black and hanging on the bright pink walls of her newly created loo.

As luck would have it I had only one frame that, like baby bear’s porridge, was just right. So I framed a honeysuckle and gave that as the birthday present, with a promise a couple more would follow. Happily daughter No 1 liked it a lot, said it was far too nice for a loo and stood it on the shelves in her bedroom. (I’m not sure anything can be too nice for a loo which tiny room usually finds you more alone with your thoughts than anywhere else in the house, but there you go!)

Embroidered sunflower (hand embroidered by Mary Addison)

My favourite box frames had come from Debenhams. These were solid oak (or painted MDF for black and white ones), they came in various sizes and were incredibly cheap. Well of course, this perfect product was reviewed. First the solid oak was replaced by MDF covered in oak printed paper  and then, just when I needed more square frames, the square was discontinued. Months passed as nothing I saw seemed right. Eventually I compromised, settling for a smaller frame in solid wood which I attacked with the spray can (first a coat of gold and then matt black, but  it could just have been matt black). I am quite pleased with the result though I would have preferred more of the ones I originally had.

When next I go to London I shall reframe the honeysuckle I so they can be hung as a group. Meanwhile more knitting and monogram planning.

For previous posts:

on the sunflower (cream ground) see here and (black ground) see here

on the tiger lily  (cream ground) see here  and (black ground) see here

on honeysuckle (black background) here


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Baseball jacket for a little girl


Baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Putting to one side the image of one so small (3 months) actually playing a game of baseball and the feeling that culturally this garment is a bit alien to my personal image of childhood that involves smocked dresses and pram coats, I have had my eye on this Debbie Bliss pattern for sometime, admiring it for its neat collar and restrained stripes.  Happily, the look of the end product has not disappointed. The collar was a bit of a challenge and I’m not to enthusiastic about the poppers instead of functioning buttonholes (perhaps I would make buttonholes should I make the jacket again) but all in all, it was an enjoyable knit in which I learned (or attempted to learn) something new.

Baseball jacket : back view (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

The collar which I love the look of so much was quite stressful and involved a fair amount of lengthy counting. I’m sure I went wrong a couple of times, not quite understanding the instructions for some of the collar row ends but I decided to plough on and undo it all at the end should that be necessary. Surprisingly – and I know I did go wrong – the end result looked fine, so I resisted the urge for perfection and, pleasantly confused, left it as it was.

Baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Knitting small garments is ideal for me at the moment as  sorting possessions after our move and a succession of welcome visitors, make a bit of knitting particularly relaxing and enjoyable, especially when you can sit and talk to people too.

Neck detail: baseball jacket (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

Detail of baseball jacket showing popper (from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4)

The pattern comes from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Book 4.

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