I didn’t realize how far behind I was in posting updates on my Jacobean Tangle project. So far, I’ve finished the Blue Flowers, the Peach Flowers and the Large Peach Flower.
Almost finished Blue Flowers #1 & #2.
The Blue Flowers total 5. Two are different than the other three. For two of them, the blue flower portions are long and short stitch with twisted threads in 3 shades of blue while the other two have only 2 shades. The body of the leaves are needle weaving in Ecru and pale green. While the calyx is needle lace stitch #2. I decided not to add the beads at the end of the stamens only because these will be higher (2 beads in height) than the rest of the embroidery.
I’m only able to work on my Jacobean Tangle project on the week-ends because in spite of having my Ott light and Magnifying light, it’s still not enough light to embroider by. So my sessions are limited to the week-ends. But while not progressing quickly, I’m still satisfied with what has occurred.
Flower #1 – Finished
I bought a book called “Crewel Twists” by Hazel Blomkamps. I just leafed through it while at JoAnn’s and decided to buy it on a whim. OMG! It has become my favorite book. And, I bought some of the fabric that she based her projects on. (As well as her DVD which illustrates Needle Lace techniques used in the projects.) I’ve been patiently waiting until my Christmas Projects were done before beginning. But the wait is Over!
I picked, what I thought, was the least complicated project to get myself “into the grove” again and learn some new techniques. So I started with “Jacobean Tangle”. Got to set it up on my new frame and started with the first flower.
Project on frame.
After all of the Christmas projects were finished, I did find some time to complete my next block on Betsy’s Closet.
“Sunday Dress” – block 2
I’m still continuing to use the suggested colorways.
I stumbled upon a blog, don’t know how I got there. But am I glad I did. It’s Mary Corbert’s Needle ‘n Thread. For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been reading her posts both current and Archived. And it renewed my interest in needle work. (And started me to posting my own blog about my adventures.) I could go on and on about the wonderful things I’ve read there but this post is about something special.
On her site, she did a review of Needle Needs frame and stand. I became intrigued and visited their site and saw their demo video. This was JUST what I was looking for many moons ago. So I saved and used up by hobby budget–not for quilting supplies–but for my “new” needlework needs (no pun intended). And here it is:
The Needle Needs frame stand.