Thursday, 6 September 2012

Back to the stitching board

I've had a little bit of a break from the knitting lately, namely because one knitting needle got lost down the black hole that is the side of the couch and even after pulling the couch half apart MR and I were not able to retrieve it and the other project I was working on, one knitting needle got broken in the first second of a knitting needle war with MR.  Note to self: do not use vintage op shop purchased plastic needles for swords, apparently they are fragile.

Also, it really was time to get a few project closer to being finished as I thought about it and haven't finished anything of note since late June.  Dreadful.  So this past week I've been dutifully stitching away on the couch and I've finished the stitching part of two projects.

On the left is my sashiko panel which I had planned to turn into the first ever throw cushion for my bed and on the right is an embroidered bit of ink and spindle's birch trees line, destined to be a clock for a friend's engagement present.

Of course, now that I see them next to each other and realise that they are about the same size, my mind is thinking how cool a sashiko clock might be?  Oh the decisions!!! Turn this one into a clock too or make this one a cushion and stitch up another panel for a clock?  I am really liking the idea of it being a clock, and lets face it, the throw cushion will never stay on my bed because I hardly ever make it.

 I tried to make the red robins look a bit feathery by doing little stitches and using three strands of browns in different shades to add a bit of depth.  

I'm catching up with my friend this weekend so I need to get gluing and decide whether to use small wooden numbers or buttons to finish off the clock.  

What do you think?


Brenda @ Mira Narnie said...

oh i love the idea of turning these fabric panels in to clocks! how divine and a tad lux versus a cushion!!! besides...if you could always make another cushion! xx

Kirsty said...

Really beautiful work.

planettreasures said...

I love what you have done with the Ink and Spindle fabric - and I'm intrigued to see what the clock will look like.
...and yes, I'm with you on cushions and beds, I hardly ever make my bed and I never put the cushions back on!

Renae said...

Wow! These are gorgeous!
I'm now eyeing my piece of birch in the same colour wondering if I can add stitches like yours and frame it. I love it!

Bron said...

Your bird and tree stitching is divine...please show the finished project when you have decided how it is going to be finished. xx

2paw said...

I like numbers, but just because I like them. Gorgeous embroidery. Love the toe nails!! yes, old knitting needles are not very sword-able!!

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Anonymous said...

These are both so lovely Megan. Possibly my favourite things you have ever made!

Amanda said...

LOVE the sashiko panel!! Starting one myself is still on my list of 'one day projects' :) Be sure to share some clock photos with us all x