What better thing to do on a wet Sunday morning than make the Christmas Cake. Having soaked the fruit all night in brandy, I was all set to go today when it was predicted to be nice and cool for having the oven on for 3 hours. I didn't expect 40mm of rain, but how welcome it was!
I decided to add a beaded 'tail' to the bookmarks, but how I wish that I had made the lower end come to a point rather than squared off. Anyway, they're done, but if I should make more I would definitely reshape them.
The photos that I printed onto fabric have been backed with Vilene then stitched randomly over the front with toning plain or variegated thread.
I added a backing of hand dyed toning fabric and satin stitched the edges. Although the edges look uneven and wavy in the photos, they are actually straight edges. Now, do I add a beaded tassel, a plain tassel or not tassel at all?
As I'm often a passenger on long country drives I always like to have some knitting on the go to do in the car. This is for next winter, a fun jumper for a 4 year old girl. I love knitting with variegated wool as the effects are so easy to achieve! Unfortunately I bought the plain purple wool first, otherwise I would have knitted the whole jumper in the variegated one. Still the combined effect is rather nice I think. As I have already complete the back, front and almost the first sleeve, it won't be long before it's finished.
Looking for something simple that I could make as Christmas gifts I thought about bookmarks. I went through all my flower photographs and chose a few that I thought might work, resizing them to fit the format that I had chosen for the bookmarks.
I transferred them to fabric, one didn't transfer properly, so I have 2 nasturtiums which is good as I will need one to experiment on as I'm not quite sure what I'll do next. A bit of machine embroidery before adding a backing and finishing the edges I think.