Monday, 3 April 2017

Hand Stitching Weekend And a Couple of Other Things

This weekend my stitching time was devoted to my Tuesday Flowers blocks.  Here are a few together on the wall.

Overall I am happy enough with them.  I like the look of them together. They still have their papers and are unironed so a little touch up here and there will be in order later on.

Block 20






Block 19



Block 17





Block 14




Block 8



All the hand stitching with applique is slow going at times but enjoyable. I am not lagging in my interest in this project though I do feel a little short on fabric choices which is my only real complaint so far.
As so often happens with me, I could do a much better job of each block if I were to redo each one. My inexact eye is a real culprit with the measuring...I wonder is it the left or the right.

I listened to and enjoyed the audiobook of The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer as I worked. Because there is absolutely no paranormal in it and it features a very smart woman, the chemist, on the run,  I only realized partway through that the author was one and the same who wrote the Twilight series. I love when a protagonist is so clever and outwits her enemies by dint of brains rather than muscle. Have you read it?


In between research on the net, I happened upon the panels of The Hastings Embroidery...an example of what real applique should look like. This is one of the twenty seven panels that depicts a total of 81 major events in British history. Twenty-two embroiderers worked for almost a year to create them and used just about every stitch and technique in an embroiderer's arsenal.
 These people figures are so well done.  The completed work is,of course, a masterpiece.

If the Youtube video is accurate this is the scene celebrating John Cabot's discovery of the east coast of North America in 1497 which was called appropriately New Found Land.

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And here is John's monument in Bonavista, Newfoundland, Canada to commemorate that great event.

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In the distance is to be found a wonderful light house and puffins galore wheeling about the cliffs.

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