The craft room is humming here again at Pink Purl, and so far it's been a very craft-acular week! Last night I put the finishing touches on this wall hanging I've been working on for just under two weeks. This is now hanging in our entry hall. So as soon as you step in the door of our house, this is what you see. I began the cross-stitch embroidered motif a couple of weeks ago not really knowing where the project would ultimately lead to, I just liked the rather abstract quality of the rose. The rose motif is based on a cross-stitch design I saw in a needlework magazine some years ago, but I made a few tiny changes. The rose turned out to be smaller than I first imagined it to be, so I decided to use fabrics and build a framework around it. I just pulled out lots of blue fabric scraps and played around a bit, but went with a log cabin quilt pattern for a theme and then used a very pretty blue & white rose floral print cotton for the big frame around the whole central block and for the backing piece. It is like a mini quilt. So I used some hand quilting to keep the layers together, and it gives a nice effect to the log cabin-style block. A little cotton lace frames the center rose cross-stitched piece. Tabs with button accents make a neat, easy way to hang this textile artwork. I enjoyed this foray into quilting and using some of the scrap stash. I'd not done any cross-stitch or other embroidery for a long time, so this too made for a nice variation from the usual. This project was a lot of fun, and very soothing for my jangled spirits of late.
Along with crafting for fun, there's been a little crafting for my shop happening too. In the shop today are two new scarves I knitted using luxurious ribbon yarns. Here's a little peek at them. These were my first projects using ribbon yarns--nice silky feel slipping through the fingers, beautiful stitch definition and overall effect...I'd definitely work with these yarn types again!
I just had to share these today...But now it's time for a tea break and then back to the sewing machine...Happy Day everyone! :o)