Thursday, 9 June 2011

Tapestry update and a few side projects...

Greetings fellow earthlings!

This is what my tapestry looks like at 85 hours!

I know it seems to be progressing at a snail's pace. I've been finding it difficult to designate even 1 or 2 hours a day with my 2 year old operating at full throttle, especially since summer has hit. We are undertaking fencing and landscaping our yard. I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since we moved in! I'm hoping to have a small vegetable garden and some flower beds as well as actual GRASS! :D

On a completely separate note I just have to gush for a moment, about my super awesome hubby. He's like, the KING of thrift store bargains and has been finding the most amazing stuff at great prices! Take a look at all the yarn and crochet thread!

Not just the amazing deals but the colours he's been able to find are fabulous! I'm especially in love with the Skeins of lime green size 30. All those skeins are Daisy brand and are 400 yards per skein.

He found a whole bunch of Daisy skeins in the Pansy colourway, so I think I might save that for a big bedspread or table cloth project:

I use crochet thread in so many of my projects. I like to use it for more traditional uses like doilies and lace, but it is also what I use to make my colourful inkle bands, and inkle jewelry, and it comprises about 75% of my current tapestry, the rest being random bits of wool, silk and linen. The white and off white will be perfect for blending or for dying.

Three big cheers for a fabulous husband who is so very supportive of my vocation! ♥ ♥ ♥

Speaking of crochet thread and doilies, I made these 2 matching hot pads using caramel and chocolate brown with a bit of black. I plan to make a set of 8 matching coasters, but I need to adjust the pattern. I copied this from an old hot pad my grandma purchased at a thrift shop:

I puzzled out the pattern for this set of rainbow flower coasters as well. Big thanks to my mum in law for thinking of me when she picked them up at a yard sale! And another big thanks to her for finding me some cool colours of crochet thread recently. I am so lucky to have such a supportive family!

They are two-toned. The backs are darker and bits of that dark colour show up behind the lighter colour because of a slight variation in the patterns from back to front. Now I want to find a clear glass bowl--like a candle cup-- to keep them in!

Thanks everyone for stopping in. Hope you are all having a good summer!



Anita said...

Mega score! Most of the thrift stores around me just have crap stuff.
You're so talented, love the flowers.

Sarah K said...

Those coasters are brilliant. I want to make some for myself. In teals and emeralds.

JQ said...

Thanks girls!
Sarah: I will try and type up the instructions I wrote for them and send them to you. :)

Gottwinkies said...

Awesome! I think you are coming along great for having a 2 yr old! I remember what that was like :0) 3CHEERS for awesome hubbies/in-laws! I have one as well...bought me a spinning wheel for Christmas. Great job!