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Sunday, 31 May 2015

I have made a start



on the Bohemian Rhapsody Crochet Wrap and I finished the first unit (or block).

There will be 18 units all together, 
crochet in lace weight fine lambswool,
using hook size 3mm.
It is wonderfully soft to the touch.
For more details about the wool and pattern see my blog post on the 19th of May.

It is a long time since I did any crochet, so it took me the first square to get back into it, but I am well away now.













Unit 1,
not yet blocked out or pressed.



The squares are joined together as I go along, which means that there is not going to be any sewing together at the end,  I like that.




It is the last day of May, a confused month, which thought it was April, judging by the weather we had.
Today is not much better; we did well to have some sunny spells during the week.





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Thursday, 28 May 2015

day at the seaside


Glorious sunny day and a break in a daily routine - a drive to the south coast of Dorset.


West Bexington , a quiet settlement with one hotel, small car park on the beach and a cafe.
Considering it is the school holiday this week, there were only few people about.


This is a part of Jurassic Coast , UNESCO World Heritage Site, which runs along south of Devon and Dorset.



Spring flowers are everywhere.




































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Saturday, 23 May 2015

beautiful new book





First BBQ of the year; has the summer arrived at last?
It has been a beautiful day, a real pleasure to be outside; I even managed to do some "stitching in the garden".
 Unfortunately, not so good forecast for the rest of the bank holiday weekend, so DH and I made most of today.










This lovely book arrived in this morning's post.
For some time I have been trying to find a pattern embroidery book with designs from my part of the world, it is not so easy. 
Published in France somewhere around 1920 - 1930 for D.M.C. Library, the book has 20 pages of very familiar designs, and also a section of patterns "to reproduce, enlarge or reduce" for some of the designs in the book.
Below each picture is also a suggestion for a D.M.C. thread to use, including a shade number. 
It will be interesting to check how many of those shades are still in existence.
I came across the book on Etsy, on Sew Much Frippery , vintage patterns and notions.









  

This is a real gem and in very good condition, considering the age of the book. 
I am very pleased I have found it.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!



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