Saturday, 29 December 2012
Sunday, 23 December 2012
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Just a quick update on my week, which probably was as busy as yours.
Wanting to be little easy on myself this year, I am not doing any more Christmas stitching, not for this year's Christmas anyway.
Instead, I have started stitching the first picture of "Santa's Village", my new cross stitch project, to be finished by Christmas 2013.
After a frosty, foggy day and with the temperature outside -6ºC tonight, what a better place to be then by the fire stitching,
Friday, 30 November 2012
I have signed up for a new 12 month club called "Santa's Village", a cross stitch version of BOM. Yes, I know, I already have more then enough projects on a go, and I am not really a cross stitcher, but when I saw this picture of the first month of a beautiful design by "Country Cottage Needlework" on Patchwork Rabbit site, I just could not resist. In my mind I can see a beautiful wall hanging ready for Christmas 2013.
You can find more details on their blog here .
Last week I saw this copy of Quiltmania Special on "I Sew Quilts" blog (thank you Sue for reminding me) and like Sue, I would like every one of the quilts in this issue! Well, actually, I already have one! One of the projects is "Scandinavian Christmas Hearts" by Northern Quilts and I made it last year, when they were running it as BOM.
It was very quiet when I visited today, with only half of the hall filled by trade stands, but with a good quilt exhibition.
I expect it will be busier tomorrow, when Kaffe Fassett visits the show.
I hope the word will get around and the show will be back next year, as we badly need a good quilt show in this part of the world.
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
We live close to one of the areas which has a long history of floods, Somerset Levels, or the Summer Lands, as it sometimes used to be called. It is believed that this is where our county of Somerset got its name from. The people living here were called the Summer People, because they could live on the Levels only during the summer; for the winter they took themselves and their livestock to the surrounding hills, when the whole area of the Levels was flooded. It is one of the flattest and lowest places in the country, just a few meters above the sea level. There had been attempts to drain it as far back as the Roman times, with various success. It is now managed by a combination of many draining channels and a sea defense. Although none of that helped this week, the area is totally under water.
Just to remind you that here on "pleasureinstitching.blogspot.co.uk" you can click on any of the highlighted words and it will take to another window with lots more information.
John Leach Pottery. I love the simplicity of their pots, the one I own has become my favourite baking dish.
In the recent years the shop was extended to the back to create a gallery, a place for exhibitions of works by local artists.
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Luckily I found the same red check fabric as in the middle of the block still in my stash and used it for the border- and new cushion was born today!
Friday, 23 November 2012
Inspired by books by Kathleen Tracy and Mary Jenkins I sorted out some small pieces of fabric from my stash. I remembered a pattern I saw in the Magic Patch magazine and eventually found it.
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Of course I have reported it to Blogger. From the info on their site I had two choices. The Blogger says that they are not in a position to arbitrate issues regarding ownership of content, but they will let you file an infringement of a copyright claim, which is a legal document under the USA law. In my case I would have to list every post and picture which I claim ownership to. Considering that we are talking about 2 years of my blogging life, I just haven't got time to do that, or want to get involved in legal claims.
I agree very much with Deborah, there is something very strange about that blog: no contact details, no comments, no followers, no dates. I also don't think that the name is a the person's real name anyway or that this is just some sad person not able to create their own blog, after all they were clever enough to copy my entire archives for the 2 years period. I would not know how to do that. I suspect this is something more serious than that.
Therefore I reported it as a spam or possible malware, because I think it is possible that someone created that blog for more sinister purpose. Why they picked my blog I will never know.
But there is a thought for you all, none of you really know if your blog has been copied in this way and how many times. I came across it by pure chance, when I wanted more info on something I wrote about last year and Googled it. Among other suggestions Google came up with 2 blogs, mine and the one in question. Had I not done that, I would have probably never found out.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
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Sunday, 4 November 2012
Friday, 2 November 2012
However I found difficult to follow her instructions, mainly because the illustrations in this book are hand drawn and not always very clear, and as a novice to Schwalm I did not find this easy. Some of you might remember me writing about it at the time.
I thought I better start with a sampler, which is one of the projects in the book, but eventually I lost interest, I believe due to unclear instructions. It just seemed like too much hard work and I wasn't really enjoying it. Or may be the sampler was the wrong thing to start with. I gave up at this point.
Some time after that I learnt about Luzine Happel, a German lady living not far from the Schwalm region.
Luzine is passionate about Schwalm embroidery. To me she is the "Queen of Schwalm". She has written number of books on the subject. Her instructions are very clear with photographs of the actual stitches.
I am still building up a courage to start working on tablecloth, which is a project in Luzine's book I have.
So why am I writing about his again? Because a little while ago I received an email from Luzine telling me about her new website and I want to share this with you. You can learn there about the history of this beautiful type of whitework, see many examples of old and new, and also many beautiful pictures from the region - all you have to do is click here and enjoy.