|Spring in bloom|
|Flowers were stitched to knit base then basted to the sweater neckline....looks like I won the Kentucky Derby, doesn't it?|
|Flower laden piece pinned to sweater before trimming and basting|
|Back is just as embellished as the front.|
Here are the flowers I made on the third and fourth days:
....and I still needed to make half a dozen more to fill in some gaps during assembly.
For this batch I used some wool roving that I needle felted onto a fabric base. I used a hand needle felting tool from Clover and then my Viking needle felting machine. Not much of a difference in the results for this project. I love the texture and subtle color shifts from the needle felted roving, something that may not show up too well in my photographs.
|Wool roving placed on top of silk chiffon|
|Hand needle felting the wool roving|
|A new "fabric" to cut into a flower shape|
|Needle felting by machine onto a polyester base|
|Wool roving needle felted onto the pale pink polyester base fabric|
I am happy to have this project work out as I had imagined it...and to have it out of my head and into my wardrobe. I think it will be wonderfully festive for the start of spring.
Every bit as good as the reviews and word of mouth have said. Can hardly wait for the book group discussion on this one in a few months.
I enjoyed this one tremendously and even did a phone in call to my March book group while I was out of town to hear what others thought. Very touching story and quite interesting that he writes exclusively for young adults.
So short but so enjoyable. I have Anna Quindlen's latest book on reserve at the library but came across this little gem. If you a reader you will probably just enjoy hearing another kindred spirit share the love of getting lost in good books.
Yes, yes, highly readable and I can understand all the hype. Perfect vacation book.
I just love Bill Bryson's books and this was no exception. Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh, the Mississippi flood....how could he make me care about all of these topics and more? Another winner from a wonderful non-fiction author.
Another light vacation diversion. I read it when I was laid up for the last few days of our Florida trip with a terrible cold. Thank you, Amy, for an entertaining read.
Oh, I so wanted to love this book. After all, I love Jane Austen, I love Joanna Trollope....but I just have never loved the original Sense and Sensibility and a modern re-telling was even more annoying. I may not go as far as one Amazon reviewer... I'm delighted to say I got this book free - and even then it was too expensive...but I did wonder why she wanted to update this particular novel. I'm just annoyed that I will have to wait a while longer for her next "regular" novel.
Right now I am in the midst of Diana Gabaldon's An Echo in the Bone. I somehow missed the news that this summer will be the start of the Outlander television series but a friend filled me in last night. Oh, might have to re-read that one just to enjoy the whole experience again.
Speaking of television, thank you Nancy and Alison, for your suggestions about Firefox and the Acorn TV subscription idea. I might just stop my Netflix account and change to Acorn. We had to take one of our Apple laptops in to the Apple store yesterday. Turns out that I put a CD into the drive and it is stuck there. Nothing worked on our end nor could Apple people remove it....from our "vintage machine." So we can't even download Firefox unless we buy a new computer. But to get Hola I'm thinking that might be a good purchase this year. As for British television, one of the terrific benefits of being back in Baltimore is access to the 24hour a day WETA UK channel which is broadcasting so many wonderful shows all the time. Two of my very favorites are New Tricks and Hustle. But now to get busy with an entirely different project for next week. Mr. Lucky and I are hosting a Downton Abbey tea at our home next Saturday. It was our church auction offering and we have a dozen guests coming that afternoon. I am not sewing any costumes but I will be baking up many treats and will share pictures after the event....as well as some surprises along the way.
Here's hoping you have something fun up your sleeve in or out of your sewing room.