Sunday, October 7, 2012

Needlelace and Rhubarb

I brought home a heap of work on Thursday and knew this weekend was shaping up to be one of those working weekends where I am non-stop busy and feel like I am getting nowhere. How are you supposed to work in front of the computer when the sun is shining outside?


...so, I didn't get far with the patterns I was supposed to do - but I did write the last article for issue 77 of Inspirations.

...and I didn't get to work on my daisy - but I did spend some time working on some beaded needle lace, one I had not tried before. It was kind of fun to do and much more rewarding than I had thought it would be. I found the stitch in my copy of The Complete DMC Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese deDillmont (sadly the online version here, doesn't include needle-made lace which is a shame, but it is a great resource all the same). Actually Hazel Blomkamp brought my attention to this particular needlelace stitch, but I found the diagram in my copy of the book, only Hazel had the idea of adding the fun and fancy of tiny beads.



...and I didn't get around to go through the illustrations I was supposed to check - but I did get the veggie patch into a better shape, ready for spring. It is amazing how getting my hands in dirt can be so relaxing. The chickens were treated to a nice clean chicken coop and the rest of the family will enjoy the cake resulting from the freshly picked rhubarb.



Hope you got more stitching done this weekend than me.

Anna x


7 comments:

  1. I got only 4 rows of knitting done, so you're doing much better than me, Anna!!=)

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I am trying very hard on every bit of embroidery I do get done instead of being forever frustrated with what I don't get done. Happy knitting!

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  2. Hi Anna. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could click back to yours. Welcome to the world of blogging! I'm following you now, so look forward to reading about and seeing what you're stitching. Take care, Kelly

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  3. Hi Kelly, great to meet you here too. I too keep an eye on your blogging adventures. I am loving it, but wish I had more time...... All the best,
    Anna

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  4. Congratulations on writing for Inspirations, and the needlelace with beads is just lovely! Yay Therese de Dillamonte.

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  5. Another comment - rhubarb related. After a life eating stewed rhubarb, I recently discovered the roasting method. It really brings out the rhubarb taste and it doesn't end up all watery. Put rhubarb pieces on a roasting tray, sprinkle with sugar and orange zest and roast for 20 odd minutes. Yum!

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    1. Sounds delicious! hmmm perhaps I should take a stitching break and share my mum's famous rhubarb-meringue cake?

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