Monday, January 23, 2017

I’m back, I think….

Sheesh, I didn't realize it had been this long since I posted. Just been too busy doing hobbies I guess.

But....I think it is about time I showed some more stuff that I have been working on. Since the new year I have got back to quilting....here are some progress pictures: All of these are made with hexagon shapes, but I am not using English paper piecing, since that just wastes time with basting pieces of fabric to paper and then piecing them together, then having to remove the paper again. It is so much faster to just print the cutting and stitching lines on the back of freezer paper stabilized fabric and stitching together with the running stitch. I use Inklingo for most of my qulting, it makes life so much easier….

flower basket

This is as far as I've progressed on my flowerbasket quilt done in 1 inch per side hexagons. I have almost the top left quarter completed, just need 2 more rows, then we'll get the top right quarter done. I am trying to add a few hexies every day, since I quickly get bored with all the background pieces. I originally started this quilt with cutting the hexagons with a rotary cutting ruler, and then used a plastic template to draw the stitching lines, since there was no way I was going to use EPP. Needless to say, before long this became a chore, so it got put away. Then a few years ago Linda Franz invented Inklingo, and I never looked back. I even recued several of the already cut hexies that didn’t have the stitching lines by ironing them in place on a ‘pre-printed’ piece of freezer paper and sending it through the printer so that I had stitching lines to work with. But…it is still boring to add all the background pieces, so it is progressing, but slowly.

 

albertI have added a few more 1/2 inch per side hexagons to the Albert Small reproduction, though not as many as I’d hoped. But is slowly increasing in size. I am using EQ7 to draw out the individual units, using a picture I found on the internet as my guide. I know that the original was done in 1/4 inch hexies, but I am using 1/2 inch ones, which are easier to stitch, but that means I’ll likely not make the whole quilt as the original, since it would become way too big.

 

 

 

 

 

prudenceIn the past year I also started on the Dear Prudence quilt, it is done with 1/4 inch per side hexies, but this one is very slow going, The hexies are soooo tiny it is fiddly to stitch. But it also is slowly getting bigger, I try to add a few each day, but I get frustrated with the tiny-ness of the pieces, so can only do a few at the time. The outer round of mainly beige on this has been finished since I took this picture. I am about to start the next rounds, which are blue, white, blue, white before adding another border of flowers.

 

 

Then a few days ago I came across mention of another hexagon quilt, called La Passion. Of course I had to go check it out, and since the pattern was free I had to download it….and ended up purchasing the 3/8 inch Inklingo hexagon file. The original quilt is done in passion 21/2 inch hexies, but I decided that I wanted to try the size between 1/2 and 1/4 inch. I am really enjoying stitching these hexies, they only take about 4-5 stitches to do a seam, so stitch fast, but is not too fiddly like the 1/4 inch ones. I am also having fun selecting fabrics, since Grit used several leftovers. I am using several 5 inch and 6 inch charm cut fabrics, which gives you either 14 or 23 hexies. And I can stitch one of the flower shapes in about 10-15 minutes (haven’t timed exactly). We’ll have to see how long I will be working on this one before it gets put aside….. Hmm, I just noticed that I put the outer pink and red in the wrong place, Guess I’ll have to undo the seam between the white and pink and move the pieces up some.

Well, here’s hoping I’ll post a bit more often than once a year.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Time to update….

I guess it’s been a while since I updated this blog. i just have been busy, and have been posting a lot of picture on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/marianne.gallant). But here are some of the things I have finished in the last little while.
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I finally finished.this rug that I have been working on for the last 2.5 years. It is done in fine petit point (I am going to start calling it micro point, since it is much finer than what is normally considered petit point)  with one strand of silk floss on 40 count silk gauze.It is about 5x7 inches. it likely will eventually be a rug in a miniature room box of a kids playroom, which will have 2 little girls playing dress up. The original design called Forever Aubusson is by Sue Bakker, and this design was in an old dollhouse magazine.
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This is a rug I am working on right now. It will be quite a bit bigger than the above one, and it is being stitched on 49 count silk gauze with several different brands of silk thread similar to Gutermann silk.
It is going to take me quite a while to finish it, since it will be almost 2x the size of the above one.The backgrounds are being stitched with overdyed threads, which will make it look a bit worn.

 
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A companion wall hanging tapestry to go with the Olive Garden tapestry I did last year. This is the Last Supper, though it does not look like the ‘standard’ painting. It is based on a tapestry and looks very different from the painting. The design is by Annelies de Kort. it is being stitched on 60 count gauze with 2 strands of Piper’s silk floss, and I am using a vertical stitch called gobelin, since this will make it look like it was woven. 


 
 
 
 
Now for some of the miniature doll clothes I have knit in the last while. Most of the clothes are available for sale, jut not the dolls, since I have to buy the dolls, and people can likely get them cheaper getting them straight from the maker. If I ever do get around to getting a kiln and making dolls I’ll sell the dolls as well, but for the time being only the outfits are for sale. If you are interested in any of them, please either contact me on FB or email me at mgb at shaw dot ca.
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This is Chrissy,  design by Helena Bleeker of http://www.helena-petitefashions.co.uk/. The pants are done in variegated Venne cotton and the jacket is done in 34/2 Venne cotton on 0.8 mm needles. At first I didn’t know if I cared for the way the pattern of the jacket really biases. But then Helena pointed out that it looks like she is moving along…it is swinging. This is on a 3 inch doll.  I just realized I never made the bonnet.
 
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These are twin sleeping babies, Elly and Graham. Knit in 50/2 Venne Bio cotton on 0.8mm needles. Pattern is by Helena Bleeker. The Graham pattern doesn’t have any socks, but since Elly does, I decided that Graham needed socks as well, so I adapted the socks from Elly for Graham. These are 3 inch toddler type dolls, both dolls are called Sean.
 
 
 
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These 2 will not be for sale, They are going to be part of a wedding scene I am planning, with all the attendants in colour matched clothes. These 2 are the flower girl and ring bearer. The patterns for both Mandy and Jasper) are by Helena Bleeker. The threads used are 70/2, 50/2 and 34/2 all Venne cottons, and they are knit on 0.8mm needles. There will be a few more coming, and I am also busy with the wedding dress. The dolls are slim body 3 inch dolls.

 

 
 
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This is Meghan. I knit this pattern up already a while back, just never sewed it up….which is one thing I have trouble with. It is another pattern by Helena Bleeker, done in 34/2 Venne cotton with 0.8mm needles. The doll is 4 inches.
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And here is Ramon in a winter suit. The jacket is knit sideways. Another pattern by Helena Bleeker, done in 34/2 cotton on 0.8mm needles. The doll looks kinda wonky, one leg is  little higher on the body than the other, but that is the way it is, not a lot I can do about it. I think I may make some skis for him, that way it will kind of look like he is off balance.
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The last one for the time being by Helena is Leslie. she is wearing a jumpsuit and jacket trimmed in mohair. The jumpsuit is knit in 34/2 Venne cotton and the jacket is Venne’s variegated cotton and mohair trim, knit on 0.8mm needles.  It is the last of my 3 inch dolls, I have to get some more.
 





 
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This last picture is a baby set I did several years ago, just never got around to putting it on a doll. the design is by Sharon de Vries from South Africa. I don’t know if she is still selling patterns. The patterns are very delicate, done in 70/2 cotton on 0.7mm needles. Since I do have several undressed baby dolls, I will likely knit up more of the patterns by Sharon in the near future, I do have several of them.
 
 





 
Next time I will show some of the quilting I have been doing as well. Hopefully there won’t be such a long hiatus as this last one has been.

















































Sunday, September 13, 2015

It’s been a while…..

  I guess it's been a while since I updated the blog. I just seem to get so busy making things that I forget to add new posts to the blog.


adirondak chairIn May I acquired a new tool, a Silhouette Cameo, and have done a bit of playing with it, though not as much as I thought I would, I guess I just do too many things.
I use it to cut out layers of paper and glue them together to make things. Here are a couple of pictures of the things I have made.

This chair I thought was going to be 1/12 scale for a dollhouse, but it is not really in scale. So I gave it as a decoration to my neighbour. She has several real ones in her front yard. It is a design from the Silhouette America design store.



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The next thing is dollhouse sized, it is made of several layers of heavy paper (watercolour paper), with the decorations being 2 layers of poster board. Then it was stained with gel stain. This was a lot of fun to make. The design was done by Kitty de Leeuw, she send me the file to use with my Cameo. 
Now of course there is a new and better machine out, the Curio, that does fabulous embossing, so that you no longer have to fiddle with tiny little pieces of poster board to make it look like woodcarving. But that machine is going to have to wait a while before I acquire it. Maybe I'll give it to myself for Christmas. In the meantime, I am going to have to find more time to make a few other things, several people have shared cutting files on Facebook, and I am going to have to try some of them. And then I guess I'll have to build some room boxes to display them in.....
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I have done a tiny bit of knitting,  I have now actually finished the dresses I showed in a previous post, added the ribbons and buttons, and have it actually on a doll now, I have also made a third one, which was also a test knit for Helena Bleeker.







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This last one is one of the baby dresses by Helena Bleeker, the doll is about the right size for the cradle above. It is knit with YLI silk 100 on 0.7mm needles.













I have done some more quilting too, I finally finished the half round window coverings for the living room. They are done in stained glass appliqué. window covering
I have the ones for the bedroom done too, no picture yet, since I do have to add a couple of strips to the sides of the bottom quilts, they somehow ended up not being quite wide enough. The half round tops are done, Once I get the bottom ones ixed I will take some pictures.




Oh, and I have also finished a wall hanging tapestry for a future dollhouse/room box. It is designed by Annelies de Kort, based on an actual tapestry in the Burell collection. olive garden  It is stitched on 60 count silk gauze with 2 strands of Piper’s silk floss. This floss is not the easiest thread to stitch with, it catches on the slightest roughness. I love stitching with most silk threads, but not this one. Even so, I am busy doing a second one, designed by the same person, also based on a Burell tapestry, of The Last Supper. I’ll post pictures of it when I have a bit more to show for it. 
I am planning on doing several more tapestries, so maybe sometime in the future I will build a gallery type of room box to display them in.But other than the second one mentioned above, the rest will likely be done with Silk Mill threads, as they are much easier to stitch with. the ones I am planning are the 5 Lady and Unicorn tapestries, don’t know if I’ll ever make all 5 of them, they are pretty big, and I do way too many other things…But I have the patterns, I have the gauze, and am collecting the threads needed.

Hopefully I’ll post more often in the future, but don’t count on it, I can’t guarantee that…..it takes time to make posts,and I’d rather be working on my hobbies.





Thursday, April 30, 2015

It’s growing!

I have been sewing quite a few hexies to my big quilt….see how it is growing:
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I am having a lot of fun adding hexies. They are soooo easy when you use Inklingo. You just print the cutting and stitching lines onto freezer paper backed fabric with an ordinary inkjet printer, and then you have the option of either using your rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors to cut the pieces, and then you can either hand piece or machine piece.
I really like hand piecing, never thought I would, but it is so relaxing sitting in your easy chair, and you can watch/listen to the TV while stitching, or take it outside and sit in the backyard to stitch.
This quilt is being made with 1 inch per side hexagons, but there are sizes available.
I have become so addicted to stitching hexies, that I have started another quilt using them, This time I am using the half inch per side ones. I am trying to reproduce a quilt done in the late 1930’s early 1940’s by Albert Small. Here you can read about him: Story of Albert Small. If you scroll down the page and click on the continue link, you can see pictures of his quilts. The one I am doing is the first one listed. His is done in 0.25 inch per side hexagons, but I wasn’t quite ready to go that small yet, so I am doing it in 0.5 inch ones.
small hexie
Not all of the pieces in the picture are sewn together yet, and some do need pressing  It is very addictive stitching these small ones, they are so fast to stitch, only take about 4 or 5 stitches per seam.
Of course, after a while I had to see if I could stitch the 0.25 inch ones, and have done a couple of rosettes: little hexies
The 2 on the right are 1/4 inch ones, the tiny one on the left is 3/16 inch. There is not an Inklingo collection available for that size, but I printed the 1/4 inch one at 75%, on a couple of very small pieces of fabric fused to a larger piece of freezer paper. Now I am tempted to print some at 50%, just to see if I can stitch it. The 3/16 one took about 2 stitches, so I think the 1/8 inch ones would take just one stitch per seam….

And then, of course, I could not leave well enough alone Since I started reading about all these people doing the La Passacaglia quilt by Willyne Hammerstein, and then I found that Linda Franz had done an Inklingo collection, I just had to start that one too: La Pass 1
You can purchase the book and/or shape collection here:



Hopefully I will post more often, and the next time I may include some more of my mini’s, somehow I have to insert some time for mini knitting….

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Finally back to posting

It has been quite a while since I posted to this blog. Life got in the way, and so did death. I lost my husband of 43 years suddenly to cancer December 2014, which really put me off my hobbies… I am starting to get on with life again, though there is still a lot of time involved with getting things straightened out.

Here are some of the pictures of things I have been working on in the last little while. First some dollhouse sized knitting, which were test knits for Helena Bleeker of http://www.helena-petitefashions.co.uk/. The knitting is done, but on some I still need to add some silk ribbon and beads for buttons. The outfits are all for sale, email me at yarnshop at shaw.ca for more information. It is only the outfits that are for sale, the dolls are not included, since they will be needed for future pictures.

Betsy

 

This is Betsy, a cute little dress and panties for a 2 inch baby doll,

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This is Margot, a dress, slip and bloomers for a 3 inch child doll.

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This is Marigold, a dress and bloomers for a 4 inch doll. Still needs silk ribbon at the waist and sleeves, and some buttons for the back opening. The reason this one is not displayed on a doll is because right at the moment I don’t have a 4 inch child doll. The bloomers normally would not be showing, it is just to show them in the picture.

 

Here are a few of the quilting things I am working on. Yes I work on lots of different things, I get quickly bored with what I am working on, so I change to another project. Most of them are totally different techniques, which makes it easier on my hands as well. With arthritis, it is better to keep changing the way you use your hands.

hexagon quilt

 

This is the hexagon quilt I am working on. it is being hand pieced, since I can’t stand wasting time on doing English Paper Piecing. I use Inklingo to print the cutting and stitching lines onto the back of fabric. It makes life soooo much easier, since you don’t have to do any basting onto paper, your stitches won’t be on the front, and you don’t have to spend time taking out the basting and taking out the paper again. And it is a lot more accurate, since you have a stitching line to stitch on, so even if you are a bit off with cutting, you still have a very accurate line and match points for stitching. This will eventually be a queen sized quilt for the spare bedroom.

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Here is another being stitched with Inklingo, though this is being stitched on the machine. This pattern is called Rose Star. I still have a few more of the large hexagons and half hexagons to make, and then it will turn into a window quilt for my living room. I already have one window quilt top done, and another is being hand stitched. These I will show next time.

 

window quilt

 

This is one of the window quilts for the bedroom. It has been machine embroidered, all it needs is the backing, binding and stitching around the sashings. It is one of three that are almost done. It is really about time I got these finished, since the mini blinds are now over 20 years old, and are starting to disintegrate.

 

 

I will post more things like the mini stitching and maybe some of my regular sized knitting in the next post. I think this is enough for right now……

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Website closing



It has been a long time since I updated the website, life got in the way this past year.
I will be closing the website for good at the end of February, I have to renew my web hosting by then, and it will be costing me more than I get in sales, so it is not worth it for me to continue on with it. I probably will start another blog somewhere, I will let you know where, and I will list some of my things on it, with prices, but there will not be an online store, so you will have to email and ask for the item(s) and the shipping cost, and I will send you a paypal invoice.
In the last couple of weeks I have been adding a few more things, all of them are on sale. I have added all the books I still have available, and they are all 90% off, which means that most of them are less than $10. You can’t find them anywhere else for that price!!
I have also added a few more yarns at very good prices, check out the ones under the Nova brand, all of them are less than $2.00 a ball, can’t beat that price! For those who like to knit with the Sirdar Snowflake, check out the Ilayda, it is very similar but it has a bit of sparkle to it, and it is 100% nylon, so feels nicer to knit with than the polyester. Yes there is still a bit of Snowflake left for those who would rather have the original.
I am in the process of adding lots of patterns, all at 50% off. these are the more expensive patterns from indie designers, not the big yarn company ones. There is Fiddlesticks Knitting, Cottage Creations, Lucy Neatby designs, and others, with more coming.
One brand new thing is handwoven teatowels. These are made by me. They make great gifts for weddings, housewarming etc. Or get some for yourself, they are very thirsty !00% cotton towels in interesting designs.
A note about postage….I have had a lot of questions about the cost of the shipping, since it seems to be high compared to the cost of the goods purchased. I only charge what Canada Post charges me, which is high I know, but there is nothing I can do about that. With almost all the things on my website being on sale, and a lot of them below what was my cost price, I can’t afford to give discounts on the shipping.
Also I have 4 different knitting machines and an industrial type embroidery machine for sale. If you, or someone you know would like more information about these, please email me at info@yarnshop.ca.
For those who might be interested, here are a few things I have been making in the past year. Not much of knitting, and most of those not finished, but I have been doing some miniature stitching, as well as some lacemaking as in bobbin lace.
144 scale axminster rug
This little rug is for a dollhouse that fits in a dollhouse the scale is 1/144. A dollhouse is 1/12 scale, which means that every inch in a dollhouse is equivalent to 1 foot in real life. so a dollhouse for a dollhouse is 1/12 of 1/12. the tape measure beside the rug is in centimeters. It is stitches with fine silk thread at 60 stitches per inch.

Christmas stocking

This is a Christmas stocking for a dollhouse, 1/12 scale. It is stitched with 1 strand of embroidery floss at 40 stitches per inch.



elephant cusion

This one is a pillow for a 1/12 scale nursery roombox. it is stitches with 1 strand of embroidery floss at 40 stitches per inch.


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As far as knitting is concerned, I have found a couple of interesting patterns on Ravelry with some ‘new-to-me’ techniques. I have knitted this vest:
Of course, the knitting is done, but is till needs to be put together. I love the name for this vest Ulala.

I am also in the process of knitting this one:
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It is called Spring Plumage. these designs are all fun to knit. They all use short row techniques, which is what gives the curving shapes. Once you learn how to do it, it is quite easy, you never knit with more than one colour at the time, and it is a great way to use those long striping yarns, there are even some patterns available that can be done with sock yarn. Most of the patterns are of German or European designers, but they do get translated into English, so we can all knit them. do a search on Ravelry for Swing Knitting, there is one designer who has several tutorials available for sale, which once you follow them allows you to do your own designing. It is a lot easier than Kaffe Fassett’s intarsia knitting, and more interesting than modular knitting.
The way I found these patterns was kind of funny. A year or so ago I was reading a blog of another weaver, who also knits, and she mentioned that she had found a scarf pattern on Ravelry and showed a picture of it. Thought it was interesting, so went onto Ravelry to find it (Wingspan), which was free at the time, and saw quite a few others that were based on this pattern. One of which was Dreambird, which I ended up purchasing (though I haven’t knit it yet). it looked interesting, and read about Swing Knitting that it was based on. so back to Ravelry and do a search on Swing Knitting, and that is when I found Heidrun’s tutorials and designs,  and also designs by Nadita.
Hpim0444_small2I also found this one:
It is called Drachenfeuer. It is a shawl pattern, and I already have more shawls and shawl patterns than I know what to do with, so I am going to turn it into a skirt. I did a test sample, and since I don’t want a floor length skirt, I am using the shorter version of this shawl.

Needless to say, reading blogs can end up being very hard on the pocketbook…..and sidetracks you from getting all the other knitting projects that have been sitting around for years done.

And of course, not to forget about the lace making I have done recently, here is a picture of the back of my lace pillow with the work in progress:
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And here is one of the lace up close. There are some loose thread ends that will be cut off after the lace is finished.