This was a busy week, because I was getting ready for Fair. The California State Fair! I am submitting several items for judgment. They include the following:
Violet Stitcher's Toys by Martina Weber of Châtelaine Designs. It's a Nantucket Basket with a number of goodies inside, including a scissor fob, two bags, a needle case and two pin cushions.
I'm not showing the two pin cushions, since they are personalized and therefore not included in the submission to Fair.
This has been a suspended state of completion for a while. I decided, however, that I needed to finish it this year so that I could submit it for judgment. I really want a Best in Show - which comes with a Golden Bear Trophy - and this is my best bet. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Everything was hand sewn, including the lining to the basket and the cording around the medallion. I did, however, have to glue down the medallion. I couldn't get a needle through the basket weave without damaging it.
Be Mine by Maureen Appleton for The Heart's Content. This is so far the only piece of needlework that I have started AND finished this year. It's a one-over-one piece on 40 ct silk gauze. Magnification was needed for the completion of this piece, but most of the stitching was done with my naked yes - no contacts - no glasses. It really was the only way I was able to insure the consistency of the stitches. Of course, I was holding it like 10" from my nose. I thank my iPod for getting me through this. TV was useless for this one.
Itty Bitty Dreams by Ruth Sparrow for the Twisted Thread. This is also a one-over-one piece, but done on 32 ct linen - something I can see and watch TV at the same time. I finished this a while ago, but within the judging rules.
A scrapbook layout - Summer at the Beach! I really like how this turned out and the idea I had for the pictures was a fun one. I even added twine and shell beads for some additional texture. We'll see how I do. It's been a while since I competed in scrapbooking.
Here are some familiar pieces:
Lombard Street that I finished last year.
The Energy Saga - also completed last year.
Lavender Haze - knitting completed last year, embellishment completed this year.
Can you tell I want some ribbons? I love competing.
What did I finish this week? I finished my Summer Fling Bag, but I haven't felted it yet. I will take a picture of that when it is completely done. Here it is as a WIP.
I also finished two snuggles over the 4th of July weekend. Here is one of them. It's twin is navy blue and unphotogenic.
Because it has been forever since I knit a washcloth - I give you My So Called Washcloth #6!
Knit in Coats Creme de la Creme Orangetones.
I also finished a couple more eye masks that Kevin will be trying this weekend. I'll post more about those next week.