Friday, September 19, 2008

Making the Best of It

The other day I mentioned that I had found a couple of small holes in my quilt after I repaired the edge. I sat down in the sunshine today with a couple of needles and a helpful book, and spent a half hour or so doing some fancy darning...my first try at this sort of work. Here's a pictorial record.



The Hole, roughly mended to keep the raw edges from unravelling during repair.


The Book. Full of useful knowledge and pretty ideas. I must keep an eye out for this one, for my own library.


The Patch. Stitched in DMC 223, 224 and 3347. Made up as I went along, trying to follow the instructions for "Spiderweb Stitch" and failing miserably, but still coming up with a pretty flower, so all's well that ends well.

And here's a progress shot of Charlotte's stocking.


Have a good weekend - I'm off to Fun Knits tomorrow with my knitting posse. We'll be stuffing ourselves with incredible food at the Lovin' Oven and spending the grocery money on laceweight. Fun!

10 comments:

Cynthia said...

Nice! I'm doing a lot of patching & mending these days but it's more utilitarian (knees, mostly). I have a stack of old quilts to refurbish, though, so am following your progress with great interest.

Ames said...

Well done. My quilt has a few spots that need mending, too. Thanks for the ideas.

Fun knits? Now, I understand the interest in cutting the grocery bill.

Gwen said...

Great job. I think I might get out that cross stitch today and put on the Christmas music.

kate said...

Lovely embroidery.

karen said...

Love the stitching - it will make it(the quilt) all the more treasured as time goes by.
Looking forward to a Holiday Day -tomorrow - on Quadra! Not sure that I need to add to my stash, but the company, the fiber the food will be enough to revive a threadbare soul!!
See you tomorrow
Karen

Anna said...

I lurve the little flower. Have a fun weekend, and eat a treat for me.

lizbon said...

I love the idea of turning a hole in something into a pretty piece of embroidery. (does that sound dirty, or is it just me?) If I could embroider, I'd patch up a couple of pairs of pants I ripped over the summer. Of course, a flower on the ass is maybe not quite as appealing as a flower on a pretty quilt...

lizbon said...

PS. Sorry for using salty language on a blog that is not my own. It just comes naturally, I guess...

knititch said...

lovely with embroidery. i think it is becoming the new crafts fad. i love the way kristin nicholas combines the two. knitting and embroidery.

great idea to spend the grocery money on something else than it was intended for. you will probably eat anyway.

stitchin' girl said...

Nice embroidery. Your cross stitch is gorgeous!