Thursday, 18 July 2013

WIPW - A new project

For my Work In Progress Wednesday report this week I have something totally different.
The Kafferepet  quilt is tucked away until autumn when I will continue work on the borders.

Instead I have started another project.
Last year in Sweden I visited several 'sloyd' exhibitions. At one of the events I was given a coupon that offered me a discount at the Svensk Hemslöjd shop. I selected this book. It is all about Swedish wool embroidery.
From the many projects I decided to try my hand at making a pair of wrist warmers. This is what some of the ones at the Sloyd exhibition looked like.
I first drew some floral pattern in what I think looks a bit folksy, one design for one wrist and a different for the other wrist.
I then started stitching. So far I have used Stem, Chain, Straight and Berry Stitches.
Oh, how difficult it is to photograph black cashmere!

So this is my HWIPW - Holiday Work In Progress Wednesday! More progress next week I hope.

18 comments:

  1. Oh Carin, how wonderful. I have been working on something similar for my January Children's class.

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    1. They would make wonderful 'bracelets', with a little extra padding could turn into a pin cushion!, and I know from experience that if wrists are kept wrapped up the rest of the body will keep (reasonably) warm.
      I am sure your Children's class will love this project.

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  2. A new project! I love it. This looks like a project I need to start. Wrist warmer would be useful in Hokkaido. It's a cool 62 F now with a high of 70 predicted for today.

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    1. I agree, in any cold climate this is the ultimate way to keep warm. If wrists, ankles and necks are wrapped up the rest of our bodies can keep the warmth - they say anyway. I am not too eager to try these wrist warmers out yet, ha, ha!

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  3. Lots more possibilities for embellishments!

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    1. Yes, didn't I select the PERFECT project. Embellished everyday usefulness!

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  4. these wrist warmers look good, will be wonderful in the cold weather, certainly we do not need them now as we are having glorious weather here.How I love the sunshine.

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    1. We should be grateful and enjoy the glorious weather; in time we will have the need for wrist warmers!

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  5. Lovely embroidery ! Cant wai to see the completed project .

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  6. Thank you. It will take some time to complete, as it involves a kind of fringe I have never made before.

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  7. What a great looking project, I have never seen these wrist warmers before, they look lovely!

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    1. They are not only decorative, they work! They actually keep your hands and arms warm, must be something to do with keeping the blood vessels cosy! There is no need for them now, but in winter they will be welcome.

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  8. Thank you! You've introduced me to a style of embroidery I hadn't come across before. I love to make penny mats, which are basically heavily embroidered felt circles, but I hadn't thought of making items such as wrist warmers. Can't wait to see how yours turn out, they're looking great so far!

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    1. You're right, the penny mats are deeply rooted in Scandinavian tradition and these wrist warmers are similar in colour and material.
      Every year I make a miniature quilt for the Festival Of Quilts in Birmingham, so far they have been crazy quilts or candle wicking, but I have toyed with the idea of making a tiny penny mat 'quilt'...

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  9. What a lovely project! I'm looking forward to see the stitches you're going to add. And yes, black (and red!) are difficult to photograph.

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    1. Glad to hear a professional fabric photographer like you also have problems with black (and red)!
      Traditionally there are only four stitches, Stem, Chain, Straight Stitch (or long and short) and French Knots for the embroidery on wool for the folk costumes... I guess Buttonhole would be fine, too, but I won't add every TAST stitch under the sun for this project!

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  10. I am absolutely sure this will turn into a beautiful piece!!Love your stitch and color selection...

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    1. Thank you, Latha. I hope so too, at least these wrist warmers will be nice to beat the cold Tokyo winters...

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