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Embroidery and Sketches

This is a little bit of embroidery I started some time ago when I was researching sacred geometry, and geometry in general a bit. It’s two intertwined Triskeles. It is done in shadow work using 3 strands of Anchor embroidery floss on orange poly organza. I did it using this method.

I finished it this weekend. No idea what to do with it, I guess it goes back into the bits and pieces box for now.

I know there’s too little fiber content on my blog these days, but hey, stitching takes time. Sometimes too much time for me. Also, I’m in good health now and want to go out more. This weekend’s outing took me to an exhibition of life insects. I did a sketch of a big spider and a scorpion. They were done both on sunday, I was just kinda confused about the date.

They were done in watercolours with my trusted pentel waterbrush without a preliminary drawing. And no I still don’t have black in my fpaintbox. Seems I’m learning to do without it.


Sketchcrawl Addenum: Goldwork and a Hamster

Jen, one of the participants of sketchcraw, claimed she has never seen a dwarf hamster. Here is a pic of one of my robos (Phodopus roborovskii), with an Euro for size. It didn’t turn pout that cute because the little beast was rather uncooperative. She ended up running away and I had to hunt her for half an hour. Sorry that this took a while Jen, but she so doesn’t like to stay in one place, and much less when she’s supposed to.

And for the sake of extra cuteness, shy 6 weeks old robo babies (thy’re long since grown up)

At the Marstallmuseum where we went for drawing there was a lot of horse gear with gorgeous goldwork. Sadly I had forgotten my camera, but someone took three pics for me. Goldwork is not on my current list of things to try, but I do find it looks fascinating. It think these pieces are from the second half of the 19th century. One day I’ll have to go back there to find out more (and plaque you with more pics).

By the way, recently there had been a very good article series about gold work on, part I of III is here, you get to the next parts from there.

Work in Progress Wednesday

I need to have some more structure to my blogging if I want to do it more regularly. So I’m going to try and show you what I actually do every wednesday, no matter how boring it is.

Since last wednesday, I have been working on that doily pattern again. This time, I used Nr 20 crochet yarn, not 10, which I like much, much better. It does lay flat this time round.
the knitted stuff is supposed to be Victorian Lace. I felt I needed a new challenge in knitting, so my christmas present to myself was the book Victorian Lace Today as recommended by my friend at textiledreamer. Thanks to her, I also bought knit pro knitting needles which seem to be very good for this. Since then I’m busy trying out all the patterns so I’ll learn how to do it and can decide which complete project I want to do.

I also tried to come to grips with a certain knot stitch, ponto grilhao, not very successful so far.

The last thing I have to show is progress of a very different sort. Some time ago, I oderered a male roborowski hamster from a breeder to mach the female I already had. I got a female cambpell hamster, and the poor thing went into labor as soon as she arrived at my place. It is a wonder that she raised 2 pubs after that stress. The first pic shows one at about 20 days, the next at three weeks. Didn’t they come a long way since their birth, naked and blind? They are almost adult size by now. I will keep poor mom and give her a good home although she bites, but I will try to find new homes for the young.

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