Sunday 5 February 2012

Sketches, Poppies and a Blanket Update

This week I've been doing a lot of sketching of new ideas, and planning of new projects. Unfortunately this means I've mostly been working on things I can't show you...  so here's a photo of some newly sharpened pencils instead :)

In the evenings I've been sewing lots of poppies, but that's temporarily been put on hold as I've run out of black thread! Oops. 

One of my "big" tasks for this year is to take new photos for all my current designs, and get all my shops looking their best with snazzy new pics. I'm still not brilliant at taking photos, but I've definitely improved over the years and some of the older listings definitely need a bit of a revamp. Plus there were all those days when I took a "temporary" photo to get something listed quickly and never got around to going back and taking a fancier one (tsk tsk). 

I'm hoping to have a few big photo-taking sessions later in the year, but in the meantime I'll be snapping a few pics here and there on sunny days and updating my shop listings when I can. I just got the first listing updated today - the large red poppy brooch.

Oh, and I started sewing my sky blanket together! Yay! 

I'm sewing the squares in date order from left to right along each row (like a calender). The long strip is a little tricky to photograph, but this photo should give you an idea of what the blanket is going to look like:

It's very exciting to see how the patchwork squares look sewn together, and to start to get an idea of how the finished blanket will look.... and, of course, it will be so much easier sewing the squares together / sewing in all the ends bit by bit instead of having to do it all in one go at the end of the year. 

Plus, though I've always loved the idea of knitting this blanket I have to admit that I was a little bit worried about ending up with a very strange looking object at the end of it, but I think all those mottled blues and greys look rather lovely together. 

UPDATE: My poppy design is now available as a sewing pattern! Visit my shop to see all my printable PDF patterns


farragio said...

The poppies are splendid, and I think the mottled blues and greys of the sky blanket look lovely, too.

The sharpened pencils gave me a chuckle! :)

Janet said...

I love, love, love the red poppies! They remind me of the red poppies we are given here in the states around Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I think you may call it Rememberance Day. Wouldn't these make a nice gift for someone with a veteran in their family? I just love your work!

Anonymous said...

Love those poppies! Supercute :) And I like the sky blanket a lot, too - such a cool idea :)

Ann said...

love a newly sharpened the smell of the shavings!!!
your red poppies are delightful..just gorgeous!

Robin said...

LOVE the blues and grays! Whenever I join knitted squares, I always end up with a cute side and a weird side that looks like one giant mess of seams. How do you join yours?

Diane Streicher @ Diane Again said...

Honestly I was a bit skeptical about the sky blanket as well. But the squares are crisp and the colors varied enough that it really works for me. Love it.

Anonymous said...

those poppies look gorgeous! :)

Bugs and Fishes said...

Robin - my blankets end up a bit like that too, but I try to stitch the squares together loosely enough that I can pull the seams as flat as possible so it's not too bad.