Wobbling along…

The Celtic Swirl is coming along – slowly and wonkily. I’m not sure that it will ever be possible to pull it into square, but as I’ve practically never managed to frame/mount/hang anything I’ve made, I don’t suppose this will matter.

celtic swirl

If I carry on at this rate, I’ll probably have it done before Christmas. Tart that I am, I’m probably going back to the linen scrim for the next piece – well I am a woman and I am allowed to change my mind.

Happy stitching…

Sunshine and swirls…

It was half term for my daughters last week and inevitably my normal routine – in as much as you can call what I generally do a routine – went up the proverbial Swanee River.

There was some stitching of the Celtic Swirl, but as of this morning this is what it looks like…


All the ribbons are done – I’m working on the backgrounds. I’m not a fan of huge areas of plain colours, so I’m experimenting with swirls and shading.


I’ve also given in to temptation and included some sparkly gold thread – although it doesn’t photograph well.

I’ve been stitching this morning in the office/dining room/studio/junk room, because I missed huge chunks of the play on Radio 4 extra on Saturday and was determined to hear it properly on iPlayer. The only way I can do that is on the Mac – I really must see if there’s any way to get a comfy chair in here – it just doesn’t feel right, sewing in the office chair.

In typical English fashion, the moment the children go back to school, the sun comes out, but we had a good week, even managing a trip to London, so can’t complain. Now we have the run up to Christmas to contend with – oh joy.

Happy stitching.


Starting the Celtic Swirl…

Here’s a sneaky peek of the design behind my new piece of needlepoint.

I’m going to call it Celtic Swirl – I seem to have spent most of 2012 sewing swirly patterns, which might tell you about the state of my mind – but at least this time, I can say that I have positively tried to incorporate a Celtic theme – albeit in a loose, freeform style.

I’m going to use the hessian for this piece – partly because I want to see how it feels to go back to the bigger holes after the last piece on the linen scrim, and partly because as I mentioned in the last post, my stocks of crewel wools and silks are a bit depleted and I’ll need to get out to find some new threads before I make another large piece on the scrim.

I’ve been drawing it up this morning – I’m not sure if this shows up, but here it is anyway.

I like to have the main parts penned in, so that the form is maintained, but I prefer to keep the rest of it fairly fluid as I work.

As it stands, it’s about 28 x 18 inches.

So, off I go. Happy stitching everyone.