17 March 2010

Verna Give Away at Amy's

Head on over to Amy's for the cool Verna give-away of a jelly roll and two coordinating yards in two different colours!

As I am approaching the 500 post mark, I have been contemplating a give-away as well ... so watch this space!

16 March 2010

polka dot tongue top

The tongues are flaps ... what a cool baby quilt idea and probably ideal for using up scraps!

Originally uploaded by Chicken Foot.

14 March 2010

Progression ....

if not of the stippled kind ...

Industrial needle-makers in Aachen donate funds for the restauration ofthe leaded windows in the Aachen cathedral

The city where I was born, Aachen, was a hub of the German textile industry due to soft water. Prym headquarters are just outside the city. The needle industry got together after WW2 to donate leaded windows for Aachen cathedral. During the last years of the war, the city with its high level of industrialisation was hit by bombers and 80% destroyed.

Check out more photos of the Aachener Dom on Flickr.com

8 March 2010

Endlessly frustrated!

After almost a fortnight of involuntary abstinence, I returned to my sewing machine last night to continue stippling Caroline's Objects. With Shevvy's advice (stitch length = zero!), I checked the bobbin, the tension, I changed needles (the old one being as blunt as a cross stitch needle, oooops!) and went to work. And failed. Miserably. At times it appears the top thread is not catching the bottom thread. And at other times, the top thread simply rips. "At times" meaning about every inch or so.

So I decided to pack it all in and take my girl to the shop for a check-up. Because her performance got worse and worse over the past few weeks, a good clean and oil should do the trick, I hope.

Meanwhile I have two hand projects, finishing up "In the Pink" and the second granny square blanket. This should keep me busy!