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Mrs @TartanPaint will think we are a bad influence on you  ;)
This morning we have rain on top of the ice and all surfaces are lethal because it isn't warming up at all.  I understand that roads are bad too but I'm not going anywhere.
This morning I've been looking at pictures of stairs  :) I'm just waiting for the stair man to ring me to have a chat about them.  There's an electrician clonking about aloft this morning and yesterday the bathroom stuff was delivered so things are progressing slowly.  @Flobear it sounds as if you will get your sewing room before me , fingers crossed for you.  Fingers crossed for you too @BrendaP
I might get the warp on my loom this afternoon (I think I said that a couple of days ago!)
Have a good day everyone

If you sew a seam at exactly 1/4" @Sara-S  when you press and open out the fabric the fold will take up a little bit more of the fabric (turn of cloth) so if you join 2 pieces of 2" the resulting piece will be a little bit less than 3 1/2".  Using a scant  1/4"seam allows for the fold and the joined piece should end up the required size.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Sunday 24th January
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:56:39 PM »
Do you want some chaffinches @Kenora I could send you a couple of dozen and their absence from my garden flock wouldn't show at all.
We've got a couple of inches of snow here too.  It's forecast to have another go this afternoon but it's snow from the west so it won't hang around for long.
I'm having a major clear up and chuck out today.  Ive got to make space for storage of the bathroom suite that's arriving tomorrow but I need to clear the room anyway because it's where the stairs are going to go.  Trouble is iq haven't got anywhere to put the stuff I'm taking out, there isn't room to stash a fiver at the moment!

In the wardrobe / Re: Inauguration coats
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:04:12 AM »
RBWH is also known as bombweed because it colonised the bombsites after the blitz.  It's actually the flower that is the mainstay of my annual honey crop.

Who on earth picked Whorled Caraway for Carmarthenshire  :S. when we have so many beautiful wild flowers here.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Saturday 23rd January
« on: January 23, 2021, 08:58:11 AM »
Good morning.  Been up and done outside rounds.  We too had snow yesterday and it's frozen this morning.  I think there's more forecast for tonight.  Going to town in a mo to get milk, fruit and chicken food then we're sorting sheep into feeding groups according to how many lambs they're carrying.  We've got 19 scanned with triplets so I'll be needing my fostering accommodation set up again later on.
Have a good day everyone.

A Good Yarn / Re: Ploshkin - Weaving Along
« on: January 22, 2021, 13:34:09 PM »
I'm ready to put another warp on - this time for real.  This is the lovely Malabrigio Sock yarn I got - it is so soft.  The warp will be the plain colour - it probably looks a bit bluer in the picture, it is a minty green.  Watch this space, I may be gone for some time!
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Sewing Machines / Re: New year.... new sewing machine
« on: January 22, 2021, 13:25:06 PM »
@Arloony this was the first bit of fmq I did after a few practice sandwiches (which just bored me).  I used this piece to make a knitting bag.  I divided the piece into columns first then only had to concentrate on a small space for each bit so didn't have the problem of getting trapped in a corner or not knowing where to go next.  I started at the bottom of the column and worked upwards each time.  It enable me to concentrate on just the stitching and moving the fabric at the right speed.  Personally, I found a medium / slow speed the best.  I have found the string with a repeated motif a good thing to do as you can stop and start and look where you need to go next.  I used it on a quilt where I did a meandering string with stars along it in the background fabric spaces between the pattern.      [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

Today... One thread per day / Re: It's Fri-yay the 22nd Jan!
« on: January 22, 2021, 09:40:10 AM »
I've only sewn one thing in the last several months.  I've been knitting and fiddling about with weaving  ( there is a yarn board on this forum so I think we're ok  :) )
It's cold and foggy here this morning.  Been out with the dogs - lost Beili for a bit when she went off in pursuit of a fox but she's a good girl and she eventually came panting back.  She's had some exercise anyway.  I'm going to wind my skeins of lovely Malabrigio sock yarn today and hopefully get a warp on my loom.
Have a good day everyone.

House Beautiful / Re: Now that i’ve bought my first needle.....
« on: January 22, 2021, 09:25:51 AM »
Do you need to unpick it all?  Could you overlap an inch or two of the new stitching sewing into the same holes then pull the threads through to the underside to tie off? It wouldn't notice once you're not looking at it close up.

You'll have to get in the habit of checking the bobbin before you start on a long seam.  If you are doing a lot of stitching it's useful to have a couple of bobbins already wound before you start.  It saves unthreading the machine in the middle of the job.

Oh, I've just seen the bag!  Absolutely fabulous!

Sewing Machines / Re: New year.... new sewing machine
« on: January 21, 2021, 20:46:47 PM »
I've only done a very little bit of FMQ.  One thing I found difficult at first was restarting when I'd stopped without getting a jerk and a big, stitch.  I solved that by doing the first stitch (or even two) on the spot then it was much easier to take off smoothly.  I actually did a bit of FMQ on the last quilt I made.  I didn't have the confidence, experience  or stamina to do the whole thing so I did a straight line pattern over the quilt then I did smaller bits if FMQ in some of the spaces.  It was a good, half way house.

In the wardrobe / Re: Inauguration coats
« on: January 21, 2021, 11:31:16 AM »
One long standing theory for men's coats buttoning left over right is that it gave them easy access to a sword or pistol.  Bit of a bummer if you were left handed.  Ladies, of course, weren't armed.

In the wardrobe / Re: From Slanket to Sluddie
« on: January 20, 2021, 12:08:42 PM »
A slanket always makes me laugh.  When DH first got his own lorry he bought himself a sleeping bag and went off for his first overnight trip.  I arrived home from work to find his sleeping bag still in the kitchen.  It was a cold night and all he could find in the nearest services was a slanket.  He spent a chilly night wearing his padded jacket with his legs in the sleeves of the slanket.  We still have a giggle about it now.

Sewing Machines / Re: Tangled!
« on: January 20, 2021, 11:57:12 AM »
Sewing round a circle would be a continuous line without lifting the foot.  If my interpretation is correct, turning a corner involves lifting the foot with needles up and rotating the fabric which would twist the upper and lower threads - not enough to cause an issue first time but each time the fabric is rotated for a corner thevthreads woukd twist a bit more.  (Maybe my imagination is overactive but that is how I picture it)

A Good Yarn / Re: Ploshkin - Weaving Along
« on: January 20, 2021, 10:28:43 AM »
I've had enough of playing now - this is my last bit.  Apologies for the appalling light.
Still with the pink & blue a bit of simple plaid.  There isn't enough contrast with the pink & grey for the narrow grey lines to show up where they cross the pink but the principle works just fine.  Still struggling with getting neat edges but as I went on it became more automatic to twist the two main colours consistently (though I'm good at forgetting)
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I finished off with a bit of waffle weave - I'm going to try a waffle weave scarf.  I've said it now so no going back  ;)
I can see that I managed to get an extra row in at the beginning.
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Good morning, I've been up and at 'em for 3 hours now so I'm having a cuppa.  It's wet and dark but the water is going where it should and we do have guttering now.  Final batch of last year's lambs went to the mart this morning. The builders returned yesterday for the first time since pre Xmas and I had a conversation about stairs  :) and they spent the day fitting doors.  I have ordered the bathroom suite too so things are progressing.  Ive got a couple of skeins of lovely Malabrigio sock yarn sitting on the table looking at me - I'm going to take the plunge and do some proper weaving ( nail biting emoji required)
Have a good day everyone - I'll raise a glass (or cup) for our US friends.

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