Monday 20 May 2019

2019 Wk 20 - The week that was

I have a finish!!!!!

The new delivery of washing line rope is white rather than off white and I didn't feel the love - but I eventually did feel the need to make a new rope bowl!

The bowl started off a bit square: I used a piece cut off the Liberty Society Kantha Stitch along piece when I made it into a bowl (and then gave it as a gift without a photo first :-(

I used the square (still with its stitching) and started the zigzagging around it

I then used the rest of the embroidery threads from the kantha stitching as occasional wraps to give the bowl some colour (using this method to avoid ends and knots)

I then decided to finish off the top by wrapping the rest of the thread around the top coil.

If you are thinking about having a go, my best advice is DON'T!!!  I had no idea how much I needed so I had miles of thread all getting knotted.  Finally I wrapped the thread onto clothes pegs after threading them through holes in a sheet of cardboard to keep them in the right place

They still spun and twisted like I don't know what - not worth the effort!

Last week at Richmond and Kew quilters one of the ladies showed a lovely EPP hexi quilt she made.

The lovely randomness is due to her making flowers and the joining them rather than making lines / rows

Just a few bits of information for you to dwell on ...

  • It took her six months.
  • She made it all from stash
  • she hand sewed it - back stitch
  • She didn't use any templates

Do you want to read that again?

She used a die cutter to cut the hexagons then started sewing into flowers and then into widths using backstitch and not quite sewing to the edge of the fabric so she could inset the next piece

The pic isn't fab, but she brought along the brown strip as she'd decided not to include it so I could check it out!

Finally - the new bathroom floor is lino: the old one was wood decking tiles from Ikea.  They were going to be thrown away but we've started taking them apart as himself says he might make me a new garden table from the blocks!!!

Pretty eh?


  1. Have you thought of soaking the rope in tea to colour it? Just a thought. Impressive not using templates either!

  2. Your bowl looks lovely from here even if it was a nightmare of tangled threads to achieve Benta!


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