Sunday, 2 July 2017

Barbara from The Flashing Scissors 2017 #4

Hello Friday Frolickers,

Gosh! It's been so long since I posted here, I'd completely forgotten what I'd worked on last time! Although, as you might guess, I haven't been working on the same things since .... Oh, except for the bee hive, which is finished now, but not FFO (fully finished off).

I thought that, rather than show you something you've seen before, I would dig out this little project that has been hidden in the Dreaded Cupboard for so many years! (Well I hope I haven't shown this before, but I can't be certain, you know what it's like ..... once it's typed I'm never quite sure whether I've written about a particular subject or merely considered writing about it!!!)

I must have started stitching this ..... oh no, I can't tell you it's so many years ago!

Well, it's s-o-o-o-o  nearly finished! All the cross stitch is done.

"What stopped me???? " I hear you say (or maybe not) ..... it was simply because I'd never made a tassel!

Truth be told I couldn't see the point in them, and this project calls for 3 tassels!

The instructions for the tassels are included with the pattern - although they weren't terribly clear, or maybe it was just me!

Elizabethan Nosegay
Pattern from The Textile Heritage Collection -
Elizabethan Nosegay, Designed by Anne Orr

Elizabethan Nosegay

Actually this has taken a few Friday nights to work on ..... one week I decided I needed to practice making a tassel before using the threads from this kit (don't want to run out of the right cottons) and so I found some nice pink thread, cut another piece of cardboard and started winding!

I read more about tassel making in The Magic of Crazy Quilting by J. Marsha Michler (and, as ever ..... I have no affiliation here, it just happens to be the first "Crazy Quilting" book I discovered at my local library..... quite a few years ago ..... and when I started blogging the library no longer had the book so I  bought a copy on line to help me with my stitching.) and my pink practice tassel worked out well 

Elizabethan Nosegay

So another Friday night I set to and made the 3 tassels, and the cord to hang the sachet from. Trouble is I'm not very good at reading instructions and I now have some extra cord to use elsewhere!

The sachet itself is not going so well. I machine stitched the sides together, but they didn't match very well, so the frog has visited, and now I need to stitch it together by hand. Maybe that is next Friday's job!

Anyway, I must dash now I want to FFO a couple of other projects tonight.

Hope everyone is keeping well and enjoying lots of stitching this weekend.



Hugs,
Barbara xxx

8 comments:

  1. It is very pretty and I am sure will be worth all the tassel hassle (hehe) when it is finished :) That was my poor attempt at being a little funny.

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    1. Thanks Khristine! Tee hee, I like it! I'm looking forward to finishing but I just can't stop starting new projects! That's the only problem with the internet, oh, and magazines ...... I've been naughty of late and been tempted by quite a few magazines! But today was good, I FFO 3 or maybe 4 other WIPS that have been hanging about for months.

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  2. Nice work with the tassels. I know what you mean about starting new projects!

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    1. Thank you Pamela. I'm not winning! Only today I've been washing fabrics for a new project that I just can't resist! Although I am still cross stitching in the evenings too!

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  3. I have never made a tassel either, Barbara. Yours turned out well. I'm looking forward to seeing this little beauty finished.

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    1. Thank you, Brigitte! I'm still putting off stitching the sachet together, but I would like to add it to the mid year finishes I'm working on at the moment.

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  4. I've not made tassels before, either, Barbara but yours look lovely - it will be a sweet finish when it is done. I am like you - love, love, love starting new designs - FFOing, less so! lol!

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  5. Thank you, Kaye!
    Oh, I must, I must finish this sachet, but the easier, newer projects are calling! Maybe ..... if I just use the iron on the patchwork squares I stitched last night, while the iron is on ..... I could lightly press the sachet squares too, and then I just might have a finish!

    Happy stitching everyone!

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