I think patchwork pictures are my personal favourite. I really enjoy this activity. Images of hearts, hens and sheep are also fun to play with.
This idea of a vase of flowers has been popular. I think cats might be my next subject.
You may have noticed that I have modified the way I mount the pictures on to the canvas. I have decided to cut the hessian large enough that it can be wrapped round the board. This means that there is more picture and I no longer need the calico.
I have also added a new style to my hand knitted with hand spun wool hat collection. This is the point where I find out slouch hats are a bit yesterday.
This style is great to knit. As well as incorporating some sari silk I have also decided to introduce the odd bit of extra texture by randomly varying the stitch. I aim to do a bit more of this in the next hat.
Talking about hats - I have modified the props I use to display my hats. I was very pleased with the idea of placing polystyrene balls on candle sticks. This approach works well, however, when you sell a hat you are left with a rather unsightly ball. I decided to cover the balls in paper mache.
Once dried I gave the balls two coats of watered down PVA which has given a smoother, harder surface. They should survive being transported to and from various events and occasionally rolling around on the floor.
All in all it has been a successful month. April is going to be no less busy. The pictures are destined for Casteaway Crafts, Dounby so I will need to make some more. I put two woven scarves into Peedie Hansel, Kirkwall and spent some time weaving a scarf as a donation to the silent auction for Orkney Creative Hub www.orkneycreativehub.co.uk The auction runs till Monday April 6th. Instructions for bidding are on the website so please go and have a look and bid if you see something you fancy. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all that jazz.
Cheerio till next time.