I have been absent from blogging this week for various reasons, some not so good, but thought I'd share a few of my book/project purchases with readers. I didn't embark on a monthly project this year, but silently resolved to try some new stitching techniques, as well as some things that are totally out of my comfort zone. The above photograph shows a DVD I purchased early in the year, and the combined silk/wool in order to try some wet, and nuno felting. I purchased the DVD here but to date haven't even put it in the player to get my head around the process. The beautiful silk/wool combo came from Dale at http://www.thethreadstudio.com/ This colourway is called Kimberley Dreaming and has been dyed for The Thread Studio by Jacinta so I hope I can do this justice when I eventually make the time.
Another technique that has been on my to-do list is Filet Net Darning. I had been sent some filet mesh by a friend quite some time ago, and then earlier this year, another lady I've met via stitching sent me this lovely book and some more filet net, plus the needle, plus a little gift made using the technique. I'm still whimping out on this one, but hang in there girls, I'll get to it ASAP. I need to purchase some rectangular stretcher frames before I embark on this one.
For years I've admired the needlelace technique called Reticello. Through the help of a fellow blogger Jenny I managed to purchase this lovely book in the hope of learning some of the filling stitches required. Jenny kindly gave me a website address - http://www.filofilo.it/eng/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=14&Itemid=29 and after a few emails, and despite a language barrier, the purchase was set in concrete. This book is wonderful, easy to follow, and printed in three different languages!! Again, watch this space.
And, last but not least, are two more book purchases I made earlier in the year, with two more techniques I fully intend to try. Both fall into the counted thread category, which suits my frame of mind at the moment. I'm a little fickle in that I tend to work between classic needlework and techniques that are a little more flamboyant. Who knows where my head will be in 2012!!
At this very moment I'm knitting my first ever lace tablemat on four needles, plus continuing the hardanger. The days are getting shorter, but thankfully, both of these projects are okay for me to do at night. I would like to have the hardanger finished for late July, as that is my daughter-in-law's birthday.
I hope Blogger will publish this post for me, it wasn't being very helpful yesterday!! I notice other people have had issues as well.