ON account of this being the height of tax return season, there hasn’t been as much activity as I would have liked on the needlework front – 45 minutes of an evening and then off do fettle the accounts. However, in order to garner means by which to pay the aforementioned tax return, I have been back at work and making fair progress on the January panel from the women’s labours.
January is spinning, thus tying her in with Mr January, the god Janus, by alluding to the classical myth of the fates. I thought it would be nice to use some of the sheep coloured handspun wools I used on the November panel last time round. I chose the grey Herdwick, and quickly remembered why Herdwick is not an ideal embroidery wool.
However, the shape of the fluffy distaff keeps reminding me of something…
possibly I should have used the brown wool instead?
IN other news I decided to make myself a new winter coat, mainly because I wore my Christmas coat all December and I love the cosy shape. For those of you who haven’t been here that long, this is my Christmas coat.
Now, when I finally finish my fairytale coat I’ll wear that, but I’m kind of stuck on part of the design right now, and have been for a while, so I decided I just make something I could wear. I could go out and buy a coat, but they’re always such boring colours, and I do have a lovely black cashmere betty Jackson coat, but the colour is boring, and I want something to cheer me up on a miserable day. It was originally just going to be a plain coloured coat, but plain is kind of against my nature. I didn’t want a design that would take a long time though, so I’m using the same simple pattern and I quickly settled on a sort of pseudo-baroque kitty border of my own devising…
(the hotel choc bag is Branston’s. he like a bag, and if you explain to the staff in hotel choc that you have a Maine coon who is too big to fit in a standard sized bag, they will very understandingly pack your chocs in an extra large bag)
I’m not actually sure what colour that is. It’s too pink to be properly purple, not obnoxiously bright enough to be fuschia, and too bright to be pink. pirplchia?
It was just a remnant I bought because the colour is so fab, although I’m certain it’s not 100% wool, there’s at least ten percent something artificial in it by the feel of it.
Anyway, I had about four hours to sew after I cut it out, and that’s how far I got – both the cuffs and most of the border. Next weekend I should be able to apply the kitty patch pockets, machine sew it together, and then hopefully edge it with racoon fur which will tone with the grey appliques.
IN the mean time, are we ready for the next stitchalong instalment sometime next week?