I have been quiet for the last few days (most unlike me, I know) as I have begun work on the most ginormous hoop for the June (yes – June – how organised am I!) Magazine. Well, I say ginormous, it’s actually a 14″ quilting hoop – a little smaller than that I used for my Easter tree project, but still the largest hoop I’ve ever handstitched.
I wanted to create something with a real “wow!” factor and decided upon the famous Lewis Carroll quote from Alice in Wonderland – “Curiouser and curiouser”….
Framed by a garland of wild and exotic flora with the White Rabbit leaping through a gap in the foliage into the rabbit hole. The rabbit is going to be appliqued in white felt with a little fluffy tail, and for the text I’ve chosen a very spikey and eccentric font that I think matches the feel of the piece. Although it’s a large hoop it’s actually proving quite fast to stitch – possibly as I decided to use 3 rather than my usual 2 strands of floss – and have kept mostly to straight stitch which is very easy to work.
Sadly though it’s not progressing fast enough to avoid my usual problem with Sulky Sticky Fabri Solvy (those taking part in the Library of Stitches Spring stitchalong will already be aware) – that is when it’s been on for a while the edges begin to curl and it attracts lots of black fluffy fuzzy fur! I’m trying to minimise this by trimming away the edges as I complete each area of the design, which does help but doesn’t eliminate the problem entirely. I have threatened the terrible twosome with total removal of all their fur – but they don’t believe me for one minute and don’t care at all about my sticky problem!
In fact I think Miss Daisy might be planning to add some mud into the mix as well! Seen here after their walk – we came across only one patch of mud and guess who fell into it accidentally on purpose?
And finally …. this month has FIVE Thursdays so the Bustle & Sew Magazine is a little later than usual – it will be arriving in subscribers’ in-boxes on Thursday 30th. Meanwhile here’s a quick preview ….
Hope you like it!