WIP Wednesday

Today I’m linking up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced ….


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

to give you a little glimpse of what’s up in the Laundry at the moment …


That rail across the top of our little conservatory (aka my sewing room) is so handy for the s-hook-and-coathanger combination to stop me forgetting all those things I’ve started and not-quite-finished – I seem to have a lot of u-f-o’s (unfinished objects) at the moment, so I’m on a bit of a mission to clear them off the rail …

First up is a little boro piece that I’ve worked vintage watches through …

boro and vintage watches

It’s backed onto burlap which I’ll eventually stretch over a frame, but first I need to finish embroidering a lot of tiny ivy leaves twining in and around the lace …

boro, lace, embroidery

I might never embroider another ivy leaf again in my life once I’ve finished this!

And then I have another boro piece, this time in blues and denims. It’s part of a sequence of 3 I’ve been working on, all based around the same haiku, with variations on the same sashiko stitching pattern. The first 2 are done and stretched onto frames …

boro, sashiko, haiku, denim, blue

the third was more tricky, because I needed a translation from English into Japanese – thankfully a friend of a friend helped me out, so now I just need to get it stitched on and then stretched onto a frame … I’m nearly there with the stitching, so I’m hoping that can get cleared off the wall this week.

Boro Landscape III (11)

Then there’s my Beekeepers Quilt …. I’m up to 162 hexipuffs now, and stitched them all up to inspire me to carry on with it ….

beekeepers quilt, knitting, hexipuffs

The colours are so delicious!! But, seeing as I still need another 300-odd to finish it, I think it’s going to take rather longer than a week. I’m trying to knit a puff a day, so in theory it should be another year until it’s done. (gulp!).

The project I’m most involved in at the moment, though, is my ‘Elemental’ quilt – a little boro panel in the centre, surrounded by fairly basic patchwork. It’s been hanging on my wall for a couple of years now, so it’s about time I got it done, I think.

Elemental Quilt WIP (2)

The 4 black panels have all been hand-quilted in gold metal thread, so now all (!) I’ve got left to do is to embroider the 4 corners …. each one will take a different stitch, and possibly different embroidery threads, though I haven’t decided finally on that yet. So, ‘earth’ is done, in the top right – in raised chain band –  and now I’m doing ‘air’ in the top left in straight chain stitch … then fire and water in the bottom corners. The text is square kufic script … it fit with the overall feel of the piece, I thought ….

There is more, waiting my attention, but these are the top of the pile, or the tip of the iceberg …. I hope to be showing you them all done and dusted very soon!

And don’t forget to pop over to Freshly Pieced for more works-in-progress 🙂


4 responses to “WIP Wednesday

  1. Those boro’s are very cool, lot of time involved but you can see the love in every stitch.

  2. Very interesting work. I’ve never seen most of it before . . . hexi puffs? those are awesome! and I’ve never heard of a buro piece. But they’re very pretty, thanks for sharing them.

  3. Oh wow! I love all your pieces and especially the boro piece! I need to sit down and do some of that. Very inspiring!

  4. Wow! What an awesome lurking curve for me! Some of these I had never heard of! LOL on me! I really enjoy quilters who think outside the box and stretch the traditional quilting. I love your sewing spot. Mine faces the outside also.

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