It seems like a sad day to write such a title but even as we remember 150 years ago and the Battle of Gettysburg beginning today, I have finally finished my miniature Lee’s Surrender. Here is original post. And no I don’t think we really know where this pattern received its name.
Miniature of Lee’s Surrender with beaded edges
I bought some beautiful variegated beads from Pat Powell Designs that matched this variegated thread almost perfectly. I then set about deciding what pattern to use.
The second beaded edge that is so much better
I decided to do this row of beads I saw as a base and then do the netted beads on that. It took me a bit to get a good hang of how to attach the beads but finally got it almost perfect on the second end. Having the row of beads on made it easy to get a perfect spacing for the netted beads. There are three beads between each point of the netting.
It surprised me how green the green beads look in all the pictures. They are not so eye catching in reality.
I am pretty happy with the piece and happy its edges finally got hemmed and fancified. I am loving adding beads to the edges of handwoven, just wish it was a bit quicker to do. But I found it a good excuse to just sit and watch Midsomer Murder as opposed to up and at it.
After I was having so much fun with triaxial weaving, I had to decide what would be a good use of these pieces I was creating. They don’t lend themselves to the normal towels, scarves, shawls, etc. of normal weaving. Then in perusing some of my small bits of woven cloth – you see when I spend that much time on a piece, I just can’t through away those little bits left over after making a project – I decided to try my hand at making some cards.
Now to find cards with windows in them has not been easy – at least on this side of the pond. I found quite a few on the other side for too much. So I decided to try and make my own. Here are the first results.
Color and Weave
These first two are leftovers from other projects. I love how the bomber (in posts here and here) was the perfect size for the card opening I made. Also the color and weave pattern fit with three sections perfectly in the window.
These two also looked great. My first successful Log Cabin pattern, which I love how 3D it looks, and then a woven
piece that is a false plaid in that the warp and weft are space dyed yarn and the plaid look is a result of the color repeat in the yarn.
White and Gold Triaxial
I love my triaxial weavings and these two fit so nicely in the windows. I also like the contrast with the card though the lilac color is prettier in reality than I could get a picture. The gold box in a sea of quartz is quite a piece of eye candy. That piece took a bit to make.
Here are two more triaxial woven pieces that I had woven and now are resting in windows in cards. The pastel pattern looks great in the lilac card. Then this is my very first triaxial piece that I wrote about here. I dearly love the look of it and how you can play with it with your eyes and it can change its look.
I loved making these cards and plan on continuing with them.
It seems like ages ago that I wove Bomber Flight from Weaving Designs by Bertha Gray Hayes. As stated in an earlier post this was for a swatch swap but the idea was to use the cloth for a gift for my husband who worked on B52s while he was in the Air Force.
OK, I know this has taken way too long but as his birthday was this week, I decided that it was time to make something out of this swatch. I muddled through a muddled brain and after starting at wanting to make something to hold something small that I didn’t know the size (yes my brain can be that simple). I moved on and came to the idea to make a old fashion wallet but out of this cloth.
The wallet closed
I forgot to look at the two sides (which are very different) to decide which should be outside. I just decided how it should be made and started sewing. I rolled under the two ends and sewed them up and then decided that I wanted it to completely overlap so decided how far up to sew the sides and sewed them flat. Then I did a fancy seam over that for reinforcement and also a little designer touch. Alas and alack the blue thread blended in so well that you can’t see the designer touch, but anyway it should have sturdy seams.
I was then at a straight betwixt two as to what kind of closure I wanted on it. Now this is my first big advice. This is a decision that should be made before sewing. I decided that it would just be too cool if it had two magnetic closures on it. So off I went to find some. Alas they aren’t as easy to find nor when I found them as small and easy to use as I had imagined. Totally would be a pain to add as it really should have been sewed differently to look best. But anyway, I bought some and also some large snaps.
I then gave the wallet to Mark for his birthday and asked him how he would like it to close. (My brain had mushed by this time. Too many decisions.) He decided that he would prefer the snaps and he would like three across. So that evening he got his three snaps across. I (not being a perfectionist and having a hard time getting things just right) was impressed with the snaps as I got them all lined up perfectly. It came out rather great in my book.
How it is inside
So now Mark has a wallet to put in small things the next time he takes a trip. And as to which side should have been outside? I asked him which he liked better, and he decided on the side that was outside. Whew! That is good news.