I finished this little kit, which had been waiting patiently for about fifteen years. If I want to continue with fine embroidery, I’ve decided I need a magnifying glass!
This project sat around for about two years, until I put in the final effort to finish the punching, hemming, and backing. Rather groovy design.
I finished the vintage Hokusai bunka kit today. The ocean horizon line is crooked because it was still tacked in the frame when I took the picture. This type of embroidery may be a little dated, but I liked it so much I’ve been bidding on bunka yarn to try an original design.
This was another super-fast embroidery project using the needlepunch. I can say that buying a new hoop, a plastic one with an inside lip around it, has made all the difference. The cloth stays in place, and as a result, I cruised with this little knight. The border is a Greek meander pattern. I found ideas online and in books and then drew them on the back of the cloth.
I need to investigate different ways of finishing these up.
A great project for summer is inkle or band weaving using cotton. Here, I made a belt and a band for my new Tilley TH9. I used my inkle loom for the belt, but I prefer using a rigid heddle when doing pickup to be able to better see which strands to pick or drop. For a frame I used a Spears #4 loom and a little heddle I’ve had for years. Worked like a charm.
Done, except for the fringes. I don’t quite know what I’ll do with them. Off the loom, this measures about 12″ square, but it did get narrower the closer I got to the top.
It only took me about ten months to finish this 4″x6″ weaving. Honestly, the Lightning Weaver is an awesome loom and I’ve used it for several small tapestries, but quite awhile ago, I wished I hadn’t started this type of a project on it. I used embroidery thread and needles to weave it. At 12 epi, it was pretty fine. My goal when I began was to work in more curves and colors. You can tell I jumped into “finish” mode where the lines start traveling from selvedge to selvedge. I went back to shapes near the end.
The Lightning Weaver has little hooks on either end, which makes it impossible to weave up until the edge. So, I’m left with some white threads poking out, but that’s okay. Throughout the weaving, I overlapped where I started and stopped threads. This keeps the back very tidy. Any loose threads can be safely trimmed away.