Oh, lookit me go! It’s still June and here is my second post for the month 🙂
I celebrated the winter solstice by finishing two handcraft projects and thought I’d share them before the newest projects take over my attention fully.
First here, please admire the gorgeous Persian Tiles blanket being pressed for the last time by the equally gorgeous Orlando – still convinced I’m trying to steal his soul with that damned camera…..The colours are pretty accurate in the above photo – aren’t they fabulous! The yarn is wonderful it’s Corriedale Wool purchased from The Wool Company which is based in Taihape New Zealand, but has a global reach. My friend Jan from The Snail of Happiness arranged a wonderful surprise for me back in February and it has all gone wonderfully smoothly – all I had to do was choose the colours and follow the pattern. The colours are a little washed out in the second photo, but you can see the texture and the pattern. The edging needs to be blocked to finish the thing properly, but that won’t happen until the weather warms up a little.
And now, let me introduce you to Miss Petui ButtonbottomHer name grew organically as I read your various comments and proposals and suggestions in the previous post. Karen said she needed to be a Miss and I agreed; Val said Petunia and Norah mentioned the same name, but was more connected to the ‘P’ for Pauline and et tu (you too) which she had jumped to from ‘etui’ I liked the idea, but in the end decided to stay with ‘etui’. So you can pronounce it Pet-you-ee or Petwee as you please. Her last name grew from Geoff’s suggestion of ‘Leadbottom’ which made me laugh, but you will see soon why I changed it a little. (Sometimes it’s obvious even to me that I have way too many hours to wonder around in LaLaLand!)
Miss Petui stands just on 50 cm (15″) tall and her many pockets hold all kinds of toolsHere I can find pen, pencil, awl, ruler, thimble, measuring tape, needles of various sizes and sharpnesses, two pairs of scissors, quick-unpick, long vision specs and cleaning cloth, a variety of stitch markers, a reel of thread, a row counter and a small magnifying glass.Her head scarf holds pins and unseen is a large amount of blocking pins hidden in her hair. She wears my reading specs, always ready to do a bit of stitching, hooking or sewing repairs.
Have you wondered yet how she stands up so steadily? Miss Petui has, hidden beneath her long dress and busy apron, a container of buttons. I found a bottle of the right height very early in her creation and worked to its specifications. The bottle is now filled with a selection of small buttons which keeps them to hand and gives her stability and weight. I tried to get a photo but found it almost impossible now she is finished – not to mention somewhat invasive of her privacy! You will just have to believe me, she really is ‘Miss Buttonbottom’.
You’d think that would be it wouldn’t you – after creating my very own etui doll from scratch with no pattern and only stashed materials. But the minute she was pronounced ‘done’ I found myself with a tiny hook and some chocolate brown yarn making another lot of rounds, growing another head – much smaller, much neater – but definitely a head…… I have no clue what this will be, but I’ll keep you posted…… Maybe…..
Here’s a cute shot of Siddy, just so he’s not left out
Thanks for coming by today, I’m so happy that you did!