Steampunk Wheel XI: finished

It’s been a long pull. Hundreds of fiddly little pieces to fit together neatly. But it’s done now.

Screen shot 2014-08-03 at 4.34.20 PMScreen shot 2014-08-03 at 4.35.04 PMScreen shot 2014-08-03 at 4.35.21 PMThere’s a big bite out of one side where Wheel XII fits between it and the previous completed Wheel VIII. It’s 69cm (about 27 inches) across and contains 253 pieces. Far too many of them are little triangles 4cm high by 2.5 wide…

Wheel XII will be next, so I can start fitting the shapes together. The colours for this next one will be warm: coppers, reds, a bit of black with a lot of gold printing, perhaps a bit of ochre or amber. I want to make a clear contrast between the wheels.

I’m going to be doing a spot of embroidery in the evenings for the next week or so, rather than stitching Steampunk together. I have a SAL date to meet next Sunday, and a bit of progress is required!

And there’s going to be a slight lull in my usual frenetic sewing activity. We are buying a house, a beautiful old Queenslander, and it’s in a bit of a state. Lots of renovation needed, and I am the on-the-spot foreman, scraper, sander, painter, tool hander, flatpack kitchen assembler, tea-maker and phoner of missing tradesmen. It’s nothing I haven’t done before, so I’m not unduly nervous, just eager to get started. There’s beautiful silky oak skirtings, fretwork and door frames to be exposed, sanded and varnished, old windows with stained glass panels to be stripped and repainted, original brass door furniture to be scrubbed and polished, and a whole dreadful, beetle-infested 1940s kitchen to be ripped out and replaced with something a little less hazardous to health – but I’m saving the handles, which are great, still in good shape and rather interesting in design.

I’ll probably be posting on progress on Waking the Sleeping Beauty in due course, but it’s too early still, we don’t own her yet.

I haven’t forgotten my quilts, but they may be going into suspended animation for a while. I have a lot of quotes to organise….

 

 

 

 

Steampunk Wheel XI: time for a breather

Screen shot 2014-06-25 at 10.26.50 PMI have perhaps been spending a little too much time with this quilt… But I’m loving every minute of it!

So now that it’s complete out to Ring 3, I’m going to put it aside for a while. A couple of days, at least. Probably….

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Detail of the silver bling

I need to do some work on my Wedding Sampler, which has been sitting neglected while I raced through Happiness, Broken Bottles and the start of Amistad. It’s not a big piece, but there’s a lot of counting and rather small stitches, so I need to devote proper attention to it. Plus I’m now in a Stitch Along with three other stitching ladies, so there’s some small but good pressure to actually make progress! I’ll be reserving my tah-dah! photos for the link up day on 29 June.

And after 6 June, I should be in possession of Mrs R’s blocks for Amistad, so I’ll be doing some work on that too. Time to broaden my focus again; too much time doing micro stitches on small pieces of fabric under strong light gives you a sore back and a short fuse!

More soon.

Steampunk Wheel XI: good to go

I took the day off yesterday and devoted myself to having fun, mostly involving the new scooter, sunshine, open roads and a really fabulous teahouse in the country. So today I was back and ready to get cracking with Wheel XI.

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Detail, Wheel XI. Copyright 2014 Jule Bandholz. Do not pin, copy or otherwise reproduce this image or the original without the permission of the owner.

This photo is a close up of Jule’s version of Wheel XI. That’s 222 pieces. Not one but two rows of the stars I wrestled with. I found it hard to work on all the dark colours in Wheel VIII in artificial light, so I thought for this one I’d give my eyes a rest and work in lighter colours…

This time, it’s going to be silver, pewter, black and verdigris. But mostly silver. I’ll also remind myself not to panic when the stars look awful before the final point goes on.

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Unfortunately, my cranky insides disagreed about how the day should be spent, so I don’t have a great deal of progress to report. I have sorted and cut a load more papers for the central star and Rings 1-5 and I have cut fabrics for the star and rings 1-4. Everything is bagged and ready for me to get out my needle and thread this evening.

At least I can do some hand work this evening…