La soffitta del tempo perduto...

....è là , nella mente e nel sogno, dove è possibile recuperare le speranze e le aspettative, dove volere è potere e tutto diviene possibile, dove la fantasia e la creatività non vengono strangolate dai ritmi di una vita frenetica ed il tempo scorre lentamente, dove la mente vola libera senza restrizioni, dove finalmente si è liberi di essere e ci si può rifugiare e prendere un respiro.

The attic of the lost there, in the mind and dreams, where is possible to recover the hopes and the expectations, where what you want is what you can and everything becomes possible, where fantasy and creativity are not strangled from the rhythms of a phrenetic life and time flows slowly, where the mind flyes free with no restrictions, where finally one is free of being and can refuge in and take a breath.

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

The Pomegranate - PDF instructions available

lunedì 16 aprile 2012

A little finish

Haven't done so much in the last weeks, time is always my enemy, but I could start and finish The Pansy Heart a canvas work kit by Sue Hawkins.
It's my first canvas, nothing special just a simple work easy to stitch, made with the intent to calm my mind; no difficult threads to use, no complicate stitches to made, only coloured cotton floss and a up and down needle going throught the canvas.
Still have to sew it as a little heart shape cushion.

I also started a Berlin Woolwork sampler, taken from the book Marquoirs d'Allemagne.
I have overdyed the Zweigart 22ct Cordova etamine and made my own conversion for the threads; the chart calls for AVAS silks on linen but I can't imagine a Berlin sampler stitched in silk so I changed with Appleton Crewel and some Medici wool....much better ! and with an historical sense.

And a new stand, built with the help of my husband that sometimes is patient enough to support the crazy ideas of a maniac stitcher.
Have named it Totem, it's a mix of various elements seen here and there in other stands available on the market; I wanted something really stable and firm, so something heavy ! and versatile to the various kind of embroidery. It can support professional slate frames and also hoops, the sizes are no more a problem.
And after the money spent for the Lowery workstand and the Edmunds floorstand I said: "do it yourself ! " with a strong beech wood and oly 50 €.

7 commenti:

  1. I love your finish -- the colors are wonderful! The stand looks great too! I hope you love working with it.

  2. Could you build ME a stand like that?? I've been looking into them, and short of getting the billion dollar NeedleSystem 4 (is that what it's called? something like that?) they don't seem to be weighted - prone to tipping sideways a bit as you put pressure on the frame as you embroider. A weighted bottom is definitely something I want in a frame....

  3. My husband has been categoric, he said me after finishing the stand " don't ask me to make another one !!" The weight is around 10 kg, It took a lot of time to do the correct holes and assembly also because we don't have a lot of tools like a carpenter has.
    I'm sorry....

  4. Thank you so much for posting these detailed pictures, Francesca. I have several different stand setups I am trying to modify, and yours looks so close to what I am trying to get for my work. I'm printing out the pictures, hopefully my husband can help me build something like this. Right now I have two Edmonds stands, and 2 IKEA towel rack stands - we are talking about that over on the historic group on Facebook. Now to just get one or both of them to work the way I want. Thank you again!

  5. Very nice stand, I can understand why the DH says "no more!" due to lack of tools and time. The addition of the arms to help support the frame is a great idea - I wonder....I may investigate if my current stand can be modified.

  6. Hello
    I'm in Mexico and I can not get a base frame
    Can you help me with the measurements of yours?
    Thank you