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Friday, June 25, 2010

1920’s Beale Sewing Machine

Gorgeous Art Nouveau Decals Made by  The Free Sewing Machine Company of Rockford, Illinois. Branded for The Beale Company based in Sydney. This company manufactured Pianos as well as selling a range of sewing machines. This sewing machine has the long bobbin and shuttle often referred to as a bullet shuttle.
The Decals are if you look closely Stylised Peacocks. A wonderful example of Art Nouveau of the time.
Yes I have drawn the decals and plan to use them as inspiration in a quilt. They are talking to me.
Frontweb RearWeb
have a great Weekend Cheers Lynne and Rob

A Quilt Block Challenge Vintage Revisited


I won this book on the Quilt Qua Blog a while ago. I had delayed blogging so that I could read, comment and do justice to a review of this wonderful book written by Mary Kerr.

It is amazing how different quilters with different styles of Quilting and Patchwork could take these Vintage blocks and use them to tell totally different stories. If only their original owners could see how each block could take a different journey under another quilters vision. In some of the quilts it is a challenge to find the original fabric from the original block. In others  block or unit structure has been maintained. The original block is not always obvious.

I just loved the book. It would be fascinating to see what a group of friends would do if they had a single block and were issued a challenge to create something from that using the either the block or the original pieces of the block as an influence. Have a Good Weekend all Cheers Lynne

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Wollmeise Socks

Wollmeise socks designed by Monica Jines. Pattern can be found compliments of Sheri at The Loopy Ewe.
These socks were knitted from the toe up with a waste yarn cast on. A Close Up The Yarn is Mountain Colors Bearfoot and the colour is Meadow Colour of the fullsize socks is more accurate Photos can be enlarged. I just love bearfoot which is a wool/mohair combination. They feel so nice and warm on my feet.
Now Confession time. The ones above have been finished for a little while I had just not finished sewing the threads in or photographed.
The sock below is at the moment only one sock. I have another pair of socks tempting me and I need to hurry up and cast on sock 2 so that I am at least at the beginning.
Pattern is Nancy Bush’s Copper Penny Socks from Knitting Socks with Hand-Painted Yarns and the yarn is Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in Sandstone. I just love the stitch definition this yarn gives. The yarn was won from the Mountain colours blog so that I could test knit.
This sock was knit from the toe up using Judy’s Magic cast on. I am a convert. Much prefer to knit from the toe up. This sock is a little long but as I had already frogged  back down to the toe once because I did not like the way the yarn was knitting up in one pattern I was not going to undo again!
Tonight I made Anne’s Scottish Parkin and it is yummy. Treacle rich and oaty. Perfect Winter treat with coffee. Holiday Monday tomorrow :-)  Have a great Quilty or Knitty Day All   Cheers Lynne