Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mariner's Compass and some goldwork.

Hello all.
I've been having a busy week, working on two projects. The first is a Mariner's compass wall hanging which will go in the entrance hall of my husbands workplace. I chose the Mariner's compass block because Billy's company is in the communications/navigation business.

2 done - 3 to go!

The next project - I offered to do as a gift for a colleague of my husband, to commemorate his 22 years in the Royal Marines.

The first dagger I did was not up to scratch - so I had to do it all again.

The blade was not sitting on the handle properly and the only black stranded cotton I could find was this horrible wirey stuff. Nasty!

Second attempt faired much better and I was able to start the goldwork lettering. I will search for some ordinary black stranded cotton this weekend.

Coming on nicely now - once it is done it will be off to the frame shop.
I think a tarnished gold frame will finish it off perfectly.

I will come back with more photos when it is done.
Til the next time, happy sewing everyone.


Paul said...

I love your gold work Rhianon. That is so cool, and it looks awesome! I am sure he will love it.

As for the Mariner's Star, are those paper pieced? They too, look great. I am sure your husband will be proud to hang them on the wall at his office.

happydaysquilting said...

Your Mariners compass blocks look great, I can't wait to see the progress photos as I would love to make one, but have no idea how to start.
Your embroidery is very neat! Great job, I'm sure it will be much appreciated.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thank you Patricia and Paul. The Mariner's compass blocks are foundation pieced on freezer paper. They are quite tricky but worth the time and effort. I'd only ever done one before these ones. They get easier but you still have to take your time to match points and seams.

Barb said...

Both projects are just awesome....I am to scared to try the compas....looks so complicated.

The Nifty Stitcher said...

Thanks Barb. I was scared to try the compass too but it's honestly not so bad once you start.

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