Back pain means that I’m not spending much time with my sewing machine (or on my computer) and am following physiotherapist’s instructions: spending a lot of my time on the sofa with my feet up. Special cushion to support my back, cushion under my knees, and generally feeling rather frustrated that my body won’t let me crack on with patchwork.
I won’t whinge too much though, as I can cross stitch with ease, once settled on my cushions which means that my “Statement Flowers” are growing. Only last week I showed you the following photo.
The design has quickly grown to look like this
And then this
As you can see, I have finished all the black outline now and am bombing along with the “colouring in”. I noticed I have 5 stitches to frog (in the wrong pink) on that very pink flower before I move on to adding the other colours. But on the whole this project is plain sailing, and keeping me amused.
Something that I didn’t find amusing the other day . . . we have had a leaky radiator in my sewing room and the parquet now looks like this
The really annoying thing is, I had bought a piece of lino (1m x 2m) which I laid in this spot to protect the gorgeous 1970s parquet from any projections from the parrot cage. So, once the thermostatic tap of radiator started leaking, I didn’t notice immediately because water was seeping UNDER the lino and being trapped beneath, it then started soaking into the parquet.
We’ve already contacted the insurance people and have the green light to go ahead and get some quotes to repair damage. For the moment, though, we are waiting for the floor to dry out thoroughly and wondering if it will be possible to find a craftman to come and renovate rather than replace. And, of course, before we go ahead with any of that, we’re waiting for a quote from the plumber to fix this radiator and probably replace similar taps on our other radiators.
Another photo to show an “experiment”.
I’ve been experimenting with sewing while standing, since it’s more comfortable to stand than to sit. Dusted off my old basic Silvercrest and have placed it on a plastic crate, on top of my 1950s sideboard, so that it’s at about the right height for me to sew while standing. I won’t be attempting any “serious” sewing like this, so the patchwork for my sister will be on hold until I can sit down comfortably in front of my Juki . . . but I messed around chain-piecing some charm squares and seams don’t look too shabby.
That’s all for today folks . . . I hope to be able to show you a happy dance soon with “Statement Flowers” or to show you what I’m making with the charm squares. Stay tuned and stay warm (if it’s winter in your part of the world too). Here, the stream has frozen, with temperatures as low as -12°C.