Last minute lace.

Lace flower hair band

Am off to Walsall tomorrow with a couple of good friends to collect the medal for excellence that I won and see the rest of the Lace Guild Movement Exhibition. I thought it would be nice to be wearing a piece of lace when I collect my prize so yesterday I decided to finally get round to completing an idea I had a couple of weeks ago when I had my hair cut short. I had seen some sweet hairbands with flowers on and thought they would look nice with my new haircut, I bought an inexpensive one and took the bow off that was on it.

I went through my lace books and found the ones I had on Lace flowers and settled on the daisy pattern from Rosemary Shepherd’s Fantasy Flowers. I wired the edge by working a single wire with the outside edge pair. It was relatively quick to work and went together nicely when I had completed the lace. Once off the pillow I gently curved the petals and stitched the centre to the hairband. It looked pretty but still needed ‘something’ so I had a rummage in my stash of beads and found 5 faceted glass beads in just the right colour to match the lace. I stitched these to the centre of the flower and ‘ta da!’ I now have a super pretty flower to wear in my hair.

Here’s a couple more pictures showing the flower in more detail.

Lace Flower

Lace Flower close up


60 stripes and Camping

Our little spot

I’ve been meaning to update my blanket progress all week and never quite got round to it. After a lovely weekend away,I thought I would combine the two for this post. It seems appropriate, as my crochet project was all about having something that I could take with me on camping trips and the blanket seemed the perfect idea as it would become a very bright and fun camp blanket to keep me warm if the nights got chilly. And of course, perfect for a spot of crafting with a cup of tea.

A cuppa and a crochet hook makes a happy camper

This weekend it came into it’s own. I have now¬†completed 60 of the 80 stripes I plan to do. Actually 61 as I did a little while we were away. We had a lovely weekend at a camp site in Northiam near Rye in East Sussex. Such a pretty part of the country. Our campsite backed onto the Kent and East Sussex Railway so our peace was broken only by birdsong and the steam trains gently chuffing by.

Trucks in the siding

Steam trains chuffing by the camp site

The part of the site we were staying in was a lovely wooded area, with little glades for each pitch. Lovely sheltered and semi private spots that really enhanced the peacefulness of the place.

On Saturday we went into Rye for a wander around. Tim is a keen photographer and Rye is full of interesting nooks and crannies. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed strolling through the cobbled lanes and looking at all the lovely little shops.

Conduit Hill - Rye

Nooks and Crannies

Retro Shop - Full of fab things

The Nights were very chilly and after struggling to sleep the first night with the cold, on the second night I made good use of my not quite finished blanket to keep me warm in my bed. The benefit of working this blanket is that finishing each colour after 2 stripes means there was no danger of any of the blanket coming unravelled in the night. I was very glad of my stripes I can tell you and my second night was a much warmer and cosy affair.

Snuggly ripply stripes

Sadly it looks like this was the last camping trip of the year as we have no free weekends till October and then the nights will be a bit too chilly for us pleasure campers. Next year however we are hoping to get away more often and my blanket with any luck will be a full 80 stripes of warmth if the nights get a bit too chilly then.