Friday, September 30, 2011

Trefriw Woollen Mill pt 2

After we'd done the tour of the mill we went to the turbine house.

When you walk in the door your greeted with this loom which unfortunately wasn't being operated the day we went :( 

A closer look at the bedspread being woven

On the wall behind the loom is an array of samples from over the years

Believe it or not this turbine was running

Each one of these straps runs a piece of machinery in the mill

The pump that controls the flow of water

And lastly the Weavers Garden that you see as you arrive and as you leave.
Every one of the plants in can be used in some way in the production of cloth.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Trefriw Woollen Mill

We spent an afternoon in Trefriw and visited the Woollen Mill

DBF had a go at weaving (so did I but he wasn't quick enough with the camera to take a pic)

Then after a brew we did the tour of the mill

One of the shuttles being reloaded but it also shows the colour of the cloth off really well

Another bobbin being filled ready for a shuttle

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Last week DBF and I went on holiday to Wales (are you surprised. lol) and we spent some time in Conwy.

First we visited Aberconwy House, the oldest and only medieval house in Conwy

If you stand on the corner as I did to take that pic when you turn round you get this view down to the quay

We walked the walls and because I did them last year with Mel I only took a couple of pics.
This arch is at the railway station and close to one of the access points for the walls 

The view down to the quay from the highest point on the walls

Then we walked the suspension bridge, built by Thomas Telford

The links look like they haven't been there that long but they are actually getting for 200 years old

The modern road bridge that replaced it in the 50's

The Toll house, it's much bigger than it looks and a family of 4 lived in it at one point

Looking back towards the castle

I love this gate by the toll house

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's that time of the month again

Time for the ort report :)
Since last time I've added orts from Chocolate Covered Cherries (Which I've just realised I've not posted!), Kaleidoscope, Cheshire Map, Christmas Carousel card, Birds & Bees and various colours of nymo/ko thread and some smoke fireline.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kaleidoscope HD

Told you the next time I posted Kaleidoscope it would be finished and true to my word here it is :)

Started 12 July 2007
Finished 23 September 2011

It's my 20th finish of the year and the 5th for the flippin' crazy challenge

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cheshire Map finished

Woo Hoo I put the last stitches in a little while before I had to leave for my holiday on Saturday!!!

Cheshire Map
Heritage Stitchcraft kit

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Beaded Box finish

I've been working on this on and off for a few months and I finally finished it a couple of days ago.
It's the Kaleidoscope box from Julia Pretl's book Little Bead Boxes.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Map update

Thought I'd share a quick update on the map although it's now out of date after 4 1/2 hours on it today.

Monday, September 12, 2011

More Kaleidoscope

Not much progress again this last weekend but that's because I spent most of it making Snowflakes in a field aka I was at Malpas Yesteryear rally in the craft tent :)

You won't get an update next week as I'm on holiday and this is the last time you'll get a progress report on Kal as well because it's going with me and I'm plan on finishing it while I'm away

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's Cheshire!

Well part of it anyway.
I'm stitching this for a customer of the local shop yarn come stitching shop (the same one I did the bellpull for earlier this year)
I've not yet got to my hometown but see Malpas down the bottom? Well I'll be there this weekend for the Yesteryear rally.

I've added a for sale page here and have put a few things on there to start with I do have more to add as soon so keep checking when you remember :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


I've realised that I never posted pics of the last round of the 2010 - 2011 UFO RR so here they are.

This is Measi's Smokey Mountain Cats and it was a joy to work on and brought back memories for me as I stitched because I stitched it for myself many, many moons ago.

As it arrived

And as it left

I've signed up for the next one starting on the 12th of this month and I'm almost certain I'm going to send out the tiger again to get it finished.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Kaleidoscope update

Here's this last weekend's progress on Kaleidoscope, it's getting there slowly 

Thursday, September 01, 2011

August progress and September Goals

For August I said 
Finish at least one project  I finished the Blackwork Trellis 
Get an ornament done No, failed this one
Finish my tassel  Done

For September I'd like to
Finish at least one project besides the map
Get an ornament done

In August I stitched for 71 hours 10 mins, had 1 new start and 1 finish and 3 days of no stitching but I did knit or bead on those days