Sunday, October 31, 2021

Other Hand Work

Besides hand quilting and hand applique, I work on other hand projects sometimes. I have a dishcloth going at all times using cotton yarn. Knitting is a nice change from hand quilting or applique.

This is the latest dishcloth finish. I used up yarn ends for this one. I've posted my pattern before but here is the info again.

I don't know where I found the pattern I am using now, I do know it was a free pattern from where ever I found it. Seed Stitch Dish Cloth - With a size #6 circular needle cast on 40 stitches. Row 1 & 2 – knit. Row 3 & 4 – Knit 2 *K1 P1 repeat from * across to last 2 stitches k2. Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern until measures 9” (same as bottom edge), ending with Rows 1 & 2. Bind off.  

I've started using a size 4 needle so the knitting is more tight. This does make a smaller dishcloth but it's still large enough to get the dishes clean.

Back in 2015 I hand quilted an embroidered wall hanging called Red Radiance. The embroidery had started in the fall of 2014, I think. I had sewed the little HST's at home then sewed everything all together at the guild retreat that winter. You can read about my Red Radiance journey here.

It has taken me 6 years to finally sew a sleeve on the back so I can hang it in the living room. This isn't really autumn looking but so it is. I'm just ahead for the Christmas season, Valentine's Day too.

The pattern was from the December 2000 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting. I no longer have the issue, I started wondering what this wall hanging would look like in blue. I gave the magazine away, I didn't want to start another one!

These weren't major projects but just some variety from my normal hand work.

Linking to Patchwork & Quilts, Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday

21 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous embroidered quilt. I bet you are so pleased to finally stitch that hanging sleeve on! IT will look so nice hanging up on your wall.

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  2. I made a whole bunch of dish cloths last year…I will have to try your pattern on my next one. You are very talented with all the different hand work that you do! Beautiful embroidered quilt!

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  3. Very pretty finish!!! Great that you can enjoy it hanging on your wall now!!!

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  4. I do love redwork and red radiance is a beauty!

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  5. WOW it is gorgeous, Gretchen! Your embroidery and hand quilting work is wonderful.
    And the dishcloth is pretty. I've never used a knitted dishcloth, I need to try this someday.
    Happy Stitching!!

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  6. I love your stripey dishcloth and it always feels good to use up some ends. Your quilt is gorgeous - and it’s stunning enough to display year round!

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  7. So lovely to see this again! A lot of work, but so worth every stitch!

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  8. I barely remember the red work - nice to see it again

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  9. I have a love of "other handwork" too. My mother knit dish cloths till she was 85 and of all the handwork of her life, was content to still do that. So I was happy for her. Seed stitch is a great one for this kind of thing. Of course I love your embroidered redwork...very beautiful to my eyes. These are great things to do in front of the tv and to take a break from the machine. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  10. That quilt is so pretty. I am glad you finally put the sleeve on it and can enjoy it on you wall.

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  11. Your Red Radiance is gorgeous! Love the colors in the dish cloth! Happy Stitching!

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  12. You are so talented. Everything you do is such perfection. I love your knitting as well as the embroidery. I can see why it took you a while to complete all the blocks. So congrats to getting on the sleeve and hanging it for all to see.

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  13. I love your redwork quilt. Some of the redwork I see is a bit to "folk art" for my taste, but yours is elegant! Bet it's wonderful to have up on your wall.

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  14. Lovely to see your different projects on the go.

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  15. Wow! Your Red Radiance is stunning! I had to laugh when you said you gave the magazine with the pattern away, because you didn't want to do another one. Sounds like you'd be tempted to! It really is a gorgeous piece! :)

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  16. Your Red Radiance is absolutely beautiful! I am sure you are enjoying it on the wall!

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  17. Red Radiance is stunning! Congratulations getting that hanging sleeve on! You must be enjoying it, now!

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  18. Beautiful quilt! Do you sell the dish cloths, or you use that many?

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    1. I don't sell them, I gift most of them away. They make wonderful thank you gifts. I gave 5 to my oldest DIL when I visited them in September. I gave several to our daughter when she visited last summer. I don't give expensive gifts, I just give smaller gifts, they actually mean more when people realize I made them.

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  20. Congratulations on this gorgeous finish! Red Radiance is a beauty.

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