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My Band Sampler 87 – Detail 690 – The Mission July 30th, 2008

My Mission recorded on my samplerEarlier this month I told you about My Mission, Cold weather has limited the time I can spend outside and what time I have spent has been work below ground so there isn’t much to show for my efforts, I have dug out the foundations so that I can waterproof them with pond sealer and concreted the step outside the door, I will do a castle update when I have something more to show…In the meantime I have recorded my mission on my sampler.

My Band Sampler 86 – Details 683 to 689 and Take It Further June Colours July 25th, 2008

Top line…I had played around,in visual diary, with slopeing the bar on the edge of the chevron stitch but looking at my sketches I didn’t think that it would work but it does,Elizabeth got it working
by having the bars meeting along the edge.

The rest of the details are
a Chevron Stitch variation of Elizabeths, I followed her illustrations for how to do the stitch, Then varied the angles, width and spacings of the stitch, it is amazing how different each one is with only small changes.

I left the side border of my sampler so that you can see where I joined another peice of fabric on to make the panel longer.

Chevron Stitch

Take it Further June ColoursThe first line was also the end of my 12 inches of stitching with the Take It Further June Colours

My Band Sampler 85 – Details 681 and 682 July 21st, 2008

The top line tonight was inspired by one of Lin Moon’s TAST stitches.

The Bottom detail records the visit of my brother and his family.

chevron stitch and visitors

My Band Sampler 84 – Details 678 to 680 July 18th, 2008

Whilst I didn’t get much computer time while my visitors were here I did get some stitching done which I will show you over the next few posts…

Top line is a single row of chevron stitch with one edge as a straight line and the other edge staggered in lengths.

Middle line is 2 rows of the top stitch with the straight edges meeting in the middle.

Bottom line is 2 rows of the top stitch with the staggered edges meeting in the middle.

Chevron Stitch Variations

Updates and A Castle Cake July 16th, 2008

My visiting family have returned home after a wonderful visit, their time here flew by all to quickly…The house seems very quite without them here.

I particularly enjoyed the company of my nearly 10 year old nephew, he worked with me in the garden and helped us build the castle And when he showed an interest in my sampler I asked him if he would like to learn some stitching, I got an enthusiastic yes and he has started his own sampler, he is a delight to teach, he has a keen eye and good focus, I only had to show him once how to thread his own needle and knot the thread and he quickly mastered running stitch and backstitch…

Big brother teaches little brother to stitchIt was then time to teach his little brother how to do running stitch, I don’t think little brother was understanding what he was doing but the instructions he was giving were good and it was a delight to see him wanting to share his new found knowledge.

Later that evening I was showing my brother the basics so that he could assist with the sampler when they get home, brother asked if he could have a strip of fabric to do his own sampler and a little later sister in law asked if she could have one too, I sent them home with their strips of fabric, needles and threads to get them started and we will correspond by email as to where on the net they can find instructions and may write the occassional post as a lesson for something that they want to learn.

As I said my nephew is nearly ten, his birthday is next week and we decided to have an early birthday party for him…having enjoyed his company while working in the garden I was inspired to make him a special cake that would remind him of his holiday in Canberra, and what better reminder than a castle cake…well it was really a castle ruin, I didn’t have much time to think it through so it really is a wonky castle but the overall effect still looked great.

A Castle birthday cake

Mission Update July 9th, 2008

My Mission is going well, on Tuesday Greg my tutor and the ABC 666 producer came out to my place, as it turns out my mortar is fine but there is a few extra things which Greg talked me through that will make sure that the upper part of my castle walls will be strong and safe…the edited pre recorded segment went to air this afternoon and it sounded great.

Greg also showed me how to split a brick using a bolster and hammer…I was pretty happy with my first attempt.

Brick split with a bolster

The Mission July 3rd, 2008

My life seems to go from the sublime to the ridiculous, after being sick for so many weeks I am now just about recovered and hoping that I havn’t taken on more than I can handle as I have a buzy week coming up…I have my brother and family (3 young children) visiting and in the mean time My Mission has been accepted.

you can read about the Mission at abc 666 radio afternoons.

My Mission is to learn basic bricklaying and how to mix strong mortar so that I can finish building the Castle in my front garden…When I heard the mission challenge on the radio I thought what a great opportunity that would be to learn the basics of bricklaying so that I could be sure that the upper part of my castle walls would be strong and safe and even though I was still sick at the time I felt compelled to reach for the phone to call in my mission and to have my mission accepted is very exciting.

I am not the only one that is excited my niece, who has helped me building the castle is also very excited and is having the day of school so that she can come into the radio studio with me when our Mission is introduced live on air.

To Listen in via live streaming…Log onto ABC canberra local radio (the live streaming button is 3/4 of the way down the left hand side of the page) at 1.30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 4th July 2008…Use this time Date Converter to work out what time that is where you live (Select Australia -Australian Capital Territory – CAnberra from the convert from drop down Menu and your own location from the convert to drop down menu)

There will be a pre recorded progress report at 1.30pm on Wednesday 9th of July.

And a live to air wrap up of my mission at 1.30pm Friday 11th July.