Thursday 7 January 2016

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 75 - A Fitting Session for the Teapot

Ever the perfectionist, I am trying to settle on the ideal size for a tea cosy to fit either a large or a small teapot.  This is the near-identical twin of the cosy I made before Christmas.  I can tell which is which at a glance because the binding is different.  I have adjusted the size a little and drawn round a different plate for the curves at the top.

My aim is to prevent too much of a draught at the bottom.  Once the big fat blue teapot is under it the whole cosy bulges, which creates a gap.  Now it lifts no higher than the height of a saucer, so I shouldn't worry about the pot losing too much heat.

My other project over the Christmas holidays was this mystery UFO.  A piece of hand embroidery done by I know not who I know not when should soon be taking on a new lease of life as a wall hanging.

I took the quick option by finishing it with free motion quilting rather than hand stitching.  With a bit of luck all should be revealed next week...

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Here goes for week 75...

Happy New Year!

Today's special mention goes to Andrée, who kept on practising and came up with this lovely variation on the paisley design.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more photos.
Paisley with curves

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  1. Muv, I'm looking forward to seeing the latest project revealed. The embroidered piece is a lovely find, sure to be made even more stunning after receiving your attentions.

  2. You indeed seem to be a perfectionist with your tea cosies... Aiming for the perfect cup of tea is understandable though. lol
    This piece of embroidery is astonishing. The colors are quite vibrant. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you will do with it.
    I wish you a Happy New Year filled with creativity!

    1. Thank you France!

      The hand stitching is amazing and hasn't seen the light of day for decades. There is a bit of a story to it...

  3. Your tea cozy is!!!



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