Day 275

As well as sorting the last week or so of blog posts out, I did some more knitting on the panta, now half way through:

  
Actually posting this on the day I did it, minor victory!

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Day 269

A good day at the AGM for the West Midlands Region of the Embroiderers’ Guild. I bought an ironing pad and some bondaweb, and worked on the knitted panta:

  

All the knitting!

I’ve started work on Christmas presents, and this is the first one finished. It’s a Kate from Knitty, for a friend’s child. I’m not going to say who as they may be reading!

  
 
 
When I was sewing the arms on, I got the second arm on at the wrong angle, with hilarious results until I unpicked and re-did it:

  

Days 224 and 225

We have spent the past couple of days doing more house sorting, mostly putting up shelves.

I also did more knitting on the current scarf, which is a pattern called ‘Cloud’:

  We also went to Love Is Enough at BMAG, their William Morris and Andy Warhol exhibition. It was really interesting, with a lot of interesting parallels between the two artists. I especially loved the very long run of Morris wallpaper, being built up in stages, and it was wonderful to see how the design developed. I found the Morris printing blocks very exciting:

  
A print block for Morris’s Acanthus design, the third and final stage, with metal strips forming the fine lines on the prints. The two earlier layers were built up with wooden blocks, reducing in size each time. The blocks still had some paint from printing left on them, and were displayed with a drawing of the Acanthus design, in a room full of Acanthus wallpaper, wonderful!

  
William Morris sketch for Acanthus.

I want to bring some layered printing into my own work, with overprinting of subsequent layers. Something to experiment with in the coming weeks.