Friday, 24 November 2017

Deborah from A Patchwork of Crafts

This week's Blogger of the Week is another keen participant in my Blog Hops and another keen multi-crafter.  As far as I am concerned the best thing about her is her love of Dragons!  She even has a page on her blog dedicated just to Dragon Finishes.  Please give a warm welcome to Deborah from



1. Please introduce yourself; name, family, pets etc.

Hi my name is Deborah (the biblical spelling and it means little bee so I like bees).  I live in a small town on the North East Coast of England.  This used to be mining country.   I have no pets although I did one summer have bees nesting in the garden.

Can you spot the bee?

However, my brother who lives in Wales makes up for my lack of pets by having seven cats.

Cats!


2. How long have you been stitching and how did you start?

Now there is a question with a multi layered answer, I recall green Binca at infant’s school and stitching on that but I don’t think I was officially cross stitching till my mid to late 20’s due to a Christmas gift of a kit. (Teresa Wentzler’s The Castle.)



3. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?  Is there a story behind your blog title?

I started my first blog on 14 February 2013 about getting to work and back, at the time I had limited access to the internet and could not add photographs.   A craft blog had to wait until 9 June 2013 when I was able to add pictures because the pictures are mostly the important bit.   What inspired me, my BFF starting a blog about the Open University journey (she graduates next month).   Why a blog, I have been thinking about that, I believe it to be a combination of having a record of what I have made, having a place to share crafting tales and thoughts without boring family and friends to death and of course narcissism.  As for the title, I Googled several variations and they were taken; A Patchwork of Crafts both reflects my interest in patchwork and the mad way I dot about between the things I give a go, and was not being used by someone else.


4. How would you describe your stitching style? Serial starter, a rotator etc.

My BFF would call it in the zone, something takes my fancy and I start it and whilst I’m zoned in it gets worked on.  However, other things can distract me and projects go on hold.  Sometimes for days, sometimes years.   I tend to have three of four quilts at various stages, a similar number of cross –stitches and more projects in my head (and stash) than is wise.   I also tend to make things difficult for myself overcomplicating (my friend calls it Deborizing) which can make a project take longer than perhaps it needed.  Sometimes it pays off, sometimes not.  I am also parsimonious (that’s polite for tight) and like to use stuff up and recycle or repurpose and not throw things away.


5. Do you have a favourite style or designer you are drawn to?

I think there is a difference between what I am drawn to as an image and what I am drawn to as a sewing project.   I have learned a few lessons about myself, I like what I like and there is no point putting any labels or limits on that as there will be something that comes along that surprises me.   I get equally frustrated with big areas of solid colour as I do with intense tweeding and confetti.  So I need to add into a projects completion time the chance I will get fed up with it at some stage.   I like dragons, drapery, and scenic designs at the same time I like cute and traditional, bright and monotone, modern and old fashioned, so I guess a real patchwork of things.


6. Which piece are you most proud of in your collection?

That is a bit easier to answer, and anyone visiting my blog probably already knows, for cross stitch it is La Scapigliata by Maria Diaz which is the featured post on my blog.



It is just so very effective and Deborized by stitching it one over one on 45 count linen.  

For the patchwork and quilting it is Monument Dragon (beware an epic post for an epic quilting journey).  It was a long time in the thinking before its long time in the making and the quilted dragons well that was the Deborizing on that piece.  



Embroidery, my Christmas card inspired trilogy, mainly the shepherds at the moment with high hopes for the Herald Angels getting started sometime soon.



7. What has been your worst stitching disaster?

I mostly refuse to accept that disasters have occurred.  I try to view them as inspiration for a design opportunity, not perfect, unique!  On the cross stitch for my brother and his wife (Arthur and Guinevere, the cross stitch title not my brother and his wife’s names) I did not leave myself with enough fabric down one side to frame it as suggested.
The result, a mount cut to curve around the design.   Very pleased with the result and without the “disaster” not something I would have attempted.



I guess on this All Our Yesterdays design I did have a large area of green grass in the background that had to be unpicked as I has sewn it in full cross when it should have been half (or tent as some call it) and had to cut the threads and use tweezers then sticky tape to get all of the bits off before I could start again. I might have been tempted to leave it but the grass to the foreground was the full cross and it gave the image perspective and depth.



8. Which new technique would you like to try, stitching, finishing or another craft?

I am always finding something to add to the future try list it is amazing how many crafts and, styles there are out there.  Hardanger, drawn thread work not tried that yet, doing a HAED is on the list, so many blocks in the patchwork (currently trying a sampler quilt to work through some of those) it would be nice to make something that is wearable perhaps.


9. Do you have a box of finished but not fully finished pieces? What is your favourite way to finish a project and what do you do with them?

Guilty as charged, at least as far as the cross stitches go.  I mostly frame them although smaller items might become cards.   If the project was not made with a gifting deadline of some sort then it will wait till I am in the framing zone or I find the perfect frame.  They are easier to store unframed and are ready if an event comes along with insufficient warning to sew something in time.


10. Which of your projects most represents you?

That’s getting a little more difficult, so perhaps without over introspection I will say the Monument Dragon, as much for what is not in it as what is, the memories the image invokes and the memories the quilting journey (I did say it was a long one) contain and well it’s a dragon, it would have to be a dragon.


11. Tell us a secret about yourself. Or a joke or anything

I did mention I was parsimonious, well I don’t do ORT, well not since the thread ball anyway. Thread is either long enough to sew with (anything over 4” is long enough to sew with) or it isn’t and goes in the bin. Material is either big enough to put in a quilt (anything wider than 1.5” is big enough) or it isn’t and goes in the bin.   I just don’t have the space for ORT.  Then again maybe my idea of usable is someone else’s idea of ORT.


12. Anything you would like to add.


It is great having people visit the blog from all over the world (even if the flag counter is not always capturing the countries) and wonderful when people leave comments (even if blogger does not make that easy).  I equally like visiting others, sharing smiles over successes, wincing with those design opportunities and seeing the wonderful divergence of tastes in patterns and styles that is broadening my own taste.  

28 comments:

  1. Very nice to meet you Deborah! La Scapigliata is simply stunning and your quilting patchwork looks beautiful.

    I had never heard of the word "parsimonious" before so I looked it up and I think that describes me too ;) I tend to save leftover crafty things to use on something else in the future. Sometimes it works out and other times it just gives me comfort know it is in my closet of things.

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    1. I like that turn of phrase, the comport of knowing there are things, bits there just in case you need them. I dislike it intensely when I figure out exactly what to do with something just after I have got rid of it!

      I have a re-do or upcycle to post about mid December that I am quite pleased with but can post just yet.

      Thank you for the kind comments about my favorites Faith, La Scapigliata looks to have a slightly smug smile at being considered stunning.

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  2. That is some impressive stitching on the Scapigliata, Deborah!

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  3. Thank you, it was supposed to have a touch of backstitching but I left it off.

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  4. Nice to meet you. Will have to pop over to your blog and see what you are stitching!

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  5. Hi Deborah, so nice to meet you and see your beautiful stitching. I'm so impressed with your La Scapigliata, 1 over 45 is very impressive and it turned out beautifully. Arthur and Guinevere is another stunner and I love how your mistake turned out so well with the curves in the framing. I just followed via email and look forward to visiting. My friend RJ and I have a blog and would love for you to visit. Mary@stitchingfriendsforever

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  6. Hi Mary, I found you too, this should be fun. Your Christmas decoration make overs were interesting, I might give that some thought.

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  7. Nice to meet you here, Deborah. I'm a bit like you when incomes to zoning - there are always so many distractions (meaning new projects, lol) that the old ones never get the attention they should get. And like you I love to use up my threads to the smallest piece :)
    Great stitching that you show, and I'm really impressed about stitching over one on 45ct fabric. I couldn't do it even with my magnifier.
    I have been visiting your blog and would have liked to leave a comment as I usually do but can't because I'm not a Google+ user

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    1. Hi Brigitte, nice to know you have been visiting. Sorry it makes it difficult to leave a comment. You can comment via e-mail, I did get that to work. LOL
      I'm not sure I could do the over 45 still even though I have some skirt material left if I do want to give it a try.

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  8. Hi Deborah, nice to meet you. La Scapigliata is stunning

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    1. Thank you Christine. Maria Diaz designs in sepia are all amazing.

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  9. Hi Deborah, I've enjoyed reading about you.
    Over 1 on 45count .... WOW.. impressive!

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  10. Hi there! I've been a follower for a while now, though I'm one of those who has trouble leaving comments haha (it's a G+ thing). Mistakes on projects are just features, right? :D And I'm parsimonious as well; stuff can always be used! There has to be a line somewhere though I do save ORTs to put out in spring for the birds.

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  11. Hi Rosey, I will admit to shuddering when I read of those that throw away any thread left after finishing a kit. Nice to meet a regular visitor even if the comments bit does not work for you. You can always send an e-mail from the blog if you would like to. I can then add it to the post.

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  12. Congratulations on your new found fame as Blogger of the Week, my BFF!

    Your blogs, but particularly apatchworkofcrafts, with its many real-life visitors and the flags and comments to prove it, are funny, inspirational, and aspirational, I'd love to have inspired as many people with my words as you, my dear friend. Happy blogging!

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  13. Ahwww, thats nice, then I would never have started without my techno buddy

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  14. Hi Deborah! Loved reading more about you and your stitching! :o)

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    1. Thank you glad you enjoyed it, I had fun answering Jo's questions.

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  15. Lovely to meet you Deborah! I feel we are kindred spirits as one of my very first projects was a Teresa Wentzler castle. I had no idea it was meant to be difficult and just stitched it!

    You have some beautiful finishes in particular La Scapigliata really caught my eye.

    Looking forward to following your blog from now on!

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    1. My kit had a little note in the corner that said for the experienced stitcher. It was a dragon so that was enough for the giver who was a knitter not a cross stitcher and had no idea either that she is tricksy. I shall be delighted to have you visit with me on my blog, all those who delight in the dragon are indeed welcome.

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  16. I enjoyed reading about you and your blog Deborah.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and comment.

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  17. Breathtaking work!Nice meeting you.Happy new year!AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and comment on it.

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