Here is my latest obsession: all things wool. Yes, I know that it is still 90-freaking degrees outside, but still...there it is. I love the texture, the colors, the combination of humble simplicity and subtle extravagance. I found this gorgeous pile at Zoe's in August and have been dying to create something lovely out of it.
I started with a table runner that was inspired by a much smaller piece I saw at a shop in Utah when I went to Quilt Retreat. I am totally thrilled with the final result. I love the colors, the scalloped edge of the runner, and the little-bit retro look of the circles.
I just used a buttonhole stitch around all the circles...I didn't do the edge of the runner...I'm not sure how much the wool will fray, but I guess time will tell.
A view from my table...
About the close up...I didn't worry about the circles being perfect or the stitches being perfectly spaced and I think this adds to the charm...at least, this is what I tell myself.
Once I got wooling, I just couldn't stop. I redid my applique wall to look a little more "autumnish," and to keep my family on their toes. (It actually took them a few days to notice. Subtlety is my specialty.) After the question, "Did you notice anything different?" was answered by, "Did you cut your hair?" I gave up and just pointed it out. Check out the before and after...I love, love, love the black wool backgrounds...yum!
Again, just wool with a buttonhole stitch...no pattern either, I decided I could make pumpkin shapes all by myself. About a million times easier than the original applique which only took me about 7 years to complete (seriously)...the wool project, about 7 hours. Makes me happy just thinking about it.