Sunday, August 31, 2008
I always thought the word "wrought" was the kind of iron, in other words, what it is composed of. Nope, it means "working" and I believe it was assigned by the Britain.
Wrought iron is no longer made commercially due in part because of the process it goes through. My understanding of it is, wrought iron needs the correct amount of carbon and oxygen to have the strength it needs to stand up for beds, handrails, shelving, etc. I'm not clear about there being too many fine Forgeries around anymore, some iron smiths left today, even horseshoes are manufactured.
There are many processes of making wrought iron through the centuries but I've chose to talk about the two most popular ones.
PUDDLING-which was the method used during the industrial revolution, it dealt with melting contained over a reverbertory furnace. The melting is stirred with rods that dissolve within the iron. This gives it the correct amount of oxygen and carbon.
OSMOND-A open hearth, narrow and deep, with charcoal fire blown with bellows. The iron drops through the blast and is lifted into the fire with rods spinning rapidly to form balls.
Today we smelt iron or steel, that's a process where it's cooled just before reaching melting temperature, cooled to form a spongy matter that is hard and able to recycle.
Both above mentioned methods are obsolete in today's market.
Out of all the steel and iron in the world, wrought iron has the least carbon, manganese, sulfur, phosphorus, and silicon. Wrought iron becomes soft and is forged easily when placed in red heat.
Truly pathetic my dog has his own bed with mats. C & G Design.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Too bad it wasn't signed. C&G Design.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I can tell you, my son had a good deal of help, while I did the small work he colored the insignias. If you look closer you'll see.....the coloring is every which way!
My intention (and still) is to block quilt each drawing with the camo being the sashes. Red, white and blue around the outside edge. Babe's too big for this little memory quilt. Maybe the reverse side will be a solid camo and he'll use it that way.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
In defence of myself, a single doll stand for a character 5 to 9 inches, retails for $5.99.
Monday, August 25, 2008
No other company marketed Tammy. C&G Design.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Whether it's for painting, needle pointing or creative machine stitchery, this pattern is a true art.
This is my choice for our dishes, it's Blue Willow.
Blue Willow is a antiqued pattern originally from China but adapted to dinnerware by the market in England. Today, there are many versions of this pattern and one must look close to see what they are purchasing. My type in showing up in flea markets lately, they are made in England but are not a 70 or 100 year old set.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Anyway...few more stitches to review, they can be seen closer when you enlarge the top photo.
The tree trunk is made with a chain stitch used as a fill in, very creative.
The pink outline of the porch is the brick stitch, it is what it says. A staggered stitch of the same size, placed one above another, like bricks.
I'm not too sure about the stitch used in the tree foliage, I suspect it's a filler designed to create texture.
The water is what's called long and short stitch, similar to the brick stitch except it's a random pattern of long and short. It's meant to give the object gradual dimension.
All the other stitches in this landscape picture is either the satin, seed, or french knots. One interesting note about the way the house is stitched. I'd mentioned in the flower basket about the basket weave being done in a small satin stitch, it truly is....and it's in the house. BUT, but it is called Roumania stitch. With a name like that you'd think it came from Romania, no, it falls under Oriental Laid work from China. It's a stitch used to give shading as you can see well in the roof of my house. It's loosely based on the satin stitch and it is said the New England women preferred this stitch to the long and short because you wasted nothing on the back of your work. Every stitch begins a thread over!
On to small surprises....guess I was a bit bored with this house (shocks me so!).
I picked up First Prize at the County Fair. Each one was done in a day.
Raspberries in french knots.......
I'm thinking I'll frame each one in fabric before stitching together. C&G Design.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
The poor gentleman owner,....as we entered his barn, he was in the corner struggling with an all glass showcase, he couldn't hook the back on the J board he'd mounted to the wall.
He blurted, "I'll give you 15% off anything in this store if you can give me a hand" After abit of laughter, Jack of all Trades jumped in.
In time the discount price jumped to 20% if they could mount the showcase WITHOUT breaking it (wanted to keep his girlfriend happy, she would cook supper). LOL
Of course I scouted while they busied themselves! I found this darling head on a lower shelf of a display cabinet, ah....
I let hubby look around (imagine she had her hair up in a gaudy ponytail!)
What! You don't see anything you want! Say, what about miss curly Q?
Let me see if she has any marks.
Nope. I got her for a steal anyway. C&G Design.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Plus, it makes a perfect pet pad. Tee hee. C&G Design