Saturday, January 02, 2016

Gradient chicken wire?

I was so thrilled to receive a beautifully embroidered tea towel from my DIL, JLynn, for Christmas.
What did I immediately think of when I saw it?  Chicken wire!  Yes.  That was the first thought that popped into my mind.  In fact, I thought she may have laid a piece of chicken wire down on the tea towel to trace, but she said, "No, they're hexagons."  Right!  Hexagons!  I was gifted the red, orange, yellow towel -- the warm colors.

I was so fascinated with the gradient chicken wire hexagons that I wanted to try it for myself.  I laid a ruler down on the towel first to give myself a straight line and then proceeded to trace around 1.5" hexagons straight across the entire width of my tea towel, and let me tell you, these are some wide tea towels -- 32".  I made five rows, stacked on top of each other, and then numbered them all so I wouldn't get mixed up.  I went around each hexagon with a color and the one next to that row got a part-round of the neighboring color, and so on, to all the other rows.  This way it looks gradient.

I'm working on more chicken wire tea towels but they will have some missing hexagons here and there.  They might look something like bee hives, but again, a gradient color choice.  I'm using a multi-colored green floss on the new towel over all.  It's turning out nicely, I think.  The green towel you see here was a gift to JLynn.

I've been using my time before lambing to work on my embroidery, and I'm really enjoying it.  I also hope to finish my string baby quilt which is waiting to be quilted and bound.   That'll be another fun project to complete.  Do you have any fun projects you are tackling just now?


  1. I love that pattern you are embroidering. I bet it is fun and I like your colors. Projects? Yep, not sewing or hooking though. My chicken pen is cleaned, and the garden is ready for spring. Because we all know how wedding guests check out chicken coops right? Have a lovely week Jody. We have a solid week of rain, Yahoo!!!

  2. You are so disciplined. The only thing I'll be tackling is keeping on top of the house cleaning and clothes washing around here!

  3. no, not chicken looks like honeycomb to me :) I was gifted a bracelet with a honey bee on it this year as well as a honey bee skep cross-stitched by someone that I'll never know, as the completed cross stitch was found at a thrift store!!

  4. I love it. Have fun stitching. Meanwhile, I will be quilting and ripping it out again. I started a very complicated quilt. I finished it today and Kelly took a photo of me holding it. Right in the middle I have a block wrong. DRAT. Hope winter project is more successful.

  5. They are so pretty!! Love the gradient colours! I've been crocheting -- when time allows. I finally learned how to make a granny square and have been having so much fun with it. :o)

  6. Very pretty Jody! It looks like you have some fun projects for the cold month of January!

  7. Bee comb -- yes! That's what it looks like to me. I wonder what it would be like to make one with a variegated yellow/gold/orange floss, to make it look very bee-ish? :) Those are very nice, very simple and elegant. Great job!
    This year (unlike previous 2 years) I am NOT making a big stripey crocheted blanket. Phew! Those were a lot of work. I'm mostly doing lots of weaving, but no big project.

  8. BRILLIANT! And so you. I love it xox Clarice


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