Sunday, November 19, 2017

SAL in November

After a bit of a dry spell where needlework was concerned I'm suddenly back at it in a big way (relatively speaking of course!). I won't share all the details in this post. Suffice to say that I have a new focus for my Bee, Myself & I effort. If you're interested at all you'll want to watch for a post at the end of the month. 😉

In the meantime, I've finally been inspired to finish up my steampunk caravan for The Sketchbook Project. The last time you saw it, it looked like this:


A couple of you recognized the submarine quality of the silhouette. It was that element that motivated me to try for a steampunk look. In the process I've learned to utilize Pinterest for design inspiration. In case you are unfamiliar with steampunk, it's sort of Jules Verne and steam power and gears, a mash-up of the Victorian era and industrialization. There's an element of fantasy in it too, which is what appeals to me. To that end I have come up with the following.


I'm happier with the window in the door now. The couched thread is meant to be tubing, although I have no idea what the purpose of said tubing would be!


Nor do I have a purpose in mind for the gears and "pulley." I imagine the propeller could help decrease wind resistance (even if I might have it facing the wrong way for that).


Completing the steampunk caravan motivated me to start another one right away. I already had the lines drawn on a light green background but didn't have a specific direction in mind for this next one.

I don't seem to be capable of making truly square and straight windows!
I just picked up a warm chocolate brown and started chain stitching. Then I knew the door and awnings needed to be a rich red. It's now looking a little barn-like. It will be interesting to see where this takes me!

There's a wonderful group of stitchers participating in this stitch along now, with a variety of needlework projects in the works. You can take the tour by clicking on the names below. If you'd like the motivation of blogging about your work every three weeks you can contact Avis through her blog and she'll get you on the list. 😊

15 comments:

  1. It’s always great to just see where the piece will take you isn’t it? I love your steampunk caravan, and I think you’ve thought too much on the practical elements of your design! It looks great!

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  2. The submarine hatches, a pulley or two, some more additions that have made this a winner. Inspiration from Google that you have put your own stamp on, I think this caravan is the best so far.

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  3. This is definitely my favourite so far. I love the look of Steampunk!

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  4. Such a fun SAL project!

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  5. Oh, I love your Jules Verne submarine. I'm sure that tubing is a cooling system to remove excess heat from the inside...
    And I reckon the new one needs to be a nice New England barn with geraniums in window boxes, a clocktower on top and maybe a quilt hanging off the side :-)

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  6. These campers just make me smile, so creative, Sue!

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  7. you're really getting creative with these caravans ^^

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  8. What fun, l love your steampunk theme.

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  9. I simply love your campers!! This newest one is very cool.

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  10. Adorable! I look forward to seeing these every update.

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  11. Very cute! I love the brown and grey together. Looking forward to seeing the second one develop 😊

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  12. Your caravans always makes me laugh (in a good way). They are so cute and there are so many nice details on them! Kram/Gun

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  13. What a fun idea! Your steampunk RV turned out very nicely. Happy stitching this week.

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  14. Your caravans are always cool, but that steampunk one is just a fountain of fun!

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  15. Perfectly wonderful, both of them! The nice thing about steam punk, I think, is that every gear doesn't have to have a purpose. =)

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