May 31, 2015

Repurposed linen

Hiya.  Started cleaning the mess again.  Still have mystery linens I don't care for and no desire to stitch a row to determine the count.  I got rid of so much Klostern and cork linen, but found more burlap feeling low count pieces.  One seems to be 14 count and the larger piece is 20.  Some sites list cork linen as 18 and others 20 so does this mean there are two counts?  At the same time, I was looking for a mat to rest my coffee cup on and thought - why not cut this up for mats? 

So I did.  Moisture may still go through so I may pad and line the back of a few, but the majority of them will be for preventing scratches on the soapstone and other surfaces.  (I knew soapstone would scratch and chip if hit but this is ridiculous.) I think the long thin piece would be nice as a table runner under a wooden bowl. 

This square piece (18 count) will be stained/dyed and used as a cloth over ????.  I don't use tablecloths or fine linens or doilies, but I have to say that I don't object to this very rough looking linen under a display or hanging on a bench.  In fact, after some real aging, I think I will like it a lot.  Possibly a hanging sack for the turkey feathers my cousin gave to me.

I just cut and fringed, then folded and cut into the fringe so it's not perfectly even and nice looking. 
Still have several pieces and you can only use so many mats and runners.  The sack is sounding like a good idea.  How about sachets?  Soap bags?  I'll find other ways to use it up since I will never stitch on it.
Then I found this wicked looking thing. Obviously something to put on your finger tip but it looked so disturbing I didn't want to take a picture wearing it.  What is it?
Edited - M left a comment informing me that this is a laying tool.  Something tells me I would poke my eye out with it.


As for the turtle, he was a painted turtle, not unlike many that Mark has found while fishing.  They burrow into the mud at water's edge and hibernate over winter. 
The hostas - no fertilizer.  The Blue Angel is one of the largest of the hostas and needs no help. If you'd like to see the varieties of giant hostas, go to this site, or another nursery here.

Thirty years ago today, the F5 tornado took Mark's best friend along with others within a mile of our house.  We were on the back side and never had the hail, the wind, nothing.  But we heard the terrifying roar.

More Arby's orange cream shakes this weekend.  Can't get enough.
Have a great week - stay safe.

Thanks for visiting.



M said...

The tool is a laying tool. You wear it on a finger of the non-needle holding hand. It's used with cross stitch and other embroidery to help lay multiple threads in smoothly and untwisted.

Margaret said...

Brilliant idea on the linen for mug rugs. Bummer that the soapstone scratches so easily.

marly said...

Thanks M! I guess it's obvious now that I'm not a fastidious stitcher!

Vickie said...

Good for you finding uses for your old linen.
I agree with Margaret. That is a bummer.

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Lovely idea for the linen. Tornados are scary, they seem to be more frequent andbigger. Yikes

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Lovely idea for the linen. Tornados are scary, they seem to be more frequent andbigger. Yikes

kelley said...

I remember the night of the tornado...and the was well north of us...we were listening to the radio as everyone called in and took over a local talk show asking to hear from family and friends...

As for your linen...nice way to use it...I often do some wool applique on "bad" linen and add some uncounted cross stitch...very prim...

diamondc said...

Marly: It looks like an older laying tool, many of my needlepoint friends use them, I am sure I would poke both my eyes out there goes my stitching.
I am sad Mark lost a friend to a tornado, so sad.
I love all rough linen there is always something that can be made out of them, a hanging basket is a good idea.

P.S. How is your foot doing?


Penny said...

Your blog is always so fun and informative!! Never heard of a 'laying tool', but nice to keep learning new things!
Sorry to hear about Mark's friend... Mother Nature can sometimes be cruel. It must have been scary to hear the roar of a tornado nearby.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and your orange cream shakes!!

jhm said...

Actually the tool is called a Trolley Needle. Some stitchers wear them on their fingers but I put mine on my thumb of my non-stitching hand. Very handy for laying threads nicely with out using a long laying tool in your opposite hand.
They are quite enjoyable to use.


Barb said...

After looking at that tool, I know that my stitches will always be a bit lumpy!!!

cucki said...

Great idea for the linen xx

C. M. Designs said...

Due to your information about the orange cream shakes........I enjoyed one last week. It was scrumptious and very filling.. I intend to enjoy another one soon. I also enjoyed one of Arby's chicken salad sandwiches.. YUMMY !
I'm sorry Mark lost his friend to a tornado.. I always worry about them in the summertime.
I like your ideas for using your linen.. Your candle and ring look very nice on the linen.
I hope you'll have a great, uneventful week ahead..
Charlotte in Virginia

Karen said...

I haven't commented in a while but check every post to see how you are doing. You had two dreads on your post today. Something sharp and pointy that would poke you using it and your friends death. Keep on trucking girl! Oh, that pointy dangerous thing could have been used for guiding fabric into a machine sewing machine. I am using a hand held one as I am learning to quilt via Farm Girl Vintage

Best wishes! Karen in NC

Jackie said...

You always seem to have such a mixture of things to say...good, bad, funny, sad. But you always make me laugh! (I would take my eye out with that pointy thing and stab myself a gazillion times!)

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