Slight change of plan about the Clematis leaves. I sewed on all the leaves I had finished, just to the end of the stems and not in place as I thought I could do that better when the leaves were attached.
Then I decided that the centre leaf should be a bit further up the stem than the others so started taking them off and re-attaching them.
Then I decided that the bet way to stiffen them was with florists wire rather than find something to spray them with. So I started taking them all back off - again - thread wire through the stitches and sew then back on.
Then I found a longer needle to thread the wire through with so I don't have to take them all off to do it, just the ones that need moving up the stems.
I started crocheting the new ones with the wire included. This means no blocking as the wire keeps the shape so I will be able to sew them on as I go.
It also meant a trip to the Florist as I am going to need a LOT more wire.
The original lot I got at our monthly "Craft and Lace" group when we did a workshop for table centres before Christmas. I asked if I could buy some of the wires used and she gave me a handful.
I went into the Florists on Thursday to ask if she had more or if she could order me a bundle. She very kindly sorted out what she had left and gave them to me. Apparently they are too thin for the flowers and don't support them properly.
They are perfect for crochet though.
Now I am getting used to it, these wired leaves are working up almost as quickly as the unwired ones. They take about 20 mins each.
I still haven't finished wiring the ones that are all ready on there but it has been a bit hot to sit with that heavy thing on my lap in the evenings.
However, sitting out in the garden is perfect! I can rest the frame on the patio table to keep it off my lap and watch the birds fighting over the peanuts at the same time.
And I thought you might like this pic of Benjamin at the Chatteris Historic Festival this weekend.
The gentleman who put him in there did say that I could leave him there and pick him up next year, but he managed to escape!