Model Engine Maker

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Title: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 21, 2019, 07:41:47 PM
...but something I do on a cold winter's night when I don't feel up to playing in the workshop  :)

 I think I'll do the beetroot eater one next   :thinking:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Roger B on January 21, 2019, 07:44:31 PM
Wonderful  :praise2:  :praise2:  :wine1:
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: crueby on January 21, 2019, 08:14:39 PM
Wonderful detail!  Have a pattern for shop elves at work? Or shop gnomes stealing parts?!
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: gbritnell on January 21, 2019, 08:18:02 PM
Beautiful work!
Gbritnell
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Mike OConnor on January 21, 2019, 08:28:45 PM
Hello Dr. Jo,

You are a very talented individual. Beautiful work! Always look forward to seeing your posts. I have the Stuart Turner No.1 and Wall Wizard casting kits aging in the cupboard. Thanks for documenting your work. Hope to do the same shortly if life ever slows down a bit.

Kind regards,
Mike
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: scc on January 21, 2019, 08:34:29 PM
Lovely work Jo,    I have shown my wife, who has had a lifetime in textiles, but cannot decide from the pics if it is cross stitch or embroidery.
Regards         Terry
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 21, 2019, 08:46:30 PM
Thanks Guys  :)

Terry: tell your good lady that it is single strand embroidery thread cross stitch on 36 count linen. Yes I do have to use a magnifier to be able to see it  :-\

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: MJM460 on January 21, 2019, 09:23:22 PM
Beautiful work Jo, and my wife admired it too.

Great to see something of the other interests of other forum members.  Most of us have a range of interests, and an appreciation of excellence in areas outside our primary focus.  Thanks for posting it.

MJM460

Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Vixen on January 21, 2019, 09:51:20 PM
Well, it's not 36 count silk cross stitch, just course wool.

(http://lister-engine.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10013/P1070314.JPG)

                                       A wet dawn at Le Mans. still 10 hours of racing to go.


Stitched by my wife, Sonia, at the trackside a few years ago.

Mike
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: kev on January 21, 2019, 10:01:22 PM
Nice, my mum got me into cross stitch years ago, its a great way to spend a winters evening, I dont like to be idle but 7 or 8 hours in the workshop and im flagging nowadays
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: MJM460 on January 21, 2019, 10:27:39 PM
Hi Vixen, please tell Sonia that is beautiful.

What a constructive way to join in what might not be her preferred way of spending a wetdawn.  And nothing wrong with wool, “Wool is warmer” they say.

MJM460
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: b.lindsey on January 21, 2019, 10:59:40 PM
Very nice Jo. I used to enjoy counted cross stitch, the finer linen the better. Eyes just can't do it these days though I guess I could with a magnifier hood, just too many other things keeping me busy these days, even in retirement.

Bill
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Kim on January 21, 2019, 11:20:51 PM
Beautiful work, Jo!
Kim
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: steamer on January 22, 2019, 12:13:32 AM
Yes!   Beautifully done!   My daughter the artist will love looking at these!

Dave
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: zeeprogrammer on January 22, 2019, 12:26:48 AM
That's beautiful Jo. And it reminds me of a relative I'm very fond of (or was...she's gone now).
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Post by: Dave Otto on January 22, 2019, 12:40:02 AM
Beautiful work Jo!

Dave
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Art K on January 22, 2019, 01:20:37 AM
Jo,
That's some beautiful work there. Also reminds me of my dear departed mom. Including cross stitch, embroidery and quilting. Its a gift, I can make an engine but all I can do with a thread and needle is to reattach a button.
Art
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 22, 2019, 08:03:05 AM
Thanks Guys.

I have just set up to do the next one the family of deer or as I call them: my beetroot eaters  :Mad:

If your partners (or you yourself  :) ) do embroidery or cross stitch you will know that it takes a lot of preparation before the machining stitching can start: There is the preparation of the material by over stitching the edges, then finding and marking the centre, mounting squarely on the jig. Nothing is as simple as it first seems.. the working surface are wound onto the jig so that they are protected (and it means any dropped needles are caught   ;) ) and all unused/worked surfaces have to be carefully protected from dirt.

Preparing to do this is a bit like preparing to make a model engine. The main difference is one must always wash, wash and then wash ones hands again (especially if you have just come in from the workshop  :embarassed: ) before starting.

For now it must be workshop time  :cartwheel:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 22, 2019, 08:10:51 AM
I like Sonia's the Le Mans X stitch Mike, I can appreciated how much she would have enjoyed doing that sitting listening to the roar of the cars going by 8)

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Stuart on January 22, 2019, 12:34:26 PM
Beautiful work there Jo

Linda does water colours and some tapestry work, with a dash of encaustic work thrown in

Her comment was the embroidery work is superb

You can give the pencils out in class tomorrow  :Jester:

Stuart & Linda my SWMBO. For 52 years this August


Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 22, 2019, 05:43:51 PM
Thanks Stuart & Linda  ;) I had to look up encaustic it was a new one on me.

There seems to be a lot of things to do once retired. On a Monday I go walking with a group in the village and they have been telling me about the huge number of activities, artistic endeavours etc that are locally available. It is beyond me how any of us ever had time for work  :hellno: .

I have to be careful they have already nabbed my Monday & Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoon with non model making activities :facepalm: .... I really could do with at least 8 days in a week to allow for a bit of gardening and the necessary playing in the workshop time :thinking:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Robert Hornby on January 22, 2019, 08:50:24 PM
And let's not forget that retirees don't get weekends off AND no holidays.  :ROFL: :ROFL: :lolb: :lolb: :cartwheel: :cartwheel:
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: crueby on January 22, 2019, 08:53:47 PM
And let's not forget that retirees don't get weekends off AND no holidays.  :ROFL: :ROFL: :lolb: :lolb: :cartwheel: :cartwheel:
I go by the assumption that EVERY day is a holiday weekend day!   :Lol:
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Steamer5 on January 22, 2019, 11:22:18 PM
Hi Jo,
 Very very nice! SWMBO also gives it :ThumbsUp:

You won’t to be careful with all these extra curricular activities....... you may won’t to go back to you know we’re for a rest!

I do like the hi tech extensions on the frame you are using.

Cheers Kerrin
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 08:12:46 AM
Thanks Kerrin,

I do like the hi tech extensions on the frame you are using.

:embarassed:

I would prefer something  made in the brown stuff but  :paranoia:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Stuart on January 23, 2019, 08:32:04 AM
Jo

Linda has a question for you

Are these your own design ? Or are they published overlays or transfers

Stuart
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 08:48:55 AM
Morning Linda ( & Stuart), these are commercial designs by a Dutch designer - Thea Gouverneur. I find most cross stitch kits a bit too quick to do  :facepalm: Some are fast but fun like my Pooh cushions.

Some of the ladies on a Friday do Xstitch kits that are transfers but these are just find the centre and count the stitches out as you do them on the patterns. If you go wrong it doesn't work  :hellno:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Stuart on January 23, 2019, 09:48:14 AM
Hello Jo

This is Linda Thanks for the info they are lovely.I love the cushions, I love Winnie The Pooh.

Linda

Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Admiral_dk on January 23, 2019, 11:35:32 AM
It is not the first time you post needlework here, as far as I remember ….  :thinking:

Nice work Jo  :praise2: and I can see that the patterns looks like the ones I remember my Grand Mothers using - is the notation an International standard ?
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: kvom on January 23, 2019, 12:34:39 PM
For me cross stitch would be a lot harder than machining.  Very impressed.
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: GordonL on January 23, 2019, 12:47:23 PM
I don't think that I could get my hands clean enough to do that. My hands are in mourning, always edged in black.
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 01:09:40 PM
Thanks Guys  :)

It is not the first time you post needlework here, as far as I remember ….  :thinking:

Yes I have posted them before but I have only just finished the one of the tree rat so I thought that I would show the other two in the set - I have another two to go (Deer family and Duck family & Heron). Once I have finished the set I will look to have frames done and then they can go in my bedroom  :-X

The use of squares with some sort of indication of colour is standard but there are thousands of different colours so every kit uses a different set of symbols. The hardest part is making sure that the crosses all go the right way: doing bottom left to top right puts that thread on the bottom, then bottom right to top left puts that thread over the first.. if you swap over  :Doh: You I can see it  :ShakeHead:

Back to the workshop time  ;)

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: b.lindsey on January 23, 2019, 02:05:21 PM
Back when I was doing this I had looked into various programs that will convert pictures into cross stitch patterns similar to: http://www.pcstitch.com/#

I never pursued this but it is interesting from the viewpoint that things near and dear to us (engines, locos, even venues like old buildings housing pumping engines) could be converted into usable patterns.

Bill
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 02:44:53 PM
Thanks Bill,

Many years ago I had something similar but no idea what happened to it  :noidea: when I run out of kits to make I will have to buy  :o another copy.

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Vixen on January 23, 2019, 03:07:56 PM
Hello Jo

That must have been the same program you used to digitise a photo of my Fowler ploughing engine, when you knitted me this sweeter. Must have been almost thirty years ago.

(http://lister-engine.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10013/P1070317.JPG)

How time flies

Mike
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 03:11:00 PM
 :embarassed:

I had one of those  :headscratch:

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Vixen on January 23, 2019, 03:17:56 PM
Clever you for making two.

The one you gave me lasted for many years until it finally wore out.

A belated thank you

Mike
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on January 23, 2019, 03:34:59 PM
You are welcome Mike, based on when I did them I laid the pattern out by hand  ::)

I recall someone else had one I did with a lorry on it and there was two of those as well  ;)

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Flyboy Jim on January 23, 2019, 04:00:16 PM
Very lovely Jo.  :ThumbsUp: You're like Chris and have figured out the secret to having more hours in the day than the rest of us.  ;)

My mother did what she called "counted cross stitch" which looks like what you're doing. After she passed away, I found a suitcase completely full of pieces she'd done. We have a bunch of them framed and on our walls. Wonderful keepsakes!

Years ago I did a needlepoint that I found quite enjoyable. It's not surprising that "machinist types" enjoy this kind of work .....what with the precision and logic involved.

Jim
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: b.lindsey on January 23, 2019, 04:07:30 PM
Jim, I did some of that too many years ago, but it seems to fall out of favor as cross stitch became more popular. I had designed and done a petit point (needlepoint on a finer gage) oriental rug which I put away and finally gave to my granddaughter as an area rug for the dollhouse I did for her a few years back. I think you are right, the vastly different hobbies still have commonalities for us machinist types.

Bill
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Flyboy Jim on January 23, 2019, 04:19:06 PM
Jim, I did some of that too many years ago, but it seems to fall out of favor as cross stitch became more popular. I had designed and done a petit point (needlepoint on a finer gage) oriental rug which I put away and finally gave to my granddaughter as an area rug for the dollhouse I did for her a few years back. I think you are right, the vastly different hobbies still have commonalities for us machinist types.

Bill

Makes me think about the "latch hook rug" era back in the seventies. Every shopping mall seemed to have 2 or 3 Latch Hook stores.

Jim
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: b.lindsey on January 23, 2019, 05:24:48 PM
Yeah and remember record stores??  :ROFL:

Bill
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: crueby on January 23, 2019, 05:32:20 PM
Yeah and remember record stores??  :ROFL:

Bill
Thats where Guinness sold their world records!   :Lol:
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on April 07, 2019, 11:09:33 AM
I kept looking at my embroidery stand extensions   :facepalm2: This morning I realised (as the plastic had become brittle ) that I must have been using them for over 10 years like that  :-X

So this morning I took the plunge  :toilet_claw: and got out some brown stuff    :paranoia: I am not sure about the height yet so I have left the joining studs long and I hope to find some bits of 30mm chromed tube about 250mm long to replace those 19mm bits of tube.

Brown stuff    :-[

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Bluechip on April 07, 2019, 12:17:43 PM


 I hope to find some bits of 30mm chromed tube about 250mm long to replace those 19mm bits of tube.

Brown stuff    :-[          Chocolate ...... ????  

Jo

Hope 30mm is to size and 25mm won't do .. Just come back from the tip .... dumped two ( similar ) of these:

https://www.screwfix.com/p/smith-locke-round-wardrobe-rail-polished-chrome-1219-x-25mm/2370v

Didn't think they were much good  ERW tube ..  :noidea:

Together with a heap of those weird 6mm belts & pulleys ...  :headscratch:

Dave

Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on April 07, 2019, 12:35:11 PM
Chocolate ...... ????  

There is good and not so good Chocolate, it all depends on the Cocoa proof and if it is disguised as a Truffle :LickLips:


25mm would also do, it currently has four bits of 19mm chromed ERW stuff.

Jo
Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Old Bill on July 12, 2019, 09:39:39 PM
You are welcome Mike, based on when I did them I laid the pattern out by hand  ::)

I recall someone else had one I did with a lorry on it and there was two of those as well  ;)

Jo

Quite right, Jo. Another one of your masterpieces!

(https://i.postimg.cc/RFG3jYT1/DSCN8395.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/NFMyYxN3/DSCN8396.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://i.postimg.cc/hjKzZnVP/DSCN6362c.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

I am pleased to say that we took the beast on the road to a show for the very first time last weekend and all went well. A long time since you scraped the chassis and found the original paint!

Steve  :)

Title: Re: Not a model engine
Post by: Jo on July 13, 2019, 07:55:07 AM
It survived all these years  :o Pleased to hear the Thorny is getting out and about to shows. It looks like she won't fit in your garage either  :lolb:

Jo

P.S. Looking forward to more progress on the Merc  ;)