Saturday, July 19, 2014

I think I like it....

that is, working with the 9" circular needle. It's difficult until you get to about 1½" to 2" in and then it gets easier. I'd say it's a bit slower than working with double points because you have to stop occasionally to move the stitches around but I have much more control with the circular and I will persevere.

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knitting a sock on a 9" circular needle

The lace piece I showed you last week has been made into a little pouch (5" x 6") to hold the samples I'm making in Karen's current lace class. There are 2 finished samples and I'm working on a 3rd that I hope to show you next time.

silk and lace pouch holding samples

sample 1...lace, vintage cloth, paper

sample 2...scraps of lace, vintage cloth, paper...embellished with hand stitch

close-up showing wrapped threads, blanket stitch, bullion knots, etc. making those eyelets.

I think I enjoy working on these little lace samples more than anything else. It's a great way to use up small scraps that I can't bear to throw away.

Hope you're all having a good weekend.

Just a note to say that I don't participate in Google+, so I do not respond to those requests that I've been getting. There are too many other things to keep track of so until I'm forced to, I will not be using it. Thanks for understanding and for wanting me in your group.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

embedded in class work....

Concentrating on the family album I've been working on in Karen Ruane's Alchemy class and the new class that just started....Lace, Paper, Cloth and Stitch.

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family pictures embellished with stitch and the 59th Street bridge. it all happened in New York City

silk, cotton, chenille, paper, rope, lace with free motion embroidery and hand stitch

I ordered some 9" circular needles and am anxious to try them in making a pair of socks. I do not like working with double points. Hoping this will be a good alternative. I'll let you know how it goes.

Stay cool, or warm, depending on where you are and have a great week.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

and the winner is.....

Margaret (in England) .....congratulations to Margaret. I have already e-mailed her and as soon as I receive her address, I will post the package. Thanks to all who participated. Watch for future giveaways. I love doing them once in a while.

I don't really have anything special to show you this week. I am in the middle of so many different projects but nothing you haven't already seen.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

assembling a VW Bug...

with thread, of course. The body of the Bug is done with Lizbeth #20 cotton thread in bobbin lace. I've been working on the interior and the wheels with bakery twine using a combination of techniques...a Romanian Point Lace type cord for the wheels with embroidered centers and a crocheted frame for the interior with wrapped thread windows. I'm going to try dyeing the white wheels and interior with onion skins to give it a rusty effect....we'll see how that works out. Hoping to have this all finished within a week or two. The pieces will be combined on a cloth background.

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bobbin lace exterior of VW Bug

working on interior

and.....I've been meaning to do this but keep forgetting. Time for another blog giveaway. I had mentioned that this little pouch would probably wind up in a giveaway. I posted about it here.

felted pouch with flannel lining. it measures 6" x 9".

If you leave a comment, I will assume you want to be included in the giveaway unless you indicate otherwise. I will announce the winner in my next weekend post. Everyone is welcome in this matter where you live.

We have been getting some rain on and off so the grass is nice and green. My heritage vege seeds did not fare well. I picked one lemon squash and zero cucumbers and both plants just died....withered brown leaves. I never planted these seeds before and will not ever again. That one little lemon squash was quite good in my salad.

Have a great week and see you next time.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


I love when this happens....someone from the past resurfaces in the present in a most unusual way. When I first came to Austin, TX, in the 1970s, I took a community school class that was offered in quilting for beginners. I'd always been a stitcher but never did any quilting. Connie, a very accomplished quilter, taught me the basics and then I was on my own. I never did come in contact with Connie again. Some  25 or 30 years later, I joined a quilting bee and met Barbara and Margaret who talked about Connie as they were all members of the Austin Area Quilt Guild. Connie had passed away in the early 90s and Barbara had quite a few of Connie's pieced blocks that had never been quilted. About two weeks ago, Barbara showed some of those blocks at quilt bee and there was one that I admired because it looked like an old cotton hanky. Barbara generously offered it to me and I said I would make a pillow. Well, I so enjoyed hand quilting that block that I did nothing else for a couple of days. I put an edge on it with some fabric from my stash and made it into a pillow. I just love it....especially the connection that this is Connie's pieced block and she was the one who taught me the basics of quilting. I will gift the pillow back to Barbara if she likes it.

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hand quilted and edged

the backside showing the quilting

the finished pillow measures about 12" x 12"
I was also given this small patchwork piece that I hand quilted and edged with piping. It will become an outside pocket on a future pouch.

measures 4½" x 9½"

I stopped at the thrift store this week looking for something specific and couldn't pass up this beautiful white tablecloth, in pristine condition, that measures about 36" x 60". It was $4. It looks like Indian Chikan Embroidery.  Hoping Anita from India will weigh in on this and tell me if I am right.

I have managed to spend some time knitting in the evenings and made some headway on this Love and Loyalty Pinball. It is done on size 0000 double needles so it's quite fiddly to handle. I do love watching the pattern emerge with each row.

Love and Loyalty Pinball

Have a great week and enjoy the present moment.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

a week of computer and printer woes....

I'm hoping I've straightened out all the computer and printer glitches I encountered this week. I know enough to be dangerous but I managed to get things working again....I hope....

these flowers have reproduced themselves more this year than any other year and I've had them for many years. I clean out the bed every few years but lately, it has to be done every year, but they are so pretty and I do love anything pink.

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Physostegia-Virginiana also known as Obedient Plant

I finished the Joomchi piece I was working on (Korean Papermaking) but it's hard to get a true picture of what it looks like. It is very fragile and embellished with bits of lace and hand embroidery.

2 sheets of manipulated paper, fme with bits of lace and hand embroidery

I did receive the book Joomchi and Beyond by Jiyoung Chung which explains the Korean paper making process in excellent detail. She has several tutorials in the book and beautiful pictures of some of her work....outstanding images. I am glad that I ordered the book. If it interests you, you can find it at Amazon and at Beyond Here are some images of the book.

Wishing you all a great week with the kind of weather you love the most. I'm into rain lately. It is so nourishing for all the plants and we need it so badly here.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

how lucky I am that green is a color I love...

the garden has so many wonderful greens...

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a small garden but so very satisfying

lettuce, sweet potato plant & one little lemon squash

the leaves on this scarf have gone from gold to green to a berry color...

I couldn't resist this green and white yarn but I'm removing all the sequins scattered throughout...

it's taking longer than I expected to remove all the sequins
and last time I showed you a Korean paper making technique that I was experimenting with called Joomchi. I started embellishing the paper with a scrim backing, free motion embroidery with lace bits, etc. and then started hand embroidering. the paper is so fragile that I had to stop. I'll show you the finished piece next time. I did order the book (Joomchi and Beyond) and hopefully I'll learn the proper technique.

felted paper, scrim, fme, lace bits & hand embroidery
enjoy every minute of every day. see you next time.

Friday, May 30, 2014

been doing this and that....

The front and back of a pouch made with a gifted fat quarter and some of my hand dyed cloth.

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a bit of gifted lace stitched on after crocheting an edge

some woven thread cards for a page in a family album being worked on in Karen Ruane's Alchemy class

...and a new Knitting and Crochet book has me testing out some samples.

I read about this Korean paper making technique called Joomchi so I thought I'd give it a try....just experimenting right now. Don't know very much about it. Google Joomchi, if you're interested in seeing some beautiful work.

layers of paper...lots of possibilities

We had some wonderful rain this week...almost 6" so the garden is looking good.
Until next creative and enjoy.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Science Experiment is finished....

not really. That's just the name of the piece. It started out with pattern paper and bits of eco-dyed fabric and some scraps from a cut up quilt. Not much to tell about it. It just developed and I guess there are lots of stories that can be told after looking at it for a while, but I'll leave the story telling to you. I know you will all see something different within.

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the center section was framed with a blanket stitch and then a single crochet

hand stitching done on the pattern paper and the fabric within

the hexagon cloth at the base was dyed with a rusty grid and then over stitched and some steampunk elements were added

a spiral of french knots leading down to the bottom

the piece was stretched and hand stitched over mounting board and an old curtain that was dyed with onion skins was hem stitched on for the backing.

the back of  ' A Science Experiment'

The Downton Abbey coat is moving along. I'm working on both sleeves at once and then it will just be the collar and the tab for the back. I was reading the instructions today and the finishing doesn't sound too easy. It's going to be difficult to block such a big piece. I've never done that before. I am anxious to get it finished.

We had a good amount of rain early this week and the garden just loves it. Radishes and Lettuce were picked from the garden this evening for my salad. We are back into a dry spell but hoping the rain decides to visit again soon.

You might not see me online as much. I'm trying to scale back sitting at the computer. I'll still be visiting blogs but it might not be as often. I do love seeing what you all are doing and I have to keep up with all of my online classes.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

some more knitting...

I finished up a bag I've been knitting on and off for over a year. I thought it would shrink more when felted but since it didn't, I cut off a section and made a little bag as well. They are both lined with a soft pink flannel and have an i-cord handle. I did put a cording within the i-cord so that the handle would not stretch. That little bag might wind up in a giveaway sometime soon.

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I've done a bit more work on the leaf scarf. I'm so anxious to get to the berry color in the variegation...maybe another leaf or two...

I finished up a small bobbin lace piece that didn't turn out great and I haven't yet decided how I'll finish it up....maybe a pin cushion.

the gray thread is a silk and stainless steel that's nice to lace with but not easy to stitch with needle and thread.

Karen Ruane has started up the Alchemy class again so I'm back to finishing my family memory album. I'm working on a page of my mom. The picture is of my mom modeling a bathrobe from the time she worked for Matsil Bros. (a bathrobe company) in NYC in the 1930s. I did some line marking on the image...something I learned from Lisa Congdon on

some line markings on an old image of my mom

Wishing all the moms out there a Happy Mother's Day. Hope it's a great weekend.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

finishing up things...

I'm getting better at finishing up projects and not putting them aside when I start something new. I did finish up this travel sewing pillow that has a place for all the tools and the project I'm working on.

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the front and back of the travel sewing pillow

the silk ribbons on the left hold thread cards and the wool stitched onto the pocket holds pins and needles. there is a little scissors case within the pocket and it's big enough to hold a small project.

Here are the results of the dyeing I talked about last time on the linen/silk cloth.

rose leaves, lots of frozen flowers, turmeric, steel wool bits over a copper pipe

the yellow from the turmeric is quite strong in spots

if you click on the image, you can see the beautiful weave of the cloth

...and I managed to do another bundle this week...

rose leaves, eucalyptus leaves, curry, turmeric, copper pipe and wire, steel wool

in a eucalyptus bath

results on habotai silk

I've also started a sweet potato to put in a hanging basket. It took this one a long time to get started but it already has some leaves since I took this picture.

Update on the Downton Abbey coat...the left side is finished on schedule, however, I realized that I did something wrong when knitting the right side, so I have to undo some of it to make it right...not a whole lot, so it shouldn't take long and then I can start on the sleeves.

The weather has been beautiful this week....very cool mornings and afternoons in the kind of weather.

Have a great weekend.
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