Friday, August 22, 2014

the Bug pillow is finished...

It now has woven doors and the helicopter has a pilot. I'm terrible at drawing so the pilot you see is the best I could do. He kind of looks like Ken Burns, the producer of all those great PBS documentaries. I finished the pillow with red and black fabric and some thick piping. it measures 18"x18". Can you tell why the Bug is being chased?

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woven doors


the pilot

chased by a helicopter

pillow back

The only other project I worked on this week was this:

a crocheted band with beads to hold my lace bobbins in place

I did buy some new things to play with...

little rollers that make stitch like marks on paper and some marking pens for dark fabrics

and some new paper to play with. anxious to try that mulberry ribbon paper.

The paper was purchased here:   Etsy Shop---Saaper

Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chasing a VW Bug....

Spent most of the week on finishing up my bobbin lace VW Bug and creating a scene for a pillow. The fabric was showing through the lace so I did lots of weaving through the spaces. This will be a fun pillow to have around. Looks like the helicopter is chasing the Bug....still more work to do on this one. The helicopter does need a pilot....or something...and there will be embroidery in the background. The car still needs some doors. It measures about 12" x 12" so far but it will get a border.

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the scene so far. the cut off piano keys fabric made a good roadway.

helicopter appliqued on with lots of black stitching.

used some wrap stitches for the front grid and shisha mirrors for the hubcaps.

I tried doing a patchwork lace piece. I drew a pattern, cut out the pieces and used them as templates to cut out the lace. The lace was then free motioned onto a muslin background and still adding lots of embellishments with hand embroidery. It might wind up on the front of t-shirt if I can make it removable. Don't think I want to throw this in the washing machine. It is 6" in diameter.

drawing a pattern

stitched down with free motion embroidery and auditioning beads and buttons.

hand embroidery in progress

still needs more embellishing down on the bottom half.

....and I did do some meandering between the tomatoes I showed you last time and I think it will work to camouflage all the wrinkles.

meandered between the tomatoes


Our temperatures are still in the 100s almost every day without any sign of rain. Can't wait for the Fall season to arrive.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

cows in a magical forest....

That's what I've named this piece made up of leftover pieces of fabric from past projects that were done in black and white....mostly.

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the back of the magical forest

It all started with that center image of forest trees and a scattering of cows....added in some musical elements and a magical walking path. lots of hand embroidery...eyelets, stars, french knots and 2 shisha mirrors. This was fun to do. It's edged in piping and measures about 6½" x 6½". I did put some cotton batting between the layers to give it some body.

cows in a magical forest

I've had this coverlet pattern that I sent away for in 1974. I had remembered doing a few of the embroidered blocks but thought I had gotten rid of them remembering that I couldn't get all the wrinkles out.....Well, they turned up this week while going through some old projects that hadn't seen the light of day in years.I tried damp stretching the 10" blocks and was fairly successful except for the tomatoes. I'm going to try and do some free motion embroidery on the piece to see if that camouflages the mess I made. It would all make a nice kitchen wall hanging.


a picture of the coverlet as shown in the magazine

the blocks before damp stretching. I had started cutting out some of the elements to use in applique.

on the damp stretching board

And of course, there was some lace work. Experimenting with more snippets of lace on a lace background but this time in ecru and beige.

lace bits free motion embroidered onto a lace background

I can hardly keep up with all the projects I've started in the past few weeks....so I am keeping busy.

Hope you have a great weekend. We are in the over 100 degree temperatures the past few days so I'm staying inside and staying cool.
 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

using scraps....

or 'snippets', as Karen Ruane calls them, some interesting pieces have been created.
This first one started out with bits of hand dyed silk and some used Color Catcher Sheets.

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all stitched down with free motion embroidery

lots of embellishing
 It started developing into a little garden house of sorts...maybe a fairy house....so there needed to be some vines and flowers.
crocheted vines and flowers
 Here it is so far, but it's not finished yet. It measures 8" x 7".

added windows and a door
Then....my favorite....working with vintage lace and embroidery.
This one also measures about 8" x 6".

scraps of vintage lace and linens

tiny prairie points in a lace pocket embellished with stitch


an open window and a shisha mirror.
There is another similar type piece I'm working on called 'cows in a magical forest'. I'll show you that one next time.

Wishing you all a creative week.

Friday, July 25, 2014

more lace work...

I was gifted 2 very old images that were just begging to be altered in some way. After a bit of research, I learned that these were images of lithographs done in the 1960s and 70s. I was unable to identify the artist. I added bits of lace and hand embroidery here and there and did some line work in the background with a black Sharpie.

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some tatting and french knots on the cuff, hanky lace edged one side of the collar, brown lacing with some metal beads and line work on the background

cuffs and bottom edge embroidered and lace added to top corner; line work on the background

Karen's lace class has just ended but I'm still working on several pieces I started. Here is one of the pieces I worked on this week. My sister had given me some of her unfinished cross stitch pieces, several years ago, and I've been incorporating small sections into art work. Hope to make several more of these lace pieces with the cut up cross stitch bits and then stitch them all together to make a large cloth.

incorporating cross stitch with lace work

completed most of the hand stitching on this section.

Karen Ruane has announced Simply Stitch 5 that will begin September 8th, so if you're interested in being a fly on her wall, check it out here.

There's lots more to show you but I'll save it for next week. Have a great weekend.

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.

close-up....love 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 giveaway....no 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

connections....

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.
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