Sunday, July 5, 2015

some of the ground covered this week....

I moved from this project to that project and back again. Trying to finish up some UFOs and started something new. Can't ever resist starting something new. Here are a few images....

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doodles on cloth, sashiko stitching, bumpy bits 

preparing fabric circles for embellishing

doodles on cloth enhanced with chain stitch

stitch embellishment

Finished up a flextangle that was started a while back.

color catcher sheet attached to flextangle pattern and adding stitch

2 completed flextangles

Determined to finish this wrapping cloth started in one of Karen Ruane's first embroidery classes. Added some embellishment to this panel.

broderie anglaise, vintage linens, toile, embellishment


And....a few of you asked how I was managing to control all those loose threads on my bobbin lace piece, so here's a picture. The threads are temporarily wound around four large pins stuck into the pillow. The nightmare will be untangling them and braiding them into the trunk of the tree when the lace work is finished.

managing the bobbin lace threads

Hope you're all enjoying your weekend. Have a great week.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

a musical theme...

Another pouch completed. This one was started awhile ago and just got lost in the UFO pile. It's a small one but with lots of detailed stitching. It all started with a hanky and a piece of pink dupioni silk.

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cutwork, puffs, embroidery, and a ruffle

the back...musical bumpy bits, embroidery

close up of cutwork and embroidery

an inner pocket

a doodled lining

I'm making good headway on my bobbin lace tree. Almost 2/3 complete. Anxious to finish this one so I can start on something new. Braiding all those long threads into a tree trunk will be a challenge.

all those loose threads will be woven into a tree trunk.


It's been a good week for so many reasons. Some hope restored for the future.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

blue and white....

I do like working with blue and white. Mostly stitching a blue and white pouch this week and not much else. Some images as it started and to completion. The white background was stitched awhile ago....layering of fabrics secured with free motion quilting. The pouch measures 10" x 12".

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gathering....hand dyed cloth, a thrift store soft denim skirt and some blue and white quilters cotton

cutwork, bullion knots and web stitches

adding a pocket

a triple stitch on the machine with a variegated thread

a doodle and trim hidden on the inside

a lacy button

the front

the back...web stiches with perle cotton and sashiko thread and running stitches along the white edge.

Wishing you all a happy Sunday and a creative week.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

a pouch with a vintage look...

The pouch I showed you a bit of last week was just finished last night. It was made with vintage linen cloth and a commercial fabric with a vintage look. It's already filled with fabric of the same type. Here are some images so you can see it from all angles. It measures 8" x 12".

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a message on the lining done with a micron pen, 3 puffs and a scalloped edge

vintage linen stitched over the fabric with eyelets and embroidery

eyelets, some hand embroidery and a piped ribbon edge

just a couple of puffs on the back and some matching ties for closure

a close up of the front motif

And the paper blanket is finished. There might be a contrasting second edge added to the border but for right one, this is it. it measures just over 16" square and is quite flexible. Loved working with the Shosenshi Japanese paper.

each square is 4"

joined with a soft bamboo thread in crochet and then whip stitched together



Hope you all have a great weekend. I'm about to try pounding flowers. Don't have too many colorful ones but anxious to try the process once again. Haven't done this in years.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

more pockets....

I did finish the pocket I showed you last week that I started as part of Karen Ruane's Embroidered Pockets class. It's not too late to join in. You'd be amazed at some of the work being shown in the Flickr group....sorry, it's Private so I can't show you. But I can show you my finished pocket.

click on the images....for a much better view.

pocket front...embroidery and  appliqued bumpy bits over the broderie anglaise.

pocket back...appliqued and embroidered bumpy bits

I've started a new pocket....that I think might wind up being a pouch. Took my inspiration from some work I did in a ledger class given by Karen Ruane some time back.

inspiration from one of my ledgers transferred onto cloth.

and here it is embroidered with a printed fabric stitched behind the opening.
Hope this one will be finished by next week.

Still working on my paper blanket and just a few more squares to stitch together.

crocheted around the edge and then whip stitched together.

We've been having beautiful weather after all that rain but it's already getting too hot for my liking. We've already had several days in the 90s but Summer is nearly here so that is the way it will be.

and....
JUST A FACT: The Romans used to clean and whiten their teeth with urine. Apparently it works. Please don't do it, though.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

the sun is finally shining....

and the rain has stopped for the moment but more is predicted. You've probably all heard on the news about the floods in Texas. Lots of people lost everything and so many trees were just snapped in half so there's lots of cleaning up going on. I am lucky to live in a neighborhood where there was little damage. The good side of all this is that we are no longer in a drought status. The lake has gone from 36% full to 74% full and still rising. This is good news for so many reasons. Wishing the best for all those who have lost friends, family, their homes and belongings.

Have spent lots of time indoors this week avoiding the dangerous flood areas and there is lots right here in my own little space to inspire.

This shell was gifted to me from a friend who just came back from Florida. Can't wait to doodle a similar design with paper and pencil....such a beautiful pattern.

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pattern on the bottom of a sea shell

I did test out some colors to surround the paper weavings I've been doing. There are 16 blocks to put together which will make a paper blanket about 16" x 16". The final decision was blue. I'm crocheting around the block and then whip stitching the pieces together.

a very soft bamboo thread to edge the weavings

Lots of wonderful things happening in Karen Ruane's latest class Embroidered Pockets. We are working with ledgers as well as with cloth.

inspiration from children's books

using a Sunbonnet Sue book as a ledger

stitching and doodling on broderie anglaise

added bumpy bits over the lace motif

Working on the back of this pocket today....so nearly finished. Have lots of ideas for the next one so can't wait to get started.

Hope you all are having a great weekend and hope to see you next week.

JUST A FACT:  Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

successes and failures....

I've managed to completely piece the top of the redwork hat quilt. Decided to edge two of the sides with prairie points....some embroidered with patterns of the hat bands showing in the fabric. I probably shouldn't stitch those on until the top is quilted. Lots of ideas of how I want to quilt this but need to do some sampling to see if my ideas will work. The plans are to do some hand quilting and some machine quilting.....more on that at another time.

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embroidering prairie points

I'm wondering if this will be enough.

just playing....might be an idea for tile work.

the edge....facing inward is how I plan to place them.

Continuing to weave with the Shosenshi paper on the pin loom. I did try leaf dyeing on a couple of them but that was not very successful. Maybe I'll try adding some paint or stamps on these but they will not be part of the paper blanket.

woven paper and other paper embedded with rose leaves tied between 2 tiles and placed in walnut bath.

opening the bundle

looks like it's coated in mud....not very pretty.

I did experiment with crocheting some of the woven squares together which worked out fine but I think I would like it better with a color. It looks too drab. I do have some pretty colors of this bamboo yarn so I will continue to experiment.

too drab....need to experiment with other colors.
And.... did do some more experimenting with the paper manipulation but haven't been successful ....yet... in achieving what I'm planning.

color catcher sheets fused to cardstock, pin pricked and stitched


I watched this wonderful video of an embroidery of the Magna Carta that was fascinating. Thought you might like to see it. The video is here. The link I planned on sharing was just made private so I'm hoping the link I'm providing will work for you. You might have to be signed onto facebook. The embroidery is being exhibited at the British Museum right now. Wish I was close enough to visit.

....and...
JUST A FACT: Stephen Hawking's father, Frank Hawking, was a bee keeper.
You might enjoy this little video describing why the bee's build a perfect hexagon....it's HERE.

It's still raining here in Texas on a daily basis....on and off....the ground is saturated but more rain is predicted. Have a great weekend and I'll see you next time.
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