Friday, February 27, 2015

a finished pin cushion...

Back here, towards the bottom of the post, are some images of my play with mother of pearl mosaic tiles. I tried several different things and decided that 6 of the tiles would be the center of a pin cushion. It measures 6" x 6" x 1".

click on the images....

finished pin cushion 6" x 6" x 1"

weaving, grass, french knots, bullion knots, mosaic tiles

some embroidery done on the prairie points

spider web trees and piped edge

the back of the pin cushion


We are making Sally Dolls in knitting class to learn how to do color work. We didn't meet this week because of inclement weather so I moved along with mine because I do want to make more than one. I'm going to do the legs and arms out of fabric. I followed the argyle pattern for one side and just did a checkerboard on the other side....mine will be a two sided doll and a bit smaller than the pattern size.

blocking both sides of the doll. each side measures 5½" x 4"
Creativebug.com (the link is here) is featuring a Calligraphy class and I decided to play along. I learned Calligraphy many years ago but this class is teaching it a bit differently with pen nibs and ink. If you are interested, you can see a preview of the class here. I chose to order the kit they offered rather than trying to find all the inks and papers.



some of the things in the kit

I just received my kit so I hope to start practicing this weekend.

We did have some below freezing temps this week so school in all the surrounding areas was delayed by 2 hours because of freezing rain which made for dangerous road travel. We are not prepared for that kind of weather here and thankfully, it doesn't last very long. Due to warm up by the weekend.

Wishing you a fabulous weekend and creative times.

18 comments:

liniecat said...

Hadn't seen those Sally Dolls before but that's a great way to learn stitches, they'd be sort Sampler Dolls!
I think that pin cushion is wonderful!
It's so pretty but so innovative lay made

Rachel said...

That "garden design" fabric is delightful, isn't it!

Nancy said...

Everything here is just so fun!! I can't get over what you've done with those tiles! And I love the fabric choices.

Peggy said...

Such lovely and interesting projects you're working on, Deanna. Love the Sally doll, that's going on my Ravelry favorite's list! Chilly everywhere....brrrr.

karen said...

I love the detailed nature of your pin pillow Deanna, your sampling and pushing have really paid off. The Sally doll looks like a very ''happy'' piece to be working on and your knitting is gorgeous.

montana joe said...

so many wonderful and diverse creations! i love your new pincushion! and your knitting and bobbin lace skills are clearly superb! i am always left in a blissful state of awe and wonder when i rummage through your blog!

Jane Galley said...

I just love that pin cushion, with it's piped edges and the stitchy details. It's one of my favourite colours too

Mosaic Magpie said...

The Sally Dolls are WILD looking! A great fun way to learn new stitches. Love the pincushion and that background fabric is fantastic!!!
Deb

susan hemann said...

lovely work, I signed up for the calligraphy class too. thank you for posting about it. I took calligraphy a long time ago so I am excited to get back to it. I have been a collector of inkwells and pens for a long time. Well I hope you have a good week.
Once again we have been getting snow all night. I opened my windows today. I don't care about the electric bill, I need fresh air!!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love reading your blog posts Deanna - there is always something interesting to see! This one is no exception. I absolutely am enthralled with that pin pillow - it's most definitely one of a kind. Haven't heard of Sally Dolls and will be checking those out - they look like fun to make and good for stash reduction.

neki desu said...

that pincushion is worth framing.
looking forward to seeing how you incorporate calligraphy into stitching. or vice versa

Anita said...

The pin pillow is pretty,the back fabric is so lovely. I've never made a Sally doll..it looks fun and exciting.

Nat Palaskas said...

Nice pincushion. I love the piping you put around it and your signature prairie points set it off beautifully - Hugs Nat

Maggi said...

Beautiful pin cushion. I really like the freshness of the colours.

Jillayne said...

I love that pincushion Deanna - it turned out so beautifully! It was a real pleasure to watch it unfold.
I only just heard of Creative Bug last week when I was searching for information on something - have you taken many classes from them? I couldn't quite understand how it all worked so didn't pursue anything but perhaps I should re-visit it.
As for calligraphy - I love it. I took a course a few years back from a local artist. He was very talented but rather eccentric and drank rather a lot - it was interesting... We worked with fountain pens and felt-tipped and as an odd coincidence, I just took all my notes out this morning along with my practice pad - I want to do a little with it this weekend. Your kit looks wonderful too, by the way...

Els said...

That pin cushion is soooo lovely Deanna ! I simply adore that "blueprint" fabric you used !

Wow, nice knitting too ! In a new knitting project you will probably be using your new skills ;-)

Marie said...

Ooohhh that pincushion is just perfect.

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