Saturday, January 24, 2009


I took a class at 'Sea of Beads' in Austin, TX to learn how to create this Ndebele bracelet. I just completed it last night and this one goes to my friend Judi in NYC. I will now make one for myself and maybe a couple more for gifts. It's very relaxing doing the beading at night while watching TV.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


There was a question on the quiltart list about embroidery with a very old sewing machine. These pieces (borders are my addition) were embroidered in the 1930's by my grandmother (my dad's mom) on her sewing machine. I have had them for years and haven't yet decided how to preserve them. Any ideas are welcome. I thought about a needle book but I would rather use them in a display. I have one more piece (someplace) that I haven't yet worked with. I wasn't going to post these until completion but since the question came up I thought maybe someone would offer some suggestions.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


While making a fleece baby blanket, I had lots of remnant strips and hated to just throw them away. I joined the strips together and used size 17
knitting needles to knit a background piece. I cut out a cow remnant and some purple circles and hand embellished them to the background. I think it makes a cute little wall hanging for a babies room.

knitted background

joining strips

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Another project finished. I started out with a white sweatshirt, some vintage embroidered runners and 2 of my mom's hankies. The hankies made a great collar. The only thing I would do differently next time is to buy a sweatshirt that is 2 sizes larger than my size. After taking it apart and re-stitching it together causes it to lose some width. It does fit, but I would have liked it to be a little looser, since it is a jacket.
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