Sunday, October 25, 2009

Simple Green

Just a short FYI post about a product that I've used for the first time and it is wonderful. Simple Green is a cleaning product that is non-toxic and biodegradeable. I was at the Houston show last week and saw a demonstration on Shiva Paintstiks given by Iris Jarvis. When it was time to clean up, she used this product, SIMPLE GREEN, and the clean up was so easy. Shiva Painstiks are oil based so cannot be cleaned up with just soap and water. I bought this product in the cleaning section of the supermarket. I think I'll be using my Shiva Paintstiks much more frequently now.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pillow for Teneriffe Lace



Found this little pillow at the thriftstore for 99¢ and thought it was a pincushion. It is 4" in diameter. I have since been told that it is a pillow used to make Teneriffe Lace and there is a partially finished piece of lace on the pillow. Wish I knew how this pillow originated and who owned it. I have looked through some lace books but do not find this type of pillow. I do hope to use it to make some Teneriffe Lace. If anyone knows anything about this pillow, please leave a comment or e-mail me.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sheer Fabric Experiment -- 2nd layer

My first layer was very chaotic. This one is very orderly, done in solid black and polka dot black organza. All hand stitched. Now to get the 2 layers to work well together. Onto more experimenting.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Experimenting With Sheer Fabric

Hand stitched sheer fabric / single and double layered sections
Step 1: overlay fabrics

Step 2: baste down with invisifil thread

Step 3: fold over to cover raw edges and do a running stitch with 2 strands embroidery floss

This is the top layer of an experiment with sheer fabrics. Have some ideas about how I will finish it but need to do some more experimenting. The piece is approximately 18" x 20". I have included the steps showing how the seams were stitched. It looks exactly the same on the front and the back.
If you are interested in experimenting with sheers or Korean Patchwork, known as pojagi, Lily Kerns has set up a yahoo group so all interested can share ideas. If you would like to join, just click on this link: .

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