Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I left the hand stitching for awhile to play with some yarn and color catcher sheets.

this yarn was originally meant for socks

I've been saving these color catcher sheets for a long time.

experimenting with color catcher sheets

Any ideas for the color catcher sheets are welcome. I thought I might create a pattern with some sort of a loose join.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Damp Stretching Mr. Moon

Mr. Moon is now wrinkle free after stitching

a gifted cloth


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Following the ins and outs of my Quilting Friends...

A few weeks ago, I taught Jude's method of fabric weaving to my quilting friends. You can see that here.
Some of them have been busy embellishing and even doing more weavings. Click on the images for a closer view.

Anita's been busy weaving

Debbie embellished her weaving with fabric photos of her
2 granddaughters and added lots of bling. It will be a gift for them.

Kay did lots of embellishing and even cut holes to reveal the bottom layer.

Kay also did  this weaving leaving spaces in between revealing the backing.

And Jude has been doing some 'cloth whispering' this week and has lots of followers. I've been playing along. If you'd like to join in, go here. Scroll down to her entry made Dec. 6th, so you can start at the beginning. This is what I've done so far. Click on the image for a closer view.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Weaving becomes a pin cushion...

My goal for 2011 is to finish more of the projects I start as well as the works that are already in progress. I'm starting early and I actually finished something I started just a few days ago. I had fun with the old weave-it loom I found in my closet. It is in the previous post if you missed it. I didn't have the instructions at the time so I just did my own thing, first with a linen thread and then with silk ribbon. I later found the instructions and the website is on my sidebar if you need them. Maybe you have this old loom as well. Anyway, the weaving has now become part of a large pincushion. I like that it is square so that I can easily separate different kinds of pins and needles. It measures 5" x 5" x 1¼".  Click on the images for a closer view.

woven with linen thread and silk ribbon
stitched onto upholstery fabric with piped edges

all around view

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I've been busy...

I've been busy the past few days with more natural dyeing and experimenting with some new things.
Click on the photos for a closer view.

a paper star made from newspaper
tutorial from here

cotton/linen and scrim dyed with onion skins

silk on left and cotton on right / chinese tallow leaves and onion skins

more silk with chinese tallow leaves and onion skins

playing with stripes and dropped in dye bath

another cover with vintage quilt block
the ribbon is orange and white check as it appears in the reflection

weaving with linen thread and silk ribbon
just realized that this loom is for bias weaving.
lots of good info on old looms here.

this if for those who posted pictures in overalls
these are me in the 1970s in San Antonio, TX

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Moons and Beasts

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I'm always working on several things at one time. I've been playing around with 'moon stitching' for the moon quilt I hope to put together. I saw some silk scrim with embroidery at the Houston Quilt Show and it inspired me to try embroidery on scrim. I put 2 pieces of scrim together with a temporary spray and starched it so it would be easier to stitch through. I placed it in a hoop, added some hand dyed scrim in spots and started stitching. It still needs some work but I think it will work.
I also started stitching on the moon piece I put together a couple of weeks ago.
I had put some little weavings together a few weeks back and a beast appeared in one of them so I decided to stitch him into the weaving. I don't know what he will look like when he's finished but I'm sure he will help me decide what stitches come next. Click on the photos for a closer view. If you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

silk scrim with embroidery viewed in Houston

my embroidery on scrim

moon stitching

the beast that appeared in my weaving

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bobbin Lace class with Hilary Davies

The Austin Lace Guild arranged a class with Hilary Davies from the UK. She does beautiful Bedfordshire lace and was a delight to spend time with in class. There were 10 of us in class for the 2 days. I learned a lot even though I didn't do very well on the pattern we worked on. The 'light bulb' has not yet been turned on for me with bobbin lace but I am persevering and hope to get better with time. It was nice to get to know some of the lacers I had not met from the guild. Here are some pictures of all of us working hard. Click on image for a closer view.

that's me with Karen, Karisse and Pat in the background

Karisse with her beautiful lamp

Karen, my Austin lace teacher and Pres. of the guild

Joy having a good time

Karisse's wood block to hold down her bobbins

Susan Merritt's beautiful work. She came in from Aquilla, Tx to attend this class.

Hilary Davies instructing Pat.

Hilary's beautiful lace

Monday, November 15, 2010

Remembering Pica and Elite...

Jude posted a picture of  'Was' sitting on a carpet today and it brought back lots of memories for me of the days when I had Pica and Elite, my 2 best companions. Their mom was Callie, a calico cat that belonged to my sister and brother-in-law. This was in the mid 1970s when I had just moved from NY to TX. I was staying at my sister's house until my furniture arrived. My brother-in-law was a writer and was typing on his typewriter when I was trying to think of a name for my 2 new family members. Pica and Elite seemed appropriate. Elite is the all gray one. She was afraid of everything, except me, of course. When company arrived, Elite was nowhere to me found. Pica, on the other hand, was very friendly, outgoing, and always wanted to be the center of attention. As I said on Jude's blog, Elite would come and sit on my lap, look straight into my eyes and 'talk to me' in short little chirping like sounds.  She was trying so hard to tell me things that I could not understand. When we finished our little conversation, she would just curl up on my lap and go to sleep. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could read the minds of our pets. I still miss them even though it's been about 17 years since they're gone. They both lived to the ripe old age of 18.

I love that reading other people's blogs brings back so many good memories. Here are a few very old photos. Click on the photo for a closer view.

looking out a 2nd story window

Elite at her best

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Old quilt blocks revive a treasured box...

In the 1960s, my dad built me a mahogany table with a glass top for my first apartment. I remember carrying that very heavy glass up the stairs and thinking we would never make it. There was some mahogany veneer left over and he put together a wonderful little box with a hinged top that I used for various things through the years. The hinges came loose a few years ago but I never got around to fixing the problem. While at the Houston Quilt Show, I saw some old sewing machine drawers made into beautiful boxes by covering a base with quilting blocks to place over the drawer. I removed the hinges from my box and surrounded the cover with some thin batting and used 2 old quilt blocks (given to me by a quilting friend) to cover it up. The old has become new again. Click on images for a closer view.

old mahogany box with new cover

mahogany table made by my dad in the 1960s
it sits in my living room with all my supplies close at hand

What Was I Thinking???

Wish I could go back in time and eliminate the turmeric, but since that's not possible, I will be doing a lot of overdyeing. I just sprinkled some of the turmeric but it does take over. In fact, when I unrolled the bundles, some of the turmeric was still in powder form and had to be brushed off of the fabric. I love the lines formed from the twill tape I used to bind the bundles. Colors in the photos are a little off but close.
All the beet slivers used washed away. The leaf prints are chinese tallow. Caramel coloring is from the oak leaves.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


One of the thrift shops had 50% off on most things today in honor of Veteran's Day and I just couldn't pass it up. I am addicted to searching for old and unusual cloths. Thankfully it's an inexpensive hobby. Most of my finds are from the 'bed and bath' department.

thrift store finds
When I got home, I went out and collected lots of leaves to save for the days when there are no longer leaves on the trees. Can't go for months not dyeing some fabric with leaves. They are such a beautiful color right now.

Japanese Oak leaves

Several bundles waiting to be opened after submerging them in water this time instead of steaming. I just love opening those bundles to see the magic that took place.

bundles of oak leaves, rose leaves, small orange flowers, dashes of turmeric

Monday, November 8, 2010

I Love Prairie Points...

When I was at the Houston Quilt Show I sat and listened to some of the teachers talk about the techniques they use in their quilts. Susan Cleveland showed how she scatters prairie points of all sizes throughout her quilts. I recently put an edging of prairie points on the bottom of a shirt. You can see that here. I never thought of putting them in the middle of a cloth stitching. I made a bunch of small prairie points and stitched some into my cloth weavings. It adds that 3-D effect and I love it. Try it and let me know what you think. Click on the photos for a closer view.

prairie points

prairie point slipped into weaving and stitched

2 stitched prairie points

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