Friday, October 17, 2014

finishing up....

The pouch is finished and I made a matching pin cushion.

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lined with an old hanky and crocheted an edge

front of pouch

matching pin cushion with leftover hanky bits. measures 5" square

...and the knitted shawl is almost finished. i've decided to add a crocheted edge and then it can be blocked. Right now it measures 18" x 72". Not a great picture but I'll take a better one when it is completed.

18" x 72"... will get a crocheted edge and then can be blocked.

We've been having cool mornings in the 50s and 60s but it still gets hot in the afternoon. Enjoying the delightful mornings. Have a great weekend.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

the drizzle stitch...

I played with the drizzle stitch this week that I learned from Mary Corbet's blog needlenthread. It is fiddly to do but I love the result.

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beaded drizzle stitch

I showed you some hanky blocks last week....well, i was not happy with the way they were looking so I took my rotary cutter and cut them all into 4½" patches. I played with some of them last night and have almost finished a small pouch.

cut up hanky blocks

a few stitched together for a pouch

front of pouch

back of pouch

The pouch  (5" x 8") still needs some finishing touches and the side seems need to be stitched together. Hope it will be completed by next week....and there are still more patches to play with....maybe a needle case.

I'm about half way done with the shawl I showed you last week. It looks like the width will be about 18" when completed using the Amazing yarn (yarn name)  and a 9" needle (for those of you who decided to make one).

at the half way point

The sleeves of the Downton Abbey coat are finished and I'm working on the little tab that goes on the back at the waistline which is done in double knitting. Next will be the collar. The challenge for me will be in the wet blocking....can't wait to finish.

A cold front came in last night and it was 58 degrees this morning....just delightful.

Have a great week.

Friday, September 26, 2014

cooler mornings....

and a promise of cooler days to come. It seems the Plumbago does best this time of year. Such a pretty blue.

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Working on a couple of more hankies in SS5 with Karen Ruane....some of the hand dyed cloth is mine, some purchased from Deb Lacativa and the beautiful indigo blue shibori cloth was a gift from Jeannie Evans Van-Hoff quite awhile ago.

embellishing men's hankies
I am still working on my Downton Abbey knitted coat that I hope to finish by winter but we started a knit-a-long in knitting class so I'm also working on a Stitch Sampler Shawl. It can be found on Ravelry if you are inspired.

Stitch Sampler Shawl using Lion Brand's Amazing yarn

That's about it for this week. Have a great weekend.

Friday, September 19, 2014

it was a gully washer...

Wednesday night brought more than 8.5" of rain at my house and unbelievable thunder and lightning. It was sorely needed but getting it all at once always causes problems. Things have settled down now and just a light rain shower every now and then.

I did some experimenting with paint pens inspired by Karen's ledger work in SS5. I just made some simple lines on watercolor paper and then gave it a spray with alcohol to blend the colors. After it dried, I cut it up and just did a bit of embroidery.

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paint pens, alcohol and stitch

love these Crayola paint pens

We are working on hanky embellishment in SS5 and I finally decided on some men's hankies I have that are 15" x 15". I brought out some of my vintage cloth that I've dyed in past years and did a simple 16 patch. It will eventually get more stitch embellishment.....and there are 4 more similar hankies to play with.

man's hanky embellished with dyed cloth and lace and a smidgeon of velvet.

For those of you in the USA, Ken Burns has had a series on PBS on The Roosevelts. It is so interesting to watch what life and politics was like through those years.....different but no less chaotic than life these days. I've heard people say they wish they could go back to 'simpler times'. Times were not as simple as we tend to believe. The videos are available online HERE, if you are interested in watching. Not sure if they will work outside of the US.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

mostly experimenting....

That's what this week turned out to be....mostly experimenting. I did finish the snippet lace collar but up against the very white blouse, it looks dirty and just not the collar will be bundled and thrown in the dye pot and used on another project.

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snippet lace collar

I did a bit of experimenting with free form intarsia knitting...

free form intarsia knitting...colors inspired from fabric

Trying to knit the top of a sock on a ready made cotton short sock. would like a couple of pair for cold winter evenings. I don't find a regular knitted sock comfortable. I've taken this one apart and have started again. It needs a bit more tapering.

I know it looks strange but it's purely for comfort.

....and moving hankies, fabric and older sample embroideries around to use in Karen's latest class, Simply Stitch 5.

playing with vintage hankies

We are having a cool day....finally....with a steady rain.
Have a great week.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A New Carrier...

for my bobbin lace pillow. I've been using a carrier that I quilted many years ago and it is coming apart in places. Several years ago I purchased three small machine made quilts from a local discount store. I think I paid $10 for each of them. I planned on using them to make a cover for my sofa. Well, that never happened. One of them hangs over my sofa for cold winter evenings. I pulled out the second one and cut some panels to make a pouch big enough to hold my lace pillow. I stitched the lining fabric (from my stash) to the quilted cloth, turned it inside out and did the rest of the stitching by hand.

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the selvedge of the lining fabric  decorates the strap with a blanket stitched edge and the entire pouch has a crocheted edge.

the ties on the side hold the pillow in place

a gusset on one side to make inserting the pillow easier

it measures about 18" x 18"

I showed you a knitted doll jacket last week and this week, I finished the dress and the hat.

dolls dress and hat

I'm still working on the collar and cuffs made with the lace bits of fabric. Still have a bit more to stitch on the cuffs and then I'll start with the hand embroidery which is my favorite part.

collar and cuffs to be stitched onto a white vintage blouse

I just started reading an interesting book by Pam Grout....E2....more convincing evidence that your thoughts are what create your reality. Thought some of you might find it interesting as well. You can read the description and part of the book on Amazon....HERE.

Hope you are all having a great weekend.

Friday, August 29, 2014

lots of knitting this week...

I've been knitting doll clothing this week. I'm hoping it turns out the right size as it will be a gift and I'm not absolutely sure about the doll size. Nice that the pieces work up quickly. The jacket is finished. I'm working on the dress and there will also be a hat.

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doll clothes

I'm also working on making a collar and cuffs for a vintage white blouse that I've had for a while....just to dress it up a bit. Lots of bits and pieces stitched together and then there will be hand embellishing.

stitching a lace collar

Some of you might be familiar with The Tentmaker's of Cairo that have been making the rounds at some of the Quilt shows. They do such beautiful work and it's all needle turn applique. Bonnie McCaffrey made a video several years ago showing their procedure. If you've never seen this before, I think you will be amazed at the beautiful quilts they turn out and how it is done. I've watched this video several times and am still amazed and love hearing the history of how it all started so many years ago.

Here is the link to the video. It is about 15 minutes long.

The grass is still green but it's not looking very lush due to the lack of rain and the high temperatures. Autumn is on it's way here in Texas.
UPDATE: we've had a steady rain this evening for about an hour....wonderful.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, August 22, 2014

the Bug pillow is finished...

It now has woven doors and the helicopter has a pilot. I'm terrible at drawing so the pilot you see is the best I could do. He kind of looks like Ken Burns, the producer of all those great PBS documentaries. I finished the pillow with red and black fabric and some thick piping. it measures 18"x18". Can you tell why the Bug is being chased?

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woven doors

the pilot

chased by a helicopter

pillow back

The only other project I worked on this week was this:

a crocheted band with beads to hold my lace bobbins in place

I did buy some new things to play with...

little rollers that make stitch like marks on paper and some marking pens for dark fabrics

and some new paper to play with. anxious to try that mulberry ribbon paper.

The paper was purchased here:   Etsy Shop---Saaper

Hope you are all having a good weekend.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Chasing a VW Bug....

Spent most of the week on finishing up my bobbin lace VW Bug and creating a scene for a pillow. The fabric was showing through the lace so I did lots of weaving through the spaces. This will be a fun pillow to have around. Looks like the helicopter is chasing the Bug....still more work to do on this one. The helicopter does need a pilot....or something...and there will be embroidery in the background. The car still needs some doors. It measures about 12" x 12" so far but it will get a border.

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the scene so far. the cut off piano keys fabric made a good roadway.

helicopter appliqued on with lots of black stitching.

used some wrap stitches for the front grid and shisha mirrors for the hubcaps.

I tried doing a patchwork lace piece. I drew a pattern, cut out the pieces and used them as templates to cut out the lace. The lace was then free motioned onto a muslin background and still adding lots of embellishments with hand embroidery. It might wind up on the front of t-shirt if I can make it removable. Don't think I want to throw this in the washing machine. It is 6" in diameter.

drawing a pattern

stitched down with free motion embroidery and auditioning beads and buttons.

hand embroidery in progress

still needs more embellishing down on the bottom half.

....and I did do some meandering between the tomatoes I showed you last time and I think it will work to camouflage all the wrinkles.

meandered between the tomatoes

Our temperatures are still in the 100s almost every day without any sign of rain. Can't wait for the Fall season to arrive.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

cows in a magical forest....

That's what I've named this piece made up of leftover pieces of fabric from past projects that were done in black and white....mostly.

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the back of the magical forest

It all started with that center image of forest trees and a scattering of cows....added in some musical elements and a magical walking path. lots of hand embroidery...eyelets, stars, french knots and 2 shisha mirrors. This was fun to do. It's edged in piping and measures about 6½" x 6½". I did put some cotton batting between the layers to give it some body.

cows in a magical forest

I've had this coverlet pattern that I sent away for in 1974. I had remembered doing a few of the embroidered blocks but thought I had gotten rid of them remembering that I couldn't get all the wrinkles out.....Well, they turned up this week while going through some old projects that hadn't seen the light of day in years.I tried damp stretching the 10" blocks and was fairly successful except for the tomatoes. I'm going to try and do some free motion embroidery on the piece to see if that camouflages the mess I made. It would all make a nice kitchen wall hanging.

a picture of the coverlet as shown in the magazine

the blocks before damp stretching. I had started cutting out some of the elements to use in applique.

on the damp stretching board

And of course, there was some lace work. Experimenting with more snippets of lace on a lace background but this time in ecru and beige.

lace bits free motion embroidered onto a lace background

I can hardly keep up with all the projects I've started in the past few I am keeping busy.

Hope you have a great weekend. We are in the over 100 degree temperatures the past few days so I'm staying inside and staying cool.
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