Monday, June 16, 2008
It was interesting to work with choices made by someone else. Fortunately Amy did a wonderful job of coordinating her colors and provided a generous variety of embellishments. Thanks, Amy, for a great baggie.
I got a second baggie of lovely goodies from Ira in Israel. That block will be posted later, as I was unable to complete it before the time limit ran out.
I used a satin centered organdy ribbon for the background seaweed and overlayed it with feather stitching in floss and silk ribbon. The floss is tipped with seed beads.
Pins are pushed between the layers around the edge. A interesting and fun experience.
My SRH group decided to recycle unwanted CDs into pinkeepers. So we did a swap with two themes.
This is my In the Garden pinkeeper.
I am still working at learning the different SR stitches.About the only thing I do well is a spider web rose. So this gave me a chance to try something new.
I have been using The Silk Ribbon Embroidery Bible by Joan Gordon as my training manual. So I decided to use one of her motifs with my own twist.
As yet my supply of ribbon is very meager, so I embroidered the fence, tree branch, stepping stones and birdbath with floss. Since I love irises and purple, I added those instead of more french knot flowers. The spider web (which doesn't show up too well) is silver metallic, and the little black spot is a floss spider. AHHH, but the cardinals do look like birds!!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
I have recently discovered landscape quilting and thought that this would be perfect for showing the awesome beauty and gracefulness of the eagle--a very worthy choice for our national bird.
It took fussy cutting from three diferent fabrics to provide the background. The eagle, cut from a fourth fabric, was appliqued and embroidered to make it the focal point. There is a distant eagle to the right (you can just see the wing tip) that is machine embroidered with touches of hand stitching for further accent. Sorry about the cramped photo-my camera is on the fritz and I had to scan the block, which was too large for the scanner bed.
Although it does not show well in the pic, there is hand stitching on the rocks and grasses, with a few beads added for some bling. All in all, I felt pleased with my results. The other blocks I've seen are wonderful. This hanging will be a stunning piece of art.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
The purple study block will soon be finished, and I'm looking forward to the naming of the next color. These block will make a lovely wallhanging when all are finished.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I'm sorry to know that only 2 more blocks remain in this swap, but there will be another color and more fun for all!
My second block was for my CQI rr. We had no theme, so Debbie chose for passion for purple. My kind of gal!!!
I am learning to do needle tatting and had made a piece which was to have been oval shaped. NOT!! Mine turned out to be rather rectangular (can't imagine why). When I saw the ciggie, I knew what to do. I dyed the tatted piece a pale lavendar in a uneven shading to give it an antique look and framed the lovely lady. I laced it with a muticolored ribbon. Along the lower edge I used various shades of purple to make spider web roses and looped straight flowers with bead centers. A Victorian look button in gold-tone filigree with a pearl like center work well to pull everything together. Ahhhh, just can't get enough of purple.
Friday, May 30, 2008
Can't seem to go long without doing some crazy quilting. Joined a cq swap in one of my postcard groups. These guys are small, but it's enough to feed my habit. I'm looking forward to receiving mine and admiring the work of others. Ok, ok, I like picking up new ideas. But I do admire the talents of others greatly!!
I have been thinking of doing a Bob Ross painting, and thought- why not do it in fabric?
I am quite pleased with the results. I started with a yellow background fabric which I painted with watercolor pencils. Then I started piecing the foreground. I used a mixture of thread painting and the pencils to embellish . Then I framed the scene with this beautiful Native American patterned fabic and finished with a silver concho of a spinning lizard below the cactus. I like it very much, and I look forward to doing more.
Sunday, May 4, 2008
For lounging on the beach I added a hand embroidered sling chair and a colorful beach ball created with crayons. A meandering vine with yellow flowers finishes off the seams. Now what can I do with the songbird????
My FAT group is celebrating its 3rd birthday this month. We settled on a party hat swap filled with goodies. I chose a confetti print and embellished with a bear and birthday cake machine embroidery design. I timmed the top and brim with a multicolored eyelash yarn and added a red ribbon chin tie. Now I'm off to find some goodies to fill it with.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I wove some tan fabric together for the basket, added some "knobs" cut from a novelty yarn for balls of yarn, and added knitting needles made from jewelry head pins. It made a lovely little 5 x 7 wallhanging.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
I decided to work on some small projects. I have made ATCs, so I decided I would do a plus size inches swap representing the 4 elements-fire, water, earth and air. Plus size inches are 1 1/2 inches in size. I had thought they might prove to be a bit difficult to do, but they were suprisingly easy to handle.
I had a red fabric which always appeared "hot" to me, so that became fire. I added a zig-zag stem stitch in yellow and a few orange and red beads.
A brown batik became earth with the addition of a stone donut bead and a couched wool yarn.
Water was easy, also. I had a blue and white fabric that looked "wet" so I embroidered a simple little fish of detached chain stitches and clear bead bubbles.
Wind gave me some problems, until I thought of a favorite childhood character, Winnie the Poo and his blustery day. After that it was easy. Now I think I am ready to attempt inchies.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Recieved Kristi's fall rr block which she had done in lovely golds and brown. I decided to stay with that color way and I made a stumpwork owl in brown tones. I perched it on a vine and added beaded berries. I outlined the block with scolls in a golden brown floss and added gold foil leaves.Well, I need to start making cafe panels, so happy stitching.
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Sunday, February 24, 2008
Well, I made 6 ATC's instead of the 12 I had originally planned. I got my designs embroidered for my personal Easter card giving. I'll put them together between other tasks I suppose.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In the way of fun projects, I finished a valentine postcare card for a swap in a new group-SRE Heirlooms. My SRE skills are mostly limited to spider web roses and leaves, but I hope this group will enlarge my abilities as I practice more stitches.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I have just altered a sweatshirt to make a jacket. I used my embroidery machine to add butterflies to the front and back. Will post photos when I figure out the problem with my camera.
Well, that's it for this time. Happy stitching.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I think I will end here for tonight; I will try again when I have learned to upload photos.
Goodnight from cold Florida.