Friday, February 5, 2016

Felt Stitching

 My finished felted wall piece all stitched and ready to go into a local art gallery show that's coming up in March.  I love the feel of stitching on felt and am absolutely hooked on it!
 This is what the piece looked like before dyeing.  I made a piece of wet felt using merino fibres and then clamped various resists (mostly washers).  I dyed it first in green, reclamped and then dyed it in burgundy, reclamped and then in sky blue.  Now I am on the lookout for more resists to use to get different patterns.
 Valentine's Day is coming up and I started a little free pattern from Happiness Is Cross Stitching. 
I love the free black cat patterns on this site :)
Last weeks stitch for Take A Stitch Tuesday was the Arrowhead stitch.  A very straightforward and easy stitch to do which I worked on my Owl's breast.

Have a wonderful and creative day everyone and thank you for stopping by :D

Thursday, January 14, 2016

January Back to Creativity

 My TAST Owl with swirly cable chain stitches.  Haven't added this week's new stitch yet which is the Interlaced Cable Chain.  I hadn't heard of this stitch before so it will be fun to tackle.
 More resist dyeing on a wet felted piece which has now become a book cover.  Stitching on felt is wonderful!
 This piece became the back cover.
A friend & I recently played with soluble stabilizer.  Here I laid out bits of  thread,
 covered it with another piece of soluble
 and stitched around and all over to make sure that all the threads were joined.
I briefly rinsed it under warm water and shaped it over this glass to dry. Will post a picture of how it turned out next time:)

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you heaps of joy this day,

Monday, December 21, 2015

Resist Dyeing with Felt

 Wow - can't believe that it's been almost a month since I last posted!  I'm finished stitching, crocheting and putting together all of my Christmas gifts and they are all wrapped and under the tree.  I bought this Mill Hill Bead ornament kit a number of years ago and finally made it and have sent it to my sister.
 I so enjoy the look of blackwork embroidery and knowing a friend of mine enjoys blue and white I stitched this ornament up for her.  I really would like to do one for myself as well.
 Resist dyeing using felt was loads of fun and I will DEFINITELY be trying out this technique again.  I used the pieces to make into 4 book covers.  I used wooden clothes pins on the above piece as a resist.
 I also used various clips, washers and folds.  Some worked better than others.
 My 4 coptic bound books - 3 of which I gave away as Christmas gifts

 but this one I kept for myself. :)
 Inside front cover.  I made 5 signatures of 4 pages each and covered a piece of mat board for the cover. 
You can really see the clip and washers that I used as resists on this felted cover.
Blue Jay is sticking around and holding his own against the 7 Magpies that are in the yard. Usually the Magpies get the few peanuts I put out each day but not today!

Have a safe and joy-filled Christmas everyone and a very Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

2 More Stitched Pages

 On more of my eco-dyed fabric from a workshop I took in August with Arlee Barr and Karin Millson I finished my D page using detached buttonhole stitching.  For some reason I quite like this stitch and should incorporate it somehow in other things.
 My O page stitched with oyster stitches on onion dyed fabric.  This was a bit tricky to learn and I had to practice it a number of times on a scrap piece of fabric.  I free motion embroidered the owly :)
 This free pattern is available from Holly's Hobbies.  I just had to stitch it for myself :)
 Another free pattern from Happiness Is Cross Stitching.  This little ornament will be a gift for one of my sister's in law.  Free patterns on the net that are so easily downloaded are great!!
The Grey Partridges are back in the yard.  Haven't seen them all summer but now with cooler temperatures and a bit of snow they've come back.  Hope all 7 of them make it through the winter.

Hope everyone will be able to find some quiet stitching time today.
Thanks for popping by :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Blackwork & Blue & White

 Progress on my B for Blackwork Alphabet Stitch Book.  I had forgotten how lovely blackwork embroidery is.
Another LOVE of mine is Blue and White.  A task I never find onerous at all is taking down all my blue and white dishes and washing them.

Have a MOST enjoyable day and week everyone and thank you for popping by :)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Alphabet Stitch Pages

 Our stitchery guild's program for the year is to make our own alphabet stitch book in whatever stitches we want.  I'm doing Blackwork for B...
 cross stitch for the letter C ( I had made this years ago and it had been pinned to my bulletin board),
 free motion for F on a piece of eco dyed fabric,
 and wheatear stitches for the letter W also on a piece of eco-dyed fabric.  I haven't finished the edges yet or backed them as I'm still mulling over that detail.
 Sharon Boggon's Take A Stitch Tuesday (TAST) on her Pintangle site is moving right along and since my last post I've added french knots and wheatear stitches, neither of which I thought would be good for a beak.  Hope next weeks stitch will be.
A couple of days ago when my daughter and I were doing the dishes, she noticed that a coyote was walking through the garden and into the yard.  Hubby went onto the deck and took some photos and it didn't run away but stopped and looked at him and then continued to walk through the yard.  It looked in pretty good condition but on closer inspection of the picture we could see that something was the matter with its one eye.  Hope it will recover and be okay.

Sending you all joy and bushels full of creativity :)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Herringbone, Running & Satin Stitches

 Our stitchery guild began a program last month to make an alphabet book with stitches.  We can use any material or stitches or sewing we want.  I decided to use my rust and eco dyed material and began with the letter H and Herringbone stitches.  This piece of fabric was rust and loose tea dyed.
 The letter R for running stitches as well as for the rust and rose leaves.
 I've been working on this embellished purse for months and the end is in sight. Various yarns, cheese cloth, wool roving and organza was first "sewn" down using an embellishing machine onto a piece of denim.  I've added seed, feather, herringbone, cross stitches and beads and just have blue wooden beads to add to the tassels.  Not sure if I'll ever really use it and think of it more as an art purse rather than a functional one. 
 Caught up with Sharon's Take A Stitch Tuesday and this week added satin stitches.  Don't know what next week's stitch will be yet but I'm hoping it's one that I'll like for the beak.
 We don't often see a Blue Jay in the yard but this one showed up the other day.  Today we enjoyed his antics at getting the peanuts out of the coil and watching him fly back and forth to hide them all.  The wiley Magpies were watching of course and more than likely ate them all.
Finally, finally dug up the rest of the carrots today so that's it for another bountiful garden year.

Wishing everyone a fabulous Fall day :)