Friday, March 27, 2015

Felting & Marbling

 Here's my finished little felted piece.  The tree was lacking something so I needle-felted a wee owl to it.  Once a year a small art gallery in the city puts on an exhibit of members works and that's where it is hanging right now.
 I've been enjoying more felting lately and here is another piece that I laid out on bubble wrap ready for soapy water and a lot of rolling.
 Felted and free motion machine embroidered and ready now for some hand stitching.  I'm thinking it needs a few bees to begin with.
 Chain stitch, stem, straight, french knots and fly stitches for the cover of another owlet accordion booklet.  I'll do a buttonhole wheel for the eyes and add beads too.
I had such a fun marbling afternoon with a few friends from our stitchery guild. 
We marbled fabric and paper using Pebeo marbling on sodium alginate
and also on shaving cream using Dye-na flow paints.  We also marbled papers with shuminagashi japanese inks on water which was also fun. We were challenged to do something with our pieces before the next meeting so now I just have to do something with them besides look at them.

Wishing everyone a beautiful day and a lovely weekend :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For the Burrowing Owl Centre in Moose Jaw, SK.

I've been working on more Owl Advice accordion booklets.  Proceeds from their sale will be given to the Burrowing Owl Interpretative Centre in Moose Jaw.
 I just love working with Lorraine's hand dyed threads and I received these in the mail last week from her Etsy shop Colour Complements.  Thank you Lorraine!  Can't wait to begin using them :)
 I participated in an atc swap recently and this was the lovely canvas stitched atc I received.  Thank you Kerry :)
 Played with the end of a pool noodle, a stencil, and a rounded stamp to make marks on a couple pieces of yellow cloth.  They are going to cover a book box which we will learn how to do at this evening's stitchery guild meeting.
We have 7 Black-billed Magpies coming into the yard every morning and this one perched on top of a pine tree long enough for me to grab my camera and take his picture :)

Have a wonderful day everyone!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Four Felting Pieces

 Our latest Stitchery Guild project has been needle felting and this is the design that I created inspired from Liinalommi Felt Design.  We were each given a 9 x 9" piece of acrylic felt and roving plus a needle felting needle.  A lot of stabbing went on that evening and a few ouches too.
 After some free motion machine sewing the stalks now look more like wheat.
 Having some bags of wool from previous projects I decided to play a bit and laid out this design.  After wetting with warm soapy water and rolling and rolling and rolling I let it dry and then
 did some sewing. I'm in the process of adding french knots and bullion bumblebees.  I will add wings once I have made a couple more bees.
 With a small piece of felt I made an artist trading card stitching only with french knots. 
Am also working on this piece that I had wet felted.  I'm needle felting additional roving to give it more life as well as french knots. I'm certainly enjoying these felting projects.

Happy Stitching everyone and thank you for stopping by :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hearts and Tyvek

 A quick and easy cross stitch heart pattern that I came across at dandee designs.  One for each of my daughters and I'm set for Valentine's Day :)
 Hearts stitched together pattern also available from dandee designs.  She stitched her hearts separately which actually look better.  If I have time I'll do another one.
 Been playing this week with some Tyvek (house wrap).
 I cut it into pieces and painted them with metallic acrylic paints.  They all dried in less than 1/2 an hour.  Then I ironed them between sheets of parchment paper.  Some I ironed a bit too long as it just melted and disappeared.
 Other pieces bubbled and puckered and holed up nicely which I then free motion stitched owls on.  Not sure yet what I'll do with them yet.
 This one will become an artist trading card.  I need to back and put an edge around it.
 Also played with candy wrappers again and made another couple of atc's to trade.
 Thankfully I have co-workers and friends saving wrappers for me.

 Last week we went down hill skiing at Castle Mountain in Alberta and I was thrilled to see Stellar Jays.  I had put out some peanuts and cracked corn and within minutes there were 5 of them right outside the door.

Have a wonderful week everyone and a Happy Valentine's Day :D

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Whole Cloth Piece with Bugs

 Finished with my whole cloth piece which is about 22 x 22 cm or 9 x 9 in.  I painted some of the flowers using acrylic paint, appliqued, fused and made a few 3-D flowers too.
 Just had to add some bugs and made this caterpillar and bees using bullion stitching.  On hindsight I wish I had made them a bit bigger as they are rather lost on this piece.  I'll know for next time.
 Tried my hand again on a stumpwork lady bug.  I first tacked down a small piece of black felt and stitched black and red threads over it.  Made a few french knots on the back and added a couple of small black beads for the eyes.  Straight stitches for the legs and antennae and there you have it.  One small ladybug complete.
 This inchworm should have been larger too as it is hardly noticeable.  It is one long bullion knot with a couple of black french knots for the eyes.
 So the whole cloth piece was our December project in our stitchery guild. This Sashiko piece was made in November.
 The colours of India was our October piece and for January
 we are needle felting.  This is how my piece is looking so far.  All our pieces are approximately the same size and we'll be making a book box to keep them all in. 
The stitchin fingers atc swap of the month theme is Winter.  Using candy and gum wrappers and some free motion embroidery this is my progress so far.  Will add a few more threads to it I think before I send it off.

Hope everyone is enjoying their January.  Take care wonderful blog followers :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chain Stitched Applique

 Slow progress on my whole cloth piece but I did manage to add a couple of bright orange flowers to it.  Using fusible web I ironed this flower down and chained stitched around the edge and added some pistil stitches and beads.
 Wanting a 3 dimensional look as well I buttonholed around this flower and stitched it on with french knots.  I have 3 more flowers to go and then will add a few stitched bugs.
 This is supposed to be the beginnings of a cross stitched robin but I've already made 4 mistakes so we'll see what bird it will be by the time I'm done :)
 Grouping of 4 of my owlet accordion books that I've enjoyed stitching.
Owl accordion booklet opened up.
 4 more owl accordion booklets. 

It always makes my day when a Sharp-tailed Grouse comes into the yard.  We've been having -28 Celsius and into the - 30's at night so I am glad to scatter a bit of seed on the ground for the birds.

Happy New Year and wishing everyone a creative and wonderful year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Seed Filler Stitches

 A bit more progress on my whole cloth piece namely chain stitches around the purple flower with french knot centres, open chain stitches for the tendril and then seed stitching.  Seed stitches are certainly a great filler stitch and so easy and relaxing to do.
 Thought I'd try my hand once again at some free motion embroidery and had fun with these squiggles and leaves around this tendril.
 Back to more owl covers for my accordion books.  Learning from my previous mistake I drew out the design lightly with a pencil and then stitched.  Before glueing the cloth to the book cover I made sure I had stitched the beaks this time too.
 Another accordion book cover.
 I wrote out owl sayings on the inside pages. 
 Wish that I had taken calligraphy or had much neater handwriting.
 I'll be making more of these accordion books with owl covers next year too and plan to learn how to bind books using the coptic stitch as well.
 A beautiful flock of Bohemian Waxwings showed up in our cotoneaster hedge for a few minutes.  They busily gobbled up as many berries as they could and then were off.  They have such a beautiful trill.
Have a very joy filled and wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!!