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!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Owl Booklet Mistakes

 Well I've learnt by my mistakes once again.  I had stamped this owl design on the cloth and stitched on it and thought everything was fine. When I applied the wheat paste to the back of the cloth to adhere to my binding board, the ink ran as you can see and then I realized too late that I had forgotten the beak!! 
 The ink on this one ran too but not quite as bad.  Remembered the beak at least.  I've started another cover but just drew the simple design onto the cloth lightly with a pencil. 
 The only ornament I've made this year to give as a Christmas gift.  This hardanger design stitches up so quickly with no cutting or wrapping.
 I received this lovely package of hand dyed perle cottons from Lorraine at Colour Complements.  I'm giving them away as Christmas gifts but think that I'll just have to keep one for myself.  The colours are beautiful.  You do wonderful work Lorraine!  Thank you :)
 More progress on my whole cloth piece for the stitchery guild.  I painted the flowers and stems with acrylic paint and a bit of textile medium.  I heat set it just with a hot iron.  So far I've used buttonhole stitches on the one purple flower and on a stem, crossed buttonhole, running stitch, herringbone, stem stitch, straight stitch, chain stitch and french knots.  I love incorporating as many stitches as I can into a piece. 
 These 4 Sharp-tailed Grouse flew up and perched on a poplar branch the other morning.  
 I was glad that they stayed long enough for me to grab my camera. 

Running stitch and french knots on the orange flower and cretan stitch on the stem.

Wishing everyone a most delightful December day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sampler in Blue Nearly Completed

I had thought I was absolutely finished but then when I took this picture I saw there was a row on the right side border that I haven't crossed yet!! There might be more uncrossed stitches so I'd better look carefully. Very carefully.
 More candy wrapper stitching.  Certainly glad for friends that are saving wrappers for me.
 This month's guild stitching project is to make a 9" x 9" whole cloth piece.  Using a light box I traced flowers and curly cues onto the cloth.  Then using acrylic paint, textile medium and a small brush I began to paint.
 This is my completed painted design.  Next I will put a pellon backing onto it and begin to outline stitch the flowers and stems using running stitches, back stitch, chain or maybe even cable chain.  Not sure yet.  I should be working on Christmas gifts but this has gotten me side-tracked.
I didn't have an onion mesh bag for the suet I made for the birds but this Downy woodpecker didn't mind that I used an avocado mesh bag instead.

Have a most wonderful day and thank you for stopping by :)