Monday, May 11, 2015

First Crazy Quilt piece

 Progress on my first ever crazy quilt piece.  It's a 9" x 9" block for this month's stitchery guild project.  Some of the stitches I've used are:  chain stitch, french knots, chevron, lazy daisy, fly stitches, bullion, ribbed spider web and straight stitches.  I'm going to try a herringbone next on one of the remaining seams. 
 I'm learning a lot about what not to do on my pulled thread chatelaine project.  #1 save doing the neat hedebo edging to the end so that it can go into a hoop easily #2 don't pull too tight as it can warp the design (as you can see on the left hand side sample).  Once I get the rhythm of the pattern going it's quite enjoyable and relaxing to do.
 4 layers of roving with bits of wool and silk hankies all layed out and ready to begin the felting process.  There's a rubbery circle piece in the middle to act as a resist.
 After wetting and rolling and shocking and throwing, I removed the inner circle and voila.  I was very happy that it turned out to the size I wanted.  I started with 15" x 15" and it felted down to 12" x 12" which is just what I wanted.
 This is a different felted piece that I was experimenting with some needle felting on as well.
It was lovely to see the bees on our blooming Nanking cherry tree.

Happy May everyone :)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Whimsy Woods

 I had a miscellaneous piece of wet felting that I didn't know what to do with so it just sat waiting patiently.  I also had a few needle felted owls that needed a place to call home.  I embroidered a few blue beetles and wrapped thread around a few beads.
 Needle felted a couple of caterpillars and wrapped more beads
 and added a butterfly on a tree
 and voila, my owls are happy with their whimsical home :)
We spotted this Sharp-shinned Hawk in the back yard no doubt looking for a tasty sparrow or chickadee.  It was gorgeous to see but it eventually flew away empty clawed.

Have a most beautiful day!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Felting and Hedebo

 The more I wet felt and sew and stitch on my pieces the more I'm enjoying it.  The ladybug was so enjoyable to do.  Sew in Love has an excellent stumpwork ladybug tutorial for anyone interested.
 Bullion knots and gold thread wings for a few bumblebees amongst the flowers.
 How to stitch a caterpillar came from Jane Nicholas's book:  Stumpwork Embroidery Designs and Projects. The body is worked in raised stem stitch over 3 lengths of couched perle cotton threads.
 Since taking this picture I've added threads of green grass all along the bottom with straight stitches.
 I've also begun a pulled thread chatelaine project.  Here is a piece of the edging which is being worked using the Hedebo stitch.  I could not for the life of me figure it out from the pattern and written explanation but thankfully I know someone who could show me.
What's a post without an owl or 2 so here are a few needle felted owls that I've also enjoyed making.  I gave my 2 daughters one each at Easter :)

Wishing everyone a delightful and beautiful day.

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