Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
A masterpiece in miniature (about 6 ½" by 4 ½")
Miniature Autumn Sampler by TW Designworks (Teresa Wentzler)
28ct ivory Jobelin by Zweigart
DMC cotton floss, Gloriana Silk
Mill Hill Beads
It took me a year to finally sit down and stitch this and I’m not disappointed. But I’ve delayed the finishing because I want to do it justice and am just not sure what to do -frame it or hemstitch the borders. Maybe I’ll stitch the Miniature Winter Sampler and then decide. Hmmmmm, I’m thinkin’ . . .
Monday, November 16, 2009
Indian Summer by With They Needle and Thread
18ct ivory evenweave
DMC cotton floss
The batting was used to create puffiness when quilting the three layers together - just like making a quilt. To create that puffiness I quilted around the bird and the pumpkin and inside the zigzag border to add depth. I also quilted inside the fabric border to help stabilize it.
Here’s a closer picture of the pumpkin . . .
It’s been a while since I’ve done any quilting. As you can see, the stitches on the back are not as neat as I would like but, hey, who’s going to see the back, right?? Right??
And I just couldn’t leave well enough alone so I had to add some beads to the ‘frame’ - not too glitzy, not too bright. In fact, they can’t even be seen from a distance. Hmmm, maybe I should take them off and replace them with buttons. I even thought about embroidering a green vine crawling up the orange border. Is more better? There’s only so much you can do to one piece!!! The hanger is cord I found in the scrapbook section of the craft store.
I can't wait to do Brenda's May Day Sampler and am already thinking of ways to finish it.
Friday, November 13, 2009
40ct silk gauze
DMC cotton floss, CC, WDW, GAST
From tiny to "can you believe how little this is"????
Another miniature project but stitched on 40ct linen instead of 40ct silk gauze.
Even though the thread count is the same, I found it easier stitching on the silk because the holes were larger for the needle and thread to slip through. The fabric linen fibers are thicker and I had to “hunt” for the holes. (I really do need to get stronger glasses!)
From this . . .
Almost 40 colors worked into this space. Beautiful shading. Do you see the face in the moon?
Boo Pendant by Blackberry Lane Designs, LLC designed by Marie Driskill
40ct light sand linen (Zweigart)
DMC cotton floss
One more -
Over The Top! 2009 Series
Thursday, November 12, 2009
The framer & I had a lengthy discussion about this frame. I liked the orangey color but thought the frame was too narrow for this large piece and I wasn’t too crazy about the black beading.
I’m so glad I went with her suggestion because the black beading accents the piece perfectly!
Here's a close up -
And a close-up -
This is a real splurge for me because I usually try to find ready made frames and do the labor myself. Houses was such a large piece I didn't think I could do it properly.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
30ct silk gauze
Simply Wool thread from The Gentle Art
When asked what my favorite season is I always have a hard time answering because I love each of them for different reasons. I have noticed, however, that I seem to have more items in the browns, oranges, and golds of autumn.
I also love acorns and pine cones so I jumped at the chance to stitch this little acorn using the suggested wool threads and loved the warm feel of this slightly fuzzy fiber in my hand. The silk gauze (and acorn charm) was included with the chart along with complete mounting instructions on fabric allowing for the use of a hoop. I chose a mounting method I was more familiar with.
I purchased a ready made framing mat (you know, the kind you buy to put inside a frame to border a picture - cost about $1.50) to hold the gauze. I then taped the outer edges of the gauze to the mat making certain the gauze was square and taut.
This shows the stitched design on gauze mounted to the mat.
Here I’ve removed the tape from the mat (looks like I can use the mat again).
Now I can use this as a tiny pincushion or scissor fob
Monday, November 9, 2009
We’re into Fall but here’s a glimpse of summer past.
MAY - yummy red ripe strawberries . . .
JUNE - flying kites and ice cream cones . . .
28ct raw Cashel linen
Soie d’Alger silk floss
28ct antique white Glasgow linen
Soie d’Alger slk floss