designed by Elizabeth Foster
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
designed by Elizabeth Foster
Monday, April 27, 2009
wonderful, grandiose plans,
BIG, super glorious plans.
My creative hat was on.
Ideas were coming fast and furious.
I could hardly contain myself. And then . . .
and then something happened.
It went from this . . .
25 ct evenweave DMC cotton floss, Kreinik blending filament, beads
This is what I salvaged. I just couldn’t toss it aside. I love the design, the flowers, the colors, and most of all I love the bees.
Here’s another bee closeup -
I wanted that shiny, inky black color on the bees that only shiny, inky black beads can give so – I used - shiny, inky black seed beads on the bee bodies. I also wanted the wings to glitter so I used Kreinik blending filament.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This was stitched in loving memory of my grandmother whose name is stitched into the sampler. Unfortunately, I don't know her age at the time this photo of her was taken.
I was raised miles away from her in another state, but the same warmth and beauty that surrounded my father as he grew up was felt the first time I entered her house. Multi-colored quilts, embroidered linens, and crochet-edged pillowcases adorned every room. I believe my love of needlework began the moment I stepped within these walls and saw these beautiful ‘labors of love’. While stitching Petites Lettres Rouges, I added the motif of the crown over the heart which symbolizes love – her love of needle and thread. This love of handwork now encompasses another generation since my daughter has found the great satisfaction of creating with her hands through knitting and quilting.
Petites Lettres Rouges by Blackbird Designs
32 count off-white linen
I backed the sampler with the same linen and stitched "In Loving Memory", the year, and my name. The front and back were then sewn together using the backstitch/whipstitch method as for a biscornu and added a red floss hanger. Around the red border on the front I did a running stitch with white floss to create a raised effect on the edge as a 'self-frame' which you can see
I plan to frame the photograph of my grandmother and display her photo and the sampler together. I might even mount the sampler onto linen and frame. I will then write memories I have of her and a brief history of this sampler and place this in a pocket attached to the back of the frame.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
A needleroll, a pincushion, and a scissor fob all small enough to fit into their carrot 'house'. TOO CUTE! Everything to complete the project was included - linen, fabric, floss, beads, felt, thread rings, charm, ribbon, even a flower-head pin! I love it when I don't have to go searching for all the separate items that go into a project like this. And then there are other times when I like being creative and adventurous and experimental and start putting things together and am amazingly surprised (or utterly shocked) as to what evolves! Oops, I'm getting sidetracked.
Here's a photo of the needleroll unrolled showing bunnies-large and small-in their vegetable garden filled with rows of lettuce and cauliflower and carrots. Do you see the little worms? There's a tiny one among the flowers and one crawling his way among the veggies.
Here's a closeup of the lower portion of the needleroll . . .
See the busy bees buzzing around the hive?
Here's what the 'working' side of the needleroll looks like:
Thursday, April 9, 2009
14ct khaki(?) Aida, DMC floss
pale blue Congress cloth, DMC floss, unknown metallic
The bunny in the center is framed by a lace stitch and is surrounded by bands of petit point flowers and pulled stitches.
Another bunny . . .
It looks like there's something in the carrot.
Is there something in the carrot?
Hey, what's in the carrot?
I know there's something in that carrot.
There's got to be something in that carrot.
Okay, what's in the carrot?
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Flea Market Souvenir by Blackbird Designs
30 ct LaCrosse Blend & 30 ct Kansas City Blend (2 separate cuts)
Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts
Here are some close-ups of the stitching embellishment sewn over the seams before framing.
The chart did not describe how to sew the pieces together. I ladder-stitched the fabrics together leaving a seam of ½ inch which was then reinforced with the crazy stitches and the border stitches. I was worried about tension on these seams when framing but all went well.
Here’s a picture of the wrong side showing the border stitches and the crazy stitching over one of the seams. Not very neat - I was worried more about reinforcing the seams.
I actually completed this in March but just finished the framing.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
My Passion . . . I must say this at least once while stitching, maybe more . . .
pink hardanger, DMC floss, Kreinik
22 count hardanger, DMC floss
My Stitching Prayer . . . I used to say this a lot in the beginning but I've got the direction thing perfected, finally. Now I need protection from going over 3 when I should be going over 2! Bet that never happens to you . . .
linen, DMC floss, metallic thread
My Philosophy . . . this has been a favorite of mine for years and it says so much! I try my best to turn negatives into positives. (Sometimes, though, it's really, really hard. But I try, really! Really and truly! I've made a lot of lemonade in my life!)
My Motivator . . . I hear this a lot!!??
14 count Aida
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Bear & Bunny Patch (Bucilla silk ribbon kit #41287)
Cotton flannel, floss, silk ribbon
The bear and bunnies were appliqued to the pillow cover using a simple blanket stitch surrounded by a beautiful garden of silk ribbon flowers.
I love the tactile feel of silk, whether it's ribbon or fiber. It's slick and smooth like a sugar lollipop.
This project wasn't difficult at all. I would call it a beginner project in ribbon embroidery. The stitches used for the flowers were straight stitch, Japanese ribbon stitch, french knot and free form. The bunny and bear tails were ruched ribbon and the bows were looped.
For my next adventure, hmmmm, what will I try? Brazilian embroidery or more stump work? I have no idea!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
This isn't a quick project, takes some concentration and I can't work on it for long periods but am really pleased with the results.
Am I looking for excuses to start something else? You bet - here's a peek . . . think Spring!