Sunday, July 29, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Stitching Progress 10 (CESP from now on)

We've been traveling, Yellowstone National Park. I like its original name best, "Wonderland". It is extraordinary! Of course one of the best parts of going away is coming home again.

Here was the crewel embroidery when I left. All I took with me was background wool. It was easy to pick up and work at odd free moments. There weren't that many.
Lots of background on the left hand side of the embroidery got filled in.

And I added one new flower today!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Little Sewing Friends

A pin cushion and a tape measure.

And they are the best of friends.

His tail.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brian Haggard

The last web site I want to share while I'm out of town (yes, that is why there is no progress on the crewel project!) is The Creative World, by my dear friend Brian Haggard. Here is a picture of his first book, "Crazy Quilt Memories". I know there will be more.
And here is a photo of his studio! Amazing, isn't it? I can't wait until he hosts workshops there. I'm even dropping very unsubtle hints that I'd love to teach there too!

And here is a class sample that Brian will be teaching this fall.Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Red Nose and Spot

I have such mixed feelings about this gentelman.
I'd love to know what the artist was thinking! 

He is only about 5" tall.

But then I see his smile and look into his eyes...I'm in love.

This pal I call spot. Yes I know the pattern is tulips, but Spot just fits this friend.

Was it made for a child?

Or was it someone like me that just had this idea that had to be acted  on?

There was no hesitation with this friend. We were instant pals.

Sunday, July 22, 2012


Another embroidery blog I would like to share is Needleprint.
The main focus of the site is historic samplers but it also is so much more. I don't do cross stitch samplers but I love to look at them and I do appreciate them.
The book in the image above is a gem. Part II is due out this fall. I can't wait.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Mr. Bean Bag

I am sifting through 28 years of stuff in my basement. My studio used to be down there, now it is 'my store', or where I go when I need just the perfect whatever since I probably already own it.
But to make it a little easier to find these supplies I've been cleaning and sorting and discovering. 

This Bean Bag Man is one of the treasures I just found.
His face is drawn on an oilcloth like fabric. His vest is black leather. 

His hands and feet are also black leather. The red yarn is the tassel of his hat.
Being a proper Bean Bag he is dressed in tails.

It is only the puffy part under the vest that is filled with beans.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Needle 'N Thread

A great resource I'd like to share today is Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread . What a treasure trove of information! Her videos are so well done; easy to listen to and clear to watchCheck her links, patterns, stitch directory.....

Monday, July 16, 2012

Crewel Embroidery Progress 9

I keep thinking I'll add just a couple more stitches before I take a current photo. Then just a couple more.....
I love this dandy bird striding over the flowers. 

And a new white flower shining in the moon light.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Stitchin Fingers

Last week I joined a delightful online Embroidery Community called Stitchin Fingers. I was drawn to the site by the TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) projects I've seen posted in various places on the web.
The site's founder, organizer and energy is Sharon B. She not only posts a new stitch to explore each week but has great stitching how-to downloads available.
So I posted a few photos.
'Breakfast In The Enchanted Forest' won most viewed photo of the week with....

'Once Upon A Time' coming in fourth!

A great big Thank You to all of my new Stitchin Fingers friends.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Possibilities for the Spring Workshop

The only problem with 'The World Of Possibilities' is, well, there are just soooo many possibilities! I will be teaching at The Hen and Chicks Studio April 20&21, 2013. I have been playing with lots of potential projects. A cloth doll?.....

........A wooden peg doll and embroidered costume?.....

......Embroidered wool pin cushion?........

.....Cotton Scarf?.......... 

......Fabric Stitch Journal?......

......or wool applique with LOTS of embroidery?

I think this last project is the winner. What do you think?

Shasta Daisies

My Shasta Daisies have been beautiful this year. You have to walk over brown crunchy grass to see them but it's worth it. 

I filled the basket with small canning jars, added water, and lots of flowers.

...and a little Queen Anne's Lace....

...and some dill.

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