Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 27

Thank goodness for sunshine!!!
Today was our second sunny day and it did wonders for lifting the spirit.

My SAL is almost done. I worked on the corners. On the lower left I added the date.

I had to adapt the little triangle at the top.
Please feel free to make any changes you want as you stitch. The pattern is just a guide. 

 You can see where I added my initials on the lower right.

Now all I need is the final outside border.
Share you SAL project anytime. I'd love to see what you're working on. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 27

Thank goodness for spring.

Our daughter Jane picked up and installed a new bee package (that means 3 lbs. of bees and a queen) on Sunday. She came back today to check on the queen.

That's the little box the queen arrived in but now she has moved into the hive.
Bee keeping is considered an essential activity. 

The magnolia is blooming.

And it got rather warm this afternoon!

Monday, April 6, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 26

I worked the scalloped edge around the heart in two shades of blue. I used a blanket stitch.

I used 4 shades of red around the blue scallops. I knew this was going to interfere with my original drawing but I loved the way the colors looked. 

To accommodate my changes I drew a new border. The original border was very wonky. That is exactly the way it came out of my notebook. The two bottom corner designs I can work as drawn. The top three triangles I will have to modify.
Almost there! 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat 24

SAL Progress

Grass and Flowers.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 22

Are you stitching along?
I decided to eliminate the bushes down by the tree trunks. Too busy. 

I love the dark blue sky with the bright yellow sun!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 21

I have more free motion machine embroidery projects to share. Above is a small 3D setting for the fable "The Tortoise and The Hare". it was stitched on a water soluble stabilizer.

Another version of the same subject. I was trying to find my 'voice' for the fables project.

This is the piece that ultimately started me in my wanderscape direction. 

Anything is possible in this technique.

This is intended to be a heading for a new chapter in the book about the World of Possibilities.

An experiment. Working with a dark background was the challenge here.

Another illustration for the book this time combining hand embroidery with freehand machine embroidery.

And my favorite....Rocketland!!!!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 20

Day 20!
I can't believe it.
Time for Stitch A-Long progress check.
For some unknown reason thought to make the sky 2 shades of blue. 

I prefer it one color.

And now the red roofed cottage is done.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 19

Little dolls.....

I might be adding the doll pattern soon if there is any interest.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 18

Are you stitching along? In this step I have filled in the parts of the heart where the tulips and hearts are drawn.

I decided it would be easier to have a solid background for adding the tulips and dots,

The heart is complete.
send pictures of yours if you are stitching along.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 17

A different approach to free-motion machine embroidery.

The castle image was created in Photoshop and printed on fabric.

The mountain side and the sky are free-motion embroidery.

Finally the piece was mounted on a wool background with a hand stitched edge added.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Golden Rule Retreat Day 16

A Stitch A-Long for anyone who cares to use it.
I printed my approximately 8" square.

Two rows of a dark red round the inside and the outside of the heart.

A lighter shade of red filled in the rest of that area.

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