A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Public service announcements

First off all - our local quilt guild is having their show this weekend and the info is as follows...

Lindsay Creative Quilters' Guild
"Quilted Treasures" Quilt Show
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2105
Lindsay Curling Club, 18 Peel Street, Lindsay
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. both days
Quilt Exhibits, Members Boutique, Vendors, Scissor Sharpening, Tea Room
Admission $5.00

If you live anywhere in the Lindsay (Ontario, Canada!) area, you might want to check the show out.  If it's anything like previous ones, it will be a good one.

For those of you who are interested in doll making, Adele Sciortino has an interesting site with online classes on offer, as well as a wealth of dollmaking information.  Go HERE

And, for those who are interested in creating with paper - have a look at what The Toymaker has on her site.  There are LOTS of free patterns and ideas HERE

Today your quote is from Leo Buscaglia.... "Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion"

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thrifting finds

We had to do a run to Costco yesterday and it so happens that we have to (note the HAVE TO part of the equation!!) drive right by a Value Village thrift store.  While we were there two things jumped off the shelves and landed in my cart....

Isn't he just the cutest teapot ever?  I have absolutely NO need for another teapot (technically this little fellow wouldn't work well as a real teapot anyway....his little hat comes off and it's nigh onto impossible to stuff a teabag into the tiny little hole, much less get it out again once it's wet and has expanded).   No matter, he makes me laugh every time I look at him, so he had to come home with us.

Some of you know I have an ongoing quest to find interesting books about embroidery for my collection and this little beauty jumped into my cart too.  It's a wonderful reference book and also has a number of patterns inside, one or two of which I already plan to utilize on my latest hussif.  
Specs:  'The Cross Stitcher's Bible' by Jane Greenoff; published by David & Charles, c 2000,  ISBN  0-7153-0929-3

Monday, May 25, 2015

More progress....

As I mentioned last time, I wasn't happy with my first tree effort on the hussif, so it's subsequently been replaced.  Not that this one is a whole lot better, but in real life it shows up better than in the photo. 

The tree is worked with straight stitches and the trunk is chain.  The seam to the left is a wrapped back stitch and there are lazy daisy stitches surrounding the rice pearl beads. 

Today's quote is from an anonymous source... "Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One step forward, many more back

The progress on the hussif was rather dismal today.  As you can see, all I accomplished (that's fit to show anyway) is a little panda face....

I spent a couple of hours stitching a tree, and then promptly reverse stitched it.  I use tissue paper to create patterns and stitch over top of it.  I thought the colours I had chosen for the tree would be okay, but once the tissue was removed the tree faded into the background too much.  I should have remembered to take a picture before I ripped it all out and shown you a 'how-not-to' post.  Oh well, tomorrow I will re-stitch it and hope it looks MUCH better!! 

For those of you who like to quilt, Vicki Welsh has a list of free quilt patterns that you can see HERE.    There is LOTS of inspiration!

Today the quote is from anonymous.... "When nothing goes right, go left" 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Several things

I have a bit more done on the latest hussif and thought I'd show you...

Yes, I know there's nothing even remotely Oriental about Winnie the Pooh!!  However, my daughter-in-love happens to like Pooh Bear AND her name is Winnie.  Of course there had to be a 'Winnie' on her hussif, don't you think?  She also likes tea, so the little tea pot and cups reflect that.  (and yes, he is standing straight on the hussif!)
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Pam Kellogg has asked that I let you know that she is searching for people interested in placing Community Ads in the next 'Crazy Quilt Quarterly' magazine.  If you have a blog, Etsy shop, or crazy quilting supplies for sale please contact her at pkellogg AT mc DOT net.   You can also find out more HERE.  It's a great way to get exposure for your business or your blog!
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For those of you who might be confronted with the need to put a price on something you've knitted, I found the following article .... 

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I'm a huge fan of the gorgeous felted pieces that Jackie Cardy creates (and am lucky enough to own a couple of her creations) and she has just opened her own web site HERE.  Go and have a look at the pieces in her gallery.  Gorgeous!!  She also blogs HERE.
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Kathy Shaw has just announced that registration is now open for her ICQC102 (Paints, Dyes, Inks, Markers) module which covers such topics as painting fabric backgrounds and dyeing lace motifs.  Registration is only open May 19 through 22nd so you'll have to hurry!  Go HERE for further info. As always, Kathy's classes are free.
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Today your quote is from Winston Churchill ... "It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead.  The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."

Friday, May 15, 2015

A little more progress....

Today I made a little more progress on the new hussif.  Actually, I've done a bit more than this, but right now it looks rather like a 'blob' of cross stitching that has no meaning, so you will have to wait and see what it will become.  In the meantime...

Some sections of this hussif won't be embroidered because the pattern in the fabric is already perfect, as you can see here.  All I've added is a simple cross stitch seam treatment at the bottom, some whipped buttonhole stitch on the upper right, along with the recipients name (another use for waste canvas!).  I don't think she reads my blog, so it's safe. 

I also thought I'd give you a few sites that you might want to check out....

1.  A great source for vintage transfers can be found HERE. Be sure to scroll through her blog to see all the lovely patterns.

2.  There's another one HERE.  You have to become a member (free), but it is definitely worthwhile.  There are hundreds of patterns!!

3.  And for general embroidery and needlework goodness, it's always worth checking out the Antique Pattern Library HERE.   There are links on the page to take you to all sorts of resources for different forms of embroidery. 

Today the quote is from Terri Guillemets...."With arms outstretched, I thank.  With heart beating gratefully, I love.  With body in health, I jump for joy.  With spirit full, I live"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A little more done

Had to be up early this morning so I got a little more time today to stitch, as this photo will show...

I did a trapunto treatment on the fan, added a waste canvas cross-stitched 'ox' and added the beaded tree beside the dragon.  I hope that the tree somewhat resembles cherry blossoms - at least that was the intent anyway!!  For those that are interested, the tree 'trunk' is simple whipped back stitch with pearl cotton and the leaves are lazy daisy stitches surrounding cast-on stitch, also done with pearl cotton.    The 'ox' is because the recipient of this hussif was born in 'The Year of the Ox'.

I'm giving you a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson today, and I want to pose a question to you....if there was anyone in history that you would like to meet, who would that be?  For me, it would be Mr. Emerson...  

.... "To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty;  to find the best in others;  to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.  This is to have succeeded"