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.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Crazy quilt seam treatments

Here are some more seam treatments that I completed today...



Above is a fairly simple treatment, done using waste canvas 
in order to keep the stitches even.  

Below is a piece of tatting, highlighted with some gold beads.

Below I used pearl cotton to make the lazy daisy flowers,
gold embroidery floss to make the cretan stitches,
and silk ribbon fargo roses to
finish it off.



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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A fun day

Today was our regular monthly CQTeers meeting and, of course, we ate FAR too much chocolate and did FAR too much laughing.  In between all the eating and the giggling, we exchanged ATC's...


At our meetings we quite often have a challenge to create something.  This month there were two.  Irene challenged us to play with a screen printing kit she made for us and my creation ended up being the atc on the upper right.  Done on fabric.  The other challenge was to make a paper doll (of any sort) using a purchased paper 'kit' by Mary Englebreight.  I did the two atc's in the upper row using two of the images from the kit.  Sue made actual paper dolls from hers and I, of course, forgot to take a picture.  The two atc's on the bottom are by Irene (on the left) and by Sue (on the right).

A further picture of the silkscreening process I did...

I tried some on paper and some on fabric.

At our meetings we generally have a program where we learn a new technique or how to make something.  It was my turn to hostess so this is what I came up with...

 These flowers were made using duct tape from instructions found HERE.

The flowers on the right were made using felt and I'm sorry to say that I don't remember where I found the instructions.  If they were yours, please let me know so I can give proper credit. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Classes, organization, and seams

First of all I want to point you towards the fact that Karen Ruane is offering her online class 'Embroider Embellish Create' again and I have to say how much I recommend it.  I learned so much from Karen and enjoyed every single moment of the class (and would love to take it again!).  Go HERE for further information and to watch a video that shows what Karen will be teaching. 
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For any of you interested in getting things organized (and many of us are, especially at this time of year), I found THIS.  One trip to the local dollar store and you can get organized...for cheap!

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And,
another section on my hussif...



There is a little story behind this.  During WW2 a small military plane crash landed in the field beside where my Mother lived.  The plane was a write-off (the pilots were safe) and Mom 'harvested' some of the plastic material that was in the plane.  Plastic, at the time, wasn't in ample supply.  She cut it into pieces and made things like buttons, earrings, and belt buckles.  She painted flowers on most of the pieces.  The little flower piece here was an earring she created.  A little side note - one of the pilots ended up marrying my cousin.

Monday, January 28, 2013

I *heart* my mailman!!

Shhh, don't tell Jack
but I really do
*heart* the mailman
especially when he brings me 
things like this...


My wonderful friend Pam Kellogg
made me this
absolutely gorgeous 
Valentine's Door Hanger!

The picture doesn't do it justice
because it shimmers and sparkles
and is a feast for the eyes.
Perhaps if you click on it to embiggen
you will be able to see more.

THANK YOU PAM!!!!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Crazy quilt seams for today


Above is a lovely piece of hand dyed lace that
my friend Julie shared with me this week.
It just happened to be perfect for this piece!
 


Above is a fairly simple seam treatment done with
embroidery floss and with the addition of 
clear crystal beads for some sparkle.

Below is what I did with a very short seam...
two strands of metallic gold 
(too bad the shimmer doesn't show up!)
worked on waste canvas.

 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

by special request....

#1 son has requested a new scarf and also a couple of pairs of fingerless mittens for his friends at work, so Mom obliged....



The colours aren't 'true' in the picture - the scarf is green and the mittens are actually black and navy blue!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

More seam treatments





Here are three more seam treatments 
I've done for my hussif.

The top one shows how a very simple
seam can be created by just using 
ordinary buttons held down by a bead.
The middle is just two rows of cretan stitch
with sequins held down by beads.
The bottom is done using 
waste canvas.
It's not absolutely necessary to use waste canvas,
but if you want your stitching to be even
it is an invaluable tool.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Crazy quilting and Sueded Surprises

I've been planning a wee surprise for one of my friends for awhile and finally had a chance to actually get working on it.  This came from a thrifted suede coat....

 My friend is of Native descent - her ancestors were members of the MicMac tribe.  My research on the internet yielded up some information about their history.  Apparently there is very little of a written language in their culture with most of their stories being passed down orally.  They were one of the first native tribes to become Christians and did translate 'The Lord's Prayer' into their written symbols.  I used 'Our Father In Heaven' on this bag, which I stencilled on using...of all things....a Sharpie marker!!  The tribal colours are yellow, white, red and black, so the beading I added on the sides reflected that.
Great use for an otherwise useless coat, don't you think?

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AND,
here are some more of the seams I've
been doing on my latest hussif...





The above three seam treatments are ones that were designed by Pam Kellogg
and below is one originally designed by Sharon Boggon. 


Friday, January 18, 2013

Crazy quilting and Yarn Bowls

I've actually managed to find some time to get some stitching done.  Yay!!  I suffer horribly from withdrawal if I don't get to pick up a needle every day.  Perhaps I'm addicted (I suppose there are worse things).

See?


Above is a beaded seam treatment
done using waste canvas,
and below are three simple
commercial flowers (from a piece of trim actually)
surrounded by french knots and held down with
some cute little flower buttons.



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For the yarn bowl part of this post...
I purchased this lovely handmade pottery yarn bowl
a couple of years ago (for the life of me I can't remember 
who the artist is/was....if it was you, please let me know so I
can credit you!).





This morning whilst trolling around on the internet I stumbled 
upon THIS
Super cheap, super easy and ever so effective
homemade yarn bowl!!
For those of you that knit with more than one colour, 
wouldn't this be a handy option?
 So much better than chasing your ball
of yarn hither, thither, and (mostly!) yon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Working (really I am!!)

Yes, I've been creating something but can't quite unveil it as yet.  So...I stumbled across what promises to be a great series on bag making being done on the ikatbag blog.  For anyone interesting in making bags of any sort, this series looks like it will be quite helpful.  Go HERE for more information.

Spent part of the day today shoveling out my workroom and will be returning to crazy quilting tomorrow.  Watch this space for progress on the second hussif.....

Monday, January 14, 2013

A late TUSAL, and owls!

First of all, I'm late for the very first post for TUSAL of 2013 - sure hope that's not an indication of how the rest of the year is going to pan out! 


At least I have proof that some stitching has been done!
Thanks Daffycat for a fun stitchalong (even if it IS
Totally Useless!).

AND....
Do you want to see the most 
adorable owls that you have ever seen 
in your life?
Go HERE!
And while you're there have a look at
the other art that Michelle does.

Friday, January 11, 2013

One project done, and great mail!


The larger of the three throws is finished!
See?

And, the mailbox yielded a sweet treasure today...


Lyn knows how much I love older embroidery books!  
This one was published in 1959.
32 pages of inspiration like this...


Thank you SOOOO much Lyn!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

taking a break from thumb twiddling....

to show you this....






This is the bottom of a leg of a pair of black denim jeans.  Found in a thrift store and, despite my having altogether too much in the way of denim, impossible to not bring home.  I 'see' a beautiful purse/bag lurking in this (and the other leg is identical, so I can make TWO!!). 

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I got nuttin'

Yes, I'm still here.

No, there's nothing exciting happening.

Nothing creative.

Nothing worth talking about.

Boring, really.

Which is why I'm amusing myself by moving
the text all over in this post.


Stay tuned for my rousing post tomorrow, which will include such inspirational information as thumb twiddling, turning straight pins all in the same direction, and counting the hairs on the cat.  Don't miss it!!