This is another small section of a piece of my new wrapping cloth. Cross stitching on waste canvas is one of my favourite techniques. Hopefully you can tell from the photo that I have used three different shades of purple to stitch the letters.
Today, for a complete about face, I thought I'd share with you what I've been making (knitting, actually) lately. These are simply called doo-dads.
They are actually a type of pincushion, and don't
really look all that exciting when you first see one.
I am totally in absolute like with mine and
I use it every single day.
It sits beside my chair in the living room and is a depository for my small pair of scissors, a crochet hook (for when I, inevitably, drop stitches with my knitting, a large eyed needle for weaving in ends, and various and assorted other little 'necessaries' that tend to migrate south into the chair cushions if I don't anchor them down somewhere. I know it's perhaps hard to see from the photo, but the areas between where the yarn colour changes are actually open so leave room to store larger things (like an additional pair of scissors). I've made a few for friends and they too are seemingly delighted with their uses. Simple, quick to make and an invaluable tool.
The free pattern can be found HERE. The only change I have made with mine is to hie myself out to the hardware store and invest in some large metal washers (in the case of these approx. 2 1/2" across). I loosely stitch one to the bottom of each doo-dad and then cover them with a layer of felt. The washers, although not necessary, add weight which helps to keep them from toppling over easily.
I have signed on to take Karen Ruane's latest on-line class 'Simply Stitch 3' and already am sadly behind (because I really needed to finish that crazy quilted purse). Now it's full throttle ahead on the class!
My first section is a nod to the work of Ernst Haeckel. I admire his drawings so much and I just know many of them could be perfect inspiration for stitch work. The first photo I'm showing today is some ledger work I did trying (and the key word there is 'trying'!!) to draw out some designs using his work as inspiration.
As you can see, my drawing abilities are definitely lacking, but what I was aiming for is the basic design.
Next is a picture of the beginnings of a piece of stitching.
The tri-shape on the left is a copy of
Ernst's work from his book and
is what I'm hoping to reproduce (somewhat)
in my stitching.
If you are interested in seeing more of his incredible
work, just google his name and be
Because of the ongoing attempt to get our wayward recipe collection into some semblance of order, I thought I'd share a few with you. The first one is what we had for supper tonight and I must say it's a keeper!
1 head cabbage, cut into 1" wedges
2 carrots, peeled & sliced 3 small turnips (or one larger), cubed 2 ribs celery, sliced 8 c. beef stock 6 oz. can tomato paste 1 tsp. salt 3 T. veg. oil 2 large onions, cut into 1/4" slices 1 - 2 garlic cloves, fine chopped 1 large potato, cubed
Combine 6 c. of stock, cabbage, celery, carrots & turnips. Bring to simmer and add tomato paste, salt, & some pepper to taste. Simmer uncovered 1 1/2 hours. In the meantime saute onions until soft, about 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for a further minute. Set aside. Add onion mixture & potatoes to the simmered veggies. Add remaining stock. Add enough water to cover. Simmer for another 30 mins. Serve topped with sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped dill.
SLOW COOKER CRANBERRY CHICKEN
4 - 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 can whole berry cranberry sauce 8 oz. of either Catalina or Russian dressing 1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
Arrange chicken in crockpot. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-6 hours until chicken is well done.
This time I did a little butterfly, using the waste
canvas technique. The the seam treatment to the
right of it is just double fly stitches.
AND....for a change of pace (and because I didn't get much time to stitch today)....here's a recipe that you
might like to try on a cold winter night....
4 lb. red potatoes (but any potato would do)
1 c. chopped onion
1 1/4 c. chicken stock
1 can cream of chicken soup
2/3 c. cream cheese, cubed & softened
1/2 c. bacon, cooked & crumbled (or use bacon bits)
3 tsp. chives, chopped (optional)
3 tsp. grated parmesan
Combine potatoes, onions, stock & soup in crockpot. Cover & cook on low approx. 4 hours. Add cream cheese & blend. Top with bacon,
parmesan & chives before serving.
I might be putting a few more recipes on my blog over the next while because I have undertaken to type up all our loose recipes onto 4xz6" cards and put them into a photo album for the use of the resident cook. Not at all sure but I might regret having volunteered for the job!!
Yes, I'm still working on the crazy quilt purse, but I'm getting almost to the end of the embellishments...
The embroidered pattern to the left here is a design from 'Embroidered Memories' by Brian Haggard. The pink 'flower' on the right came out of my imagination...simply split stitch for the stems, lazy daisy leaves, spider's web for the flower, with some additional French knots.
Below is (out of focus a bit...sorry!) a couple of pre-made flowers and leaves, with the addition of a button and some beads & French knots. To the right of that is a seam treatment....just cross stitches...simple!
The seam treatment to the right was done using the
wonderful stencils created by Sharon Boggon...chain stitch, lazy daisy stitches, and my favourite French knots.
It has occurred to me that some of you
might not know what a real Magpie looks like...
Last week we had our monthly CQTeers meeting and, because it was Sue's birthday, I made her a little giftie. Sue is a collector (and creator with) of paper, so this little 'piggy' bank seemed fitting somehow...
The image I used was one I found in a bunch of old photographs - unfortunately there was no name or date noted on it, so I have no clue who it was. I have included the image below... please feel free to use it for your creations!
And, I did manage to get some more stitching done on the crazy quilt purse I'm working on....
This is just a simple little embroidery/button section.
Here I have added the pink seam on the upper left...buttonhole stitch and straight stitch. Also the section in the middle which combines beads with some simple stitches. On the lower right is another simple treatment but I've used 'sparkly' thread in the cross-hatch.