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, June 29, 2016

And now - for something the same, but different...sort of.

Before I get to that though, I did promise I would show you the project I was working on the other day.  Now that it has been gifted to Irene for her birthday, I can show you....


This is a little cloth basket
that she can use for whatever
strikes her fancy.

Pattern is a free one by Hearts and Bees,
found HERE.  

I have a couple of mumblings for you today - 

- the International Freeform Fiberarts Guild has an incredible exhibition entitled 'Flora and Fauna' and you can see it HERE.  Be sure to scroll down to 'The Artists' and click on each name to see the amazing pieces they have created.  Thanks to Cyra for the heads up on this one.

- and for something else that is equally as amazing check THIS out!  You can also see a video about it HERE.   

- and for a third amazing piece of art have a look at what Shirlee Fassell has done HERE.   

And now, for the 
same, but different part of 
this post...



This is a seam treatment I used on the 'secret' project I'm working on.  I thought I would break it down for you so you can see how I did it.  

First I worked a row of cross stitches which I topped (and bottomed) with rows of back stitch - both worked in embroidery floss.  I finished that off with two rows of fly stitches worked in metallic thread.  



Hopefully this little diagram will help you to see what I did.






Now, the question arises - would you like me to continue with this and do a little series of seam treatments with the instructions to make them?  Or are you beyond bored with my embroidery?  Stand up and vote and we'll see what happens!

And, just for fun....




A bird-shaped ice cube in Jack's iced tea!





Finally, your quote for today is from Rumi... "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world.  Today I am wise, so I am changing myself"




10 comments:

Quinn said...

I LOVE the little cloth basket! And I was just saying I ought to dust off my Featherweight (may need more than dusting at this point, actually) and sew some project bags to use the pieces of fabric I've got stashed in a drawer. You inspirational sewing people really get me thinking!

Jillayne said...

The basket is so cute... It's a perfect gift, and will no doubt be handy for so many things.
I love your seam treatment, and as you say you've been posting them for a bit I need to hurry and catch up with your blog! And yes please, post more!

KimM said...

Cute cloth basket! And your seam treatment is interesting. I'd love to see more, if you have the time.
Hugs
xxx

Sarah Aldrich said...

I love the idea of seam treatments. I am always looking at seam treatments as most of the handwork I do is for CQ's. Right now I am working on a piece with quite large patches, so a treament like this which can be quite wide is perfect.

Cyra said...

I think I may have to make a couple of those basket bags, they are ideal storage containers for ANY room in the house, and they make great presents too.
Thank you for the plug on the Freeform Fiberart Guild Show. Much appreciated.
Yes, I would like to follow your 'seam treatment' articles. Can never have enough ideas and inspiration for seam treatments.

Threads of Inspiration said...

Hi MA, Your little basket is adorable and while I haven't been here in awhile, so I can't be tired of seam treatments, I thought this one was really interesting. It's always fascinating to see combinations of stitches and what can be created.

janie krig said...

That basket looks useful. Your seam treatment reminds me of lace.
Thanks for the tips.

Baa. xxx said...

Such a cute basket! Bet she loves it. Love the quote. Very interesting to see your seam stitches.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Mary Anne, I'm always late these days! I love your little basket, the thimble fabric is really cute; I, too, have some tape measure fabric but I don't think I've used any of it yet! I'm always interested to read about your seam treatments, and one day they will be my "go to" pattern for a particular project.
Hugs, Barbara xx

Createology said...

My days are getting away from me and I am late to this post. I love fabric baskets and this one is wonderful. Great quote. I am thrilled that you are going to share your seam treatments with us. Love this one.