Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
My fellow List Owner - JK
I like this blog - KC Quilter
And another favorite is: Annie's -- she has lots of neat pictures and all kinds of projects going on.
That's enough to get you all started blog-hopping. I have SO many blogs to read -- I just keep adding more and more to my list. So many blogs, so many cool projects and pictures, so little time (LOL).Speaking of time (ha!), here's my latest on my slow cloth work, The Dark Tower. I've added a second layer of some type of gauzy, glitzy fabric (I'm sorry, but I can't remember if its chiffon or organza as I was looking at both of them) to the sunset. There will be still more layers and then stitching on top of everything.
Last weekend I went antiquing with my friend and found several cheap pearl necklaces to deconstruct. I just love the color the pearls on old pearl necklaces get -- not that stark white but a nice mellow color. Here's my little helper. First it was sitting on the table helping me embroider. Now she's going to help me deconstruct the necklace.
And since Blogger is being so nice and letting me do pics, let's just do 'em all (LOL). A few weeks ago, Crazy Judyth and I were talking about Laurel Birch fabric. Judyth and I are both chicken lovers and we were lamenting that Laurel never did chickens. So I decided to have a try at it. Here's my attempt at doing a chicken a la Laurel Birch. The chicken has gone to live on the farm with Crazy Judyth.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Even Madeline looks a little teed off playing with her favorite toy doesn't she? She got this as a Christmas present. When I get tired of playing and put the toy in the kitchen drawer, she has figured out how to open the drawer and will get the toy and bring it back to me. I say if she has this much intelligence and dexterity, it's time she goes out and gets a job to help with the gas bill. Another reason to hate January. Maybe someone should tell Mr. Bush that we could stimulate the economy if he and his cronies would turn their money grubbing Texas billionaire hands off the strangle they have on the oil wells to keep the price up so they can have their billions. (See, I warned you that January makes me mean).
Thank you for your lovely comments on the last post showing my applique blocks. Charlene wanted to know how long it takes to do a block . The actual sewing time, not that long, maybe a few hours. It's the prep work that takes forever. Drawing the patterns onto the freezer paper, remembering to reverse them, ironing the freezer paper on fabric (after I've spent time picking out the fabric), cutting the pieces out, clipping all the curves, gluing the turn back, arranging the pieces, well, you get the idea.
Sewcrazy (sorry, you were no reply and no link for your blog) asked about the birds beaks. She's doing needleturn, which I wish I could do but can't. I'm using the freezer paper method, so it's easy to get the beaks nice and sharp, but I'll tell you my method in case it will help you: Picture a triangle: I fold one side down, then I take the middle (or the sharp point) and fold that down, then I told the last side over the middle point and the first side, and work it to make the nice point. That's probably clear as mud to you sewcrazy, but it's the best explanation I've got.
Tomorrow is Tuesday and Seam Embellishment day. We're scheduled to get an ice storm going on all night. If I can't get into work, the seam embellishment will be postponed.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
The second seam embellishment was done by Christy , another member of CQForNewbies.
This stitch is done using the stem stitch. As you can see, Christy used beautiful silk ribbon roses inbetween her swirls, but don't be scared! You don't have to do roses if you're not ready for them; buttons would be a nice alternative. If you'll look closely, you'll see 4 beads, a big white one and three small red ones. I really like the way she's clustered these beads together. Use your chalk or one of the disappearing pens (always checking your fabric first and never, never, ever iron over the disappearing pen until it has totally disappeared), and draw yourself a little swirley (or half of a figure 8). The secret to a nice stem stitch is to take little stitches, lots of little ones instead of big stitches. That way you can control the curve without your thread looping up and not curving right. I hope these two stitches help you this week.
I want to thank everyone who has left comments. I have tried to answer all of you, but some of you come through as "no reply." If you'll check the comments section on the last post, Malla left a great suggestion on something else to use as a template to draw scallops and circles. Thanks Malla! And one more little thing -- if you refer to this post on your blog or elsewhere, please make sure you refer to it as "Seam Embellishment" of the Week and not Stitch of the Week. Stitch of the Week sounds too much like Sharon B's Take a Stitch which she did last year and I certainly don't want to infringe or take away from all the great, hard work that Sharon did with that project. Thanks!!