Saturday, May 16, 2020

More Circles: (half way mark just passed at # 45) Instastitch With Sue

Have a look at a few more of my one inch circles. The colours shown below are not exactly the same as in real life. I have five full rows plus three on row six.
Seven more have been stitched to the above 'doodle cloth"

I like this one. Too bad my circle wasn't yellow but I am working with the colours that I originally stitched in place.

Lime green is a challenge when on a black background.

My Irish Owl!!! Some variegated threads in use.

I believe I used the wrong weight of thread for the wings but it works!

The circle turned into an oval. Oh, well . . .

The colours are off on this one. There is more contrast in the loops than in this photo.

I choose the wrong colours for the ladybug but I was not about to change them. In the group photo,  the body is a purple shade not a gray.


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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Hand Embroidered Circles continued . . .

I had this post already to go when, for some reason, the whole thing disappeared! Bummer!!!

It is a beautiful sunny day here and I got some time to sit out on the back deck. The temperature is above 20C and the clothes is quickly drying on the line.

I have been trying to play catch-up on these hand embroidered one inch circles from @instastitchwithsue on Instagram. These are a bit time consuming, depending on the design and I'm still about ten circles behind. I try not to take out stitches. In the first one, my spacing is a bit off but it's a practise piece and I only eye balled the distances.

 Lots of practise doing these bullion knots! I used two different variegated #8 pearl from Valdani Threads.
More variegated threads. Love the colours on this one.
The colours for this one worked out well. More bullion knots and a bullion rose.
 My basket is a bit tilted!
The lime green is a bit garish and it was difficult matching colours for this circle. Again, the middle is not centered. BUT these are practise pieces and it was late when it got done. That's my excuse.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Wet Felted Vessel

I tried my hand making a wet felted vessel last week. My previous venture into wet felting was years ago when I lived in St. John's. Several stitching friends and I, got together to make a small 3-D Vessel. It was fun. I still need to refine my process, such as cutting the hole smoothly. I used what roving I had on hand. I think that more experimenting is necessary.
There are lots of YouTube Videos on this topic. However, I followed the directions at Rosiepink Studio.
My plan is to add other embellishments such as hand embroidery and beads to this one.

bottom of the vessel

Sunday, April 19, 2020

More Circles - Instastitchwithsue

As promised, circle # 2.
My tension was off as you can see on the bottom left. I was going to take it out but that was more work than I wanted to do. So I added another outer edge as seen in 2nd photo.

A variegated chain stitch was embroidered at the edge. I thought that yellow might be the one but it was too garish. This will work for now.
# 3 Working with the colours of my felted circles, choosing the right colour was a challenge.

 #4 This one might need another outer edge added too.
 #5 Did I mention that I love variegated threads?!! Candy colours!
 #6 The center of this one is all fly stitches.
#7  This is suppose to be a seed pod. Not sure if I like the orange chain stitch on the orange felt. But it is what it is!!!

I'm using my own colour scheme. Most of the threads are Valdani, with a few from Sue Spargo's line of threads. All the # 5 pearl cotton is DMC that my sister gifted to me many years ago when I lived in NL. Thank you, Joan. They are coming in handy for this project.

Here's my colour pallet. It will be an interesting collection of designs when all 90 are finished!


Thursday, April 16, 2020

First Circle Stitched

Here's my first circle stitched from Sue Spargo's instastitchwithsue on Instagram. I'm very satisfied with this one. The cream fly stitch, lime pistil stitch and burgundy colonial knots, are embroidered with Valdani threads. The bullion knots, variegated outer edge and center, are from Sue's collection which were purchased at Sew With Vision, Halifax.

I do have number 2 finished but I am thinking of adding another colour to it as I'm not happy with it. I'll post the before and after photos on my next post.

Stay safe, stay home and wash hands! I keep a fragrance free hand lotion on the bathroom sink to help with skin dryness.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Still Here

No, I haven't given up on blog posting. Trying to keep busy but not necessarily working in my studio.
We've taken up bread baking since been confined to the house. There is a shortage of yeast so bread baking maybe short lived!


The clothes line was fixed after it broke last fall so I am enjoying hanging clothes out instead of using the dryer.
A pair of ducks paid us a visit after a heavy rainfall a couple weeks ago. This kept me amused for awhile.

A new shimmer has been designed but that's as far as it goes. You will have to wait and see what it is. About a dozen sheets of shimmers have been stitched on my machine this month.

Another Reversible Fibre Lace Scarf was just completed.

I decided to join in with a 90 day insta stitch with Sue Spargo. There are 90 one inch felt circles stitched onto a felted background. I decided to use a bit of boiled wool coat fabric for this. As you can see, I'm about 17 days late starting as # 17 was introduced this morning. It's a cute bee. I have to get busy.

Here's the first embroidered circle Sue introduced so you get the idea. Each one will be entirely different.
My first circle is green. I will be using a combination of Valdani and Sue Spargo threads.


Saturday, March 28, 2020

Photo Shoot!!

What a gorgeous day this was with +15.6C on the deck. My patio door was opened most of the afternoon. This morning my new clothesline was installed as it had collapsed last fall with a full line of towels on it! Needless to say, I was not impressed. BUT, now I'm a happy camper! Nothing is better than clothes, towels and bedclothes dried outside.

I was going to photograph my latest Reversible Fibre Lace Scarf on the line but there was a bit of a breeze and it wouldn't stay still. I decided to drape it on the lawn chair (I actually sat outside for awhile) but, as you can see, the shadows didn't help. Laying it out on the deck was the next best solution. I will be doing other shots but indoors with special lighting.

The scarf looks long in the photos. Its actual dimensions are 73 inches x 7 3/4 inches. The colours on both sides pop -  perfect for making any statement from bold to elegant, depending on the occasion.

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Remember: STAY AT HOME in this time of crisis.  Everyone will thank you.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fibre Lace Scarf

Today I finished a new Reversible Fibre Lace Scarf. I usually make a few new ones each year for the Christmas Craft Fairs. Hopefully, life will be back to normal by then and the fairs will go ahead.

This first photo shows both sides. Side one was stitched with a deep teal thread colour with a variegated moss green in the bobbin for side two.

 If you wish to see some other of my scarves, please check HERE, HERE and HERE.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

A Year of Blackwork

I have been participating in A Year of Blackwork, from Peppermint Purple SAL Group (facebook group), which is 52 weeks of a free stitch-a-long. This is my stitching so far:


Monday, March 16, 2020

Free-Motion Stitching Skill's Day

I have no problem staying home during this time of crisis, as we have lots to do inside and out. But I feel for all those who are forced to stay home due to the shut down of businesses. Here's hoping that everyone will cope in this difficult time. It's important to pay attention to the rules set out by the powers that be, stay safe and wash hands often!

I taught a Free-Motion Skills class on Saturday morning with some very enthusiastic ladies from the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild. It was a lovely morning.

Here's me doing a demo!

I took a few shots from the class:

View a few more shots from the skill's day, HERE. Scroll down for shots from previous events!