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 Scarve 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 scarve 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.

Check my posts on Instagram @jctextileart. You don't have to follow me to view my photos, but it would be nice.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Fibre Lace Scarve

Today I finished a new Reversible Fibre Lace Scarve. 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.

Side one
Side two

Closeup of 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!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

A Look Back . . .

Since I'm not working on anything new at the moment, here is a piece of Hardanger that was done quite a few years ago. It was a challenge but well worth the effort. Not sure I would do another one like this. 

Gold Work on silk.

Theodora (2007) stitched with single strands of silk. Some beading added. Original drawing.

Applique with hand embroidery and free-motion work. Original design


Sunday, March 1, 2020

In Like A Lamb!!

March came in like a lamb here in Pine Grove, NS. There was a mixture of sun, clouds, a few flurries, some wind (not much) and cool temperatures. It did get above freezing here in my backyard!!

This guy, last year's Dollar Shop find, usually sits on the edge of my piano. It gives me a chuckle every time I look at it.

Last week I was making lamb Shimmer Ornaments on the embroidery machine (click on the links to see more of my shimmer ornaments). Some of these (among others), will be found at Museums by the Sea. Shelburne's Historic Waterfront, NS, later in the spring.


Sunday, February 23, 2020

3 - D Thread Sculpture: Continued

I did some more stitching on another 3 - D thread sculpture last week. This one had more stitching and twiggy limbs. The only problem: I didn't rinse off enough of the water soluble stabilizer. If you look closely, you can see some of the excess stabilizer. I will also stitch a little more closely. Maybe the next one will turn out correctly.


Monday, February 17, 2020

More Wool Applique

Some eye candy from Saturday's Wool Applique Workshop. Linda Naugler.  I have permission to show them. Sue Spargo designs were used for inspiration.

Needle Case

Needle Case

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Wool Applique Workshop

Saturday, I attended a Wool Applique Workshop with teacher Linda Naugler and quilters from the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild. It was a relaxing day with no expectations of finishing a project. It was experimenting with stitches, chatting and seeing what everyone was working on. Here's the projects worked on:

The first bird is part of the teacher handout. We could do this pattern or choose one of our own.  The finished project is a needle case.

This fish is mine. I took the photo early on in the day and I didn't get a chance to take another one.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

3-D Thread Painted Sculpture - still in process

I did manage to get my 3-D thread sculpture experiment to stand up, finally! Reading directions helps sometimes. In any case, fabric stiffener was used to stiffen it.

The next one will have more stitching and I will have more patience and do it right! This reminds me of coral.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Back to the Drawing Board!

My experiment from the previous post needs more work!!! A lot more work!!!

Here's the stitching on a Styrofoam ball. I should have covered the ball with foil as this piece stuck to it and I had the dickens of a time getting it off. Not to mention that a lot of the glue from the water soluble stabilizer (below) did not dissolve. In my wisdom, I decided to add the Ultra Solvy to the Aqua Magic sheet already in the hoop. Not a good idea.

Here's the first one! What a disaster!! But, not one to give up, I did a second one using same thread colour.

This one was pinned onto a foil covered ball. This time, it came off without any difficulty.

However, too much of the stabilizer was rinsed off. Only the threads going around the top are keeping it in shape.

 More of the Aqua Magic Stabilizer was dissolved in a small amount of water to form a paste.

The paste still didn't stiffen it enough to stay in shape. Next time I will use fabric stiffener. And I will do a lot more stitching as the lines I did were fragile. I was in a hurry to see the result. I should know better after all the years I've been doing things like this.


Next time I'll do better ( SMILE )!!!! And, I'm going to use a slightly smaller Styrofoam ball.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Having Fun!!

Hello February!!!

Today I decided to play around with some ideas using free motion stitching. I sketched a design onto paper and transferred it to water soluble stabilizer. It was hooped and stitched using variegated thread.

That's as far as I got today. Next step tomorrow. I'll keep you posted whether it turns out or not. Remember - experiments don't always turn out perfectly the first time.


Friday, January 31, 2020

Tree of Life

January is going out with sunny skies and above freezing temperatures! It's a lovely day outside with no wind here in Pine Grove, NS.

On another note:

In case I haven't mentioned it before, I'm the librarian for the Mahone Bay Quilt Guild. As a perk of this job, I get to see the newest magazines before anyone else. The latest issue of Quilt Mania, The Quilt Magazine # 135, (which will be at guild on Monday), has a small applique felted wall hanging of a Tree of Life  This one is geared to Valentine's Day. To view a thumbnail sketch of the pattern, go to their site HERE. Scroll down and click on the picture to make it bigger. When I glanced at this particular pattern, I immediately thought that it could be adapted for various occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Autumn, Winter, Spring, Birthdays etc by adding pieces of Velcro to the background and to the small shapes to be used. It can be as simple or as complicated as you wish!The skies the limit!


See a few other trees of life HERE, HERE and HERE (this link has printables)