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)


Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Monster Blizzard!!!

The snowstorm in Newfoundland beat all the previous records for snow accumulation and wind speed! If you are on social media, you have probably seen scads of photos and videos taken during and after the storm.

My friend sent me a photo from her house and looking across the road at the other properties. Zero visibility! She gave me permission to post it. Thanks, Marilyn.

January 17th  snowstorm, Paradise, NL

The big job now is for the city and surrounding areas to dig out!

I hope things get back to normal soon on the island.

Check out CBC coverage of the storm HERE. More photos HERE & HERE.

Here in Pine Grove, NS, we had about 3 inches of snow overnight which is slowly turning to rain. Nothing to complain about as it is winter.

Enjoy your day wherever you are.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Snow Happens Update / Mega Storm in Newfoundland

Slow and steady wins the race. Really?? In any case, I have a bit more done to my hand embroidered snowmen. Here's the pieced border that had me say a few choice words over it yesterday.

I have the four sides trimmed and ready to stitch onto the piece.

On another note:

Thinking about my relatives and friends in Newfoundland today with the mega snowstorm playing havoc to the point that the mayor of St. John's declared a state of emergency today. My friend, M, has been keeping me updated on the storm.

To read more about it and to view some video clips, check out CBC HERE .  This weekend is going to be one of digging out for the residents of St. John's and area.

Now for some fun stuff (depending on how you look at it), here's a few links to explore:
  • Mary Corbet's Needle n Thread blog has some free hand embroidery patterns for you to use.
  • DMC has lots of free patterns for hand embroidery.
  • Get a head start on 2020 Christmas by sewing up the Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments at Bugs and Fishes.
  • Inspired by the snow, check out the free pieced and quilted Little Landscape wall hanging. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020


Back in 2016, I finished a wall hanging, Snow Happens, and gave it to my sister for Christmas. Since then, I hand embroidered another one and put it away (we were in the process of moving to another province). The other day, I found it in a bin with an assortment of sewing related stuff!

My blogging friend, Mary Ann, at Magpie's Mumblings, is decluttering her sewing space and has got me thinking about doing the same. That's how I discovered where I had poked the embroidery.

Yesterday, I stitched on the first two borders and got the other pieces ready for the pieced border.

No borders were stitched on when this was taken
Here's my fabric choices for the pieced border. I am using fabrics from my stash as I am not buying any new fabrics to finish this one. I opted not to use the top two fabrics. 

Check my previous posts HERE, HERE & HERE for snow related links that I posted.
Magpie's Mumblings has lots of awesome links!!

These embroideries were also with the one above.

Keep up to date with me on INSTAGRAM @jctextileart


Friday, January 10, 2020

A New Year

Happy New Year - 10 Days Late! What can I say?
We are getting lots of snow this month. Looks as if I took these in black and white mode but I didn't.

The photo below, shows the actual amout of snow we got on the 8th. There was no wind so the snow just piled up where it fell. If this was Newfoundland, the wind would have created drifts piled up everywhere. Needless to say, I don't miss the wind from there.

This morning we work up to -16.7C. By 9:00am, it had climbed to 0C. It's been above freezing all day. In fact, the forecast calls for double digits tomorrow. I wonder how much snow will melt?
Stay tuned!!!

Monday, December 30, 2019

Out with the old / In with the new

Christmas was a quiet one shared with family. Presents were opened on Christmas Day with our granddaughter exclaiming "Oh, my goodness" when she opened up the giant Lego set that she was hoping for.

We started bathroom renovations on Boxing Day!!! I'm the designated helper / cleaner-upper. You get the idea. Today, the old cabinet and sink went out the door. It will probably be a few days before the new one gets installed. I figure it will take awhile before everything gets finished.

The studio has been cleaned up after a very busy craft fair season. I won't be working at anything in particular for awhile.

Last week was one of semi relaxing. I did put this puzzle together and started another one. This one did not include a picture of the piece which made it a bit harder to do. It was one of those mysteries that you are suppose to solve by doing the puzzle. There was a short story and the answer to the mystery. I didn't bother with that part.

The stained glass poinsettias were a gift from my brother and sister-in-law in Newfoundland. Some of his work is at King's Point Pottery.

I am not one for making New Year's Resolutions but I am hoping to blog a bit more frequently in 2020. Happy New Year everyone!!!!