Monday, October 27, 2014

Mitten, Mitten, Whose Got The Mitten?

Yesterday, I went to a Mitten Knitting Completion and Exhibition, at the Quidi Vidi Village Plantation. This completion was put together by Christine and Laurie Legrow of Spindrift. Please have a look at their website.

All the mittens were fantastic! Lots of creativity!
Needless to say, these are just a few of the ones that were on exhibit. Enjoy!

Knit by Mary Nippard

Knit by Laurie LeGrow 

Knit by Cathy Simpson

Knit by Denise Moss

Knit by Ivy Acreman

Knit by Shirley Anne Scott for Laurie LeGrow

Knit by Donna Clouston

Knit by Sossel Marit Jensen

Knit by Sossel Marit Jensen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

A Few More Fibre Art Pendants

This week has been taken up with finishing the Christmas Shimmers, and packaging them. Four more new scarves have also been added to the list as well as lots of Christmas Wearable Art Pins. Last evening I did get started putting the finishing touches on more of the fibre art pendants. I have been adding a few stitches to some of the bases, using my new Valdani Silk and Perle Cotton Threads, . It's very subtle, so look closely at three of the ones below. Any pearls used are either glass or sterling silver.

Friday, October 24, 2014

From Quilt Inspirations!

I don't know about you, but I love to see the photos that are posted on the various blogs and websites. Since I live on an island in the eastern part of Canada, travelling can be a challenge. We don't have the luxury of spontaneity by getting in a car, taking a road trip to the next province or state and attending quilt exhibitions without enormous planning. We have to get off the island first. If you live on the eastern part of Newfoundland like I do, that means a day's travel just to get to the gulf ferry. Then another day to cross the gulf to Nova Scotia and more driving! So it's wonderful to see the photos that are posted by various people without having to leave the house.

So get a cup of something, sit back and enjoy the eye candy from Quilt Inspirations, as we get a glimpse of quilts from the Pacific International Quilt Festival! At the bottom of the page, click on older post to go back to see day two and day one. I tried to copy and paste the link but it always reverted to the page linked above (day three).

The quilts are fantastic! Thanks to Quilt Inspirations for sharing these wonderful pieces of art.
You might also like to check out the free patterns listed at the side of this site as well as the quilts on Pinterest. You may need a second cup of something!!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Trick or Treat!! Cabot Quilt Guild

The Cabot Quilt Guild program committee presented four Halloween projects at the October meeting. Here they are:

The mug rugs are quick and easy. Fusible web and stitching was used.

The table topper spider and web was cut out, fused and stitched to a background. The spider can also be hung in a window.

The triangles for the banner are sandwiched, stitched on two sides, turned to the front (left open at the top). Wide fold over bias tape is used to hold the triangles. The top of the triangles are put between the fold over tape and machine stitched. A knot was tied at the ends. Voila! Ready to hang. Put Christmas / Autumn fabric on one side so that the banner can be used for more than one occasion.

The pumpkins are so simple to make! All you need for the center is a roll of toilet paper and polyester stuffing to go around the toilet roll. A fat quarter can be used for the outside. Put the toilet roll / stuffing in the center of the fabric. Then start with the corners and bring them up over the inside. Stuff and tuck the end into the top of the toilet roll. Continue with the outer three corners. Next, bring the rest of the fabric sides up and tuck in too. For the stem, use a piece of a branch and stick into the toilet roll or roll some fabric and poke that in instead (roll around a length of cardboard to keep it stiff, tuck in one end). Curl some wire for the top and cut out leaves. Glue in place! Simple!  I like the ones with the glitzy fabrics.  After writing all this out, I found the tutorial.

Thanks, ladies for a great program!
Mug Rugs

Table Topper



Garden Snapshots

We have been having record temperatures the last few days. In fact, Sunday, October 19, it was 21.3 C and broke the record from the late 1800's. At midnight, it was still quite warm, which is not the norm for this part of the country.
The colours in my garden are quite gorgeous! I use the colours from nature in my work.  
My new Valdani Threads will be quite useful in my next small pieces.

Taken just after midnight on October 19 /14


Monday, October 20, 2014

Finally! Valdani Threads Have Arrived

My order of Valdani Threads finally arrived!! As you will notice, I ordered lots of greens. As this was my first order from this company, I ordered samples from all the different categories they offer. I have used some of their threads before so I knew the quality of the product. Of particular importance: the colours are hand dyed and guaranteed colour fast. Visit their site to see all the luscious colours and threads as you won't be disappointed.


Perle Cottons and Floss

Polyester and Machine Cottons in various weights

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New Fibre Lace Scarves

I will be attending two Christmas Craft Fairs this fall. Below are three different scarves. No, I didn't count incorrectly! Each scarf is reversible so you are seeing both sides of the three. I had fun playing with design. At the moment, I have 15 made. My goal is 25!

Friday, October 10, 2014

To Market, To Market . . .

Here's some new fibre art pendants. These will be at Some Good Market, St. John's, tomorrow!

The stems are embroidered with Valdani Threads.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Halloween Owl Wall Hanging

My sister, who lives in Tennessee, got into the spirit of Halloween, and made this nifty wall hanging! I love the fabrics she chose for the front and back. The owl design came from a supermarket display that they were throwing out last year after Halloween. She is quite talented in finding ways to recycle stuff! Me, I would just take a photo of the display and file it away as inspiration for future use.
You should see her garden decorations. Maybe she will send me some photos to share with you.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween Shimmers

I am not really into the Halloween scene! However, lots of people are, so this weekend I made a couple of new shimmers for Halloween. Have a look!
These will make their debut at Some Good Market, St. John's, this Saturday.
Now, if you are in the mood to make something for Halloween, check these sites below:

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jewellery Supplies

It's a beautiful day here in St. John's but I haven't had time to really appreciate the outdoors. However, the sun just pours in my studio window. That's good most of the time until I just have to pull the shades across. I can't work well when it's hot.

I just received a new shipment of the fibre art pendant trays and chains. I'm looking forward to designing new art pieces to fit the circle and oval. The rectangle is slightly shorter than the ones previously used. I like both sizes. I still have an assortment of bronze, copper and black on hand.

Have a look at some finished pendants HERE, HERE and HERE.