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.

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 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!

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.