Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Pieces for a Sewing Basket

I have completed the stitching for Patriotic Shaker Box by The Scarlett House

Included in the pic above are the fabrics I found at The Sewing Studio.  I love the striped fabric and how it coordinates with the stripes in the flags and the flag-roof of the houses.  And, I love the birds, berries and leaves in the other print and how they work with the same elements of the stitched patterns.

A couple of years ago, I snagged a Sudberry Shaker Sisters Sewing Box at Pocket Full of Stitches during a sale.  This is the box:

The flowers and flags will go on top.  I chose my count of linen (28 count) so it would better fit the top of my box.

The houses will be a pincushion to tuck inside the box and the 1776 star will be a scissors fob.  Some red scissors might be just the thing.

I'm also thinking of making a fabric covered, padded bottom to fit inside and a fabric lining for the inside with pockets for small items.

I don't know exactly when I'll get to this finishing work, but I'll post pictures here when complete!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Chasing Master Craftsman Status

As you know, I am a member of the Embroiderer's Guild of America.  One of the opportunities afforded to members is the pursuit of Master Craftsman certification in a number of techniques - beading, canvas, color, counted thread, crewel, design, quilting, silk/metal threads, smocking and surface. 

A couple of years ago I began working on the Master Craftsman in Counted Thread Embroidery.  There are several steps - the first being the creation of a family history sampler in counted cross stitch.  Here is my successful piece:

The assignment for step two is to create an Assisi embroidery piece.  Assisi embroidery has a void design so that the subject of the piece is done in double running stitch and then the background is filled in solidly, in this instance with cross stitches.  Also, there is typically a decorative border done in double running stitches.

I have had more than one idea and nothing has worked out so far.  However, I think my latest idea is going to be it.

We have several Turk's Hat plants in front of our home.  They are very striking this time of year.  They attract lots of bees, and we see an occasional hummingbird.  If there were more hummingbirds in our area, I think we would see a lot of hummingbirds.  How could you resist these gorgeous, red blooms?!?

This is my start on a chart for my Assisi piece.  I will draw it out by hand and when satisfied with the drawing, I will start transferring the chart to a computer app.  The computer app gives me a lot more flexibility in editing, copying and flipping parts of the design if I decide to make changes.

I will post my progress here soon!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Hitchhiker Scarf

As I mentioned in my initial post, I also knit.  Let me present my Hitchhiker scarf.

Pattern:  Hitchhiker by Martina Behm (purchased through Ravelry)
Yarn:  A Tree Hugger's Wife Yarns Mega Sock in the Drive In colorway (purchased at Seaside Yarns in Juneau, Alaska in 2014 when on a cruise)

While I cannot be called a fan of Douglas Adams's book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I am a fan of long tapering scarves and this one is just that.  I like the way they swirl around the neck and shoulders.  My scarf has the obligatory 42 points on it.  Fans will know that this number figures big in the book ("...the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything").

I'm looking forward to wearing this one when our weather cools off a bit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Finding Needlework in Unexpected Places

Rudy and I recently went on a vacation.  We visited the southwestern area of South Dakota - The Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, Prairie Homestead, Badlands National Park and downtown Rapid City.  It was a great trip.  The area has had a lot of rain this summer.

While at one of the souvenir shops at the Crazy Horse Memorial, I noticed a couple of cross stitch kits for sale and decided to purchase one.  The next day we stopped at Prairie Homestead on our way to the Badlands and found a cross stitch kit in their souvenir shop with a stitched example.  This kit also came home with me.

The kits purchased on our vacation are by The Posy Collection.  I have a third one from The Posy Collection in my stash as well.  Rudy purchased it for me when he was visiting the Guadalupe Peak area on a field trip with some grad students.

This is from the web site for The Posy Collection:

Texas resident Posy Lough has been translating America and American history into counted cross stitch kits for more than three decades. Her projects have taken her across the country — from New England to the Deep South and into the Great Midwest, Southwest and Far West. Her kits depict the homes of our presidents, our historic sites, our gardens and farms, and our natural wonders. Each project has an underlying theme relating to our American heritage.

I just love these small kits.  They include the pattern, fabric, embroidery floss and a needle.  I think it's a great way to memorialize your travels.  I encourage you to look for them when visiting historic sites across America.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

A Vacation Start

This has been by vacation stitching for the last six evenings. This is the right half of this design. Also, this is my first attempt posting from my new Kindle Fire.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Some Projects Have a History

This weekend I put the finishing touches to a little project that I started over ten years ago - Moonlight and 11:58 p.m. by Fern Ridge Collections.  The copyright date on the pattern is 2006.

I hit a bump pretty early on after starting the stitching.  I spilled tea or something on the linen.  I thought I had a pretty good solution.  Around the time I purchased this kit I also purchased a product called Distress It.  It is a spray used to antique linen or other fabrics.  So, I camouflaged my spill by antiquing the linen.  Mission accomplished.

Due to some stitching mistakes and frogging, I had to purchase more Needlepoint Inc. Silk in black.  Still later I had to rip out and acquire more of another thread.  At some point I became so frustrated that I put the thing away.

I brought it out last year when I needed a project for my lunchtime stitching.  Success was to be mine this go around, and I completed all the stitching.  I tucked it away in my bag of items that need the finishing work done and moved on to other projects.

Last weekend I was poking around in that bag of items to see what I might want to "finish" and decided to give it a go.  I am happy to report that this little project is done!  Last weekend I did the sewing and today I added the beaded edging. 

Feast your eyes:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

That Finished Feeling

Here are some of the items I worked on over Memorial weekend.  I have to be in the mood to do finishing work and was happy to get these two items done.

The first is a thimble purse to be worn as a necklace.  The design is by With Thy Needle and Thread.  The pattern came with the purse frame.  I used a scrap of 40 count linen and overdyed threads I had on hand.  It is stitched with one strand of floss over two threads of linen.  It is lined with a coordinating cotton print fabric.  The pattern suggests using waxed hemp cord for the necklace, but I thought a chain would be more comfortable.  As you can see, the purse from the closure to the bottom measures about three inches.  I like the tree and the scattered alphabet.  And, yes, I put a thimble inside.

The other finished project is a small sewing set by Little House Needleworks from the pattern called Fresh from the Garden.  The quilted sewing case and pincushion are presewn items from Impie, Hattie & Bea.  I attached my cross stitched piece to the inside of the case.  I used the called for 32 count Weeks Dye Works linen in the straw colorway with Classic Colorworks overdyed flosses.

I don't know why, but some stitched items may sit around for a couple of years before I pluck up the courage to do the finishing work.  The thimble purse was that way - the dread of sewing tiny seams and putting it all together with the purse lining and then gluing the thing into the purse frame.  Will it hold?  Will I glue the purse closed?!?

In the end, it's always a good feeling to get things truly finished, and I tell myself I won't wait so long the next time.