Finished the bag of mending. Then, made some things for DD's chinchilla pets ... 4 pillows and 2 hammocks -- a little bit of sewing with left over fleece. I think the fleece was from projects my Mom made for our sons - when they were in either High School or Middle School:
Back -- I thought the chinchillas might not like the kitty faces.
2 hammocks - hope they like them
I found the cat nip + may get some catnip toys sewn, too.
I've got most of the silk over dye fiber stitched. There are a few more motifs to add before the backstitch/outline and assembly. This is a nice design, from my stash. Chosen for the Biscornu SAL - along with FB group, All About Smalls.
And, decision: I had my mind all made up, tatted a sample. Tatted another sample. I tatted samples x FOUR, and liked the one in the top right corner.
Lizbeth, size 80, color 168 Latte Foam.
seems the right size for the project - nice color - and should be sewn on later tonight or tomorrow.
Facebook seems to be easier / quicker; however, the blog space is GREAT for photos and ingredients ... helps keep me organized.
Some progress on Mary Hannah Gipson [sampler researched and charted by Ruth Ann Russell]
SAN-Q Magazine, Winter 2010.
Everytime I pull this out, I am irritated and frustrated. Tho, some progress made. I have silks from my stash pulled out. I think the rest is over-one, so will do just a little at a time. ~ Mini Flower Basket Sampler ~ .... A Reproduction from the EGA.
Birds + Berries Thimble Purse, designed by Brenda Gervais: Chart/design calls for 40-ct parchment linen. I'm not sure what this linen is - must be from my stash. I used GAST Pebble [flowers], Mulberry [berries], Apple Cider [Bird], and nutmeg [Bird beak, legs, floral centers]. Valdani #P2 Olive Green for the leaves/vine. Week's Cinnabar for bird necklace.
Stitched over one on 32 ct Opalesc Belfast W/Simply Shaker Geranium #7036. Pattern and needle slide come with finishing instructions, red overdye wool + fusible interfacing.
So, how do you like my new bag??? Thx GF Kay, w/o blog! It is a great tote with matching water bottle holder. Please note the card - with buttons + stitching ; ) it is clipped to my calendar + cheers up the whole desk area. Back to the bag - has outside fabric pockets - and is done over blue mesh.
let me tell you, the mesh is wonderful for hot/humid days. All my travel gear went with me in style during recent trip. The water bottle keeps the water COLD and is marvelous in the holder w/pocket and adjustable strap. Thank you Kay. I adore it!!!
Lastly, new stash from House of Stitches. Which was ON SALE - and I was delighted to get my hands on it. Strawberries by Hollis Sullivan. I wanted the small motif for needlebook front - but may [ over-one ] stitch the larger pattern without border instead.
What fun - Halloween designs in July..... a recent prize from Sandra Sullivan's giveaway via her web site + Facebook page. I am so lucky!!!! I went thru my fibers and HE charms and think I have most of the colors. I may need to invest in a couple star/pumpkin charms.
AND, if you like bunny things, you might enjoy seeing the hand made shuttles from Carollyn. They are so lovely. Not sure I want to use them for tatting - may just enjoy looking at them!!! Carollyn blogs at Carollyn's Tatting Blog.
This is one of those patterns ... that I purchased 2nd hand. I knew it existed, couldn't locate it anyplace. I saw the sampler stitched and kept looking. There are 2 samplers of berries and I still want to stitch them!
Meanwhile, I stitched the small pincushion [photo shows design on wooden stand]. When I started on light pink aida cloth, the yellow/blue didn't show up - needed to reverse those two colors in the 'pot'. I used GAST Cherry Wine, Buttercrunch on the berries; Weeks Ivy for the leaves/stems; Needle Necessities 1342 + GAST Buttercrunch for the strawberry pot.
I had some needlework in hand. Kept one eye on weather info. And, yep, power went out.
I think this is all I will stitch on this piece. It is "Simply Red, Plus" designed by Sandra Sullivan - Homespun Elegance, Ltd. c.2010. The pattern calls for Mountain Mist, which I have, I just liked this blue better with the linen. It is about 3 1/4 x 2 1/4" The button from my stash, I had an amber pearl button, liked this one better.
I was looking thru my finished pieces and realize I have a couple for Independence Day. I will have to flip thru patterns as I thought I had more.
The pattern + red fiber were a gift from GF Karol. As I had the blue fiber close at hand, I started with the blue. [Needle Necessities, Inc. #1342]. I'm using a piece of 30-count Lt. Espresso, from the House of Stitches fabric bin!
The pattern has a small pincushion in yellow fiber w/MOP button. The letters are backwards - quite charming; however, I'm going back to the traditional. Stitching over one thread. Should be pretty.
Earlier this week, I managed to sew the bottom part of the the pre-made pieces, to form additional pockets for tools and fibers. Nice to use the outside pockets as well as the inside pockets. From the time I purchased these (even before stitched), I've been using them. Quite handy + a nice size. : )
Earlier this week, I finished Chipmunk, by Prairie Schooler into a needlebook. I used aida cloth - which I like for something that gets a lot of use. In the Woods, The Prairie Schooler, c.1994, Book No. 46
Also, completed the wooden piece by Bucilla. They have a series called Bucilla Handmade Wooden Stitchables. Link here.
how about finishing one? Needlework/stitching is completed. I changed it a little bit from the pattern. And added color to the project. Photo from pattern on the left of the actual stitched rollup. I put the scissors charm on the scissors keeper. The pre-finished pieces are really fun to embellish. I've been using the pieces while they were in progress for needles, scissors, fibers, thread winders, etc.
Almost -- I have a few tatting patterns out. I'd like to edge the brown felt piece with some tatting. The needlework is probably completed. When I sew the tatted edge on, I will also sew the bottom of the stitched part - to create a pocket.
The Scissors pocket - fits inside the lowest pocket on the roll. The back has a nice magnet for a book of needles, a needle rest - or just to keep the scissors inside. The fancy pins were a gift from Vickie , who blogs at A Stitcher's Story.
This set is STITCHED - just not finished. I need to sew the bottom of the front panels [to form a pockets] and sew the small piece into a pincushion. I may use some tatted trim. Not sure how I'll embellish the pincushion - it seems so small.
The stitched initials are from BBD A Stitcher's Journey. The patterns, by Sandra Sullivan Homespun Elegance, Ltd., are pictured below. I used Week's Baked Apple on the roll. Simply Shaker Cidermill Brown for scissors, couple initials. Also used Simply Shaker Heirloom Gold for the initial on the roll. Dried Thyme [GAST] for all the green. Crescent Colours Used Brick on scissor pocket, fold over + soon to be pincushion. All the Blue from skein of Needle Necessities, Inc. #1342. Amber Pearl Buttons, Scissors Charm, safety pins. And, will add tatting this or next week.
While hunting down my amber pearl buttons ... I found my HE ABC ornament/fob pattern + supplies AND my Bent Creek snapper project. They had been hiding from me -- I knew I put them someplace, and at last unearthed them. I pulled out some fibers for the BBD Her Sampler.
I have mixed a few silk and cotton fibers. I have linen, too. It is hiding! I want to finished the Homespun Elegance pieces first - then will pick up the alphabet sampler. If you have not seen the sampler - visit the Blackbird Design blog and follow the link to the free pattern.