Saturday, June 28, 2008

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Insert for Needlecase

c.1993 DJV Designs
Designed by Dorothy Van Kalsbeek

This is one of those needlwork treasures, which I have owned & decided it was time to load it up with needles, scissors, and stitch the top!! I completed the stitching part in December posts & pics here. I used Mill Hill Petite Glass Beads: #40123; 42024; 42029. DMC Floss: #451; 501; 502; 503; 712; 3722; 224; 223; 951; 3752; 3756. DMC Perle Coton #12 ecru. Stitched on Antique White 36-count Edinborough linen.

After consultation w/Marjorie, Moonsilk Stitches blog, who suggested using tape to secure the needlework to the needlecase/wooden box ... I struggled to get this needlework mounted. I am happy with the results!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Blackbird Design Fans SAL - week 3

Thank You, Sarah Tobias

Blackbird Design Fans Yahoo group SAL continues (week three). I didn't stitch much this week! Maybe I'll get a couple more motifs stitched & made up into something special for week 4 : )

Friday, June 13, 2008

Blackbird Designs, Book SAL

The Blackbird Design Fans yahoo group is in the process of a Book SAL. Details HERE. My photos are not great. The pieces in-hand look lovely!
Motif on rose-colour linen, it is cloudy & maybe I can get an improved photo of the linen colour on a sunny day.

Motifs on ivory color linen scraps

I chose Sarah Tobias, the book with antique Pennsylvania Dutch sampler on the cover. There are several projects in the book; however, I decided to stitch individual motifs on linen scraps. I hope to finish them into small scissor fobs, pincushions, pinkeeps, or something. IMO-the motifs are quite charming!

I'm using DMC floss

Thx for your suggestions re. my perculating rash!! I'm having success with Zanfel wash and Benadryl Itch stopping Gel. Both are for Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac. I'm about 80% certain it was Poison Sumac. I was wearing gloves in the garden so my fingers are clear -- wrists & forearms & lower legs kinda yukky. I have since purchased a barrier product to apply before weeding. I just wish the blistering had a faster healing process as I continue to find new 'spots' every day!

Possible Summer Reading Choice???

"The art of embroidery uncannily links two fascinating women of different eras and their equally passionate love stories"

This looks like a book I'd like to read this summer. Book excerpt HERE . More information here . Anybody read this one? Or heard anything about it?

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Thank you everybody : )

I have a pretty good break-out of poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Poison Sumac on my forearms -- thus, have no stitching to share. Once it heals, I hope to get some needle & thread moving!

I appreciate the comments and e-mails to my last post. The thread drops I purchased are working out well for me. IMO are very nice -- I luv them.

AND, I was given a couple links, which I'd like to share here -- for more DIY [Do It Yourself] covered bobbins , covered bobbins (different shape), AND thread drops.

As I have been told [more than once] that some links on my blog aren't working, here are direct links:

Thread Drops:

Covered Floss Bobbins:|en


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