Wednesday, September 21, 2011

L.A.C.E. class

On Saturday, Karol and I went to the L.A.C.E.
spool knitting class.

Karol used wire and awesome pink + green beads. Watch for picture on her blog, Rosebuds Stitching!

I learned a new way to start the spool
(backwards from the way I used the spools as a kid)
and add BEADS.

Here, I used Cebelia #20 with 6/0 craft beads, adding
beads in one row, knitting a row, adding beads. (row isn't quite right as these are circular)

Did you see the awesome spool? They are wooden with a wonderful center.
Large enough for the beads+fiber to fall thru. They are by
Simply Wild Crafts in Naperville, IL.

I was curious how it would look
with #3 crochet cotton - and adding a bead
in every knitted stitch. So perfect, almost
looks like a cord!

My next attempt will be with a black crochet cotton - maybe a size 10.
It is quick and fun to do. A nice way to use up some craft stash I have on hand.

These are the spools I already own.
It took me awhile to get them all in one tin!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Free Admission to participating Museums

September 24th is Museum Day

Per their web site:
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission everyday, Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket...for free.

For a list of participating museums,
click on This Link

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

September 24 - 25, 2011

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT
Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT.

The Feast is held on the grounds of Fort Ouiatenon
Historic Park,
four miles
southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.

3129 South River Road,
West Lafayette

pdf file - brochure

Visit their
web site
for additional information.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Covered Bridge Harvest Fest, Crown Point, Indiana

Fifth Annual
Covered Bridge Harvest Fest

Lake Co Fairgrounds
Crown Point, IN

Fri 9/23

Sat 9/24

Sun 9/25

Hay rides, live entertainment, corn hole tournament,
 arts + crafts, food vendors, car show, pumpkins, 
model railroad exhibit & more.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Duneland Heritage Fest

Duneland Heritage Days
formerly known as Duneland Harvest Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2011 - Sunday, September 18, 2011
11:00AM - 5:00PM

This free event features authentic music, dance, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and traditional foods for the whole family.

Bailly Homestead/Chellberg Farm
Mineral Springs Road
Porter, Indiana 46304

Duneland Heritage Days - link to information

Saturday, September 10, 2011

When : June 13th and September 10th

Sewing Machine Day celebrates a very important invention ----- the sewing machine. The first sewing machines were made in France in the 1830s. It wasn't until 1846, that they were patented in the U.S. What a great invention. Prior to it's creation, clothes items were sewn together by hand...stitch by stitch.

People who know how to use a sewing machine are dwindling in number. Our mothers and grandmothers had a sewing machine in the house. They used it, too. But, look around your house. Do you have a sewing machine? Chance are, the answers is no.

If you have a sewing machine, enjoy today making things with it. If not, consider picking up sewing as a hobby.

Per Holiday Insights web site.

Friday, September 09, 2011

I'm on page 14!

I was very excited when Pat Winter,
blogging at Gatherings,
asked me to send her a photograph and article for
the Autumn issue
of Crazy Quilt Gatherings Magazine.

It was a challenge for me to write the article. The flower making
was so much fun!

The information is on page 14 of the Autumn 2011 Issue of Crazy Quilt Gatherings Magazine.

I have some new cuts of fabric, need to grab a tin of buttons and give my tatting shuttles a work out ....

so stay tuned for more ...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Material World

April 22, 2011-February 6, 2012
Paul Textile Gallery & Fashion Arts Gallery

Web Site

Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326 | 317-923-1331

back from Florida ....

Yesterday, I visited the Patchwork Pig in Lakeland, FL.
It was a lovely shop and I found some beautiful fabric pieces
for Kanzashi flowers.

While in Florida, I visited the Morse Museum and was delighted with all the Tiffany on display. The pieces on display included jewelry, lamps, pottery, paintings, windows - and the chapel interior designed for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition (was in Chicago). Impressive!!!

In addition to Morse, I visited the nearby
the Cornell Fine Arts Museum. (pictured above)

The Cornell had a fabulous Albert Bierstadt painting on display. Oh my, stunning. In addition they had two galleries of photography - and I enjoyed the Watch Keys. A whole display case of watch keys - with carvings, gems, shapes, crystals, coins ... very creative keys!

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Valparaiso, IN



From the West, take I 80/90 or I 94 E. to I 65 S. to
US 30 E. approximately 10 miles to Hayes Leonard
School - SOUTH Popcorn Shuttle area.
From the East, take I 80/90 or I 94 W. to St. Rd. 49
S. Turn right on to Vale Park Rd. (400 N.) Follow
signs - NORTH Popcorn Shuttle area.

Friday, September 02, 2011

sight unseen, must have ...

EDITED: I just noticed, Anita has pictures from both of
these publications .... check out
Anita's Stitching Blog!!!

When I heard about the A Schoolgirl's Work from the 
Blackbird Designs blog,
 I wanted it. 

 Picked it up last week + have enjoyed it --- 
as for the patterns, 
I liked Hannah's basket .... then,
 I saw Rosebud Sachets 
and think if I ever get around to needlework 
--- that would be my first choice from the book.

After I get some tatting done ; )

 And, the Ornaments 2011 magazine is out ...
 picked my copy us this afternoon - 
and a copy for Mom.

 (Good to see you Kathy H! 
- w/o blog, 
who needs one to showcase her awesome Halloween stitching!)

 Back to orn mag ....I'm happy w/this issue. 

 Esp interesting - Shepherd's Bush, Janie Hubble Designs and Mosey n Me.
 Fun snowflakes + snow people. 

 Baffling to me - a coin purse, an Easter egg?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Doll and Bear Show

Valparaiso Dolls & Friends Club
are sponsoring

Doll & Bear Show

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9am - 3pm

Porter County Expo Center
North East Corner of U.S. 49
and Division Road

Four miles South of U.WS. 30 on Rt. 49

Valparaiso, Indiana


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