Monday, August 27, 2012

More metallics on card stock ...

OK, I think I have the hang of this --- after a few matchbook covers,
I realized two things ...

First, remember to change needles when you switch from
Kreinik size 8 braid - to DMC spool of gold thread ...

Second, use a tool to score the paper before

I thought I wouldn't like the off white; however, it 
really isn't that boring -- and I found some lovely
felt earlier today (teal, purple, etc).

Will see what I can accomplish tonight (or into the wee hours of the morning).   
It really is a fun thing to do.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Stitching on Card Stock

For some time, I have been interested in experimenting - trying something differernt.

And, there are some interesting pinterest ideas about making matchbook-style needlebooks.    Of course, there are tutorials, which explain how to make them.    Yet, late at night, when the computer is in another room (where DH is sleeping), I just kind of winged it.

I used Recollections brand, Bookmarks, from Michael's (these are 'Primary", I also have "Speckled" - an ivory card stock).   There are 50 precut cards in a package, for around $3 or $4 (depending on the coupon).    I took a matchbook out of the kitchen drawer and folded the bottom, and folded two places at the top.

Some of the matchbooks I've seen on line have one fold at the top; however, I really wanted this to look like a matchbook + wanted the needles to have 'room' without getting squished.   Perhaps only one fold is needed.   I thought two looked ok.

Then, I grabbed graph paper.    I drew out some possible designs,trying to keep them diamond shaped on the outside.   With a lace tool, needle pricker, I put the holes in the paper (which was easier than I previously thought).  

Of course, with spool of DMC metallic thread in hand (then found some Kreinik braid), I sorta skipped the design and just used the holes to 'stitch'.   I had five different designs stitched with the same holes in the card stock.    Then, did a basic diamond with lots of criss crossing.   (which DD said looked the best).    They take about a yard of metallic thread / matchbook cover.

I have some felt in the wardrobe, and can get the pieces cut for the inside, and also a new stapler -- with jam proof staples (did you know there was such a thing?).  

The plan is to make up all the cards and send them to South Paw Stitcher.   Some to be used at the NANI workshop on September 8th (if Southpaw Stitcher says they are a good match with her triangle boxes), and some to be sold at the Boutique in November.     I hope the colors are ok, and if not, the off white card stock should match up with just about anything.

Meanwhile, I have oodles of ideas, never enough free time, and hope to be able to pull this off in a week!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012


Mom has a 1st + Sweepstakes rosette
on her 12 monts of year cross stitch

and her alphabet banner
was awarded a 2nd
at the Lake Co Fair.


Friday, August 10, 2012

Don't miss it ....

May 26–August 26, 2012
Light & Flow: 50 Year Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement
Brincka/Cross and Robert Saxton Galleries

If you get the chance, visit the Lubeznik Center +
view the current exhibits.

this is one not to miss (IMO)!!!

In other news ....  the Vera Bradley outlet store
should be open soon.  WOOT.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Porter Co Fair: Part Three

Category V - Needlecraft

Section 506 - Counted Thread Work

f.  Counted Cross Stitch - Other (not suitable for framing)
The Drawn Thread
Pumpkin Keeper
Pincushion + fob set
used JABC pins + Gingher Lendell scissors
to make them pretty!

Comment Card:  "beautifully
excellent assembly
lovely tension"

506 i.  Other:
A Sampler Pinkeep
The Heart's Content

Comment Card: "Beautifully done
cute finishing

Section 507 - Miscellaneous Needlecraft

a. Combination of Techniques:
Satin Heart
The Victoria Sampler

Comment Card:  "beautiful piece
lovely finishing
nice accented w/
beads + charm
lovely tension"

b. Needlepunch:
Halloween Hang Ups 2
Lizzie Kate

Comment Card:
"cute design
try rearranging
finish stitches so
edges are straight"

(good point by judge)

c. Other
Mom's Butterfly
tatted edge on material paper
(I gave this to my MIL on Sunday afternoon)

comment card

Best of luck to the NANI members who are entering
the Lake Co Fair!!!   

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Porter Co Fair: Part Two

Category 1 Arts and Crafts (continued):

Section 115 - Miscellaneous Crafts:
Needlebook:  Fused w/fabric, paper, tatting, tulle.  Further
embellished with buttons, charms, beads, pins, tatting.
(this is the back side)

Comment Card:  "Very nice design.
Very well done, tatting!
Like the way it is decorated.  handy idea
to store needles."

Section 110 - Jewelry

a. Necklace:
Beaded amulet bag w/photos of the children inside

Comment Card: " very nice
good choice of colors
good craftsmanship"

b. Bracelet:
Double spiral in shades of blue beads.

Comment Card:  "nice selection of 
colors + materials
good design
good craftsmanship

c. Earrings:
pattern designed by
blogging at Mad Designs

Comment Card:   "delicate
nice choice of 
nice design"

e. Other:
Nutmeg Diamond Magnifica 
Beaded jeweled Bar Pin Kit
Mill Hill 2000

Comment Card:  "nice selection
of materials
great design

Part Three .... Tomorrow : )


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