Grace has a fabulous blog. She usually has oodles of projects in the works, participates in swaps, round robins, + exchanges. Her tatting is beautiful! Take a peek and enjoy her needlework, tatting, sewing, and beautiful garden/nature photos. Btw - chocolate. Grace enjoys chocolate, tea (after morning coffee), and collects thimbles.
To continue the global hop -- don't miss these great sites:
Cathy has spectacular hardanger + needlework projects on her blog, many from special workshops and events. Her stitching and finishing are marvelous. In addition to Cathy's projects, i enjoy the special posts about Hovej Embroidery and about her Mom (who tats)! Enjoy traveling along with Cathy and enjoy her special blog.
Barbara, blogging at Mainley Stitching.
Barbara has a wonderful blog with animals, creative needlework & projects PLUS the family 'chateau chaos' activities. In addition to Cathy's blog [above], this is one of the first few blogs I ever read! In addition to needlework, I've always enjoyed the animal and garden photographs. Following Barbara's writing/posts is always a pleasure - never know what she will showcase in her near-daily posts.
1. What am I working on?
currently in my needlework tote: Stitching workshop piece - Old Saybrooke Sampler Bent Creek - Autumn Row C Street Samplerworks - Mary Hannah Gipson Sampler Biscornu SAL Scarlet Letter (Year w/Scarlet Letter) Homespun elegance pieces In my tatting bag: a couple workshop pieces from Lace Day[s] Mini-tats book Japanese tatting kit + couple patterns Half-embellished origami bag with tatting motifs and edges. Also enjoy my small pin loom (weaving), sewing - esp origami bags, fabric flower making/embellishing w tatting, sketching / drawing, punch needle [other things in the works, too]
2. How does my work differ from others?
Most people actually finish! i tend to enjoy the journey.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I have no idea. I just start itching to be creative and I find projects speak louder than words. It is fun to follow a pattern-make small changes so it remains unique. Or, a bit more challenging - to have an idea and follow thru to a 'finish'... or, you know - buy a pattern because it inspires you!!!
4. How does my writing/creating process work? For many years, i have had problems sleeping. And, when I settle down and focus on an in-hand project, I can relax, rest, and it has a restorative effect.
Pumpkin added to Autumn Row by Bent Creek. Not much time for needlework these days.
Some progress on Mary Hannah Gipson [sampler researched and charted by Ruth Ann Russell] SAN-Q Magazine, Winter 2010.
Homespun Elegance: Yes, I did finish the tatting + added it to the roll-up. So far, the tatting has held up well as I seem to use the roll-up often. The red thread was found at an Antique Mall in Carmel, Indiana. It seemed so interesting to find thread wound on paper/cardboard. And, here is the Homespun Elegance pattern [front]:
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.