Thursday, July 29, 2021

CQ Block: Task Ten (of 12)

 Fargo Roses.   Challenge for them to be the same size.   Challenge to have them look similar.   

 CQ Block (so far).   I have two more tasks to do before it can be a finish.   This is part of Kathy Seaman Shaw's BCQC-101 class.   More information can be found here:

 Woven Roses + Kreinik Metallic #8 Braid (042).   I look forward to adding charms, beads, buttons, etc.   I think there is another ribbon embroidery task to complete before the embellishing.

 Seven Fargo Roses - that don't really look alike!   Ribbon Embroidery is so new to me.   I forget how different surface stitching is to counted specialty stitches on linen.   

This is such a good course.   The information provided is exceptional.   I'm taking my time to learn and have enjoyed each task.

 And, yes, I did get my Bent Creek pattern finished into a pincushion - which I've been using.  The bobbin lace edge sewn on - it really is a small pincushion.  I used wool roving, pretty light weight.


Sunday, July 04, 2021

4th of July

I've been taking Bobbin Lace classes via Zoom, and had finished this edge.   Found a Bent Creek stitched piece in my stash (of things to finish) and added some beads.    Planning to finish into a pincushion.

Bent Creek pattern
The Little Bunny

I used Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art:  
Pink Azalea, Willow, Oatmeal (blended with DMC 712), Evergreen; 
Simply Shaker Sampler Threads from The Gentle Art Harvest Basket, Grape Leaf; 
and DMC 3021. Beads:  SJ Designs, Glass Seed Beads size 14, Color #1832.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021

CQ + Prairie Schooler projects

This is the next step in Kathy Shaw's class.
Class information HERE.  

These are my ribbon violets -- After trial-n-error, they seem to be okay.

In addition to the ribbon embroidery,  GF Cathy B, blogging at With Needle and Thread,
helped me out with a complimentary pattern from Prairie Schooler.
A friend made a pincushion for me, years back, and I've used it so often, it is getting beat up!
I started a new one, on aida cloth.  
 It is a nice pattern and will grow up to be my new pincushion.

The rabbit needlebook, in above photo, is on the same color aida cloth.   
Pattern from Prairie Schooler, In The Woods.  

The Prairie Schooler, c.1994, Book No. 46.


Saturday, May 08, 2021


The next part of my CQ block
is making ribbon flowers.

A challenge.

I've done very little with ribbons.

I have purchased some & owned some from Pat Winter, now hanging up to get the wrinkles out!

Next week, I'll get a section done.


Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday, March 06, 2021

BCQC-101: Basic Crazy Quilt Course

I signed up for Kathy Shaw's 
Basic Crazy Quilt Course (BCQC-101)

Started with some fabrics and Kathy's pattern.   I have added some tatted edge trims, and some surface stitching with perle coton, size 8.   Kathy provides templates to keep the stitches so even!    The next couple seams will have some embroidered chain stitches and stem stitching.   Stay tuned ....  


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Boxes for perle coton balls

I have had a few comments regarding  perle coton boxes I have made.   I use them all the time.  They are made with index cards and ribbons.   I use these boxes to keep the perle coton balls from rolling around, to easily pull fiber off the core, and to save the label!  

And there is a link in the sidebar.


Since my posts about the perle coton boxes, I had been asked about template(s) directions & instructions.  The index cards can be plain, or stamped with motifs.  CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE I'm really not good at explaining so, I took apart a box & will try to show how I create boxes I start with a 4" x 6" card (index card, card stock, light weight cardboard Decorate - or leave plain Cut 4 slits & Fold Attach label to ends of box -- double sided tape, glue, whatever is on hand Use Paper punch where you want your ribbons Ribbon should be 18-19" & secure the perle coton balls in place Not too tight or they will not roll easily when fiber end is pulled I use a bodkin & two colors of ribbon Thread thru the box & perle coton balls Use 2nd ribbon and repeat on the other side Bows on the ends over labels You can also make a box for one perle coton ball.  Adjust the size.  

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Ground Hog Day !

Link to Pattern

Will the groundhog see a shadow, six more weeks of winter?    Will the sky be overcast, and the groundhog not see a shadow, early spring?

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Pet Pix

 Because there are blog followers, unable to leave comments, I have been asked about our cats.   I guess I haven't posted about them in awhile.   Yes, we still have four indoor kittys AND 1-2 ferel, outdoor kittys that come by.

This is Jasper.   He poses for the camera!
He was a driveway drop off that we adopted.
He is apx 9 yrs old.

Jasper + Callie.
Often curl up together.

Callie - apx 5 yrs old.   Not sure where she came from.  She just showed up pregnant and kept visiting.  We guessed she was a barn cat.  Unsure.   We adopted her after she was injured - during her recovery, she got along well with the other cats, so we kept her.

Honey, driveway drop off, is 15 years old.
Honey is camera shy, enjoys sun spots in the house, curls up under desk lamps, or floor heater vents.  She does catnap with Callie.

Simon is our son's cat. He came indoors one 4th of July.  He is about 9 yrs old.  When our son adopted Apollo - the two males didn't get along.   So, Simon is back in our household.   Simon gets into EVERYTHING all the time.  
He does not like to be picked up, or brushed.  Every evening he is the first to run into bed. 

This is Apollo, I enjoy visiting him when I use our son's treadmill.   Does not live here - lives in our son's home.

In addition to our indoor kittys, we have visitors.   I feed them so they leave my birdfeeders alone.  Plus, they keep the chipmunks away.
We've named him Hobo, or Beau Kitty.  His first nickname was 'little ugly'.

This one is an infrequent visitor, and our Callie doesn't like this cat.   I've seen it a few times this winter. 

When our children were growing up, living here - we had multiple dogs, cats, chinchillas, hermit crabs, fish tanks.  


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