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?


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