Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Designer and a Giveaway

Check out Berit's new blog
Along the Path of Pins + Needles

for a peek at her new design adventure
Jaunty Fox Designs

and, to launch the new Halloween design -
she is hosting a giveaway.

See Berit's post: Announcing Jaunty Fox Designs! for details.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

kanzashi flower maker

I had some questions ...

This is the Round Petal, Large Size ...

I am using slippery fabrics - not cotton on this flower ...
(flower front)

It took me 20 minutes ...
(back of the flower)

When using the cotton fabrics, the petals are more crisp ...
The non-cotton fabrics have a softer look.

Should be fun to dump out my button box for the centers.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Clover's Kanzashi Flower Maker(s)

Tori and I were in South Bend, Indiana
on Monday.

We swung by Erica's.

And found Clover Kanzashi Flower Makers. Many sizes, many styles.

This one is the
pointed petal, small size

Start with heavy quilting thread ...
make a petal with the flower maker tool ...
and keep stringing on the petals - now it is ready to have the center embellished

A new toy for fabric scraps!

Has anyone else tried these?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Upcoming Exhibit

July 1 - Oct 2, 2011

Text Messages
..... works that use language, text or typography
to help convey meaning in a wide range of media


Works in handmade paper explore scale, color + texture.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts
101 W Second Street
Michigan City, IN 46360


Sat, Sun

Monday, June 13, 2011

Open Window sort of a day ....

Honey sees the camera.

Nikki licking Honey's face.

Nikki curls up on the throw rug + Honey stretches out in the track of the door.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tulip Slip

Tulip Slip
Copyright Tricia Wilson Nguyen for Thistle Threads, 2010
Stitched by Kris Andrews

To raise $5000 (to complete budget) for a new
(per blog) .... exhibition being planned/worked on at Winterthur is With Cunning Needle: Four Centuries of Embroidery.
(It will run from September 3, 2011 – January 8, 2012.

Tricia Wilson Nguyen, Thistle Threads has a Tulip Slip kit for sale. $10.00 of each kit is being donated to Winterthur.

Per blog: The reproduction Needlework Nibble is worked on 34 count linen with Soie d’Alger thread. The stitching kit is $18 with $10 of the kit price being donated to Winterthur in support of the exhibition budget.

What a beautiful design --- for more information
check out
tent stitch: Tulip Slip
and details for kit purchase

Per blog: The Tulip Slip is based off of a real 17th century slip in private collection.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Land of the Free

Today is my youngest son's birthday. After a salad (and dessert) at Panera,
both of my sons and I went to Barnes and Noble.

I found this issue of Cross-Stitch & Needlework magazine & thought the BBD was nice:

If you are interested, this is the front cover:

Cross-Stitch + Needlework magazine

July 2011


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