Saturday, February 17, 2018

I Won a Magazine

I've been following Margaret Blank, textile artist, for many years. Earlier this month, I entered her giveaway for celebrating 15 years as a blogger and won! My prize is the Inspirations magazine shown below. Thanks, Margaret.

Since this magazine is all about hand embroidery, here's a few links to check:

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Book Added to My Library

My new embroidery book arrived today. Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto, is just delightful! According to the write-up, this book 'offers a modern perspective on the traditional floral motifs that have been a stumpwork mainstay for centuries. There are 19 beautiful designs to choose from, and 8 projects showing how to use the motifs to embellish pillows, napkins, pouches, books covers and more.'

The step-by-step instructions and diagrams are easy to follow so is ideal for all levels of embroiderers. I was attracted to the smaller scale designs and this book did not disappoint me. This is a great addition to any library (guild or personal).

If you really want a full review of this book, visit Mary Corbet's Needle n' Thread HERE.  Her review sold me on this book. Thanks, Mary.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Links and More

Yesterday, I linked up with The Needle and Thread Network. It's a great place to see the work of some Canadian Quilters. I've been checking their blogs out and came across The Inquiring Quilter's list of linky parties. There are links for each day of the week. Worth a view!

A new shimmer has just been tested and looks good. More on that when it's stitched out. The Newfoundland Dog is on my machine at the moment. These, along with lots of other Shimmer Ornaments, are headed to The Rooms Gift Shop, St. John's, NL.

Since I don't have a photo of my work to share today, here's a 6" x 6" oil on paper that my daughter, Jill, completed today. I copied it from her Instagram shots (permissions granted, of course). She is giving this one away on her facebook page.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! I'm working steadily on my Shimmer Ornaments to get them ready for the tourist season. It's been difficult getting focused on new items since the big move here to Nova Scotia. Studio is in the works so I'm working out of a bedroom, kitchen, living room . . . you get the idea. As a result, I can't put my fingers on things quickly. Not an efficient way to work at all! But, the new studio will be big and have lots of work surfaces and storage.

We have two more new Shimmer Ornaments, a grouper (I've nicked named it the 'grumpy grouper') and a map outline of Labrador. An interest was expressed in creating the map so it's done and ready for the general market. If there are any businesses on the Labrador Coast or in Newfoundland interested in purchasing these, please contact me.

I've also included a couple of older Shimmers that I'm working on.

Linked to The Needle and Thread Network!

On the table to be finished!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Craft East Buyers EXPO

Yesterday, my daughter, Jill and I attended the Craft East Buyers EXPO in Halifax. This show was formally known as ACTS, Atlantic Canada Trade Show. I've attended this show twice as part of the Newfoundland and Labrador wholesalers. Since the format has changed considerably, I decided to check it out. This event, which was held in a downtown hotel, wasn't open to the public as it was a wholesale show for buyers.

We visited just about every booth and chatted with the makers. Some had their displays in a suite at the hotel while others opted to set up in several large rooms with other vendors. Four floors of the hotel were taken over for this event.

There was lots of interesting art and craft to see. Many of the vendors were new this year, but I did speak with many people I've met over the years.

Here's the vendors from Newfoundland & Labrador:
I do have to share one vendor from Nova Scotia as their business cards for this event was very innovative.  Have a look:

I've bought several pieces from this company, Hand-made Fused Glass Products.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Blogging - 1589 posts!

I was reading Margaret Blank's blog and she mentioned that she has been blogging for 15 years and posted over 1500 posts. That got me thinking, so I checked my blog profile and so far, my total is 1589 posts. I didn't think I had written that much in ten years (it will be ten next August). Some would say 'long winded'!

I've tried to keep my comments related to my art and the art of others. Most of the time, I've linked to lots of interesting sites where you will find things related to textile / fibre art such as free patterns, tutorials, YouTube videos, other blogs, teachers, classes, quilt shows . . .

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.
Now it's time to view a few links:

  Here's yesterday's visitor:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Shimmer Ornaments

We have new Shimmer Ornaments created and working on a few others. Have a look!

The Caribou and Forget-Me-Not were requested by The Rooms Gift Shop to be exclusive to them.  More on that at a later time.

Sea Horse
Salt Cod Fish

Monday, February 5, 2018

Shopping in St. John's

While in St. John's last week, I visited Fiber Lilly, Sew Many Stitches, Sewing World, Cast On Cast Off (recently moved to Duckworth Street) and Some Good Market. Of course, I made a few purchases! Here's a few of them:

These colours caught my eye

The blues might be used in my next Snow men hand embroidery piece.

Oriental panel has no project assigned to it yet!

The cup is mine. I thought the owl looked cute sitting in it.

I will use some of this yarn in my Fibre Lace Scarves and other projects.
More mittens for Gale!

Friday, February 2, 2018

St. John's Visit

I've been in St. John's since Tuesday morning. My flight was one of the few that got out of Halifax during the snow fall. Needless to say, the time flew by so quickly. Tomorrow afternoon, I head back home. 
This trip was personal and business related. It was great to meet up with friends. Thanks, M and B for your hospitality - much appreciated! It will be reciprocated when you visit our home in Nova Scotia.

I got everything done on my list. My last visit will be Some Good Market tomorrow morning.

Here are a few photos of Verna's newest Temari Ball Ornaments. These were taken this afternoon when a bunch of us got together for our regular monthly stitch meeting. They waited until I was home.

work in progress

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Eye Candy from the 2018 Tokyo Quilt Festival

The Tokyo Quilt Festival just opened its doors! According to what I've read, this exhibit is one of the best quilting events on the planet. The work displayed is unique in every way. Too bad it's so far away but we can all get a glimpse of some of the quilts from Okan Arts blog. More photos HERE, HERE and HERE


Monday, January 22, 2018

Credit / Business Card Holders are Finished - Finally!!

Today, the Credit / Business Card Holders were finally finished. More Shimmer Ornaments were also stitched out on the machine. AND, I walked 6 km at the LCLC's indoor walk area.

These 'Holders' will be going with me next Tuesday, to Newfoundland and  will end up at the Devon House Gift Shop.


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Snow Day

I just realized that it's been over a week since my last post. No, I'm not going to apologize! Life sometimes takes over. We have been working on a few new shimmer ornaments but three of them are an exclusive request for one of my buyers so no one sees them until things are finalized.

The Credit Card Holders are half completed. They would have been done today but schools were closed here due to slippery roads and Gale decided she wanted to hang out with grandma. We made a snowman, hugged a tree (Gale asked 'why' and I said 'because we can'), played with Lego blocks, watched a show . . . We had lots of laughs.

The Credit Card Holders will be taken to Devon House at the end of the month as I'm making a visit to St. John's on the 29th of January for a few days. I hope the weather cooperates as I also plan to attend the January meeting of the St. John's Embroidery Guild on the day I get there.

Our snowman wearing my cap and scarf.

Backyard tree

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Work in Progress

Where does a day go? Between my gopher job (which is intermittent - renos on new place), domestic stuff, and dance class (not me, Gale), time flies!  BUT while waiting for her, I walked 2.5 km around the indoor track at the LCLC. Then everyone was back here for supper.

I did manage to finish up free-motion stitching a few more pieces for the Credit Card Holders. Here's a sample. On the right side is the  embellished fabric. It is difficult to see the glittery threads and yarns used. I will be taking some of these with me for Devon House, on my trip back to NL at the end of the month.
I've linked up with The Needle & Thread Network this week.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


I have been making progress on my credit card holders but nothing to show yet. Since I gifted my Snow Happens hand embroidery / quilted piece to my sister, I've traced out another one to stitch. This will be a piece to do in the evening or when I go out. I don't expect to finish it quickly. My puzzle is coming along. I only work on it in the evening and then for a short period of time as it was taking over my free time. It's covered up during the day.

New Shimmer Ornaments are in the works!
I want to do more framed art . . . new studio first as I need the space to work.
An on-line shop is planned for 2018.

Now for some links:


Friday, January 5, 2018

Slow and Steady

Yesterday was a wild and woolly one with the wind and rain.  We didn't lose the power and the storm wasn't as severe as predicted. I expected to wake up to lots of snow but we got none of the white stuff.

Now that the hype of the winter storm is over,  I can now concentrate on making a few Credit Card Holders and Shimmer Ornaments. Not much else is going on except for taking down Christmas ornaments and packing them away for another year.

Check out a few links:
Credit Card Holders from 2015


Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Christmas Book: Stumpwork Embroidery

Fingers crossed that we don't have a power interruption!  We are getting lots of rain at the moment with high winds. I did get to the post box this morning and was surprised to finally get my 3rd Christmas book, Stumpwork Embroidery by Helen Richman. What a lovely book!

The book gives practical advice on working with threads as well as how to stretch and prepare fabrics. There are over 900 coloured photos to guide you through a wide range of decorative and raised stitches. Detailed instructions are included on combining stumpwork with a range of other techniques to create unique designs. Helen has provided ten projects to show how to use the stitches in designs, including stumpwork human figures. Don't you just love the figure on her book!

Follow Helen on Pinterest HERE. Also visit the Bluebird Embroidery Company, which showcases her embroidery artwork and embroidery kits.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Getting Back to Work - SLOWLY!

In December, I bought myself a 2000 piece jig saw puzzle. Yep, nuts for sure! I haven't done a puzzle in over 20 years. Lots of them got done at our house as children. So, I set this one up and have been working on it over the holidays. I needed to get away from hand / machine work for awhile. I'm ready to get back into the grove of creating again. However, the puzzle 'Moose Be Done'. I copied that phrase from a magnetic note pad my granddaughter gave me.

I just love the bright colours in this puzzle. 

My first project will be more Credit Card Holders. See a few HERE.  I purchased some vibrant coloured fabric a few days ago to use for these. Most of my fabrics are inaccessible at the moment, so what is one to do BUT buy more fabric!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Links to BOM's for 2018

The sunset tonight was gorgeous as we were driving home from Halifax.! Just had to share it.

The weather across the country is very cold so now is the time to work on winter projects. Have a look at some of these BOMs for 2018:

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Books

Christmas isn't Christmas unless there is at least a new book or two! I received two with one more on the way.

Hazel Blomkamp's book, Needle Lace Techniques for Hand Embroidery, was added to my library. I do like the new book format. Check it out HERE

The second book is Inspirational Kantha by Anna Hergert.  To find out about Kantha, check  HERE.  

I'm hoping to get some free time soon to sit down and explore both books.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year

This has been a very busy year. Not so much with my art and business ventures but with house renovations, packing up the house and moving to Nova Scotia in October. Our house in NL sold in November and closed just before Christmas so that was one of the best gifts we could have received. Since the move, I have visited Espanola, Ontario and taught there at the Fibre Art Festival. Of course, the very best thing, we get to see our family all the time, as they are just a 10 minute car ride away!
I managed to get to a few stitch days during the year with friends but not as many as I wished.
Thanks for your friendship as it means a lot. Thank you for following my blog posts and to those who leave comments. I may not respond to all of them but they are read and appreciated.

My main goal for the new year is to have a fully functional studio where I can create new fibre art. I have some new yarns and I'm just itching to try them out! 

I wish you health, happiness, time with family and friends, and lots of fun in 2018!

From my house to yours:

Happy New Year! 

Thursday, December 28, 2017


I have two new stained glass Christmas ornaments for my tree. These are Newfoundland Mummers. For those of you unfamiliar with mummering, check the link above.

My brother, Don, made these, as well as the cat with the Christmas Ball. The cat was made many years ago and is meant to hang in a window.

Sunday, December 24, 2017


Merry Christmas to all of you. I hope your Christmas and New Year is full of joy and laughter with family and friends.

Thanks for following my blog and reading / commenting on things that interest you. It is very much appreciated.

Today we put together a gingerbread house. After several flops, as icing was very soft and didn't stick the house together very well, it worked! Lots of sticky fingers but everyone had fun!


Friday, December 22, 2017

A Surprise!

It was my sister, Joan's birthday on the 18th. She certainly got a surprise gift from me, my hand embroidered / quilted 'Snow Happens'. It had caused me some frustration as I had difficulty with the blue blocks on the border and of course, I ranted about it last year to her. So when she opened her gift, she wrote right away: (we talked later that evening).

YOUR blue snowman embroidery!
I can't believe you gave that away - you did so much work on it - and actually I was thinking
about it a few days ago - how much I liked the blue embroidery and maybe after
Christmas I'd get a pattern and work on one!
Thank you soooo much - it's beautiful.

Isn't it nice to surprise someone!

Enjoy, Joan!!!