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

Plans!!

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:

Enjoy!


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


Enjoy!
         

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.

Enjoy!


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!

Enjoy!!

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

Ornaments

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

Christmas

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!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Trees

It has taken a week, but my Christmas tree is up and decorated. I had lots of help from my granddaughter, Gale, on Sunday. She also finished her smaller tree. It's suppose to go in her bedroom but this is as far as it got. 

Gale made some of her ornaments and also chose ornaments from the boxes. She selected most of the birds and a few cats! Like me, she loves glitter and had to have the silver tinsel garland. Needless to say, we had fun.

Gale's 4 foot tree
Enjoy!!
       

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Finished Project

My Celtic Christmas Tree - in Sashiko, from Indigo Niche Designs, is finished. It was a relaxing project to stitch. I decided to mount my tree on a canvas instead of quilting it.

The pattern suggested adding beads to the finished tree. I used gold seed beads which don't show up in the photo. However, when the light shines on them, they sparkle. It was worth the extra effort of stitching them on as I like sparkle!

Enjoy!






Sunday, December 10, 2017

Happy is Hand Made!!!

The only tree we have up yet is the small tree I use at shows. It's covered in Shimmers! The main tree will be put up later this week.


There's still time to make a few Christmas Ornaments. Check these out:
Happy Crafting! There's still time.
Enjoy . . .

        

Saturday, December 9, 2017

London-Wul Fibre Arts Studio

Usually by this time of the year, I would have created a whole bunch of new Fibre Lace Scarves for the two fairs I attend in St. John's, NL. Because of our recent move to Nova Scotia, all that was put on hold. I have spent four weekends checking out the various Christmas Fairs in Halifax and thinking about what I might like to do next year.

However, my mind is still in planning mode. I have been visiting yarn and fabric shops as I never know what might trigger an idea. A couple of weekends ago, I visited London-Wul Fibre Arts Studio which just opened in Mahone Bay. This store and studio is owned by Heidi Wulfraat of Woolworks Studio. If you are interested in yarns, fibre and fabrics (small collection), then this is a definite destination to make in Mahone Bay.

Here's what caught my eye and is now added to my ever growing collection of yarns:

These will eventually be used in Fibre Lace Scarves, Needle Felted Pendants and Needle Felted Ornaments.

Enjoy!


Monday, December 4, 2017

Crazy Quilted Post Card

As I posted on November 27, I won a gorgeous crazy quilted postcard from Magpie's Mumblings. It arrived a few days ago and is lovely. The button embellishments are quite tiny and the beaded stocking is very dainty. Thanks again, Mary Anne.


I also added Sharon Boggon's Visual Guild to Crazy Quilting, to my library.  In this book, Learn crazy-quilting techniques with colorful photos that show every detail. Sharon combines fabric, embellishments, and 35 stitches as well as endless variations of these stitches to create stunning crazy quilts. This is a 'must have' if you like making crazy quilted projects.

Enjoy!1



Thursday, November 30, 2017

New Books

I wasn't going to purchase any more books for awhile as I already have an excellent collection. But since Gale, my granddaughter, has shown an interest in needle felting, how could I pass up Sweet & Simple Needle Felted Animals by Sachiko Susa. Step by step instructions and photos show you how easy it is to make basic shapes, attach components, add details and attach findings to make accessories. This book is one that felters of all levels will enjoy.


My second purchase was Simply Stitched with Applique by Yumiko Higuchi. This book combines embroidery stitches with applique using felt, cotton and linen. You will learn to create beautifully layered designs full of texture and contrast, then embellish with just a handful of basic embroidery stitches. The colourful photos of over 30 motifs inspired by nature, are beautiful.


Enjoy!

Monday, November 27, 2017

I Won . . .!

Imagine my surprise a few days ago, to find out that I won the lovely crazy quilted postcard embroidered by Mary Anne at Magpie's Mumblings. The winner was asked to send in their favorite Christmas recipe. My Mom's Dark Fruitcake, posted HERE, is my favorite.

This cake was baked a couple of years ago. Mom always said to smooth out the uncooked batter with a knife dipped in hot water! It didn't help my cake as you can see. However, the cracks didn't affect the taste!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Crafty Afternoon

Monday was a school holiday here, so we had Gale for most of the day. She wanted to do a craft. We looked through some books and found a Santa ornament. We didn't have any paper plates so a plate was traced onto red computer paper and cut out. The circle was folded in half for extra strength and glued into a cone. The directions were followed but with modifications. Children do come up with great alternatives when the suggested materials aren't available.
  • No black construction paper for the boots so Gale drew a pair and coloured them in
  • No cotton balls. Wool roving instead
  • No arms in the book pattern but Gale made them anyway
We both had a good time. She was happy with her santa ornament!


 Enjoy!!
   

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Credit Card Holders

Today I finished making seven Credit Card Holders from my fantasy fabric, for my booth at the Bridgewater Elementary School Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday.

 
Check out a few more HERE and HERE.  


Ta Da!!

Here's my newest Shimmer Ornament. The sea horse will debut this weekend at the Bridgewater Elementary School Craft and Vendor Fair. Credit for the design goes to my husband. The designs are created on the computer and converted to stitch for my embroidery machines.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Shimmers Showcase and more . . .

Today I decided to showcase some of my Shimmer Ornaments and a few other larger pieces. Since moving to Nova Scotia, people have been asking me what I do. The links below take you to past posts about my work - mostly shimmers at the moment with a few other things put in. If there are any questions, please comment on this post and I will get back to you.

          

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Knitting is Finished

I finished another pair of mittens for granddaughter, Gale, last night. Hand delivered this afternoon. She was delighted.

The wool is 100% merino yarn, worsted weight superwash and is The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. (No, I did not misspell his name).
 Enjoy!
        


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winning Quilts from Recent Shows

It's time to check out the winning quilts at this year's International Quilt Festival, Houston. The subject was 'A World of Beauty'. Check them out HERE.

  • Find the winners of the Pacific International Quilt Festival HERE.
  • In Chicago, the Celebration of Color Judged Show is HERE.
  • World Quilt Competition Winners from New England are HERE.
  • Sauder Village 2017 Quilt Show Winners HERE
  • The $10,000 winner of the Handi Quilter Best of Show Award, the International Quilt Festival-Houston. Harmony Within by Sue McCarty of Roy, Utah. 
  • In January, I posted about the Tokyo Quilt Festival. See it HERE
Grab a cup of something and enjoy!!



Saturday, November 11, 2017

We Remember . . .

A day to remember.
These poppies grew in my Newfoundland garden. They originally came from my mother's garden. Poppies and forget-me-nots were among the flowers she planted.

Her brother, Charlie Emberley, served in WWll and survived. These are for him and for all of those who fought to keep us free.


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Kopanang Universe Canticle - Part Two

Here are the rest of the photos of this exquisite exhibit:





Kopanang Universe Canticle - Part One

The Kopanang Universe Canticle is a traveling exhibit created by women in the Kopanang Community in South Africa. I was fortunate to see this body of work during the Espanola Fibre Arts Festival last month.


This collection of 35 stunning hand embroidered wall hangings depicts the universe's story of evolution but also reveals and strengthens the spirit of the Kopanang community. The intricately embroidered panels tell the story of the universe as interpreted by 17 Kopanang women as a means to celebrate life and creation.

Here's part of the display. Click on photos to enlarge and see the details.










Monday, November 6, 2017

Wool Pets

Back in October, I blogged about my granddaughter needle felting two penguins during craft hour at the  Lunenberg County Lifestyle Centre. Well, two weeks ago, her cat got hold of the larger one and tore it to shreds! Gale was not a happy camper but realized she had to put her small stuffed toys out of reach. Lesson learned (until the next time).

Yesterday, Gale decided she wanted to make another small animal. We had borrowed Wool Pets from the library and still had it. This is an excellent book to use with children as it gives step by step photos and written directions for each pet.

Gale chose to make a bunny. Here's the book photo:

 Here is Gale's masterpiece:
I couldn't find my seed beads to use for eyes so French knots to the rescue. The mouth is black roving. I did this part for her. We measured the length of the roving and rolled it up. Both of us needle felted into the body. Gale made the head and we both did an ear. She did the legs and puff tail. The pattern called for two legs but she was determined to give it four. I told her she was on her own for that (under supervision of course)! Gale's bunny has a ribbon on its ear because it was to show that this is a girl bunny. She was very happy with her new felted pet. 
Enjoy!!