Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Mackintosh Kimono

Last week I got to runaway for two days of class with the talented Toni Gerdes. 

Now she was teaching three separate guilds all within driving distance. But the art deco Mackintosh Kimono spoke to me the most. I already have her Frank Lloyd Wright Kimono. And soon there will be a Klimt Kimono. 

I drove out to Harrisonburg to join the Shenandoah Valley ANG Chapter for this class. They meet in the Virginia Quilt Museum and occasionally we had quilt museum visitors wander around (and we were on our best behavior whenever we had guests.) Not that we ever weren't on our best behavior. But we do sometimes like to complain, in a nice way. Of course. 

Like when I opened my thread kit and realized that there were two spools of Accentuate in the same color. That's a lot of Accentuate. 

Toni started us right in on the one thing that none of us had experience with - the Wire Lace or Wonder Ribbon. What this stuff is from the Fusion Bead website:  WireLace® ribbon is an innovative product for making jewelry! Made of fine, woven brass, copper or aluminum wire and bonded with an enamel coating to create a variety of stunning colors. 

In bead stores, you'll find it as Wire Lace. In needlepoint stores, it might be repackaged as Wonder Ribbon or it might be Wire Lace. It comes in multiple sizes - 1mm, 3mm, 6mm, and 12mm. 

If you look in the column under the rose, the one with the double helix stem, that's Wonder Ribbon that we have stretched between two balloon sticks and then stitched down. With Accentuate of course. 

So we now have this sheer wire ribbon tacked down and can stitch over it. In fact, we can see through it to see our placement of the stem. Pretty darn cool. 

We got to work the various patterns of our roses. Our checkerboards. We stretched some Flair and worked jessicas over it for our rosebuds. We had some lively discussions of stitch names, learned our backgrounds stitches. In general, we had a great time and it was over far too soon. And how to outline everything.

There's a part of me that wants to zip right through this project, but something else is calling my name. In fact, I'm leaving the computer to go back upstairs and stitch some more on it. More on this soon!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Latest Acquisition

I need to just begin somewhere to catch up. So here's what a friend brought me. She found it in a quilt store.

I've never done sashiko.

This looks like fun!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Wow, wow

Can't believe how long it's been since I posted.

Real life has interfered.

I've got lots of catching up to do, so stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Camp Wannastitch

Because of personal things, my ability to pack this year for camp was compromised. I totally forgot my goldwork project and Olivia Ostrich.

I made massive progress on my current crewel piece and would have finished but ran out of overdyed Pearsalls silk. Oops. Also finished stitching and beading my Kurdy Biggs paper piece and I forgot to bring things needed for finishing.

And my only finish was this little Fern Ridge pin called Daddy Long Legs.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

New Year, New(ish) Project

While casting around for which project to pick up first in the New Year, I remembered that the Loudoun Sampler Guild was taking on Queenstown's Phebe Nichols as a stitch along.

I had barely started it. And worse, I already had a mistake. Started stitching and whoops, another mistake. Three threads in and I have made two big errors. Have I totally forgotten how to count? I sure hope not.

My fabric is a Lakeside Linen, but which one I didn't right down. I used a conversion chart and am stitching with Cosmo floss.

Cosmo is a six-stranded cotton from Japan made from long-staple Egyptian cotton. It feels yummy.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Scissor Fob

I found this fob month ago. It was mostly stitched. I just needed to stitch beads and do the finishing. Which I did.

Totally forgot to share it here. Can't remember the designer.

But it's so cute. And those bees are so tiny.

Friday, December 22, 2017

More Finishes

 So this little cutie someone got lost and its threads got separated from the canvas. I found this sometime after we returned from my first trip to London back in 2010. There's more than one type of white thread stitched on this. And two different dye lots of one of them. All because I didn't write anything done. And seriously how the threads were no longer in the box with the canvas is beyond me. Anyway. It's off being made into a pillow and when it comes back to me, I will smile at it every day. Because I like the ambiguity of what the gap is. (I know what it is. But it could refer to so many things.)

And I feel safe posting this here even though it's a gift. A little stumpwork piece designed by Nancy Williams. I don't know how many years ago I took this class. I also have the white berries on blue silk version which has been stitched for years. When I find it again, I'll do the finishing and put it on my tree.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Blogger Works Best..

Blogger works best for me on my computer. I have little control over it on my phone. Thus I hardly ever update. For which I am terribly sorry. I'm going to try to be better. (Once again.)

But here's the EGA Halloween plaid I did back in October. I used a version of 10/31/17 to establish the pattern. I never did make it into a spider, mostly because I finished it right at the end of the month. I do have several of the spider cupcake holders and toyed with the idea of a Christmas spider, but that's been put on hold this month. 

Here's a couple of freestyle bookmarks I did for our guild. By freestyle, I just took some threads, mostly pearl #5, and started stitching. I've got one more that I should find and finish. 

 And here's a big finish - Imari Collage by Debbie Stiehler. It's at the framers and I'm dying to get it back. Parts of this stitch were a complete pain in the ass. But it's so beautiful that I forgive Debbie for torturing her students. 

Things are good here in Virginia. The usual Christmas prep going on. And in case you think I'm only stitching on canvas, I've got a few things to show you that might surprise you. But that's going to have to wait for another day.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Halloween Plaid

If you go visit the Embroiderers' Guild of America website and look under resources, you'll find some free projects. They are introducing a new one every month. Try this url:

This month it is a Halloween Plaid design by Mary Waldsmith of Owl Stitchery.

The photos show my plaid in progress and completed. I used 18ct canvas and four colors of pearl cotton. Now I need to make it into a spider.

It is a Halloween plaid because the count is 5 + 5 = 10 then 3, 1. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hot off the Needles

This one has been hanging around nearly finished for about 4 or 5 years. There are 3 squares that are supposed to have buttons. And I'm not a huge button fan.

So I decided to use some beads and the witch's  hat got stitched. The other two squares were designed, gravestone and moon with bats, but I never got around to stitching the bats. I ditched the idea of beading the bats and just stitched that square. Phew.

This a design by Marilyn Owen and its in the ANG Chapter Project Book. The only way to get this is as a Chapter project (unless you find a used copy from someone.)

I'm holding on to my copy because I want to use bits of this piece again.