Tag Archive | embroidery

Rose Trio – Update

After working my butt off the last few months or so, I finally have some good downtime to craft! I’ve made a quilt top (will appear in another post some day), finished another chemo hat, planted flowers, beaded a butterfly or two (another future post.  No real butterflies were harmed), and finally got back to work on my needlepainting embroidery. 

If you know me, you know I love needlepainting. Especially roses. 

At last update, I think we were about here on the Trio of Roses: 

The color part of each flower is now complete! I’m not happy with the red/pink one still, but I’ll worry about tinkering with that one once everything is done. 


Now on to filling in the leaves and stems! 

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October’s 2-Color Challenge Block

Our FiberArt Junkies meeting was last night,  so I can now share my October 2-Color Challenge Block.  Our colors were gray and fuchsia.  Fuchsia is a hard color to pinpoint.  It’s pink  and purple mixed together.  And what’s fuchsia to one company is dark rose to another company. Since I was primarily using DMC floss I went with what I found online listed as their fuchsia colors.  

I did all the fabric in grays and all the stitching and beads in fuchsia.  

The hat is my favorite part of this block.  

Unfortunately,  the color on these beads rubs off very easily so most of them have turned silver.  

This is another of my favorite sections, with the little “roses” and beads and Swirls.  

I also redid my red and white block as I decided on a theme for my blocks.  

I did the fabric in white on white fabrics then all the stitching in DMC red floss and beads. 

The little dragonfly was stitched by following the printed dragonfly on the fabric. 

My favorite section here is the beaded wavy line and the bit just above it with the swirl, leaves,  and circles.  
November’s colors are turquoise/teal and yellow.  This combination could be interesting…or a disaster.  

We Have Success! Tuesday To Do

I actually accomplished a few things since last Tuesday!

First, time to update the list:

To Do List:

*Make up CQJP bare blocks. Embroider them as needed for each month. – no progress, I’m slacking on this (in my defense, the basement is freezing! And that’s where my sewing machine is. So I don’t get down there as often as I’d like).

*Finish 6 more embroidered blocks for ‘secret project’. – 1 done as of tonight, 6 to go.

*Make curtains for office windows. – DONE

*Paint my office. – no progress, this is actually waiting until summer when I have a break in work.

*Continue working on story. – no progress, unless you count making the decision to remove/kill off a character earlier and change the last 10 pages completely.

*Get my Turning Twenty Again quilts quilted then the binding done. – quilt is at the quilter, still.

*Figure out a different project for HSTs (instead of curtains). – I’m thinking pillows for the living room.

*Sew together the 4 large blocks from my personal pattern and get it bordered. Put together a written pattern. – Pattern is in progress still.

*Create/design some wall-hangings for my office. – I have my sketch book handy and have added a few ideas to it.

*Design and make a hussif/sewing roll/sewing caddy – design is drawn. Now to pick out fabrics.  My hubby added a detail to the design that I’m not sure I can work in…he drew in a ninja sword.

* This item somehow wasn’t on the list : Finish secret project for hubby – DONE.

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I had an item that I somehow forgot to put on my original list (I just added it up top), but I finished it this afternoon. It was a “secret squirrel” project, meaning a gift that I couldn’t show on the blog in case the giftee saw it. Since it was for my hubby, it is now in his possession as of this evening. I will do a post on that project later but I will show a sneak peak of it:

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Can you guess what it is? Haha

I also have another sneak peek of the secret squirrel project that is in the To Do List still:

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I had planned to do a post on the Tinyass Fancy Hat but I’ll just share what pictures I have here. In the first picture below, the pieces are just pinned on as I was deciding what I wanted to have on it. The second picture is finished, although the dangly beads may come off:

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My mom’s hats are much fancier. But I’m pretty happy with my first hat attempt.

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Updated To Do List:

*Make up CQJP bare blocks. Embroider them as needed for each month. – no progress, I’m slacking on this (in my defense, the basement is freezing! And that’s where my sewing machine is. So I don’t get down there as often as I’d like).

*Finish 6 more embroidered blocks for ‘secret project’. – 1 done as of tonight, 6 to go.

*Paint my office. – no progress, this is actually waiting until summer when I have a break in work.

*Continue working on story. – no progress, unless you count making the decision to remove/kill off a character earlier and change the last 10 pages completely.

*Get my Turning Twenty Again quilts quilted then the binding done. – quilt is at the quilter, still.

*Figure out a different project for HSTs (instead of curtains). – I’m thinking pillows for the living room.

*Sew together the 4 large blocks from my personal pattern and get it bordered. Put together a written pattern. – Pattern is in progress still.

*Create/design some wall-hangings for my office. – I have my sketch book handy and have added a few ideas to it.

*Make a hussif/sewing roll/sewing caddy –  Now to pick out fabrics.  My hubby added a detail to the design that I’m not sure I can work in…he drew in a ninja sword.

* Throw Pillows – one is listed above and will be made with my HSTs. I have another one that is in the works (i.e. the fabric is cut) that I just need to sew up real quick using brick patterned fabric. The inspiration for this one came from Gwyn up at Sew Crazy.

* Make the curtain for the guest/spare bedroom – I have the fabric and know what size, I just need to decide on a pattern to do.

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If you have a Tuesday To Do, or any To Do list, how is yours looking?

Visualize – An Embroidery Experiment

Last night, an idea popped in my head. Could I make an embroidered crazy square…with one piece of fabric? Using seam treatments to make the different sections?

So, I had to try! I ran down to the Wife Cave and started flinging the fabric around until I found a light color that would show my working lines easily.

First step once I had the fabric ready and attached to a backing, was to draw my lines on the fabric. (edit to add: I used a FriXion pen, which easily irons off when you are done).  Plus I felt the word Visualize fit perfectly with this block because since it is one fabric, you need to visualize the sections using the embroidery.

Bare block:

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Of course, this idea really grabbed hold and I was up until 3am working on it. I didn’t finish because I had to force myself to go to bed (8am alarm comes early when you stay up that late).

This evening, I finished it up. Just over 24 hours since the idea popped.

Finished block:

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Several of the seam treatments I used were new to me. I will add the details under each of the next few pictures. The next few pictures the block looks like a different color due to different lighting.

Up close:

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Cross stitch seam (maroon-ish) and Eskimo laced edging (pink and blue).

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Cretan stitch (yellow) and German knotted blanket stitch (orange).

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Stem stitched flowers and vines.

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The multi-color seam is …well the name eludes me at the moment. I’ll edit and add the name in when I can double-check it. Edit: it is the wheatear stitch.

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This picture turned the wrong way on my phone again. This section shows the word Visualize done in stem stitch. A seam treated with lazy daisy flowers. Green stem stitch vines and a wavy line also in stem stitch.

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A heavy chain stitch in pink and a buttonhole fan in blue.

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Maiden hair stitch in variegated purples. Scalloped buttonhole in greens and blues. And a spiderweb in silver with a brown spider hanging out resting on a scallop.

What do you think of my experiment? Can you “visualize” the crazy square?

CQJP 2014- March Block 1

Imagine! That is the theme of my March block. Just imagine what you can do when you really let yourself be immersed in the project.  Imagine what you can do when you put effort forward, in anything in life not just something creative.

I appear to maybe have accidentally deleted the bare block picture from my phone. Oops. Or it’s there still, buried somewhere amid the 1,518 photos and 50 videos that I have on the phone. Yes, 1,518 photos. And that’s after having deleted close to 100 photos a week or so ago. Of those still on the phone, I would estimate about 1,250 are photos of crafts and/or cats.  The other 250-ish are vacations, my best friend’s daughter, and a few other random things. 

 

This may be block 1 of 2, or it may end up being the only block for March. I’ve been distracted with a few other projects lately, one of which is creating some quilt designs. So without further ado, Here is the finished block for March:

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Imagine the fun you could have when you let yourself wander. As I did with the … I don’t even know what to call it. Spiraled out of control? I had just learned how to do the reverse chain stitch and I wanted to see what I could do with it.  So I started in the center and started spiraling out. And somewhere along the way, I wandered.  Wandered right off the path of the spiral and into a couple of loops.  If you could see how I work on projects, you would realize that this actually fits my process fairly well. I work hard and dedicated on the current project, but when I get close to a certain point, my mind starts wandering off to other projects. I think it kinda drives my hubby nuts, because while the Wife Cave is downstairs, when I’m hand sewing or crocheting or designing or…whatever else, I’m upstairs in the living room working on it. So I usually have the coffee table and side table full of craft stuff, plus a bag of supplies on the floor in front of the side table.  I do clear it all off when we have company coming though!

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Imagining sometimes is like wishing. Your mind is wishing for ways to accomplish a project, and you might not even realize the idea is percolating back in your subconscious until BAM, there it is!  So I had to add a magic wand to this block. The wand is from the Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.  Depending on the design, I now rarely trace the exact design and transfer to the project. Instead I grab my Frixon pen and eyeball the picture then draw it freehand on the block. Sometimes like with the wand, it ends up looking almost exactly like the one in the book. Other times…lets just say it’s a great thing that I can just quickly iron off my pen marks and start again!  The vine to the left of the wand is just a little curvy stem stitch vine with some french knot flowers.

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I love curvy lines in embroidery. And reverse chain stitch just called out to me for this section. I used hand-dyed rayon and again the design was from Doodle Stitching, although I cant remember if I changed it slightly or not to fit the section on the block (I’ll have to look in the book again).  The small section above the curvy design has a little pink mask. (Which as I look at the picture on the laptop, I appear to have not finished ironing this block to remove the Frixon markings. oops again).

 

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This bottom corner I played around a little bit with trying to make a fancier fan than I normally do. The variegated yarn had longer color runs in it than I would have liked for a small design. I also used french knots to do a seam treatment along the same section the fan is in.

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In this next section, I added curvy vines and lazy daisy flowers. I think this also came from Doodle Stitching (can you tell by now how much I enjoy this book for it’s designs and inspiration?).  I love the hand-dyed for the flowers, the short color runs make for some pretty variegated flowers.   The upper corner has a simple fan and buttonhole stitch for seam treatment. I was at a loss for what to put in this corner as the size of the section didn’t allow for a whole lot.

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The other top corner I decided to play around with a few more Doodle Stitching designs. I added a sun/moon to the corner piece. In the long section I attempted to free-hand copy the peacock feather. The one in the book looks MUCH better, but I’m happy with my attempt. Anyone else think the top part of the feather looks like an alien head with three eyes and an open mouth? lol

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Imagination is a wonderful thing.  When you hit a snag in your project, dip into your imagination and see what solutions come up. Maybe the solution is to step back for awhile, pick up another project, and work on that for awhile. Just don’t forget to go back, someday, to the other project. UFOs like to pile up!

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A Gift for Jade Marie

My cousin Alecia is due in about 4-5 more weeks with her first baby, a girl they plan to call Jade Marie. I’ve shared a few sneak peeks of the gift I was making for her over the past few months.

Today was the baby shower and I can finally share the progress and the finished project pictures. (sorry the pictures are sideways on a few of these. I took them with my phone and the computer wont let me edit them to turn them around):

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The initials and horses are hand embroidered with mostly DMC thread and perle cotton also from DMC. The horse designs are from a coloring book illustrated by Jeff Green and I was given permission from the publisher to use the images.
I’m glad to finally have this done and delivered. She seemed to like it.

Where Did November Go?

This past month has flown by. Halloween brought a nasty lung infection that took a week of antibiotics plus an antibiotic shot to get rid of. We also traveled to Georgia for a friend’s wedding plus a mini vacation. (Pictures to follow at end of post).

This week was the monthly craft group meeting and we played around with making pot holders, hot pads, and/or mug rugs. I got mine pieced together but forgot my batting at home so I didn’t get to actually sew it together.

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This month I also helped my mom put together her new “toy” (I’m jealous):

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I’m still trying to finish up the gift for my cousin’s baby shower which is this Saturday. If I get it finished in time, then I should have pictures up later this weekend.

Georgia pictures time!

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Oh yeah! I almost forgot. I’ve also been playing with a small embroidery practice piece, mixing in different stitches.

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