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I didn’t get a whole lot done in June, other than reorganize  parts of the craft room. The main project I worked on was a gift for a friends 60th birthday. The card was made with paper in keeping with her summer birthday and the gift is because she loves mermaids.  As always, click on the image for a larger view.

Dar’s Birthday Card

Dar’s birthday mermaid wall hanging.

Dar’s birthday mermaid wall hanging – detail

And last but not least, 🙂 an ATC for Sheri in the Artangle June swap.  The theme was summer or “chunky” (dimensional) or both.  I found a cute pic of a dog dressed for vacation on an ad for Camp Bow Wow and knew exactly what I wanted to do.  The background was made on glossy photo paper using alcohol inks and Citrasolv.

June ATC for Sheri

So much for June, it has flown by.  Thanks for visiting my blog.

Carol B.

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Okay, week 4 has come and gone and I only have 2 projects and a partially finished journal spread.  Also have an in progress pic of “The Crazy World”.

First off I was inspired by ladyoflosttimes to try my hand at making a doll with copper embossing powder.  It turned out OK, but I did learn that the next time I want to poke holes in something that is embossed, I should heat the awl first.

The next project is one that I kept putting off because I knew it would be difficult.  It’s a colored pencil drawing of Ginger and it was hard to do justice to all of the colors in her tortoiseshell colored fur.  I will need to keep practicing.  Ginger is a whole lot cuter in real life.

Ginger - Prismacolors on Bristol

 

As many of you know, I have been working on a project I call “The Crazy World”.  Well I finally finished the background and appliqued the world to the center.  To give you perspective, the center circle is 18″ in diameter.  As always, click on the images for a larger picture.

 

A Crazy World

 

That is it for this edition, I have a bad cold so keeping this post short.  Hopefully I will have more to share next week.

 

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I know that I still need to post Fall Retreat Pt.2, but with Bill home recovering from foot surgery, my routine has been disrupted. I will get it posted soon.

I have been knitting.  Kerry asked if I would make something for the new baby of a friend.  So I have knit a sweater, (pics and details soon) also knit a hat, but it would fit a 3-year-old.  So I have gone down two needles sizes and cast on again last night.  Guess the baby will receive two hats, one for now and one for later.  Hope to finish soon so I can get back to the Sivilla shawl, of which I have made it through the pattern, and started on the second repeat.

While I try to round-up more shades of blue for the background of A Crazy World, I have been doodling in my sketchbook.  I am going to go with the background sketch on the right and I know that I want to applique the pieces with some curves, but can’t decide whether to work left to right, out from center, or some yet unthought of method.

Sketchbook doodles

Sketchbook doodles

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I had a great time at retreat over the weekend, it was so good to see everyone and I actually accomplished a lot,  but I’m not bouncing back very fast.  Arrived back home Sunday afternoon and finally finished unpacking the car yesterday.  Without going into the boring details, there has been a lot of sleeping and the taking of pain meds for the past few days.  

The retreat photos have been uploaded to the computer and just need to be edited before I can post them.  All of the panel challenges turned out fantastic.  

I do have pics of a couple of projects finished last week.  First of all there are two Dear Jane blocks,

Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7
Dear Jane blocks G3 and K7

 

then there is the needlebook that I made for a Bunco prize.  The needlebook design is my own, but the embroidery pattern is one that I saw made up somewhere, and did a hasty drawing in the sketchbook I’m never without.

 

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

Wool needlebook, won by Jean

The needlebook was won by Jean.   I won a collection of fat quarters and a pincushion pie.
That’s all for now,  Bill is having foot surgery in the morning and we have to be there before the sun comes up.

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I like to browse through thrift stores, but rarely walk out with more than just a paperback book.  Thursday I decided to check out a shop close to the house.  While looking through the frames and framed art I came across a piece of silk embroidery that had been professionally framed by a gallery that has long since closed.  The price sticker read $4.99 and items marked with that particular color of sticker were 50% off for the day.  So how could I not buy it.  Besides, it’s silk, and embroidery, and oriental, and hand stitched.

After removal from frame

After removal from frame

 The silk background is actually closer to a dusty peach color instead of the bright orange in the pictures.  The above picture is just after I removed it from the frame.  I think this piece was from a home that had fire damage, because of the mat board damage on bottom and the back has dark smoky looking stains.

After removal from mat board

After removal from mat board

 There is better detail in this picture, taken after being removed from mat board.  This embroidery piece must have been framed years ago, before people thought much about what damage tape, glues and glass could do to needlework. 

mat board after removing needlework

mat board after removing needlework

 

The needlework was pressed up against the glass and had been taped and glued to the mat board.

Back of embroidery piece
Back of embroidery piece

I removed the tape from the lining but there is still a sticky residue left on the silk, besides remnants of glue where it was adhered to the mat.  I’m wondering if the adhesive might eventually bleed through to the front and cause damage and whether or not I should replace the lining before re-framing the piece.

Showing fading
Showing fading

Here I am holding back the edge to show true color of silk background, the color reminds me of a dark pomegranate.  It was a little while before I realized that the upper right stitching was a butterfly.

Butterfly

Butterfly

Below is a more detailed shot of the stitching.
Detail pic

Detail pic

In the center of the above flower just under the dark blue stitching there is a row of tiny, tiny knots.  After studying this piece I’ve come to the conclusion that this was made from a larger piece of embroidered silk.  The stitching on the left side goes down under the ribbon border and on the right side, part of the fabric is peeking out from under the ribbon.  Also there are areas where the  embroidery looks as though it has been rubbed as though from wear. 

I am really glad that I decided to go thrifting, and rescued this beautiful piece of needlework before someone bought it just for the frame. 

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Lately I’ve noticed several french knot tutorials around the web.  Basically they are all pretty much alike and do a good job of illustrating the making of french knots.  There are different schools of thought about the number of times the thread is wrapped around the needle, but that can be left up to personal taste.  The one glaring omission, at least to me, is that none of the tutorials I viewed mentioned the type of needle to use.  For a nice and tight easily executed french knot, a milliners/straw needle is the best choice because they are the same width along the length of the needle shaft, so the needle pulls easily through the knot.  If using an embroidery or similar type needle, it bows out at the eye of the needle making it difficult to pull through the threads wrapped around it without a lot of work to keep from messing up the wraps.  So if you are having difficulty making nice looking knots and aren’t already using one, try a milliners or straw needle.  I think you will like the results.

Okay.  Speaking of knots.  The jungle motif is finally finished.  I am very pleased with the way it turned out and as much as I like it, I think the next motif I stitch will have a lot fewer knots.  Some of you have asked about the size, so I took a pic with a ruler below the motif for reference.

 Jungle Motif - size

The picture below shows the motif in reference to the surrounding areas in the block. 
Click on images for larger view.

Finished Jungle Motif

 

There are only a few more inches of sleeve to knit before finishing the February Lady Sweater.  I do most of my knitting in the evenings while watching television and lately it’s been all I can do to follow the tv programs, much less knit at the same time.  Hope to finish the sweater in the next week.

I’ve also been working on two other projects, but they are Super Secret Skrappy Stuff and therefore I can’t post about them.  This year the Skrappie’s group project is a fabric panel round robin mystery challenge ,and for once in our group’s history, we are trying to keep the progress on the panel’s a secret.  So the work I do on these will have to wait for posting until after the unveiling in October.

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where the pollen wind comes sweeping down the plains.  Yes folks, it’s that time of year.  The beginnings of an early spring and the tree pollen levels are through the roof.  Seems like this year is worse than usual and everyone you meet is sneezing, coughing, has red swollen eyes and look like they should be home in bed.

I’m always on the lookout for a good marking pencil, especially one that works well on the fancier fabrics used in crazy quilting.  So far my favorite had been General’s chalk pencil because it showed up well and the marks were easy to remove.  The downside was that the marks rubbed off while I was stitching.  Then on one of the applique groups they were raving about the new .09 mm mechanical marking pencils.  There are several different brands and are probably basically the same.  While I was at the quilt show a few weeks ago I bought Bohin’s chalk pencil along with white and green refills.  So far I am very pleased and like the fact that I don’t have to keep sharpening a pencil to get a consistent mark, which will be great for my regular quilting projects.

Bohin mechanical pencil with green and white refills

Bohin mechanical pencil with green and white refills

This past weekend while I was stitching on the jungle scene and making the bazillionth french knot, I had an A-ha! moment. So I ventured out to the garage and stole borrowed a couple of Bill’s small adjustable bar clamps. Then with my scroll frame extended out over the edge of the work table and the top of the frame resting on top of the OTT light base I clamped the frame to the table.   This frees up both hands for stitching, instead of trying to balance the frame, wrap the thread and hold the knot while pulling the needle through.  Wish I’d thought of this idea sooner.

Frame with clamp on each side

Frame with clamp on each side

 

Clamp on one side of frame
Clamp on one side of frame

The last picture is a little dark but gives you the idea of how it’s clamped.  Click on images for larger versions.

In response to a comment left by Judy.  Toby’s idea of computer help is to lay on the keyboard.  I also highly recommend the February Lady Sweater.  It’s not a difficult pattern, the lace stitch pattern is easily memorized and the best part, there are no seams.

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