Posts Tagged ‘stitching’

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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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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It seems like I’ve had some type of needle in my hand since about the age of 5.  My grandmother always had some needlework project ready for my summer vacation arrival at the farm in Missouri.  One year I had to make enough yo yo’s to cover a pillow and to this day I dislike making them, but I know how.   Between my grandmother and my high school sewing teacher the correct way to stitch/sew something was drilled into my head, they didn’t tolerate my shortcuts.  Now these days I can and do stitch in any manner I feel like, secure in the knowledge that I do know the correct way and that any shortcuts I take don’t compromise or take away from the project.

OK, you’re wondering where the heck is all this information coming from?  I was just sitting here remembering the summer evenings spent with grandma, sitting on the back porch at the farm, stitching, hearing the “preacher” birds and listening to the hunters and their dogs running through the woods.

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The stitching around here has mostly been noise, you know the background stitching that fills in, doesn’t really stand out, but adds to the total picture.  Not terribly exciting on it’s own, so no pics.  Hoping to get to more interesting stitching in the next day or so if I get caught up on things around the house.  Company is coming in a couple of weeks, Hi Eve, so have to get everything ship shape.

In the “that’s interesting” category, I had my eye exam yesterday and told the Dr. that my eyes kept watering all of the time.  Turns out I have a bad case of dry eye syndrome, who would of thought that watering eyes meant they were dry.  

I’ll leave you with an interesting quiz I came across that is, in my case, surprisingly accurate.

NBPS – The Idealist

Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Shape


You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.

Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

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