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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tree of Life, Published

I'm so proud to have this pattern published in the Spring issue of Simply Vintage magazine. This is a wonderful "crafty" magazine with international entries. It has projects in punch needle, embroidery, rug hooking, wool applique, quilting and more.
I was inspired to stitch this wall hanging from a Swedish embroidery pattern from the 50's. I chose a light grey background for a Pacific Northwest sky; quite fitting.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Complete!

I finished off by hand quilting all over the background wool with seed stitches in #8 perle cotton. I had added a thin piece of wool on the back first, to add more  substance when I quilted it. I made my stitches rather tight to give it a puckered look.
Pattern is available in my Etsy shop.

Friday, March 10, 2017

The stitches I used on this flower: backstitch, buttonhole and colonial knots. I used Cosmo Seasons thread for the center knots. It's a very nice hand dyed floss from Japan. Try it!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Close up

Closing in on finishing "sweet bouquet". On the large circle flower I couched some silk ribbon I had in my little box of wonders. I did some random seed stitching and added some beads. On the leaves I used this wonderful perle cotton from the Thread Gatherer. On the violets I did long and short buttonhole stitches which I like. I get bored using the same stitches, don't you.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Where Does the Time Go?

A Sweet Bouquet
It's hard to believe it's been nearly a month since my last post. We've been so busy with Olympic Wool Works. We've had 2 shows during this time and are now working on new orders. The weather here has been chilly so I don't  mind being in doors. Actually there's talk of some snow tonight. Brrr. But at least the days are getting longer.
I have squeezed in a little stitchery. This is a wall hanging which is nearly complete. A few more leaves and a bit more embellishing.


Monday, February 13, 2017

A New Pattern: A Notebook Cover

Just finished this notebook (journal) cover pattern. It was a bit tricky making it fit nicely over the book I chose, but I finally succeeded. But writing the instructions is the most difficult part for me. Trying to put myself in someone else shoes when reading it. How detailed do I need to be? And recently I've been adding thread to some of the kits, so that can be challenging keeping track of much I use, especially when I have interruptions, as we all do. But I admit, it does get easier the more I do it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hello Everyone

Just a quick shot of another one of my favorite scrappy rugs. I do enjoy making these hit or misses...using up scraps and worms and cleaning out the scrap baskets. I do have some which I am no longer fond of for whatever reason....poor judgement, wrong colors, etc. Do you?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Greetings!

This is one of my favorite hit or miss rugs. The background is done with lots of browns and dark reds. The crosses are in golds, tans, and lighter tones. It needs a mall repair where my kitty snagged a loop....one of these days.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Keepsake Box

I just finished this keepsake box which could be used for one's special mementos; letters, pictures, treasures from a walk or it could be used as a container for laces or jewelry. Lots of possibilities.
I used chalk paint over a paper mache box, oh so easy even for this non-painter. I hesitantly applied fabric glue to adhere the wool and trim to the box, but it worked just fine.
Stitches: Chain, fly, colonial knots, buttonhole, buttonhole bar, long and short buttonhole stitch,and running stitch.
Pattern and kit are available in my Etsy shop.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ironstone

My daughter sent me an Etsy gift certificate for Christmas and I  purchased these sturdy ironstone vessels. They're very versatile . But  I  am using one for flowers.  Even though they're artificial! Wool ones are on my agenda. I love how they are slightly chipped and I wonder what their histories are?  Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see this?