The title of this post is suppose to be read the way Lawrence Welk introduces songs "and a-one and a-two and a-three". I was thinking about Lawrence because my mom emailed me to say she watching re-runs of his show, but her spell check insisted on calling him Lawrence Walk.
I've been wrist deep in thread, fabric, yarn and lace lately.
These bags don't look like my usual color palette. The one on the right is a patchwork of stitching and bits of feedsack fabric that I got from Deborah last year at Christmas.
The yarn for the bag on the left came in a grab bag of sewing stuff from an estate sale. I bought the bag because of some really nice button cards. I assumed the yarn was some that nasty pilly acrylic stuff, but it turned out it has a texture closer to fabric or twine. I still didn't plan on using the yarn, but it kept calling to me.
Do your craft supplies ever call to you? You're in the middle of doing something else, even another craft project, but you just have to accept the challenge of an unexpected supply or idea. That's what happened with this yarn.
I knew I wanted to do something besides stripes, and after experimenting for about three hours, I finally got out Knitting for Dummies book and realized that what I wanted to do was a slip stitch pattern with changing colors. Really easy once you look it up.
Another project- sewing bits and pieces of lace on muslin bags- great for small presents and gift cards.
I tried a little tea dying- with a fruit tea- for a different look.
What do you think? Pinky, purple wine color or natural?
Some little stitched wool ornaments. I think they have kind of a Scandinavian look.
The gold thread is a little tricky to work with, but a little bit of it adds a nice sparkle.
More wool stitching- a heart sampler that I'm making up as I go and a little house that looks like it has gingerbread trim. I should probably make some more houses so I have a whole little neighborhood instead of one lonely cottage.
And what am I going to do with all of this? I don't know - maybe my Etsy shop? Right now I'm just having fun sewing and stitching.
Way back in 2011, I told you about a round robin I was making pages for called Her Life in Stitches. The round robin made a detour to the warehouses of Somerset magazines, and some pages are still MIA, but for the most part have made their way home.
This is the cover and page I made for my own book. The next step for me would be to make all these pages into a book except...
...the cover and pages I made are so much smaller than the pages everyone else made. But with the help of some glue, nails, staples, and maybe a sewing machine, I think I can bind this into one big book.
A couple of months ago I got an email from someone who was looking for a stitched sampler in my Etsy Shop. I didn't have any in my shop, but I said I could try to make something to order.
We decided that I'd start a "pink floral" sampler and I'd email pictures as I worked on the sampler to make sure it was what she was looking for.
I started with a little cross stitch sampler in the corner, part of a pink napkin and a couple of flannel-ish pieces that I think used to be part of a baby trousseau and some flowers cut from vintage fabric.
(Obviously I didn't spend much time ironing while I was stitching.)
The next step was to add some freehand embroidery stitches on the left side and and middle, and add some lace by the ticking heart.
The sampler was almost done full, but it didn't seem "done". After staring at it for awhile, I decided the bottom right side was too "light". It was too pastel, and kind of out of whack with the bright bold colors on the rest of sampler.
I dug through my fabric stash and found a great piece of barkcloth that would have more impact.
It can be hard to go back and "fix" something you've already spent time on, but in the long run, I'm better off investing the time. As my mother says "If it bothers you now, it will bother you later."
It was fun to collaborate long distance with someone else on the sampler, and have "in progress" pictures.
I'm not sure I would have been bold enough to add so many bright beautiful blossoms to the sampler without the encouragement of my customer.
After spending a lot of enjoyable hours working on the sampler, I didn't want to just shove it in an envelope and drop it in the mail.
So, I stitched up a wallpaper envelope with a seam binding tie and a little bunch of posies and sent it on it's way to its new home.
I'm taking my blog where it's never been before, sports. I'm a fair weather sports fan. If a local team is doing well, I get on the bandwagon and start following along.
The Kansas City Royals are in the World Series playing the San Francisco Giants. Of course, I'm cheering for the Royals, but what I've been enjoying about the games is the humor surrounding a Giant's player named Hunter Pence.
Fans have been making signs about him that are kind of benign insults like:
Hunter Pence has his mom drop him off at the stadium.