The first section done was a section of pattern darning. Since it was open to any form of counted work this was a great idea - the colour looked very bold.
Thursday, November 12, 2015
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am just getting used to being home again after working away for five months. Being away that long, you can expect a few changes in the neighbourhood - folks moving in, folks moving out...
Yesterday I met the newest addition - a muskrat! It has been so dry around here most of the ponds have dried up so I guess he is adapting. While I was sitting on my porch I watched him scamper across the front yard. My heart did a little flip because at first he looked like a rat! We don't have rats here in Alberta (long story involving a rat patrol, etc) so thinking you see one is a big deal. I continued to watch him as he scampered around, then across the yard and under the porch.
When my husband got home from work, I told him we had a muskrat under the porch and we both thought that was pretty interesting. Later that evening though we heard enough noise from the cellar to realize it wasn't the porch he was living under, it was the house! So, of course we named him. And now that we know Muskrat Sally is down there we can hear him moving around all evening long, banging against the furnace vents. It remains to be seen how the new tenant works out.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I received such a treat in the mail last week from my Secret Stitcher! This is an exchange we have on EAC Virtual Threads, the online chapter of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada. It is like a traditional secret sister exchange except, of course, we are all stitchers and that is reflected in the gifts we exchange.
I love Hallowe'en and decorate the house and yard every year even though we get very few trick-or-treaters coming to the door.
Isn't this embroidered bellpull to die for? The front features three cross stitch pieces on a spider web background fabric. The back is pieced with so many wonderful Hallowe'en fabrics - I love it!
The second section is just as spooky - pumpkins, jack-o-lantern, bats and crows!
Then at the bottom of the bell pull this wonderful piece with dancing skeletons, ghosts and more!
I really wish I could take credit for making this but I can't. Huge thank yous going out to my Secret Stitcher! She really outdid herself with this and couldn't have found anything I would like more. I LOVE IT!!
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Well, I am finally settled in at home again after a long summer working at the campground! I have actual been home about a month now and it has taken this long for me to get used to being home again, catching up on some things and getting back to stitching again. It feels very good to be home!
So here is what I'm working on...
So here is what I'm working on...
This is a canvaswork project called "First Snow", designed by Carolyn Mitchell. It is a workshop on Virtual Threads, the online chapter of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, and the chapter paid for the teaching fees from the proceeds of a little silent auction we had at Seminar in 2014. So, all we members of Virtual Threads needed to do for the workshop was to buy the supplies - who could resist?
Carolyn is teachine this as a mystery project and what you see here is the first of three lessons completed.
I am really enjoying this - canvaswork is so relaxing! I have chosen to do this in silk threads instead of the cotton thread alternative and so far they haven't been giving me any trouble. There will be pearls added to this section at the end so I am looking forward to seeing what that adds to the look of it. On to lesson 2!
Thursday, July 9, 2015
I am constantly seeing things that inspire me to try to stitch them - do you? It seems like these ideas are everywhere around us and I am continually taking photos so I will remember them later.
This feature wall on the exterior of the Royal Albert Museum in Edmonton has me thinking of stitching the ancient pictographs of the aboriginal people of Alberta.
Perhaps a visit to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is in order to do more research!
I think a thread painted magpie will be a project in the near future. Everytime I see one of these birds close up, I appreciate the blue metallic sheen in their black feathers. Can't you see this captured with lovely Kreinik threads creating the highlights?
So, what inspires you?
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
There are a wonderful amount and variety of birds here by the river and I have been enjoying waking up to their song each morning.
My first thought when I noticed all the shavings around the base of this tree was that the beavers had been at work again but not this time.
An obvious clue was this perfect whole in the tree trunk - obviously someone's home but much closer to the ground than I would have expected.