Monday, October 6, 2014

Herringbone Stitch and Variations

 I have been away from blogging for awhile now and this is one of the projects that has been keeping me busy - an article that has appeared in the latest issue of Embroidery Canada, the member magazine of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada.
 The ladies at Crazy Quilting International were kind enough to share some of their photos for me to use in this article - a big thank you going out to them!
I love exploring different stitches and what can be done with them so am really enjoying writing a series of articles like this.  This is the second in a series to appear in Embroidery Canada - next month will be bullion stitch which as you know is huge fun!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Another Scissor Fob Sent & Received

This is a little scissor fob I made for a recent exchange on EAC Virtual Threads.  For inspiration I took a couple skeins of Madeira metallic floss that came in one of those freebie packages attached to a magazine.  I had been looking at some of pincushions made in this shape of three equal squares sewn together biscornu style to create a three dimensional triangular shape.  The two combined became this little scissor fob I have sent off to Marie.
 This is the scissor fob I received back from Marie - gorgeous! I love the original design and the innovative techniques she used.
Now I just need to decide which of my scissors deserves to be adorned by this beauty.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Millarville Market

Have you ever noticed how some farmer's markets seem to evolve into something really special?  Millarville Market is one of those!  An easy drive from Calgary, and a wonderful array of handmade arts, crafts, food and produce make it a wonderful outing for a Saturday in the summer months.

I recently spent a Saturday morning at the Market and found myself wondering why I had taken so long between trips there.  So much to see and so many wonderful samples to munch on.  My friend and I didn't need lunch after eating samples of all the fruit, baking, bruschetta and so much more.  It all makes the $3.00 parking charge to get in a real bargain!

I got so inspired by everything I saw there and would love to someday sell at this market! Multitudes of hand-dyed yarns, sock monkeys,  live music and so much more - what more could you ask for?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ukamaa Grandmas Sale coming up!

Remember awhile back I posted about the hugh stash sale put on by Ujamaa Grandmas?  Well, there next sale - this one of finished items - is coming up.  Just in time for Christmas shopping!
 These are just a few of the type of items you can expect to see at the Bags, Babies & Beyond Sale!
Here are the when & where information.  If you are in the Calgary area be sure not to miss this one!
Friday, October 17, 2014
3:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
Marda Loop Communities Association
3130 16th Street SW
Our Famous Felted Purses
Children’s Wear & Toys
Household Items & Home Decor
Accessories for Men and Women
And many more unique items handmade by 
our members
Proceeds to The Stephen Lewis Foundation
Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

Sneak Peek at

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Furniture Upcycling for the Starving Student 101

I picked up a recliner chair for The Vegan Princess, my favourite Starving Student, at an auction for $10 - cheap because of this tear in the upholstery.
I sewed up the hole, stitched on some doilies and voila!  I didn't care for it with the two bottom doilies added but The Vegan Princess liked it so I left them there.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Scissor Fob Received

I am taking part in a Scissor Fob Swap on EAC Virtual Threads and this arrived in the mail from Betty this week.  Please be sure to click on it to see it closer - it is really lovely and an original design from Betty.  I love it! Thanks Betty!
And look, I had a little pair of mauve embroidery scissors already - don't they make the perfect pair?!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Knitting dishcloths is what I do when I am not feeling well.  It is enough to keep my hands busy but doesn't engage my brain.  I have been battling a summer cold for a week or so now and my head has been feeling like it is stuffed with sawdust so... four dishcloths.  It was a good time to knit some since my husband had been complaining that I seem to knit a lot of them but we don't have any of our own, which was true.
So, thrifty as I am, I picked up a small bag of cotton yarn at the thrift store for fifty cents and managed to get four out of it.  12-1/2 cents each!  Can't beat that price.