Monday, April 14, 2014

Bracelet with Tutorial

 I recently saw one of the shibori ribbon bracelets people are making and it reminded me of something I had wanted to try.  This is the cuff that I have made.
 I started with three lengths of wide ribbon and sewed them together.  Next I hand basted across the width of the ribbon in order to create uneven gathers when I pulled up the basting threads.
I added a couple of favourite buttons as the centre focal point and then started beading in the folds of the gathered ribbon.

 The gathers were easy to manipulate because of the way the gathers were basted so I could tuck beads into anywhere I wanted them.
 The edges of the ribbon were already finished so there was no need to turn it under.  I wanted the shape to be organic so it is not even on the edges.  I backed the bracelet with wool felt for comfort in wearing and finished the ends.
 Add a loop and a button for closure and there you have it.
Ta-duh!  Lots of fun and I will likely have another go at it when I find some more ribbon I like.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Rest of the Vulcan Yarn Bombing

Everyone knows that Vulcan is the home planet of Spock and it was highly illogical for him to be out in winter without a scarf!
I finished up my yarn bombing project in Vulcan yesterday and took a few photos I'll share.  I missed the perfect photo op when the police car came tearing in with it's lights flashing at the spot where I had just finished bombing. Since I was half a block away at that point I just kept going!
So, here is my handiwork in Vulcan, Alberta.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sneak Peek - Yarn Bombing in Vulcan

I had  fun with my friend, Bev, yesterday in Vulcan, Alberta, doing a wee bit of yarn bombing.  The best part is seeing the smiles of people passing the sculpture after.  More photos to come...

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Treasure" Finished

I was fortunate enough to take a one day class called "Treasure" with Lynn Payette at last  year's EAC National Seminar and this afternoon I finally finished it!  I am not fond of the finishing part of projects but really had no excuse for putting this off so long.  Now it is done, I have a nice little pin to wear!  The pin is not oversized so can be worn comfortably on a blouse or jacket.
As with all Lynn's classes, this one was a lot of fun.  We constructed our pins - everyone's a little different - from scraps of metallic fabrics and threads and a few beads.  Lots of "bling" so it appealed to the magpie in me.  I want to take everything shiny and sparkly home to my nest!
To see more from Lynn Payette, you can look online and find classes she is teaching.  Check this site out to see her beautiful birches!.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Passing it on...

Well, passing it on is important when it comes to our stitching.  Children need the knowledge and the passion for stitching if we are going to have more embroiderers up and coming in society.  So, after mulling it over for way too long, I marched myself over to the school next door and offered  myself up to teach embroidery to any who are interested.  I don't know yet if this will go anywhere - it will depend on if there is enough interest when they put the idea out there to the kids and their parents.  But, it is a step in the right direction and I finally did it!  I'll keep you posted on what develops.  My goal is to get a youth embroidery group going.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Scissor Fob - Another Small Finish

 I found another small kit in my stash - this one for a simple canvaswork scissor fob using space dyed thread.  I love variegated threads so decided it was time this one was done.  It was fun quick, fun and easy project and I love the patterns that are created by the colours in the space dyed thread.
For the back I decided to repeat the simple pattern, using a coordinating colour of DMC.  Love how it turned out!  Now to get back to work on a larger project...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Checking those Goals for 2014

Did you make a list of goals for 2014?  How are you doing on them?  It seems like it is time to see how I am doing with this year's resolutions.  I want to stay on track with them this year so bear with me...
2014 Goals
1. Stitch for 15 minutes a day - every day.
Actually, I am doing very well on this one.  I am stitching almost every day and usually for hours rather than minutes.  Even my husband has noticed how much I am stitching so you know it is a lot!

2. Blog Regularly
I fell down on this hopelessly in the last year and as a result only a couple of diehard followers are still reading my blog - thank you both of you! lol  I can say I am blogging more regularly, although not as often as before, and I wonder if any of it is interesting to anyone but me.

3.  One show or Exhibition this year! Doesn't have to be big (it won`t be) but something to get me out there at least locally.  It doesn't have to be crazy quilting either - just some sort of art or craft.  I am dabbling now with other things which is fun and helps to get all the stash under control.
I am on track here too.  I am booked into the County of Vulcan in April to be the Artist of the Month and will be yarn-bombing their offices.  It might not be quite what they expect but should be good fun!

4. Write at least two articles and submit them for publication.  It`s another way to get yourself out there and the research is good discipline.  Lord knows I need discipline!  lol Once again, I don't necessarily expect to get two pieces published, but I would like to at least write them and submit then - that is the goal.
I am on track with this one - I have submitted one article already and the year is still young.

5. Start taking EAC correspondence courses with the goal of getting my Teacher`s Certification from EAC.  This will be a long, drawn out process - there are quite a few courses needed but this year I will actually start.
 I have signed up for the first course and am just waiting for it to come in so I can start.  Of course, in the meantime I got waylaid and signed up for two free online courses through EAC (Wessex style embroidery and Crazy Quilting without the Patches), two group correspondence courses through EAC (Schwalm and Casalguidi embroidery), and a goldwork cyberclass with Alison Cole online through EAC Virtual Threads so am managing to keep busy while I am waiting!  lol

6.  On a similar note, I would like to get back into teaching stitching which means getting some teaching proposals organized and getting them submitted in time for fall deadlines.
Nothing accomplished on this one yet but will get on it now I have reminded myself here.

7.  This year I am going to aim at entering at least two competitions with my stitching. 
I am actually working on a piece right now for the EAC Beaded Jewellry Challenge so if I get it done in time I will get it sent off and this is halfway done.

8.  One item made and donated to charity each month.
I am way behind - nothing this year yet!  AAQI closing has thrown me and I don't know what to make or who to give it to.  Just need to buckle down I guess.

9. Continue involvement with The Embroiderers' Association of Canada (EAC), the new EAC Virtual Threads cyber chapter and The Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts.  
Going gangbusters at this!  lol  I am happy to report the cyber chapter is off to a great start, and I expect to continue on with my commitments to the other organizations for the time being.

10. Organize the sewing room.
Not yet!

Okay, so that is where I stand as far as progress on this year's goals.  How are yours going?