Saturday, August 30, 2008
Here are the rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award:
1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you received the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.
Here are my nominees:
1. Leslie -http://pinyoncreek.blogspot.com/
2. Judy - http://cjstitchingandblooms.blogspot.com/
3. Simona - http://www.stitchandmore.blogspot.com/
4. Cathy K - http://cathyscrazybydesign.blogspot.com/
5. Gerry K. - http://olderrose.blogspot.com/
There are a lot of great blogs I enjoy but when I had to narrow it down to five these are the ones I came up with as the ones that inspire me!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
It was an exciting day at the post office today with Candi's delightful block arriving for me to stitch on in the CQI On The Seamy Side Sampler Round Robin. I love this block - it reminds me of an ice cream social with it's gorgeous soft colours and the lady in the silky. Can't you just see her ordering an egg cream or a parfait at the ice cream shop?
Clairee was first to stitch on this block and did some beautiful seam treatments and motifs, all in herringbone and detached chain stitches. Gorgeous stuff! Now I will try to rise to the challenge and add my part using the prescribed stitches for this go-around, being fly stitch and spider web rose. The photo above is Candi's block after Clairee has stitched on it. I will post another after I do my part.
Very exciting also were the lovely threads and ribbons that Candi included. Each participant in the round robin can choose one each of the threads and ribbons! Thank you for your generousity Candi! The colours of these ribbons are so beautiful and I was really impressed to see that Candi dyes them herself and sells then in her Etsy shop! Now, how to choose one colour?! lol - guess I'll have to do some shopping over at Etsy!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Well, this was my attempt at a herringbone motif. I attempted an embroidered paisley using all herringbone stitches. It looks a bit better in person than in the picture. The good news is it should frog out fairly easily if Clairee doesn't like it. If nothing else it was a learning experience. It was inspired by some of the TAST herringbone samplers.
Lastly, here is the block in its entirety after I stitched. There are three more to stitch after me in this round robin and it is heading out in the mail tomorrow to Meg. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone adds as the block goes around and how it ends up when it is finished. I'm also looking forward to the next block and being able to do something besides detached chain and herringbone! lol
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
So, are you wondering why I titled this piece Porch Puppy? My husband's "big project" for this summer is to put a porch on the house. My contribution so far has been to buy porch furniture. I can't see these dogs though without thinking of one sleeping on the front porch - just seems the right place for a dog to get comfy and have a nap!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
The idea of using these stitches is to get some practice on them. After 346 lazy daisy stitches (yes, I counted! lol) I feel like I got a bit of practice. I know this seam is a little "over the top" but Leslie pointed out to me that you could encrust a seam and I guess I felt like she had thrown down the gauntlet! What to do next though??
Sunday, August 10, 2008
So, what are oyas? These delicate yet sturdy flowers are a tradional form of needlelace created in Turkey. The making of Oyas can be dated as far back to 2000 BC. They are made as a trim to adorn scarves and other pieces of clothing, as seen below. Smaller than a dime, these three dimensional blossoms are made by hand using a sewing needle or pin and thread. There are many varieties but sewing needle oyas were usually done with silk thread. The variety of flower represented by the oya edging on scarves, etc. conveyed different meanings. In looking at different oyas, I originally thought that the ones of red peppers were an indication of just how far the "southwestern" look had travelled. However, in my reading I discovered a young wife wearing these oyas was indicating her relationship with her husband was hot and spicy!
Oyas are a uniquely Anatolian handicraft so the word "oya" has no translation in other languages. It is commonly known as "Turkish lace" in Europe. Hopefully this is a form of needlework that will not disappear.
I hope at one point to be able to learn to make oyas. Wish me luck!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
As promised, here are some more details of the dragonflies on my beaded round robin block. This first one was tucked down in the right hand corner of the block and is constructed cleverly of leaf beads for the wings and a turquoise bead and two different flower beads for the head and body and mint green pearlized beads for the tail. The gold rose bead in the body matches the ones in the adjoining seam treatment as do the seed beads in the tail.
Here are #2 and #3. The magnificent turqoise dragonfly is housed in a perfectly beaded circle of four rows of beads. He has a beautifully beaded stem of flowers keeping him company. The body of the dragonfly is made up of larger blue beads separated by gold spacer beads. His wings are a light fabric appliqued down and then outlined around the edge by couched down gold. The veins on the wings appear to be stitched with gold blending filament or some other very delicate metallic thread.
Did you miss dragonfly number 3? He is a gold coloured charm dangling from the circle.
The antique gold dragonfly is a real work of art - I have never seen anything quite like it! Here Gerry worked this patch all in golds and it really brings up the richness of the fabric. The wings on this dragonfly keep drawing me back. They are some kind of filigree jewelry findings, two for each wing. It is the combination of the two on each wing that makes it so perfect.
The mauve dragonfly appears to be flying downward. Perhaps he has sighted a mosquito and is moving in for a snack? His beautiful wings appear to be pieces of hand dyed lace appliqued down and then outlined in copper beads. The wings are beautifully textured with the veins of the lace showing through amid lines of more copper beads and almost transparent pale mauvey pink beads. Larger beads ranging from mauve to purple make up the body together with gold spacers.
What can I say about the seventh dragonfly? I am honoured to have received one of Gerry's delightful hand painted buttons! Isn't it amazing the tiny works of art she creates on these mother of pearl buttons? We were blessed at CQI to have received tutorials from Gerry on how to paint the buttons with roses, etc. Some of the members had nice success with it.
Numbers 8 and 9 are a pair of dragonflies - or is it a dragonfly and a damselfly? Rising out of the lovely beaded plant growth, this pair have the most interesting wings! I have to admit I have no idea how they are done but I know I love them!
The last dragonfly is nestled among Clairee's gorgeous purple flowers (why can I never find lovely beads like this in purple?) . The photo doesn't do justice to the sparkle of this one. I think it must have been a piece of jewelry at one time and it sparkles with rhinestones on the wings and of course the tail.
So, there you have it - ten beautiful dragonflies on one block! I know I showed off the whole block in my last post but I couldn't resist going into more detail. Hope you find it as interesting as I do.
I have decided to frame this block to hang in my home. It will take all my strength and willpower to walk into the framing shop and leave without it! Do you think my framer would mind if I just camped out in her parking lot til she is done with it? lol