Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I am going to have to find something new to work on today - I have about three of those holes worn in my fingers that your needle just wants to slip into so no more cross stitch. The muscle in my thumb is still really sore from the knitting frenzy last week so don't think I should do that today. Hmmmm - I might actually have to work instead of stitch!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The Embroiderers' Association of Canada has their ATC swap every year so how is it that it always sneaks up on me the way it does? Anyway, as usual I was scrambling at the last minute to come up with some Artists Trading Cards to send in for the swap. This year I took a south western style sampler that was already stitched and measured out four 3-1/2 X 2-1/2 inch pieces. I used a very thick stiffener with double sided adhesive and sandwiched it between the stitched pieces and some white cotton for the back. Once the little sandwiches were ironed together all I needed to do was buttonhole stitch around the outside edges and then add my information to the back using a very fine tipped permanent parker.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Designs by Emily to pick out some adorable free knit dishcloth patterns. I really butchered the first one unfortunately. I should mention that Emily's designs are perfect - it is my knitting skills that aren't! lol
I did a little better with the butterfly - still not perfect by a long shot but they wash dishes, perfect or not.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I love finding goodies at the thrift store. Just about anything crafty or stitchey grabs my eye. This little kit was one that came home with me recently. For $1.00 who could resist? Everything was there still, all the felt, threads,pattern,etc. so I filled a few spare minutes recently doing up the ornaments and here they are!
Friday, March 8, 2013
I've been very lucky in the classes I got into -
For the first two days I will be taking Jacobean Brilliance, taught by Alison Cole. I love goldwork and am very excited about learning techniques that are new to me.
On my free day, I opted out of city tours and the like and signed up for a one day class with Lynn Payette for “Treasure” Pin or Pendant.
For my last two days of classes, I am signed up with Sylvia Murariu for a project called Passion Flowers. It is a combination of Romanian Point Lace, Surface Embroidery and Stumpwork. I took a class from Sylvia before and she is a great teacher.
You can find out more about these classes and others still available for registration by checking out the brochure on the EAC website.