Saturday, December 28, 2013
I finished these ones up in a slightly different way and it worked very well so I'll share my method. . After stitching the front and back of the ATC together, I stitched gold trim around the edge slightly overlapping the edge of the ATC. I sewed the same trim to the back in the same method making sure to line them up. Then I whip stitched the two outside edges of the trim together all the way around. It worked wonderfully and solved my usual problem of being unable to seem to finish the edges neatly.
Monday, December 23, 2013
As a small gift to you, I have searched the web for public domain Victorian Christmas images that I think would make wonderful additions to some crazy quilting - enjoy!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
It will be a private joke between my friend and I because she has a deep and enduring hatred for rick rack in all forms and I used rick rack to trim out the silkie. I love the little button snowmen too so included him in the photo here.
I hope my friend will enjoy this stocking and now I have the fun of filling it before I give it to her!
Friday, December 20, 2013
So, here is my little tree, now three quarters decorated and leaning into a corner because it decided to fall over. Personally, I think I might be a little tired of this tradition!
Thursday, December 19, 2013
I received another gorgeous Christmas ornament in the mail, this time from the EAC (Embroiderers' Association of Canada) swap. You can't see very well in the photo but this canvaswork ornament is done on glitter congress cloth - it really sparkles.
I took the closeup so you could see the stitches but here is the whole ornament complete with hanger and tassel. It was made by Eunice and I can't wait to hang it on the tree. Thank you Eunice!
Friday, December 13, 2013
On this fifth one, I wove through the star stitches again and then added additional straight stitches using the gold thread.
And then for this sixth and last one, I did a simple weaving pattern again and then used the gold thread to add additional star stitches. I have to say that these were great fun to do, seeing how weaving the gold thread through the stitches could be used to create various patterns. I can see a lot of applications for this technique and will likely be using it again on other projects.
The Embroiderer`s Association of Canada (EAC) is having its last ATC swap this coming April and these are the first ones I have made for that swap. I could have cropped the photos and shown them a couple days ago but decided not to cheat - to go ahead and do the finishing first , my least favourite part!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Four more on a leftover piece of 14 count Aida, making a total of six altogether.
Friday, December 6, 2013
I posted recently about the online chapter of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, EAC Virtual Threads. I mentioned that you have to be a member of EAC to join the online chapter but then thought maybe you might not be aware of the benefits of belonging to EAC! So, I'll suggest you visit the EAC blog and EAC website and look around and see.
Also, right off the EAC website, here is a list of the benefits of belonging...
Benefits to Individuals (National or Chapter members)
1. The chance to make lifelong friendships with other members within your own
region and across Canada through chapter meetings, workshops and Seminars.
2. Receive discounts at participating suppliers by presenting your current EAC
3. Access to any contests or challenges EAC is holding.
4. Ability to take part in exchanges such as the Artist Trading Card Exchange and
Holiday Ornament Exchange.
5. Access to EAC Facebook page.
6. Access to membership in the new EAC Cyber chapter, Virtual Threads, with the
additional membership fee of $10 per year.
7. Qualify for EAC Awards, Scholarships, Grants and Bursaries.
8. Qualify as a course test student.
9. Contacts with experts in many aspects of needlework for research purposes.
10. Access to Your EAC (members’ only) site with:
a. a listing of upcoming workshops, seminars, etc.,
b. free projects,
c. copies of old EC magazines,
d. links to available mystery projects,
e. a section where members can list patterns, articles, etc. they are
looking for, and
f. a list of links to other organizations and other snippets of information.
Of course, the most important reason for joining I can think of is that it is just plain fun! I love EAC as well as my local chapter, The Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Above you will see the wonderful logo Sharon MacDonald created for the newest chapter of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada - EAC Virtual Threads! Yes, that's right, EAC has opened a new chapter online!
We had been talking about it for awhile but finally took action at last year's National Seminar in Winnipeg. We formed an executive of volunteers and started taking memberships right then and there. Now, a few months later we are getting into full swing with over 90 members so far. We are set up as a Yahoo Group and you can find us at this link.
Since we are a chapter of EAC, you must either already be a member of EAC to join or become a member of EAC at the same time as you become a member of the chapter. The membership dues for the chapter are only $10 a year and we are pro-rating that by when you join so we can have everyone renew at the same time in May.
So, what have we been doing and what is coming in the future?
- Chatting with other stitchers even when it is a blizzard like it is right now outside my house!
- Ongoing "Show and Share" as we post photos of what we are working on.
- Tantalizing Tidbits which are small projects in different techniques, free to members (like the needlewoven poinsettia brooch above.Instructions and project generously donated to Virtual Threads by Deborah Robertson of Toronto Guild of Stitchery )
- Round Robins starting up in January
- Chapter Newsletter in the works
- Chapter pins being looked into
- Play Dates - at your own pace shared experiences with different techniques - shaving cream dying is one of the ones coming up shortly. Also dorset buttons.
- Stitch of the Month program taught by Kim Beamish where we will fully explore different stitches every month
- Online workshops, the first of which is coming in February and March when Alison Cole will be teaching an original design just for us!
- Postcard Challenge
- Christmas Ornament exchange well underway
- lots more!
So, I am finding that being a chapter president is a lot more involved than I ever knew and it has been a lot of fun but a lot of work and it has been keeping me busy. Come on out and join us if you are interested in a fun group - international members more than welcome!