Thursday, August 18, 2016

Tea Towels - "A flower a day keeps the blues away" (Thursday to Sunday)

Hi, Everyone,

I've finished my hand embroidered days of the week tea towels.

The patterns were designed by Jenny of Elfantz.  You will find her at http://www.elefantz.com.  She has a link to her "Pattern Shop" and you will find her design entitled "Days of the Week", from the May 2016 Stitchery Club.

They turned out beautifully!  Have a look.


I purchased 2 meters of cotton tea towel fabric from Fabricland then hemmed the edges.  I printed Jenny's patterns then traced them with my Sharpie Pen onto the tea towel fabric with my Light Box.


I chose different embroidery threads from those listed in Jenny's pattern.


The smaller the stitches, the prettier the embroidery looks.
My stitches are created over 2 threads of fabric, that is Very tiny, so I am only able hand embroider this small when I use the Magnifying Light that my daughter got for me from Lee Valley.  It is mounted on the headboard of my bed, and it is a God send.  If you don't have one, I highly recommend getting one.  I couldn't embroider like this without it.


I just love how the blues/green and pink/burgandy blend together.


The Tea Towels turned out sooooooooo pretty that I don't want to use them.



Remember, creating has many mediums.
This medium is thread and fabric.

Next . . .

I've begun to hand embroider Primative patterns and will be mounting them on vintage piano scrolls.
They will be embellished with lace and fabric as well.


Have fun creating!








Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tea Towels - "A flower a day keeps the blues away" (Monday to Wednesday)

Hi, Everyone,

Never take your health for granted.  Thinking that you will be able to do all the things you always wanted to do later in life when you "have more time" may not always be possible.  I have been  having issues holding things with my right thumb for the past several months now, so while I can still manipulate a needle, I have decided to embroider some beautiful pieces for myself.

Hand embroidered tea towels have always been so pretty to me.  I didn't have any so I searched Pinterest and discovered Jenny of Elefantz.  You will find her at http://www.elefantz.com.  She has a link to her "Pattern Shop" and to her "Stitchery Club".  Over the past few weeks I have purchased 47 sets of her patterns at her Pattern Shop and at Craftsy, and have also signed up for her monthly Stitchery Club.  Yes, I truly love her designs.

In her Pattern Shop you will find her design entitled "Days of the Week", from the May 2016 Stitchery Club.  Once you purchase the pdf pattern on-line, the instructions and patterns are e-mailed to you.

Have a look below:



I purchased 2 meters of cotton tea towel fabric from Fabricland then hemmed the edges.  I printed Jenny's patterns then traced them with my Sharpie Pen onto the tea towel fabric with my Light Box.



I chose different embroidery threads from those listed in Jenny's pattern.


Below are the (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) tea towels I embroidered using Jenny's patterns.







Once I finish embroidering the other days of the week, I will post them for you to see.

In the meantime, head over to the Jenny of Elefantz blog to see all her beautiful work.  
You will find her at http://www.elefantz.com.  

Have fun creating!












Sunday, July 3, 2016

Button Art - Flower Garden

Hi, Everyone,

Creating takes on many forms with many different mediums.

My latest art work uses woven fabric, hand embroidery, and buttons.  Using a monochromatic colour scheme like ivory, white, and tan creates a mood of calm and piece.


The buttons are absolutely beautiful.



The verse is attributed to John Muir:
     "When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

     . . . simple yet true.

It is a stitching pattern designed by Karen Kluba (purchased at Craft Connection in Edmonton) along with the beautiful buttons from Durango Button Company.

I had the woven wool fabric and the white embroidery floss already. The pattern was $13.99, and the buttons were the expensive part (too much to admit in print, but I had to have them).

This piece will either be part of a fabric book, or a framed work of art.

Again, remember that art has many different mediums.

Have fun creating!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

"Each Day is Precious" - Art Journal Page

Hi, Everyone,

It's been quite a while since I created one of Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesday pages.

Mine turned out quite different from hers because I didn't want to play with modelling paste or paints and brushes today.  I watched her iw4.1.15 video then created the pages below.  I used tissue paper, washi tape, and my Fineline Applicator to write with filled 1/2 and 1/2 with Golden Black Fluid Acrylic Paint and Golden Fluid Medium.  The paint mixture takes quite a while to dry, but I absolutely love how it turns out.

Have a look:






Each day we are given is precious,
so make the most of each one.

Have fun creating!





Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sewn Patchwork Blanket and Raggedy Andy

Hi, Everyone,

Over the last few months I have been sewing a patchwork blanket and Raggedy Andy for one of my new grandsons I am expecting around the beginning of July. My daughter is expecting a boy.  She is a food scientist who likes nature and dogs.  When she was little I made her a raggedy blanket and a 36" Raggedy Ann doll, which she still has today. So of course I had to make her little one a matching Raggedy Andy.

For Andy's clothes, I hand sewed patches on a baby onesie and a pair of jeans to match the blanket.  At first I sewed on 2" strands of gray yarn for hair and when Andy was all finished I put him in the dryer to fluff him and hopefully remove any dog hair that may be lingering on him.  When I took him out of the dryer I was shocked to find his hair tightly curled tight to his head.  Oh dear, what do I do? Well, out came the yarn and I added several layers of 8" strands of yarn on the top third of his head, then gave him a hair cut.  I love the way he turned out.

Have a look. . .



I love being able to do what I want to do when I want to do it. 
Life is precious, so enjoy it while you can.

Have fun creating!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pink & Gray Stitched Doily Journal Page

Hi, Everyone,

Doilies are so delicate and pretty.  They look so beautiful as the focal point of the Journal Pages below.

I cut the oval doily in half, gluing one piece onto the left side of the page.  The other piece was used as a stencil over which to apply Golden Heavy Body Acrylic Gray Paint through on the right side of the page.  I just love how the reverse paint shows through.  No use throwing out the painted doily stencil, so I glued it onto the page.

Rummaging through my paper stash I found this pink and ivory butterfly paper and thought it would look great with the doilies.

I also made my own white handmade paper with several layers of white tissue and Golden Fluid Medium.  After the handmade paper dried overnight, I tore it in pieces to use on this layout.  I used white thread on my sewing machine and randomly sewed all over the torn pieces.

I added music washi tape and hand stitched a variety of pink and white stitches over the layout.


The colours flow so smoothly from one to another around the layout.


Have a look at the stitching on the butterfly wings.


See the stitching in the doily. . .  this was so much fun to do.



If you like to stitch, add it to your pages and make beautiful art.

Have fun creating!




Sunday, May 22, 2016

Pages 3 & 4 from "An Embroiderers Ledger"

Hi, Everyone,

I have been working on Karen Ruane's 2012 on-line class entitled "An Embroiderers Ledger".

For this class, I chose to work in an inexpensive Sketchbook.  The paper is thin, so I need to be careful not to tear the pages as I sew on them.  The next book I stitch on will have thicker pages so I don't have to be so delicate.

In this book, I am creating pages for inspiration and design to embellish and enhance my Journals and Ledgers.

Below are pages 3 & 4 of my Embroiderers Ledger.


The starting point for me was an old embroidery pattern.  Karen teaches you how to use a starting point from which to jump off of to create flowing unified work.


I never seem to know when to stop. I just keep going, creating more samples than I need.
Of course I'm not going to set them aside, so in the Ledger they go.


There are 4 insert pages each secured with patterned paper and washi tape (I always put glue under my washi tape because I want it to actually stick). 


The insert pages are a combination of waxed paper, tissue paper, Golden Fluid Matte Medium, Golden Heavy Body White Paint and Golden Paynes Gray Fuid Acrylic Paint.


I've used variegated blue and navy embroidery thread using some of Karen's stitches and some of my own.  Stitching on paper adds such visual interest to your pages.


Yes, you can see the not-so-pretty stitching on the back of the pages, but this is a "working" Ledger.
Then to tie it all together, I bring in the pattern paper and washi tape to create a collage on the last page.


. . . flowing together beautifully.

Karen Ruane has a new on-line class entitled "Stitching a Story" which you can purchase on her blog.  The link to her blog is http://karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/.  I ordered the book "Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day" on-line from Amazon on March 24.  I thought it would arrive in time for the class, but the estimated arrival date is May 26.  Since I want to use the book that Karen is using, I'm just going to have to wait until it arrives by snail mail.  In the meantime, I am continuing to work on An Embroiderers Ledger.

. . . many Journals on the go
. . . many different themes
. . . doing what I love
. . . and making the time to actually do it.

I turned 54 years old today.
We don't know how long we have on this earth, so be nice to those around you, and be thankful.
I am thankful for my husband because we do what we want,
I am thankful for my 3 children and their spouses because they have turned out to be thoughtful successful young adults of whom I am extremely proud,
I am thankful for my grandson and the time I spend with him because he brings me such joy,
and I am thankful that my 2 daughters are expecting and that I have 2 more grandsons on the way.
My goal is to live to be 100 years old.  We will see how far I get.
Be kind to others.

Have fun creating!