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  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  

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!