Friday, February 27, 2015

Out To Lunch

Today my stitching buddies and I went to lunch at a friend's house. Lunch was delicious! We spent some time doing our own thing. I decided to knit. Verna, my Temari making friend, was teaching a couple of ladies how to do Temari balls. Over the last two years, she has made 100 Japanese Temari Ornaments. Her # 100 is the largest so far. Have a look!

# 100




What Happened to Tuesday?

I know I posted on Tuesday but it has disappeared! My post was about the Sewing Portfolio shown below. I made a point of posting everyday since January. That's very confusing. I'm sure you remember seeing this on Tuesday. In fact, I had comments about this from some readers.

View #1 was an exhibit piece.
View # 2 is part of my collection.
Don't you remember me telling you about the window screen I used for the inside pockets?
And the green Velcro strip along the inside left fold. The glue is attached with the Velcro. I am soooo not good with this deletion of my post!! Oh well, time to move on!!! You'll get two posts from me today! Cheers!!!

# 1 Exhibit piece, sold

# 1, inside, partly folded to show back flap

#1 fully opened showing inside

# 2, personal collection

#2 inside view.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Our Prairie In Fibre

Grab a cup of something and spend a delightful 16 minutes watching an interview with Monika Kinner Whalen, curator of Our Prairie In Fibre Keepsake. She talks about the show and her love for the prairies. Throughout the interview you will see the wonderful art that was on exhibit.
Enjoy!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Garden Sewing Box

As promised, here are some photos of The Garden Sewing Box. It was designed and created initially for A Needle Pulling Thread Magazine and was featured in the  Spring 2006 issue. Here are the 4 side views and the inside.
























Inside the box. The inner box can be removed.


Needle case, small pin cushion,


Bottom view






Monday, February 23, 2015

Day 5 - Art Challenge, Last Day

Day 5 - Art Challenge. Today it's mostly structures. These pieces have all  been on exhibit.

'The 'Row House' wall hanging is an older piece and was purchased by the provincial government as part of the art procurement.

'Gower Street', 'Back Yard' and 'Quidi Vidi' were commissioned pieces that are in Nova Scotia.

The Fishermen's Museum, English Harbour West, is based on a photo I took a couple years ago. Each piece of 'clapboard' was stitched on one piece at a time.

'View From The Rooms' is a large textile piece based on a photo taken from the 4th floor of The Rooms. 

I challenged friend and avid quilter, Linda Coolen Smith to participate​. Linda is a member of a modern quilt guild in Halifax. Her work is beautiful. However, Linda emailed me back saying she participated in the Art Challenge last week. I thought I had gone through her posts but . . . In any event, please visit Linda's blog to see her wonderful quilts. I met Linda (had lunch with her and another quilter) last summer when I was in Nova Scotia.

Row House Wall Hanging

Gower Street - commissioned piece

Quidi Vidi - commissioned piece


Back Yard - commissioned piece
Fishermen's Museum, English Harbour West


View From The Rooms

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Day 4 of Art Challenge

It was a fish day on day 4 of the facebook Art Challenge. These are all textile pieces I have created over the last few years.
Red Fish was purchased by the City of St. John's a number of years ago. It was one of the first 3-D pieces I created.
The tea cozy is in a private collection. I did part with this one.
Flow is part of the Province of Newfoundland Labrador archives. They own several of my pieces.
The Deep was on exhibit in Nova Scotia but not here in Newfoundland. We decided to keep this particular piece.


Red Fish

Tea Cozy, side 1

Tea Cozy, side 2

Flow is a large piece with over 250 fish stitched onto the background
The Deep hangs in my livingroom. We couldn't let it go!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Day 3 - Art Challenge

It's day 3 of the Art Challenge. Here's some 3 - D pieces I've made over the years. The Garden Sewing Box was the winner of Original Design, EAC - Embroiderers' Association of Canada, Inc., also winner of Award for Excellence in Craft for Technical Mastery (2005), Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, and was published in the 2nd. edition of Needle Pulling Thread.
Next is my Under The Sea Sewing Portfolio. This is the 2nd one I've made. The 1st was in an exhibit and is in a private collection.
Treasures of the Sea, won the Award for Excellence in Craft for Innovation and Design (2003).
Pisci Fantasticus are stuffed fish made from batiks. They are at Devon House Craft Shop, Craft Council, St. John's.
Today, I challenge artist friend, Caroline Clarke to display her wonderful art pieces.

Each side is different.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Day 2, Art Challenge

Today is day 2 of the Art Challenge on Facebook. Here are three of my textile landscapes (earlier work). The rocks are printed from my computer on silk, cut up and hand appliqued to the background. The skies and water are hand dyed. At first glance, they look like paintings but as you get closer, you can see the dimension. The first one is called 'In All Its Glory' and was on exhibit at the Grand National Quilt Show, Waterloo, Ontario, 2002. I kept that one but the others have been sold.
Now it's my turn to challenge another fibre artist, Anne Lucas, of Foggy Rock Fibres, to show her work over the next 5 days.



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Day 1, Art Challenge on FaceBook


I was asked to participate in the 5 day Art Challenge on Face Book. So for those of you who aren't on Face Book, here's what I posted yesterday:

My friend, Rhonda, has challenged me to participate in the Art Challenge on Facebook. I'll start day 1 with 3 early pieces.

Voyage of Discovery was designed and created to celebrate the 500 years of John Cabot's discovery of Newfoundland. I made two of these. One is hanging in Bristol, England and was delivered on the day The Matthew set sail for NL. The 2nd one hangs in my dining room.

Cod Fish (3-D fish) wall hanging was made for an exhibit and is in a private collection.

Field of Daisies has 115 tiny hand embroidered daisies, done in a hoop, stiffened and then added, one at a time, to the landscape (private collection). This piece was inspired from a workshop I took with Valerie Hearder early 2000 when Val lived here in NL. Thanks, Val!



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stunned Moment

While having breakfast, I realized that I'd had a 'stunned' moment yesterday! For those of you who aren't familiar with some Newfoundland sayings, 'stunned', according to the Newfoundland Dictionary, means 'stupid, naïve, foolish' (click on the letter 'S' on top of page and scroll down to 'stun' - it won't let me zero in on the particular page).

Well, that's how I felt when I realized that I had forgotten to post the photos I took of the Molly Made booth at ACTS. When I was writing the post, something bothered me but I couldn't put my finger on it. Now I know!!!! Sorry, Molly. She had a lovely booth too. Here are the photos, a day late. But better late than never! And double the exposure.
Enjoy!!

My Photo


Finished samples of larger kits.


Kits and samples

New product

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Featuring - Molly Made - Fibre Artist

Molly White is a fibre artist, living in Woody Point, located in beautiful Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.  Her specialities are rug hooking and knitting. She designs and creates her own patterns and kits for the wholesale market and for her own studio and shop, Molly Made Fibre Art Studio. You can find out more about Molly HERE.

If you visit Gros Morne National Park, please visit her studio. You won't be disappointed!

My Photo

Monday, February 16, 2015

Freebies!


Are you familiar with the site, Freebies For Crafters? If not, it is well worth a look. I follow it via email. They have lots and lots of links to FREE patterns and tutorials related to craft, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, crochet, embroidery and sew much more. Scroll down to the categories section for a list of what's posted.  

The Missouri Star Quilt Company has lots of videos related to Quilting. I was interested in the Improve Tote Part One and Two. Looks like a nice tote.

Here at With Heart and Hand, I found lots of free patterns for sewing accessories. Worth a look.

More free tutorials at Emmaline.

Sewing Tutorials - Bags and Accessories on Pinterest.

Freebies and Tutorials on Pattern Pile, Sewing Support and Katie's Quilting Corner.

Free quilting tutorials at Cluck Cluck Sew and Free Sew, Quilt, Craft Tutorials.

I hope you find something worth sewing!
Enjoy!!



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Winner of My Giveaway




Thank you to everyone who visited my blog during Grow Your Blog and left such lovely comments.

The winner of my very first giveaway is Carol Dillman. Carol visited via Grow Your Blog from Dillman's Dallies. She has been contacted via email.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!

I hope everyone has a great day!
I will be announcing the winner of the Grow Your Blog Giveaway tomorrow.

2 Bags Full

Good Luck!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday 13th

Friday the 13th is also known as Black Friday. To read more about this day check HERE.
My Friday started out by helping to clear out the driveway. We had lots of snow last night and another snowstorm is due tonight.

So I listed a few Friday Freebies / Tutorials from various blogs. Have a look!
Back Garden Today - Lots of Snow!!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Winter

This is a wild and woolly day here on the east coast - our first snow storm of winter. We have been very lucky this year. I think the forecast shows three snow storms back to back to back!

I know Valentine's Day is Saturday, but I'm going to post some WINTER projects for inspiration instead. Seems fitting for today here in St. John's.
I hope you enjoy today's search!!
Moe Man! This is what my granddaughter called him
when she was just starting to talk


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Needle & Thread Network, Grow Your Blog & Links

Today I linked up with The Needle and Thread Network where you will find Canadian bloggers who are sharing and showing off their work.  Please take a few minutes to visit their sites as there is always something interesting going on.

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Don't forget that the Grow Your Blog giveaway ends Saturday. Your last chance to leave a comment to win some of my Shimmers!

2 Bags Full

I found a couple of sites worth a look:
I hope you find these interesting.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Colour Confidence in Embroidery

Colour Confidence in Embroidery by Trish Burr is a must have for any serious embroiderer. The following description was taken from Traditional Stitches:

Based on her own experience with long and short stitch shading (needle painting/thread painting), gained through trial and error over the years, Trish Burr provides a greater awareness of how color affects our embroidery and what brings it to life. Each aspect is clearly illustrated by example and includes tools for selecting colors, choosing shades that enhance our embroidery, why some shades blend better than others, and the importance of contrast with light and shadow. There are projects to represent each color group including stunning roses, camellias, fruit and the birds. However, the highlights of the book have to be the chapters on color combinations and complementary colors. There are more than 200 stitched examples with DMC thread keys.

I knew I couldn't say it any better.

Colour Confidence in Embroidery by Trish Burr

Here's a few sites which mention Needle Painting: