Monday, April 20, 2015


My camera goes with me wherever I go. You never know what might spark an idea.  Here's a couple of shots I took while in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I like taking photos of trees without the leaves. That way, it's easy to see its structure.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Freebies For You

Spring! We still have bits of snow in the northern exposures around here. A couple days ago, I did see some plants poking through the ground. Silly Plants!!! See the snow in the left corner?

 To celebrate the very first sign of spring in my garden, here are some free Spring patterns for you:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stitch Samplers

A while back, I posted about my stitch sampler and a photo of one I did a number of years ago. Today, I'm showing you what I've done so far. I get at it periodically to practise stitches and to experiment with various types of threads, ribbons and some yarns. I think some of my stitching will be used for some under water themed pieces.

Before showing my sampler, have a look at theses from Mary Corbet:
I also did a search for Embroidery Samplers showing lots of PHOTOS.
For those of you interested in a bit of history on samplers, check HERE and HERE.

As I posted before, my intention wasn't to embroider a 'pretty' one but try out various stitches and embroidery threads, floss, yarns . . . I am making it colourful and I use a hoop for most of the stitching.


Note the magnet to the right corner holding needles.

The green ribbon is not silk but it works well.

The two variegated flowers are done in an eyelet stitch.
I used an awl to poke a hole in the center for the yarn.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Yesterday, I showed you the new yarns I purchased in Toronto. When I buy yarns, I always look at them to see of they can be taken apart and used in surface embellishment, if it can be felted and if it has good coverage to use in my Fibre lace Scarves. I'm pleased with these.

There are also three balls from Michael's that I bought yesterday. I included these as I wanted you to see how many different fibres make up one ball.
Have a look:

The yarn on the right separates into two different fibres:
 a soft, variegated eye lash and a thin ribbon.

Scrumptious fibres! I can see flowers in small embroideries.

These will work well in felting.

From Michaels for $3.99
I took apart the lime green one (from Michaels). Look at the
various embellishment threads!

These needle felt very well.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Yarns! and more yarns . . .

On my way back from Chicago, I had an overnight in Toronto. So last Monday, I took a cab from my hotel to Ronmi Wools on Queen Street West. This shop is a must visit if you are ever in downtown Toronto. Well, my purchases arrived today. The yarns are scrumptious!

You will notice that I have quite a number of reds with a blue tone. These are usually harder to find.
Have a look:

I just opened the box!

My selection of reds with a blue tone as well as pinks . . .

Can't you see the flowers in those clumps of colour?

More potential flowers?

For hand embroidery

For hand embroidery

More scrumptious yarns!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Needle & Thread Network

I've linked up with The Needle & Thread Network this week. It's a weekly blog hop to check out what Canadian quilters are doing.

For those of you who are interested in making Modern Quilts, I found a link, Blog Her, with lots of free patterns for Modern Quilts. Don't forget to check out the other free tutorials and patterns on this same site.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Bits & Pieces!

We had a lovely spring day here in St. John's. A lot of the hard packed snow has melted. YAH!!!! To celebrate, I have a few links for you to view.
Silk fabric with machine stitching

Monday, April 13, 2015

Have a Latte Blog Hop!

Today is the start of another blog hop. No, I'm not participating but I thought it might interest some of you. It's the Have a Latte Blog Hop and you can find the schedule HERE.

Have a Latte


This is a needle felted piece I made for an exhibit years ago. The photo is a bit fuzzy. It was sold at the show.

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Butterflies! Yes, it's about time to bring a bit of colour to the east coast of Canada. Why not flowers? Well, I found a blog hop (that's now over) about butterflies that you can still visit. The hop is mostly jewellery but I decided to do some extra searching for other butterfly related sites. Have fun and remember, I am not responsible for all the time you spend checking out these sites (GRIN)!!

Here they are by blog / website title:
I have lots more links but this should do for now. You just might find something to make for summer!

Red butterfly

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hand Embroidery Extradionaire!

How many of you are interested in embroidery? I just found the website of Michele Carragher who is a London based hand embroiderer and illustrator. She has been working in costume for the film and television industry for 15 years. Some of the shows she has worked on include Game of Thrones, the mini series, Elizabeth 1, Prince of Persia and Stardust.

I have spent quite awhile looking through her website. The embroidery designs are incredible! Such awesome work. It is well worth a look. Michele Carragher Website

Here's a couple of video clips of her work:  Grassopher, Making Embroidery

I also found more interesting sites with her work highlighted:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Wildly Wicked

One of the exhibits at the International Quilt Festival, Chicago, was the Wicked Cherrywood Challenge. This was one of the exhibits that did not allow photographs as they had a book of all the pieces for sale. However, I did not see the sign until after I had taken a picture! Lucky the photo police didn't catch me. The colours used in this challenge were quite interesting as were the quilted pieces!

Here's a list of sites where you can read about this challenge and see some more of the quilts:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sheers to You

I took a workshop with Esterita Austin at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago called Sheers To You! Fused sheer fabrics were used to create a piece of wall art. As Esterita writes in her course description, fused sheer fabrics are the 'building blocks for a translucent shimmering still life that will glow and sparkle while adding depth to your fibre art piece'. No sewing machines were used in this class. Please visit her website and have a look around.

Here's a few photos of Esterita's samples (more on her website)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Home Again!

I arrived home yesterday afternoon from Chicago minus my carry-on luggage! Yep, carry-on! Go figure. I packed all my purchases from the International Quilt Festival in that bag as well as my hand embroidery projects and a couple of books. I fly Porter Airlines and wheeled carry-on luggage is tagged and placed in the baggage compartment at no extra cost. It is picked up just as you exit the plane. Normal sized pieces are sent to the carousel for pick-up. Apparently my tag came off. Did I mention that Porter stops at Ottawa and Halifax on the way to St. John's (milk run)? In Ottawa the bag was taken off but when no one claimed it, it was brought inside the plane to find the owner. Of course it was mine, so it was put back in the storage hole.

The same thing happened in Halifax except that no one came in the plane to ask about it and it was left there. What I can't figure is why it wasn't retagged in Ottawa! That would have been the logical thing to do. When I exited the plane here in St. John's, I must have looked a bit perplexed because the attendant called me by name to apologize for the mistake and that my carry-on was still in Halifax. Guess they knew someone blundered. I was guaranteed that it was in a secure location! I was concerned because all of my art / craft purchases were in that bag.

I got the luggage just after lunch today. And, yes, everything was intact.

Note the new Sari Silk Yarn in the far corner! Eye Candy!!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Red and White

I just got back home today from my Chicago trip. Here are a few more pieces from the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. The last quilt had an amazing amount of detailed applique and piecing as you can see from the photo.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Art Piece From Peru

This colourful, little applique piece came from Peru. I saw it at a friend's house here in Chicago and just had to take a photo of it. There is a combination of applique and raised embroidery. I did a search for Peru, applique and wall art. HERE's what I found.

Close up

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Last evening we dyed eggs for Easter. The Easter Bunny hid them around the house and they were eagerly searched for this morning. I hope everyone has a great day!

Eggs in the pot to boil them

Cooked and dried eggs, ready for dyeing.

Mixing the dyes

The dyes are all ready