Sunday, May 24, 2015

Experimenting!

I decided to make a Scrap Bucket Basket from the free pattern on Craftsy.  Mine didn't turn out exactly like that one at all. For one thing, I used one piece of batik fabric and I didn't have any grommets and cotton rope for the handle (I didn't bother with a handle)! I also had to do some alterations to the length of the side so it would fit the bottom piece. The Pellon 71 F, single-sided fusible ultra firm stabilizer worked perfectly! I guess I could have used a different fabric for the lining but . . .

My light weight bucket is going in the Motor Home to hold my knitting. It might not be pretty, in fact, it's quite plain, but it is functional and I like the colour. This was an experimental piece. If I do another, it will be slightly smaller. Pockets could be made for the inside and outside. Something else to consider. However, when I made this one, I was in a hurry and wanted to feel as if I had  accomplished something. Do you ever feel like that?

Another idea for travelling with this Basket / Bucket, would to attach a top piece with a drawstring closure that could fold over the top toward the outside. To do that, make the lining longer and finish the top the same as for any drawstring bag. The outside top would fold inside about a 1/4" and then top stitch to the lining. Make sense?

Guess I'll have to make another one.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. It's sunny here but a tad chilly. 

I decided to fold down the top. Now I wish I'd put a different colour for the lining!



This is too plain but it's a good size for holding knitting projects.

The yarn does blend in with the fabric colour I used.

Close-up showing the stitching. Does this qualify for modern quilting? Just joking. . . maybe!



Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival

This is a few days late as the Blogger's Quilt Festival started on the 15! But, better late than never and you still have time to view the quilts on display. I copied the links from Amy's Creative Side for quick access. Have fun as there are lots of quilts to see. In fact, have a cup of something and have a relaxing viewing time. You might find something to inspire your next project.

Quick links to categories :

Enjoy!!

spring 2015 BQF Button

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fibre Art Pendants

My latest Fibre Art Pendants. You will see that most of these were made from the same sheet of needle felting. Extra decorative yarns were added after the glittery threads were stitched on. I've added silver beads and extra stitching were necessary. Click on the image to get a close up of the work.


Thursday, May 21, 2015

For the Knitters

I bought some Sakura yarn at Fiber Lilly here in St. John's. This yarn is 50 % silk, 30 % cotton and 20 % acrylic. My sister knit me a gorgeous scarve from this yarn and I just love it. It is so soft and warm. This yarn will be used in my summer knitting.



















I'm using a free pattern by Estelle Yarns called Seafoam Scarve.

Find more free knitting patterns below:
Enjoy!!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CQA - Canadian Quilters Association

Lovely warm day here in St. John's - YAH!!! Yes, I'm excited as we haven't had many of those so far this spring. In fact, what is spring? This year has been a terrible one weather-wise.

I hope you are checking on my giveaway post of 1000 posts. Some one will win and it might be you.

I follow along with the Canadian Quilters Association website and blog (two different spaces). The blog has lots of interesting posts. For example, It's Time For Colour has lots of very interesting quilts on exhibit.

Today, on their Facebook page, they linked to 30 Free Tote Bag Patterns from Quilt Inspirations. It's worth a look! They also have 42 boards on Pinterest. Again, worth a look!

Enjoy!

Canadian Quilters' Association

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Victoria Day

Happy Victoria Day!!

Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday celebrated on the Monday preceding May 25 (that's today!) in every province and territory. It honours Queen Victoria's birthday. So far this weekend, the weather has been so so. Saturday, we had sun and warm temperatures, yesterday it was partly sun / cloudy and cool. Today, it's cool and cloudy with some sprinkles thrown in. However, according to the radio forecast, that's just on the Avalon Peninsula as the rest of the island is having lovely weather.  It has also been known to snow on this weekend too!

This holiday is usually when all the campgrounds and parks are officially opened for the summer and the fishing season opens.

Check HERE and HERE for previous posts on this holiday.

Now, get a cup of something and check out a few links:
Enjoy!

Flow is part of the art collection, Government of Newfoundland Labrador 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Taking The Day Off!!!

Today, I've decided to take the day off! No sewing, no creating, no knitting, no anything in my studio. However, I'm still blogging. And by the way, don't forget my giveaway. Check back to last Wednesday to leave a comment to be eligible to win some of my work.

Check out some of these links:
Now for a few random photos from my collection. Each one could be the subject for a piece of art. Think about it. I can see hand embroidery, printing on fabric and making a collage, photo realism using fabrics and applique . . . Endless possibilities!

What do you see? Why not take out some of your photos and see where they might take you. They might be a jumping off point to get you started in another direction.
Enjoy!!







Saturday, May 16, 2015

More Japanese Temari Balls

A couple of friends had some more finished Temari Balls at our stitching group yesterday. The first three were made with variegated threads. These were made by the same friend who has made over 100 of these Japanese ornaments. Check HERE, HERE & HERE for others she has made.

The silver, red and green Temari Ball was made by another friend.
Lovely work, ladies!!


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view 2



Friday, May 15, 2015

Pincushions

I made a couple of pincushions yesterday. I had an embroidery design that I wanted to try on some batik fabric. It worked out fine. The red one with the thimble was done on linen ages ago. The thread colours chosen for that one are a bit dark. With the other two, I opted for lighter, brighter fabrics. The pincushion at the bottom is a lot brighter than what you see here. I didn't bother with colour corrections this time. 

These designs could also be used on a quilt label or in a small wall hanging. 

Check previous posts HERE and HERE for more pincushions.

If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, please leave a comment on 1000 Posts before May 24th.

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Hand Embroidery

Thanks everyone for the fabulous comments on yesterday's post. If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, please leave a comment on 1000 Posts before May 24th.

When I was at the International Quilt Festival, Chicago, I purchased an embroidery pattern. It was one of those that required little attention. No counted threads, just follow the lines using the backstitch. It's relaxing to do and can be done when stitching with friends. One of these days, I plan to design my own.

This one was stitched on a bit of muslin and will probably become a small quilted wall hanging.

I just noticed that I forgot to stitch the titles on the three books by the basket. I'm putting the words, quilting, sewing and crafts on them instead of what's on the pattern: reading, history, and arithmetic.

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

1000 Posts! To Celebrate - A Giveaway!!!!

Post 1000 today!!!! YAH!!

To celebrate, I am having a giveaway open to anyone, anywhere! To be entered, just leave a comment, any comment is accepted. Maybe you can let me know in what part of the world you live. It's up to you. You don't have to be a follower but you will get an extra chance to win if you are. You can follow via email or bloglovin. Just send a second comment telling me how you are following. That's it! Good luck.

The giveaway will end on May 24,2015. I will remind you during the next week or so when I post.

Oh, yes, the giveaway prize will be three of my shimmers and an art card. If you aren't familiar with my shimmers, you can see a few of them HERE & HERE. Lots more throughout the blog. I do three types of art cards: embroidered flowers, iceberg and felted abstract.

I'll let the winner decide which type of card and shimmers (if in stock) they would prefer.

Here's some sample cards:
Sample Card
Sample Card
Samples (not finished)






















I've also linked up with The Needle & Thread Network. Drop by to see what some of the Canadian bloggers are doing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Work in Progress

I'm working on some more needle felted sheets for my Fibre Art Pendants. I just finished adding some sparkle with Sulky Sliver threads. Hand embroidery and /or beading will be added before the pieces are inserted into the pendant trays.

Here's the before and after photos!
I'm also linked up to Linky Tuesday, Freemotion by the River. Please check them out!

These first two are the same pieces.
I think I flipped them when the photo was taken.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

My four year old granddaughter in Chicago, insisted that Grandma have orange and red flowers for Mother's Day. The smaller roses have orange centers. The florist did a fantastic job!

I hope everyone has a great day.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Embroidery on Pendants

Since Mother's Day is tomorrow, I thought I'd post a few Fibre Art Pendants with embroidered flowers on them.

Also, one of my heart pendants has been highlighted today on Face Book by the Craft Council of Newfoundland Labrador. Thanks for the extra promotion of my work. The scarf is also one of my creations.

Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador's photo.
Here's the caption copied from Face Book:
What a lovely way to say "Mom, you are pretty great!" Come in to see our full selection of these
beautiful fibre pendants and scarves by St. John's crafts person Judy Cooper










Friday, May 8, 2015

Step One - Continued

I managed to get more cheese cloth dyed today as well as a couple of lengths of embroidery floss.
Looking at the bright greens below, I may have to darken some of it at a later date.

I've also included a few links to dyeing and using cheese cloth in fibre arts:
Have a look.
Enjoy!!



dyed thread
 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Step One!!

Today I got started on dyeing cheese cloth for my next project. Because of interruptions, the only colour I managed to do, was gray. Tomorrow, I will mix up rust, a variety of browns as well as green. Years ago, I discovered that cheese cloth made fantastic texture for rocks and cliffs. I will also dye some floss. The leftover dyes from today's work are saved in case I need more gray dyed fabric.

Check HERE, HERE & HERE for posts talking about dyed cheese cloth and other cottons.

Here's today's accomplishment:

A bolt of cheese cloth

Leftover cheese cloth from a previous project


Today's work!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Touch of Spring!!

A touch of Spring! Saturday and Sunday (May 2nd & 3rd) was the May Day Craft Weekend in down town St. John's. Several businesses were participating. I dropped into the annual May Day Craft Show at Rocket Bakery (in the upstairs room). Lots of nice hand crafted things were for sale. It was a good time to find a unique gift for Mother's Day.

As I walked down the street, I noticed these two buskers. They were enjoying the warmer weather as were the people who stopped by to watch them. I have no idea what they were promoting!! Anyway, it was entertaining and not something often seen on the streets of St. John's..

When I got home, I saw that some of my crocuses were in bloom. It was the first bit of sun we've seen in awhile so they were celebrating too.

As you can see, I take my camera with me all the time as you never know what you might find.

I did a little search for crocuses in quilted art and stitching:
Enjoy!!


This might be an idea for a small embroidery.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop

Another blog hop starts today. This one is much closer to home in Nova Scotia. It's the Meet Maritime Modern Blog Hop by members of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild. It runs from May 5 - May 13. My friend, Linda from Scrapmaster, is highlighted on May 10.

Here is the schedule:

Tuesday, May 5 - Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge
Wednesday, May 6 - Adrienne @ 
Chezzetcook Modern Quilts
Thursday, May 7 - Tracy @ 
Quilting on the Dark Side
Friday, May 8 - Anja @ 
Anja Quilts
Saturday, May 9 - Val @ 
Purple Boots and Pigtails
Sunday, May 10 -  Linda @ Scrapmaster
Monday, May 11 - Jeanette @
 Stamp Stitch Create
Tuesday, May 12 - Dominique @ The Running Thimble
Wednesday, May 13 - Aimee @ 
Candy Coated Quilts
 
Please take a look at the wonderful quilts they make.
 
Enjoy!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Colorful Fabric Collage Blog Hop

A new blog hop started today called Colorful Fabric Collage. Leave a comment on each site featured and you get a chance to win the book, Colorful Fabric Collage by Sue Bleiweiss.

There is also another hop mentioned on Sue's blog called Thermofax 101 DVD by Lyric Kinard. This one runs from April 24 to May 15 and also has a giveaway of her DVD.

Enjoy!!

index

Sunday, May 3, 2015

More Experimenting with Inktense Pencils & Blocks

I did a bit more testing using the Inktense Pencils and Blocks. As you can see, I decided to paint some 100% cotton boucle which I purchased in Halifax last February. The colours turned out perfectly. I was also going to paint some linen embroidery thread but couldn't remember where I poked it! I do that all the time. You would think I'd learn my lesson.

Anyway, using a paintbrush with the blocks is faster then using the pencils.

I also tried a textile medium (got so involved with that and forgot to take photos). In any case, the textile medium works well to prevent colour bleed. You just need to take your time. Refer to Carla Barrett's Inktense Fabric Paint Tutorial. It's a good reference.

Using the Blocks with a paintbrush

Colours of the rainbow (all the blocks in the box)

I wet the cotton and used an Inktense pencil