I found this needle painted chickadee tucked away in a box with some other UFO's. It is the result of a Three-D Thread Applique class that I took with Kathy Tidswell, Candian
textile artist. Free motion embroidery
was used to create this black capped chickadee. It turned out better
than I remembered. Maybe I'll put it into something when I get some
Kathy creates marvelous thread paintings, quilts,
wearable art and wall hangings. Pieces of her work have been juried into
the Canadian Quilters' Association as well as in various other shows.
To find out more about Kathy and her work, click on the link above.
Good news - The arm sling is retired and I can drive my car again! The arm is healing nicely and physio is helping bunches with extended movement. Isn't independence a grand thing.
Now for other 'stuff'!
Here's a peek at something I'm doing for the EAC embroidery guild seminar committee. I can't tell you what it's for but I can guarantee it's something fabulous! I have one more hoop to do. This one took 86 minutes on the machine.
Fort Worth Fabric Studio (This one is for my American Readers however, I think we could make very nice table runners using Canadian fabrics. Since this is Canada's 150th. birthday, there are lots of nice Canadian fabrics available)
Freebie Friday from March 3 / 17 at Happiness is Cross Stitch (scroll down)
Six years ago, I was in Chicago welcoming our granddaughter, Gale. Today, she is celebrating her birthday in Nova Scotia. For
her birthday, Gale asked for a game called Lollipop Hunters. After a
quick online search her dad discovered that no such game exists. Well... it does
now! Her dad designed the game for her. While he was here with us last week, he and my husband, using our CMC machine, made the game board on 9 pieces of wood. As you can see, they fit together to form the board.
Gale's dad finished it when he got home. I think he did a fantastic job!
My Fantasy Fabric Workshop was today. It had been cancelled last week due to the horrific wind storm here in the city and around the island.
It was a great day. Lots of conversation about colour, decorative yarns, threads, decisions on which colour tulle looked best on a piece . . . the results are below. Such fun pieces!!! Isn't it great to experiment outside your comfort zone.
Great job, ladies. I can't wait to see what you will do with your fantasy fabric!
I finally finished the two scissors fobs I blogged about HERE. However, on second thought, they are a bit big for fobs so I think they will be much better as ornaments. Fobs need to be a tad smaller in my opinion. There are clear glass seed beads on the surfaces but are very hard to see. Guess I need to redo the photos to show them. The stitch used is Smyrna Cross and beads were added with cross stitch. This was a very easy piece to embroider. A You Tube video of the Smyrna Stitch is HERE. Other names for this stitch is double cross stitch or snowflake stitch.
Celebrate International Quilting Day at The Quilt Show. It starts tomorrow, March 17 to 19th. 2017. You can watch over 220 free shows and enter to win some amazing prizes! You can view the first 17 series, shows 100 - 1713 for the whole weekend. See your favorite quilters, quilting tips, quilting techniques and quilting tutorials.
See you at The Quilt Show! (I have no affiliation with this show).
Please check out Wordless Wednesday at Hands Across the Sea Samplers. Some beautiful beading and embroidery! Check out the Sewing Basket & Tools in the tool bar. (Thanks, Jo, for the link)
I spent some time scrolling down through the various posts. This one caught my eye, Are You Sitting Comfortably?It's worth reading! Wait until you see the baby carriage and old typewriter! I love the clothes sketches using fruit and vegs. Flamenco dresses are gorgeous. Did I pique your interest? I will have to grab a cup of something and continue to explore.
I also linked up with WIP Wednesdays on The Needle & Thread Network, where Canadian textile/fibre artists post what they are working on.
Today my embroidery machine stitched out 20 new Viking Shimmer Ornaments to add to the 30 Stitched yesterday. The Viking Ships are part of an order that I just received. I figure I'd better make as many different shimmers as I can before the beginning of June. I will have a booth at the (EAC) Embroiderers' Guild of Canada Seminar to be held here in May, so Shimmers will be available. Also, I won't be making shimmers during the summer and I will need more for early fall.
I didn't have any birthday wrapping paper up a present for my granddaughter's 6th birthday on Sunday (her father is flying back to Nova Scotia tomorrow) so I stitched up a bag for the gift instead. That's what happens when you aren't permitted to drive until arm heals!. Now she will have a drawstring bag for some small objects. It's also another way to use up scraps of fabric.
I found this one in my cupboard that my sister, Joan, made years ago as loot bags for one of her children's parties. Both bags have something in them for Gale.
March 17 (this coming Friday) is St. Patrick's Day. As I was reading Wikipedia information on that day, I was a bit amused to note that the Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol were lifted for that day. I'm not Irish but many of my friends are. I hope you enjoy the following links:
Enjoy the rest of your day.
We had a terrible wind storm today. Most of the island was affected. Power outages all over. Our loss of power lasted about 5 hours. I'm having my first cup of hot tea since breakfast. In fact, I was wondering if I would even get a chance to post today.
I couldn't do much in the studio with the power gone so I cleaned out the big cabinet which holds a lot of my supplies. I'm getting ready to sell it as it's just too big to move with everything else I have.
Not much new is happening in the studio these days. I'm getting ready for Saturday's workshop and hoping that the weather cooperates - it doesn't look too good at the moment. I'm keeping all fingers crossed.
I had the embroidery machine stitching out lighthouse shimmers this morning. For some reason (probably me not paying close attention) the machine did not stop after each colour change and used whatever threads were on the needles. Needless to say, the lighthouses were coloured wrong. I'll try again tomorrow.
Saturday I will be teaching another session of my Fantastic Fabrics Short Course. This morning was spend getting my handouts in order and taking a look at the things I need to take.
Students will experiment with sheer fabrics and other materials such threads, decorative yarns, sequins, paper and glittery fabrics such as lame, tulle, organza etc., to create their own fantastic fabrics. This playful technique results in a new fabric that can be used in applique, in piecing, as a background fabric or as framed pieces of art. To create this fantastic fabric, students will be using free-motion stitching on their sewing machine.
The focus of the course will be on techniques and procedures.This fun, stress free course usually takes about 5 - 6 hours!
I provide a lot of the 'glitzy' stuff to turn an ordinary piece of fabric into a 'glamorous, run-way' piece!
Here's an evening purse, made in 2007, that was made out of a piece of 'fantastic fabric'. The red and black fluffy piece is a wearable art pin that can be kept on the purse or attached to your outfit.
Today was a busy one. We got 16 plastic boxes packed with books from my studio. The books reached to the ceiling. Now the shelves seem soooo empty! As you can see, I kept out a few until the last minute as I'm still in work mode.
Last evening I stitched some more of my scissor fob. The clear glass beads are stitched on both of them (difficult to see in the photo).