Haven't felt like doing much stitching or crafting lately. I guess it's just time for a break. Or else it's because I have been watching "Weeds" on DVD and it's taking my full attention. I did manage to finish a couple of cards.
I was browsing through the Aug, 2015, JCS magazine and noticed a design I had skipped over completely on my first pass. It was too Christmasy for the types of things I stitch. But when I looked closer, I saw that I could extract part of the design and make a pretty cool card. It's the center of the Quaker Medallion by Giulia Manfredini. I think the linen is 32 count HDF Pecan Butter or Bunny Brown from back in the day. I wasn't expecting the cut-out window to look so much like a "D". I guess I need to find a Diane, Dina, Doris or Danielle to give it to since it's much too girly for a Dan, Dean, David, or Dick.
For those of you planning a Halloween getaway, I think there is still room left at "Witch Inn" by Homespun Elegance if you dare to spend the night. This design has been patiently waiting to be stitched for a year.
Both pics seem kind of blurry. Too much light? Not enough? Shaky hands? Whatever....
Sunday, August 16, 2015
For a while now I wanted to try using a little fabric trim around an x-stitch piece for a card. I needed a small x-stitch design for this since I always like to make standard size cards. I can cut two cards from one sheet of card stock with no waste that way. I went back to the JCS 2012 ornament issue and selected the Blackbird Designs "Peace" chart . Stitched over one on 28-ct tea Monaco, it worked out to be tiny. The camera wasn't happy with the rainy day on which I took the picture, but I think it actually was a reasonably effective technique. I'm sure I'll be using it again.
The zippered coin purse that I made long ago and use every day has finally started to fray around the edges. I never expected it to hold up so well since it holds my plastic cards, cash and change. But it has been a sturdy little companion. So to prepare for its coming demise, I picked "Comme un Oiseau" by Tra La La to be the design for a new purse. I like how the "ABC" in the upper left can be interpreted as "ALB", my initials. This was done on 36 ct Edinburgh linen in some beigey/off-white color. I've had it for a long time and label was gone. Not the worst zipper insertion of my life so I'm satisfied.
Sheryl of "Sewing After Seven" sent me a link to a video with a tutorial for making a sheath that was another alernative for constructing those 6" ruler sheaths I have been making. She used the technique to make a holder for a fan here. The video is in Spanish and I had to watch it multiple times before I understood what the presenter was doing. But once I understood it, I was fascinated by how clever and simple it is. I immediately tried it with plain quilting fabric and it worked like a charm. Not sure if I'll be as happy with it when I use x-stitch linen and there is more bulk since the ruler sheaths are narrower than the fan holder that Sheryl made.
Here's a link to the video:
And you gotta love how the sheath color appears to match my shoelaces in this photo taken with my phone!