Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Broken Dishes Series of ATCs

Well, good morning!  First of all, giving credit where credit is due, the jumping off point for these ATCs was this beautiful pattern and the three quarters finished cross stitch project made from it.  Knew I wasn't going to finish it now so what to do??  (Can't throw anything out! lol)

 Once again, more ATCs!  Cut the unfinished project into pieces and buttonhole stitched my little heart out all day yesterday to come up with seventeen more ATCs.
I called this series of ATCs Broken Dishes because they remind me of pieces of broken china all ready for making mosaics.

I am going to have to find something new to work on today - I have about three of those holes worn in my fingers that your needle just wants to slip into so no more cross stitch.  The muscle in my thumb is still really sore from the knitting frenzy last week so don't think I should do that today.  Hmmmm - I might actually have to work instead of stitch!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Last Minute ATCs



The Embroiderers' Association of Canada has their ATC swap every year so how is it that it always sneaks up on me the way it does?  Anyway, as usual I was scrambling at the last minute to come up with some Artists Trading Cards to send in for the swap.  This year I took a south western style sampler that was already stitched and measured out four 3-1/2 X 2-1/2 inch pieces.  I used a very thick stiffener with double sided adhesive and sandwiched it between the stitched pieces and some white cotton for the back.  Once the little sandwiches were ironed together all I needed to do was buttonhole stitch around the outside edges and then add my information to the back using a very fine tipped permanent parker.




So, they didn't turn out too badly and off they went in the mail, hopefully to arrive in time for the swap.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Colours!

Who could resist these Easter colours?  Not me!  I certainly didn't need to buy more cotton yarn - I am sure there is already lots in "the room".  It went against my current de-stashing efforts too.  Simply, I couldn't resist the colours!  lol  So, to negate the stash building guilt, I had to use up the balls right away and here is what I did with them.

Next stop was at Designs by Emily to pick out some adorable free knit dishcloth patterns.  I really butchered the first one unfortunately.  I should mention that Emily's designs are perfect - it is my knitting skills that aren't! lol


I did a little better with the butterfly - still not perfect by a long shot but they wash dishes, perfect or not.

 I find knitting dishclothes very therapeutic.  I think it is that in a day or so you have a finished project.  Even if they aren't perfect, people are always happy to get them.
 I got fancy here using up the last little bit of purple.
 Love these colours - the blue is just so pretty and I love Emily's heart design.

Last but not least!  I did this one to use up every last scrap of these balls of yarn.  So, I was successful in not adding anything to my stash, not even scraps.  And I got to satisfy my urge to buy this yarn and have a nice little pile of dishcloths.  Not very exciting but I call it a success.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Thrift Store Find - Xmas Ornaments Finished


I love finding goodies at the thrift store.  Just about anything crafty or stitchey grabs my eye.  This little kit was one that came home with me recently.  For $1.00 who could resist?  Everything was there still, all the felt, threads,pattern,etc. so I filled a few spare minutes recently doing up the ornaments and here they are!

They were fun to do, very relaxing which is nice for a change.  I think they are cute now they are done and better yet, so does dd, so I will likely put them away until next Christmas to give them to her.  I am liking the idea of finishing off some of these projects I have picked up as well as ones I have started and not finished so we'll see what comes next!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Another Small Project - Nametag

Another small cross stitch project done!  This one is a name tag for the National Seminar of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada to be held in Winnipeg in June.  It promises to be a huge amount of fun, especially since it is EAC's 40th Anniversary!
I've been very lucky in the classes I got into -
For the first two days I will be taking Jacobean Brilliance, taught by Alison Cole.  I love goldwork and am very excited about learning techniques that are new to me.
On my free day, I opted out of city tours and the like and signed up for a one day class with Lynn Payette for “Treasure” Pin or Pendant.
For my last two days of classes, I am signed up with Sylvia Murariu for a project called Passion Flowers.  It is a combination of Romanian Point Lace, Surface Embroidery and Stumpwork.  I took a class from Sylvia before and she is a great teacher.
You can find out more about these classes and others still available for registration by checking out the brochure on the EAC website.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Souvenir of Saskatoon


 Look at this first photo - it looks like one of those photo puzzles, Whazzit?  Well,as you can see it is the top of my little pinholder!
 This was one of the nicest little token gifts I received at a meeting in Saskatoon last year.  It was a kit which was packaged prettily in a little blue gift bag and included the pinholder, perforated paper, silk threads and ribbon along with a pattern with a choice of several designs to cross stitch.  I thought it was one of the most clever little things and couldn't wait to work it up, although it did take me six months to finally get around to it! lol
 I chose the pattern which read Souvenir of Saskatoon 2012.  The pattern was modelled after vintage postcards.  After affixing the perforated paper to the pinholder you add three little silk ribbon bows to finish it off.  Isn't it the cutest thing?
 Now that I have caught up on my crazy quilt round robin obligations, I am dabbling in a few other small projects I have sitting around like this.  I feel like it is time for an occasional break from cq, and time to play around with other forms of needlework again.