Thursday, December 27, 2012

Teacup Inspiration with Stumpwork

I thought this was a wonderful idea.  It is not my work.  Just saving the picture for inspiration.  Lovely use of an old teacup and a workable size for a person to learn stumpwork.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Barnabee's Bride designed by Just Nan

Barnabee's Bride.   Design is by Just Nan

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Edelweiss Stitch Diagram

Edelweiss stitch is a ribbed spider stiched

 Begin wrapping the foundation spokes by bringing your thread up very close to the center between two
spokes. Take your needle under a spoke, then wrap your threaded needle back over, then under the spoke.
Move to the next spoke and again go under it. Then wrap over, then under this spoke. Continue around the
circle in this way. The wrapped threads should lay smoothly next to each other without overlapping. Keep
your wrapping thread tension even, so that the spokes remain straight, not pulled to one side or the other. Go
all away around the circle until you reach the outer edge of the spokes. After wrapping over the last spoke,
take your needle down next to it.
Ribbed Spider Chart
It is best to use a long thread to wrap around the spokes. If you run out of wrapping thread you can end it off
by taking it down in a canvas hole directly under a foundation spoke. Bring your new wrapping thread up in
the same hole.

Pass the thread up through the gap between the last two rings of the web, over the last ring of the web, under the top bar and come up to the right of the top bar. Bring thread over the top bar and bring needle up through gap between last two rings of web as before. Continue weaving in this way until you reach the top of the bar.
Work the other seven "petals" in the same way.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Lady Scarlet's Secret Garden

Finished this little project tonight.  Designer was Just Nan and it was a kit, but you had to supply the DMC thread.   A pretty little needle book and petite flower pincushen are cleverly hidden inside the enameled and jeweled Lady Scarlet box.   I just loved stitching it.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon was a freebie from The Primitive Needle.  If I had it to do over, I would use the Weeks Dye Works colors.  There was not quite enough contrast in the witch and witch face.using the DMC equivalents that I used.  But it was fun and I liked the design.  I also framed it myself using a Mill Hill frame.  It was done on 28 count raw linen by Zweigart.  This linen is a bit uneven in the weave.   And by the way, I am 359 days early for Halloween of 2013.  :-)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Tie One On

I love October.  And especially the colors of fall. This is an older design from Pine Mountain Designs.  It is no longer available.  I actually meant to post this yesterday, but got interrupted and didn't make it until today.  I like these type projects to fill in when taking a break from a longer project.  However, I think that I am going to try to start working on one project at a time.  Of course, soon my stitching friends will try their best to corrupt me.  :-)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Preemie Hat

There is no shortage of need in many areas if you willing to share your talent and effort.  This was the first preemie hat that I made for the NICU unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  These are needed just to help the babies retain their body heat.  Check with your local hospital if you would like to help.  You probably can create these kind without a pattern.  By the way, their head sizes cover quite a range, so no matter the size, hats are probably useful.  And thank you in advance, if you decide to help.  :-)