Thursday, June 5, 2014

Sumptuous Surfaces Monotones

I have been taking the Sumptuous Surfaces Embroidery course from Sharon Boggon at Pintangle - this was the last time she was teaching this course online, so I had to take it.  Over a six week period students are guided through the process of developing their own design,  as well as being introduced to techniques used in freeform textured hand embroidery.

Students are encouraged to create their own design and make one or two small hand embroidered panels. Sharon suggests students work on fabric postcards as this size enables students to complete a small design exercise. However if people want to work larger it is their choice.
This was my project for part one of the course - Sharon gave us notes on where to look for design ideas and how to develop them using composition, shape, geometrical and organic shape, space, handling positive and negative space, scale, density, weight, line, movement, direction and texture. Key principals of design are covered in order to develop a design for a monotone piece of embroidery.  
Mine is 6 x 6 and is representing my granddaughter running & jumping on the beach.
I also joined the Flickr group of other Sumptuous Surface members -

Monday, May 5, 2014

Embroidered Birds

For my Easter display this year - I made these embroidered felt birds (had great plans for making lots more, but ran out of time…).  I had them hanging from a branch.

My Shiny Happy World had these two lovely patterns this year - these are created from her Flora and Daisy patterns.  I enjoyed creating these - maybe next year I will make a few more.  My daughter has already snaffled one of them...

Under the Stars Quilt

Quilt Front
Quilt Back

I just completed this "Under the Stars" quilt in March, although I started it last year.  It is from a Craftsy workshop and I used the recommended 36 Fossil Fern fabrics - I do so love Fossil Ferns!!

It measures 64" x 80" and is machine sewn and machine top quilted.  My daughter has just purchased their first home and this was their 'congratulations on your new home' gift.  They love it.  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

BOM 2013 Quilt

 A Craftsy Block of the Month 2013 with Laura Nownes.  I bought the material they had available - saves running around looking for the MANY different fabrics & I kinda like polka dots….

The final size is about 64 x 60.
I quilted the top myself.

The online classes are fun to do and you always come away with some new technique that is useful in later projects - it's also nice to see how others in the same class complete theirs and the fabrics they chose.

Engagement Quilt

My son, Marc, and Ashley became engaged Christmas 2012.  I made them this quilt as an engagement quilt.

She loves pinks and the greys\blacks are his - I wanted to 'symbolize' how they are mixed and matched and still come out beautiful.

It was another reversible quilt.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Stitches 59 to 61

Stitch 59 - Breton Stitch 

Stitch 60 - Diamond Stitch 

Stitch 61 - Raised Cross Stitch Flower 

Finally I am officially caught with TAST 2013 - at least the samples - I have yet to do any of the challenges or to start my own.

Stitch 59 is the Breton Stitch - according to Sharon B it is based on the herringbone stitch (week 5 in 2012).  It is said to make a good border and if worked row upon row it makes an interesting filling stitch - also changing the spacing of the stitches can change the look.  2 strand floss on the left & perle #5 on the right.

Stitch 60 is the Diamond Stitch.  I had some trouble with the stitch, seemed to be missing a step of Sharon's, but thanks to and Mary Thomas's Dictionary - I was able to grasp the stitch,  especially on how to wrap the thread.  Floss on the left and perle cotton #5 and #12 on the right

Stitch 61 is the Raised Cross Stitch Flower - also called the whipped cross stitch as the foundation of cross stitches are whipped around in a circle.  I am not too sure if I completed the flowers correctly, but I enjoyed trying. 6 strands of floss on the left and perle #5 on the right samples.

You will definitely enjoy the many wonderful samples at TAST FAQ.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Stitches 56 to 58

Sailors Stitch

Sailors Edge Stitch

Woven Detached Chain

Three new stitches from TAST that I have caught up on - always new things to learn - now just to take (have) the time to create an embroidered piece with these new stitches...

I have used floss for the left samples and perle #5 cotton for the right.

Sailors Stitch and Sailors Edge Stitch are similar, according to Sharon at TAST - listed as a border stitch, edging stitch or as an edge for applique work.

The third sample is the Woven Detached Chain - makes little leaves - guess I should have used green thread.