Thursday, June 6, 2019

I'm slowly trying to clear my backlog of stitching projects as I have a scandalous amount of UFOs (don't we all) and large stacks of kits and charts that will require me to live to age 150 to complete. And I have more on order! 

I just finished this wooden needle-keep box that I think I purchased about 20 years ago. The stitching area is only 4" x 1.5", so you'd think I could have finished this a long time ago. In this small space are the following stitches: Cross Stitch, Back stitch, Straight Stitch, Long Arm Cross Stitch, Plait Stitch, Pulled work, Herringbone, Chevron, French Knots, Fly Stitch, and Smyrna Cross - plus beads.

Inside is a selection of Tapestry needles, Milliners Needles, and Beading Needles.



Thursday, April 25, 2019

Just Cozy Faroese Shawl

I have been wanting to knit a Faroese shawl for some time and finally completed this one.  The shawl has two wings with shoulder shaping, a center lace panel, and lace edging, all of which are distinguishing features of Faroese shawls.  The overall look is that of a butterfly.  The shawl style is named after the Faroe Islands where the style was developed.  The islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, located NNW of UK and halfway between Norway and Iceland.  About 50,000 people live on this archipelago.  Shawls made by the islanders are highly prized.


Center Lace Panel (Gusset)

Bottom Lace Edging

Dust of Snow Shawl

Another recently completed shawl pattern by Helen Stewart entitled 'Dust of Snow'.  I love the springlike pastel gradients in this yarn.



Ribbon Embroidery Revisited

I've been hankering to get back into Crazy Quilting and Silk Ribbon Embroidery.  To that end I've been doing some online classes.  Some of the completed class projects are shown below.









Dragonfly


Ribbon Lady

Whimsical SRE Flower Arrangement

Completed CQ Rectangle


Lace Sampler Stole

Here is a stole I recently completed with a lovely pocket embellishment in which to tuck an antique hankie.





Thursday, August 23, 2018

The County Fair

It's been several decades since I entered crafted items in the local county fair and I decided to get back to it this year by entering 17 of my finished projects in various categories.  This all happened at the Josephine County Fair held in Grants Pass, Oregon.

I entered items in crochet, knitting, quilting, counted thread work, mixed media and scrapbooking.  I came away with 14 ribbons:  11 First Place ribbons, 2 Second Place ribbons, one Honorable Mention ribbon, and 1 Best in Class ribbon.

3 Small Quilts:  A Day in Carmel, The Mermaid Goddess, and the Koala Fabric Postcard

2 Cloches:  A young girl's Xmas Cloche and a Wee Baby Cloche

2 Counted Thread Items:  Needle Roll and Scissors Case

Crocheted Tassel Scarf

Crocheted Baby Blanket

Knitted triangle scarf with beaded and ruffled edge

Quilted Journal Cover also got Best in Class

Scrapbooked Frame featuring my mother at age 9 months and age 18

A Mosaic Scrapbook page featuring the Heceta Head Lighthouse and other seaworthy photos

A Knitted Lace Shawl

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Impressionists Shawl

A newly finished shawl using MelodyyByWolltraum colorway Janine.  The pattern is from Helen Stewart, called Impressionists MKAL.

The MKAL (Mystery Knit-A-Long) was based upon using a piece of art from an Impressionist painter to determine your colorway. I used a painting by Wassily Kandinski called Landscape with Greenhouse.








Sunday, May 6, 2018

Color Effect Shawl



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Arrosa Shawl for the Springtime

I love the Spring colors of this gradient yarn for this shawl.  There is some lovely lace patterns and a Flowerette and Flower stitch that was fun to learn. 




Monday, February 5, 2018

Two New Shawls

I recently completed two new shawls.  On a Distant Beach from a pattern by Sandra Marie Dooley and Surprise Party by Helen Stewart.

On a Distant Beach

Surprise Party

Friday, November 10, 2017

Julian Shawl

Another lace shawl done with the wonderful Melodyy by Wolltraum gradient yarn.  This colorway is called "Cry Baby".  The shawl has a wingspan of 85" with a length of 45" down the center back.


Closeup of lace


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Elemental Things Shawl

This shawl is another Helen Stewart design done with Melodyy by Wolltraum yarn.






Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hundred Acre Wood Shawl

This is another Helen Stewart design, a crescent shaped shawl with eyelets, beads, and a beaded picot edge.