Do read this blog from Cobs! I hope to try out her method as soon as I can. Too long without play makes Maureen a very dull girl!
I know that you can get very good texture pastes for crafting, but they come at a price. I’ve never before bothered about crafting with these texture pastes as it just didn’t feel like my cup of tea (so to speak), but recently I’ve had the urge to have a go. And so I did. Only .. not with crafters texture paste. A few days ago Mr. Cobs had to visit B&Q (other DIY outlets are available), and I asked him if he would get me some Polyfilla. After looking at me with a very suspicious head to the side and squinting his eyes look, I explained that I wanted to use it in crafting, on some cardstock, using some stencils, so I needed “the fine, ready mixed stuff please”.
Bless his heart, he didn’t just bring me back the required tube of Polyfilla, but also a…
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I must admit that stitching hasn’t been a priority the last month or so, as I adapted to being on the executive of a Ladies Probus group and needed not only to organise an Installation , but also to find new meeting facilities and plan an Installation Luncheon.
I also needed to get some inspiration to stitch and embellish the several naked blocks comprising a needle book,a pin holder, a scissor keep and a gorgeous block destined to continue its life as a glasses case!
I was the first to receive A’s blocks and no matter how hard I tried, inspiration just wasn’t coming to me!
(Particularly for the Glasses case block.)
Finally, I planned to back stitch heart outlines and fill them with silk ribbon flowers and a few beads for extra effect.Unfortunately, the heart outlines were swallowed up by the silk ribbon flowers I added.
This plan also gave me the incentive to dye some silk ribbons, something I haven’t done for the longest time. I dyed some pansy , Lavender and blush pink. I still had sufficient green ribbon from previous dyeing days
Below that seam treatment, I used two strands of Marlitt Decora in a turquoise to chain stitch above and below the seam line. In each curve I then stitched a turquoise seed bead flanked by a pearl “rice grain” bead.
Just when I thought I had finished with this block, I remembered some pale grey tatting that I thought might help the eye to travel down from the beige broderie motif I had added in the upper right hand corner! Now it was time to stop and leave room for my other “tortoise” friends to stitch up a storm
Time to tear myself away from this block, and start on the Pin-keep block!
Arlene constructed a circular block consisting of four segments, with finished diameter of three inches for the Pin keep..
So easy to be over enthusiastic and cover the entire block! But I restrained myself
Using an Edmar (Iris) thread # 167 I chain stitched a dusky pink stem to which I added blossom pink SRE rosebuds and leaves, plus silver charm leaves.
Then nearly perpendicular to that seam I again used the turquoise Marlitt thread in a fly stitch.
A gold cat charm was then added over some blossom pink petals on the palest fabric block.
Finally, I stitched the Needle-book block!
In retrospect, it was actually the first block I worked on, rather than last.
Using a variegated green Iris/Edmar thread and using SharonB’s CQ stencils, I stitched some baseless triangles above a seam. Below each “hill” I added a trefoil in palest pink rice beads, whilst in the “valleys” simple lazy daisy flowers were added….again using Edmar (Iris weight) threads.
A cream braid was laid over the seam line of the cream patch, and small pearl beads added to the centre of the braid.
There is still a fourth naked block that I have not stitched upon: the Scissor keeper!
Because the patches in these blocks are so small, I felt that I shouldn’t hog all the blocks. (So easy to do, when the patches are so small. I hope Claire and Arlene are content with the areas I have left untouched!
Now to send the blocks travelling again. It will be interesting to see the completed project in a month or so.
Back in 1989 when my sister was visiting from W.A. I took her to an Orchid Show, and she gifted me with my first Cooktown Orchid, the floral emblem of Queensland since the 1890s.
It loves to bloom just before Easter, and this is part of the display in my back “garden” at the present time.
There are eight sprays of blossom on this clump of plants, and the pot at the other end of the garden is showing
I “destructed “my first attempt at a foundation block for a scissor holder for my proposed chatelaine, and this is the result:
Yes , I KNOW that the white machine stitching is only to map the outline of the block. But I’m sure you agree that black thread throws the block into better relief.
Maybe I have time for a mark 3 block!
Maureen B and I have been online friends since about 2002, and she is one of the reasons I blog my stitching attempts, because I know that when I have a technical problem, she will always be able to offer some sound advice.
Below is an email I just received with comment on my chatelaine blocks.
And you know? she was spot -on in her comments!
I could live with the Pin holder and the needle book cover, but the Scissor keep ..
Anyway, read what Maureen suggested. and then read my reply below her comments.
“I just viewed your blog and chatelaine set. I thought the triangle worked in well and I like the floral centerpiece too (in both pieces).
I wondered about the scissorkeep though. The floral piece could disappear altogether when turning after the seam is sewn or embroidered over.
Is it possible to expose it a bit more? which would mean shifting the tacking too.
Just my two bits which you can totally ignore.
I took prints of Sharon’s freebie CQ blocks, mininized them, cut them out and near became demented as I could not get them right. In the end I scrapped them, did my own thing, with lots of trial and errors as, like you, it’s been a loooong time since I did something as small. I stuck with Linda’s 5 sided piece in the centre too.
I hope you don’t think me rude, so I’ll send a hug along as well and the interference”
My reply :
I knew that I had been remiss in blogging regularly this year, but it was a shock to see I have been absent for two months according to Mr WordPress.
I have been attempting to keep up with the weekly TAST assignments, but even those went on the back burner, because I acted much as I’ve done other summers and been in an hibernation type mode.
As I wanted to return to hand-work, in particular, Crazy Quilting , I thought that this year I would reduce the number of Postcards I’d make for swapping, and I can honestly say I succeeded at that. I don’t think I have made one card this year!
I put my name down with SouthernCross Crazies to participate in a short Round Robin where we will embellish each other’s naked patches .to eventually make a Chatelaine.
It’s a long time since I created any naked blocks, and it would be the longest time, since I made any quite so small!
Boy ! It that was a shock to the system, working on pieces measuring, in one case, dimensions of four by three inches, for the front of a proposed Needle book cover.
The pin holder is circular , with a diameter of three inches,and the scissor holder will be roughly a three by five inch triangle.
I’ve stitched up the blocks and am not really satisfied with them, so if I can squeeze in the time, I’ll try another set in a completely different colour way.
I think my mind is still enjoying the goodies I bought recently from the Thread Studio. Luscious ribbons and threads that are more suited to art quilts than CQ.
Maybe I should have chosen more vibrant colours for the chatelaine. But I thought that small pieces needed pale colours.
Back to the drawing board!
- AAQI quilts
- Art quilts
- Art squares
- ATCs; Lost Art–Waiting to be Found
- Be Creative
- Comfort dolls
- Crazy patch; Art quilt
- Crazy patch; UFOs
- fabric and fibre post cards
- Fabric post cards;
- Fabric post cards; Christmas
- Fabric treatment
- Favourite Blogs
- favourite Links.
- Fun time
- Hand stitching
- Landscape quilts;Fire;
- machine applique
- machine embroidery
- Mixed media
- My garden
- Needle felting
- on my soap-box
- paper fabric;collage; postcards
- post card;paper fabric; swap
- Postcards fabric and fibre
- Postcards; Swap
- Postcards;PCMA; swap
- Qld FLOODS
- Raw food
- South Pacific islands
- Spirit dolls
- Swing tags
- WiP (works in progress)