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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Week's Fun

Here's what I did last week: stitch-a-bit and paint-a-bit-more. What did I stitch?
Well, I began work on the April HEX LABS from StitchMAP, and chose the Umbrella Design to embroider. Here's my progress so far:
I made an error placing my second rose, so I ad-libbed a bit on the placement of the 'daisies' made with the twisted detached chain stitch.
I used some of the wonderful, variegated ( chenille?) thread Monika sent me.

I think my spider's web flowers might be a little small, but there's flower size variation in nature, so I'm leaving them as is.

This different angle shows the flowers a bit better. Now I have leaves to add, and baby's breath to bead, and I'm almost finished......

 And what did I paint? I bought a gelli plate (a gel printing plate) and a brayer, and I was having fun trying out textures, colours, and stencils on paper. One of these days, when I sort of have an idea how to get more pleasing results, I may attempt to print these on fabric. That should be fun!
Here's just a few of my experiments with the gelli plate:

 no, that's not blurry..........that's the effect of many layers of colour, and this rather reminds me of crocodile skin
swirly fun
Using a lace piece as a resist
maybe it would look better with some ink here and there to enhance the pattern. I think a solid colour would have shown the lace design better, too.  So much new fun stuff to learn.

This gerbera daisy is growing in my bow window, and seems to really like that spot! Notice anything as you look out the window? No snow! We had some this morning, but most has melted.

Well, that's all I have to show. Where did the week go?
Hope you had lots of creative time this week.
Wishing everyone a very Happy Easter!

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


ooops, I had this all ready and forgot to post it.......better late than never..........lol

I'm running late this week, but it's all been about the cuff bracelets:

lace, tatting, beads, and embroidery.........

some have dangles, too

ribbons, toggles, buttons.......
some need pressing and some need buttons......

some are simple, and others are fancy
  some need toggles or clips,

but all have been stitched,

even the ones with butterflies
  some are pretty, some rugged

some are for children, but most are for larger wrists to sport

there are hearts, too

and if you've been counting, there are 21 cuffs for the Embroidery Guild table, and one on my wrist

Do you have a favourite? Which one?

Well, I must finish the closures, add the buttons, toggles and clasps as these are going out tomorrow morning.

Where are my skates?  lol

I'll catch up to y'all soon.
Hugs from Suz

Thanks for visiting. Hugs from Suz

What a Wonderful Week It Was!

April is underway, and I am still behind......... but I hope to catch up this month......or next....... ;-}...
What a week I've had! There have been wonderful goodies in the mail, snow melting!, and signs of spring (Yay!) popping up, and I treated myself, too!
The Fiber Fest was on Saturday, so I took a few photos of the Embroidery Guild table......

 felt birds and hearts hung from the branches of a tree......
 crocheted Easter eggs, too
 my bracelets were in the bin behind the doggy brooches......... once there was some room, I think they made their appearance........

there were fish key chains, and tiny embroidered brooches
 felt egg cup covers, and bunnies, too
and felt ones
more bunnies......my how they multiply.....lol

 crafty felted crow pin cushions.....

and lots of fiber goodies on the other tables, and basketry, and rug hooking

 I had reserved this little Sweetie before the sale......

so Maggie Bunny came home with me.......

isn't she adorable?

Her jacket comes off, so I may just make some more clothes for her.

I know she has a good heart

and she'll soon be whisking her way across the world to Australia to stay with our Jewel. Jewel loves bunnies, so I plan to make a few more for her so she'll have her own little felt bunny family to join all her other bunnies.......

Once I finished all the cuff bracelets, there was very little time left for more stitching.......
 but I did tat this snowflake
 and then one in red
and the skirt looked like this

you can't see the beaded snowflakes I added, but they're adding a bit of sparkle here and there.......

lots more to add to this section before the next piece gets any attention

These lovelies arrived in the mail from  Madtatter. Aren't they pretty?  And so delicate, too.
Thanks so much, Mad!! I love them, and my tree skirt will look gorgeous with their addition!

 much larger than the wee one beside the quarter that I'd tatted!

The snowflake with the pearls will be added to this section of the skirt, and it really pops against the patterned green (especially when the photo isn't fuzzy! ..lol)

I was thrilled to win Monika's wonderful giveaway. She sent me fabulous fiber goodies!
a magazine, needles, postcards, thread, silk ribbon, fabric glue, sulky sticky, beads, specialty thread, fibers......

such an awesome box full!
see that container of fiberlicious stuff?
there's some fish leather! wow!
Good thing it doesn't smell like fish! It's used to make purses, shoes, belts, bags, eyeglass cases....... all sorts of things.....
then, if that wasn't enough, Monika included a whole other bag of wonders---thread, and more thread (I LOVE thread!), suede thread, perle thread, silk thread, variegated thread, chenille (?) thread, beads and more silk ribbon!! Yummy stuff!!
So awesome, Monika! Thank you!
Monika is an amazing fiber artist, so check out her blog for some great eye candy.
There were a few signs of spring........
 Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal were out picking through the snow for seeds
I caught Mr. and Mrs. Dove sitting in my window box planter, soaking up some sun and watching Chippie gathering seeds
the ice and snow are receding .....slowly.....but we're expecting warmer temperatures in the next few days.........we may even get into double digits!

I've been wanting one of these for quite a while now...........

so I treated myself!
Looking forward to having some painting fun!
I see lots of layers, masking and stencilling in my future!

The April HEX LABS have been released at StitchMAP, and I've begun working on one of the  patterns, and hope to have some progress to show next week. My wrapping cloth needs some attention, too.

I hope you've had time for some stitching or creating this week.
Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

As March Ends.......

My amaryllis were re-potted quite late this year, but now one plant is in bloom and adds some cheery colour to my kitchen.

 looks all fiery in the sunlight!
love the shadows!

 ahhh, it's triplets!

I have been consumed by the wrist cuff bracelets. My 'studio' is covered with bracelets in various stages, and so, very little other stitching has been accomplished.
the line-up
most of these just need the button and closure

closer look
I think the third one might need a little more........
some sport tatted flowers, lace, and beads

some have hand embroidery, too.

a bit more embellishing, and it's time for stitching.....
more fabrics cut and in the queue for titivations.........

As all the bracelets need to be finished for the first Saturday in April, all my other stitching has been put on hold.
All proceeds from the Embroidery Guild table sales are being donated to charity. I'll try to get some photos on the Fiber Arts Day.

I am adding a seam embellishment of bullions to my wrapping cloth, but progress is slow.

piece #11

Hope you've had a creative week.
Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

March Middlings and Muddlings

 These pelargoniums are doing well on my window ledges, and have burst into flower with the return of the sun.

I have four large pots of these bright pink ones to put outside once spring has arrived and is well underway..........

Here's my completed Wattle HEX from StitchMAP. I chose to stitch an Acacia Purpureapetala which has purple flowers, instead of the usual cream- yellow flowers of the wattle.
This was fun!

Then, a Fun Friday Tute was announced at StitchMAP with a challenge to create a wrist band bracelet following some of Blogland's tutorials. Here's my first one completed with beads, lace, french knots, a pretty button, and a button wrap I stitched with blanket stitches across two threads of #5 perle cotton.
I have three more in the line-up. I think this design could be altered to be a pretty, functional, credit or debit card carrier, perfect for shopping trips when you don't want the bulk of a purse on your arm or shoulder. Just slip the card in and out of the bracelet.

And then, I got a little carried away........

I made another, and pinned  3 more for stitching......

and I thought I had better wrap it all up and get back to my CQJP tree skirt and my wrapping cloth............

but this distraction continued........

with another 3, the first one with a beaded dangle just begun,

the second with ribbon and lace flowers,

the third with a bit of lace....hmmmnn, I wonder what else?

then this one
and a smaller one for a young person........

and then I told myself I had to stop!

I needed to get back to my tree skirt and my wrapping cloth piece #11. I was quite stern with myself, and when I sat down to create that Sunday evening, I slapped my wrist and put away the bracelets.
"You have to tat snowflakes," I told myself. And so I did.

1 lonely little snowflake about the size of a nickel.........

well,......... that's not going to cover much of the tree skirt, is it?

Now, March is almost over, and I haven't made much progress on my CQJP. I've been distracted.
But, now I have to get back to it.......that is if I can keep away from those fabric bracelets!

We have snow, rain, and freezing rain in tomorrow's forecast. Like the pelargoniums, I am awaiting spring.
I did see the chipmunk out under the bird feeder filling his cheeks with seeds, so there's one sign spring is on the way!

Dovey was there, too!
Hope wherever you are, you have sunshine and time to create.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz