CQJP July Block

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bowls, Beads & 'Broidery

I added some beads to the green bowl. They're on the end of drizzle dangles. The same variegated thread I used to stitch the bowl, was used for the drizzles.
Since the bowls are for the Embroidery Guild's library display, I thought they should be decorated with some embroidery. The red one wears buttonhole lace and beads.
I think the blue one will have some beads and bullions.
I've been experimenting with painting fabric, and I've chosen a few of my favourites to show. There's lots more experimenting planned for the near future. The base fabric is a white cotton.

from layered brights

to soft and subtle

to big and bold

Fabric painting is fun!

The Wedding Piece has had a little attention, too, this past week.

a few beads

more woven picot leaves

a few seed beads and small details

and curly branches added to the base has it looking like this.

I'd better get cracking on lots of  leaves! Oh, and grape clusters.....oh, yes, and..............well, you'll just have to wait and see!
I'm so excited that this piece is now 3/4 done!

I hope you've had a fun and creative week.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February's Freezing

It's been bitterly cold for the last week or so, with morning temperatures at -24C. Add in the wind chill factor, and it feels like -41C! Brrrr!
So I've been staying indoors most of the time. What have I been stitching?
Well, I went through some of my ORTS (you know, those thread ends from stitching and sewing) and I mixed in a few tiny pieces of fabric from left-over projects. Then I added in some lame for sparkle, some chopped up metallic candy wrappers, sandwiched them together with netting or organza, and created some bowls.

this bowl is an oval
a nice size to hold a glass candle holder
the green bowl has extended corners for a different look
the candle holder fits
you can see the lacy edge of the red and white bowl, it's open areas, and its rows of buttonhole lace
the last row of lace has red beads attached for a wee bit more bling

Why the bowls? Our embroidery Guild members are creating bowls for the annual Guild display at the local Library.
The green and blue bowls still need some added embroidery...........
Work continues on the Wedding Piece # 2.
more stumpwork leaves are wired and awaiting their floss.

delicate thread meanderings....

how many hearts can you find?

 leaves stitched onto the fabric
a stumpwork leaf layered over top

Soon the right side will be completed, and only the bottom of the Wedding Piece #2 will be calling to me.....

Hope you've had a wonderfully creative week.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Winter Blahs

Right around the middle of February, the winter blahs set in. It's mid-winter here, with another 6 weeks or more of the cold, the grey, and the snow.
So, to add a bit of brightness to last week, I began stitching in colour. At my local Embroidery Guild, we're creating felt works to sell at the annual Fiber Fest, raising funds for a local charity.
Introducing Cora Crow, a large, felt, pin cushion. She certainly has attitude, and I had a lot of fun embroidering and embellishing her.
I wanted to have her finished by Wednesday morning's Guild meeting.

Happily, one of the members fell in love with Cora and she's already sold. ;-)
I discovered, though, that I am allergic to the wool felt: every time I worked on this lady, I'd get blurry eyes and headaches.

Don't you just love those eyelashes?
Some more additions to the Wedding Piece. Nine more leaves and grape clusters were created, and I'm placing them on the right side.
I extended the main branch with tatted, curly stems.

More of the smaller leaves in subtle colours are needed, along with some tendrils and curlicues.

The top portion is almost finished.

Hope you've had a creative week.

Thanks for visiting.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day!
Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February Fury

The snow has been swirling in the furious winds, so I was hiding indoors and stitching.
The last installment of the StitchMAP Hex Labs was completed with this stitching of some Winter Mittens, designed by Tom Russell.

A Fun Friday Tutorial for a small weaving was the challenge for this month. My weaving didn't turn out quite square. Actually it tapered and reminded me of a handbag, so I created two large bullion knots for the handles, and decorated the front with a tatted flower and a wee faux pearl bead. I could string it on a chain or wear it as a lapel pin, but I think I've decided to use it as my scissor fob.

The Wedding Piece is progressing.
The right side is waiting for me to finish and add the stumpwork leaves, along with more grape clusters.

Then, I'll extend down the side until the bottom section begins. Still lots more to add to this piece, but the finish is in sight, I think.

 Over the weekend, I played with my Gelli Plate and created some tags......
some interesting prints with a stencil I made

some small pieces for cards
and more prints. It was fun getting my hands dirty. ;-)

Hope you've had a creative and rewarding week.

Thanks for visiting.

Hugs from Suz

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

As January Ends

I took a wee break from Wedding Piece #2 to stitch November's HEX LABS choice (StitchMAP) of an owl. I had some difficulties using the heat and bond to secure the small felt pieces to the backing fabric. This led to some creative changes in how the owl was applied, and resulted in tatted toes rather than the satin stitched felt ones in the design, a different eye treatment, and a beak partially stitched leaving a portion of it raised. It adds to the dimensional look, I think.

Still, I'm pleased with the result, and it was a nice change from the beiges, white,  and pale tones of the Wedding Piece.
I've begun stitching on the right side, adding curlicue branches, french knots and doodles to the casalguidi right angle
 Still to come: bullions, stumpwork leaves, and woven picot leaves.

More stumpwork leaves in progress

The left side still needs a few more leaves and bead clusters

the big picture so far
Using card stock and two of my gelli plate prints, this card was created for a special lady. I like the way it turned out.

Hope you're having fun, creative days.

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Wedding Piece #2

Once upon a summer's night, two people declared their love and shared their wedding vows beneath a glowing super moon, surrounded by family and friends, all standing amid a beautiful winery. Pink roses flanked each row of grape vines, their soft scent perfuming the air. The grapes were not yet ripe, but glowed in the moonlight with the promise of a bountiful yield.
This is the scene I am trying to portray in Wedding Piece #2.

6 of the 7 leaves are shown with clusters of beads.......

5 leaves are stumpwork, 2 are applique

hmmm, do the beads look like grapes?

how about like this?

 Does this look like grape vines?

more branches and leaves may be needed
 but perhaps with fewer grape clusters, or ones that are not so evenly spaced...
the bigger picture

 I considered larger clusters of grapes
 perhaps it's a bit too heavy a look....

what do you think?
This is the super moon in the upper left corner. It was huge, bright, and had a golden ring around it

the moon shone down all night at the wedding

considering the placement

I think I need to make more stumpwork leaves

curlicues are in the plans, too

Thanks for visiting.
Hugs from Suz