Friday, July 31, 2009
Long and short stitch is also known as thread painting. I can't wait.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all I have and all I possess.You gave it all to me; to you, Lord, I return it.
It is all yours: do with me entirely as you will. Give me your love and your grace: this is enough for me.St. Ignatius of Loyola
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
These are all elements that I posted tutorials for here for my legions of faithful readers. So sometimes there is a value to having a blog. I took new pictures for the granito leaves, I will edit that tutorial later today or tomorrow. And speaking of pictures, I was able to "write" the directions using photos instead of drawings.
For the materials, I used some linen left over from some previous projects, a piece of lawn in my stash and some left over doctor's flannel. Check with your favorite heirloom supplier for similar supplies. I think it worked up kind of sweet. I do realize that my embroidery "design" ( use that term loosely) is not 100% centered, but I was okay with it as a class sample.
Friday, July 24, 2009
One of my favorite things on the campus is and has always been the Sodality Chapel. Of course I am as old as dirt and fondly remember when it sat behind Quinlan Hall at the edge of the woods. Just a beacon of serenity that was always open, sitting at the edge of the woods. Loved it. Well the only thing constant in life is change. In 1987 the chapel was moved it to its present location and it has a very pretty garden around it. In those gardens are some statuary. One of them is a statue of St. Ignatius, go figure, a Jesuit college having a statue of Ignatius. :) I had seen this statue before but never noticed the "embroidery" on it. We think that only with a needle and thread can we replicate the intricate embroideries of times past. Wrong, even a stone cutter can remind us of the simplest of beauty around us. Notice the bullion fringe at the end of the stole. How beautiful the broderie anglaise must have been on the hem of his surplice. There is even the look of entredeux. You never know what you will see if you look around.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Drove through Highlands NC on the way back. CUTE! I am making plans to go back there and HERE is where I will be staying. I was too enthralled to take any pics while we there. Lucky for my husband that we got there late on a Saturday evening so the SUPERB shopping had already closed.
walk to Maine? I don't think so.
If you are tired just think, I did all this in less than 72 hours. I was TIRED! But it was worth it. And for the first time in forever, I did not pick up a needle all weekend. What did you do over the weekend?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
How many UFO's do you have squirreled away thinking you don't have time to work on them? Well if you are like me you have dozens. And dozens. We were having TV service done today and they needed to get into my sewing room. AGGGHHHHHH, I forgot until this morning, so I was in there furiously trying to clear a path for the guy.
SAGA chapter had a workshop with Jane Briscoe in the spring. How long did it take? 30 minutes exactly. I know this because I did it while I was on the phone, when I hung up the phone it told me I had been on the phone for 30 mintues. So even if you don't think you have time, try it. You will surprise yourself.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I am allergic to grass so I never cut it, rarely sit in it, but I can surely appreciate when someone else cuts it. So, when they cut it to look this cool you have to give a shout out for it. I found this picture on flickr, so I am sure there are better official pics of the super job the grounds keepers at Busch Stadium have done for the MLB All Star game this week. How cool is that? For those not familiar with the St. Louis skyline, that is the Old Courthouse and the Gateway Arch cut into the field. You can't tell from this picture but the view from home plate looks out to the Arch. So it is cool for these two landmarks to be replicated in the field. On TV it looks really cool to see the field against the backdrop of the real Arch.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
But, it is sweet and done and I feel like I finished something.
Children's Corner videos
Friday, July 10, 2009
Jane asked if I got up in the morning and started pulling threads or if I cleaned up the kitchen first. I laughed right out loud. Because there are dishes in my kitchen sink right now. No I don't get up in the morning and pull threads. If I did, I would probably be done with all nine diamonds by now. I can do one diamond in about an hour and a half. That doesn't include the netting and darning. So here is my attempt at a tutorial, I think it should really just be a story in pictures. Not sure how tute like it is.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Are you beginning to feel like this is the project that won't end? Kind of like the switchover to DTV (or other recent non-stop coverage I am sick of.) Well here is the next installment in the linen daygown. I have 5 squares netted. 3 completely embroidered. I need to get crackin'! I want to enter it in the fair. I also need to get some smocked things done for the fair. YIKES!
do-lolly. ( I did not purchase it at the link provided, but it gives you the info you need to find it at your own cross stitch, needlework shop.) When I bought this trinket about 12 years ago, I admit that I bought it just because Eva Lou did. If she bought it, then I needed to buy it. You know how that goes. I am pretty certain I didn't pay $31 for it. I have taken it out on occasion but never really thought that it was a necessity or could get the hang of using it. Well it has become a necessity for this project. Thanks Sarah M! I finally found it in the crevice of the sofa. The sofa I don't sit on. Not really sure how it got there, but it has been found. You would be amazed at the other stuff I found too!
Lincoln museum and also his home site. We didn't make it into the library. We will have to go back for that. Our family are museum people anyway, but as far as museums go, this one is whizzbang!!!!! Really done well. And since it is the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth they have even more going on. If you get to Springfield, IL it is well worth it.
Friday, July 3, 2009
“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” Robert J. McCracken
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. -Erma Bombeck
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Well I have been working on putting holes in perfectly good fabric as my husband calls drawn thread work. Which if you think about it is true, but I don't like to think of it that way.
I have been working on "pairs" of diamonds so that if I do mess one up, I only have to adjust one other diamond instead of all of them. The next two I will work on are the two diamonds that will be opposite each other on the front. It is actually going faster than I expected. I will try to get a picture of just the threads drawn out, before I bundle the grid. The order of work on each diamond is, you mark it with the threads as seen in this post. Then you withdraw the threads to make your holes. Stay stitch around the diamond to help stabilize it. Next you bundle the remaining threads to make a grid. Buttonhole stitch around the edges, and last do the net darning. On all eight diamonds. It is not until all of that is done that you do the embroidery then construct the gown.