Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Some new finished projects!

My daughter finally sent me a copy of the finished framed overlay pattern that I stitched for her. Hooray! It does look good : )

I also have been working on my Bobbin Lace and have been designing this Milanese Lace Fan. It has been a challenge but I have really enjoyed it.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July projects!

I finished my bobbin lace phoenix! We had a weekend of Milanese class instruction and the added hours helped me to complete my 12th Milanese project. Hooray! I took a picture of it before I sent it off to the framers.

Here are recent pictures of my wedding overlay X-Stitch piece. I ran out of the dark chocolate sampler thread when I was in Washington. I stopped at the local X-Stitch store but their thread was way too dark so the contrast would be too different. (Typical for overdyed threads) When I got back to So Cal I went back to my local store here and they still had some of the same dye lot that I had originally used. (thank goodness!) So now I am back to work : )

Monday, June 28, 2010

June finished projects!

I just finished two projects today! The first is an embroidery piece that I will be framing for a friends birthday (and just in time)

The second is a X-Stitch piece (also for a good friend) that I plan on making into a pillow. Her birthday isn't until December so this an early finish. (the kind I really appreciate : ) She is a lace buddy who also does alot of stitching so I think this is an appropriate gift.

I will get some pictures on showing my progress on the overlay Xstitch piece for my daughter soon. I have three of the six letters finished and it is looking good. I also finished another wing on my Milanese phoenix so will get a picture of it posted too.

All of this time relaxing at the river house has helped my stitching progress : )

Monday, May 17, 2010

May Project Updates

Still working on the overlay X-Stitch but am excited because I now get to work on the block letters! Here is the beginning of the B (for Abbott) and my progress as of May 17.

I just started knitting the first Christmas Stocking (of two this year) for Tyson. I will have to put in double duty. As soon as I am done with Tyson's I have to start one for Luke. Two grandchildren in one year means I have to hustle on these.

I have a beginning strip on my pillow for Flanders lace. I will be taking Flanders at the lace convention this summer so wanted to do some practice pieces so I would feel more comfortable
in class.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mari's tote bag!

Here are some pictures of my grand daughters tote bag. The idea to make a bag to carry her music books to class came to me last January. I was checking out a needlepoint store in Salt Lake City and among the many painted canvases I found a picture of a violin! Just perfect to stitch for Mari who plays the violin. I decided to make the bag and sew it on as a pocket. Here she is showing off her birthday present : )

I have been working on an overlay X-Stitch pattern for my daughter. I think it will look great when it is done. The last name will be stitched over the established 2005.

I finished this bobbin lace mat last month. I love the shades of purple in the thread so have decided to make a scarf out of the same material. It will be a long term project for sure!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

March projects

I can finally show pictures of two projects completed for my grandson's birthday (since I just went to the birthday party) The first is a punchneedle picture in the sailing theme for his room. The second is a fleece dinosaur blanket with a variagated crocheted edging.

I finally finished the backstitching on my bobbin lace girl so she is ready to be framed. Also finished was a X-Stitch project for my aunt that I plan on making into a pillow for her birthday.

Finally I am showing two more of my finished drawings that I did in art class.

I am starting three new X-Stitch projects that I will photograph soon. I also am finishing crocheted baby booties and a cap for a layette set.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Acorns and Threads

I had to show pictures of a fantastic X-Stitch store I found in Portland, Oregon called Acorns and Threads. It is a fairly large store filled with all kinds of threads, patterns, accesories, as will as finished projects displayed on the walls. The owner is wonderful and the store is very organized.
So much fabric, threads and patterns! I went crazy but kept my buying to some patterns, Bohin needles, and an Acorns and Threads project bag.

I loved this store! If anyone is ever in the Portland area you need to go see Acorns and Threads!

Now that I am back from the lace conference I am working on my rotation of projects.
The first one is for my Aunt Mimi and since I took this picture I finished the rest of the lettering and am working on the first corner. I hope to have it finished next week.

I started back on my last Christmas sheep and am finally working on the background. It is progressing slowly.

I also worked on two surprise projects that have to remain pictureless until they are done.
That is all for now!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I started a drawing class last week and thought I would post my first attempt here. I found out recently that my mother had done some drawing and watercolor when she was young but quit after my sister and I were born. I also have a very talented father-in-law whose watercolor paintings have always interested my creative spirit. I thought I might give it a try and I did enjoy my first class.

I was able to spend all day Saturday stitching with friends and did get more done with the
"River" X-Stitch. I also worked on a piece for my aunt by JBW designs called "A Tribute"that I plan on making into a pillow when it is done. I am also working on a Hummel "The Goatherder"
and put more stitches into it. If you are wondering what part of this little goatherder I worked on it was his suspenders and shorts : )

I sewed in the ends and made the collar for the baby sweater so it is all done!

A friend from our X-Stitch group asked me if I would make a pillow out of her finished piece and I did finish that this week. I love the pattern (Little House Needlework) so she gave me a copy of it. Thanks, Cristin!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

This weeks progress

My third and last needlepoint Christmas sheep is progressing : ) His wool is now on as well as the rest of his body and the words. The plan is to start the trumpet and white background with gold and white metallics.

I finished this baby sweater but haven't sewed in the ends yet. It is part of a set (baby afghan,
sweater, bonnet, and booties) with the afghan and sweater done. Now on to the bonnet. (and no there are no new grand children coming, I thought it would be a good idea to have some sets in the wings for shower presents : )

I started an ambitious lace project this week. It is going to be a scarf and will probably take at least a year to complete. I chose two purple complimentary threads (light and dark) and like the color choice.

I finished another project but it is also a "cannot see yet" piece. I will post a picture of it next week after I give it to the recipient : )

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Weeks worth of work

I finished one punch needle project this week but cannot show a picture of it due to the fact that it is a gift for a family member who looks at my blogs! I also started another needlepoint project and was going to put a picture on but realized it is also a gift and they will see it here too! Want to keep them a surprise. What a bummer!
The only picture I can show right now is of the progress of my "Columbia River Gorge" X-Stitch.
I picked it up to start again after finishing the wedding X-Stitch and got a little more done on it.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Wedding Cross Stitch Done

I made my deadline to finish the wedding cross stitch for Rachel and Jeremy. My daughter helped me to find an appropriate frame that Rachel would approve of at Target and I framed it myself. I think it turned out well for how fast I had to do it.

Now I can go back to my other continuing projects : )

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Deadline Looming

One of my daughters best friends is getting married this coming Sunday. This means a deadline is looming as I decided one week ago to X-Stitch this cute pattern for a gift. I am actually doing well and will be done with it on time, I am just concerned about the framing that needs to be done.
I do not enjoy doing my own framing but certainly did not leave anytime for a framer to get this done so its up to me. We will see.......

Two finished Projects! (well almost)

The first is my bobbin lace girl. As you can see she is nearly done. All I have to do is the outline stitching !

The needlepoint project below is the second out of three Christmas sheep that I have finished.
I stitched the wool on the three sheep different (turkey stitch, french knots, and just loops) This one has the french knots and metallic background. Now I am on to the last sheep!

Now that I am back I have been working on my Bucks Fan every night. I am almost done so if nothing interrups me I will be showing it off at Winter Lace Conference. Yeah!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Another Blog!

No, I am not looking for more work : ) I had been thinking that it would be better if I kept another record of my handmade creations and display them on this new blog. Then if my creative friends want to see just my finished projects they can come here, instead of going through all the family news.
Below are some of my finished projects:

This is a X-Stitch pillow that I finished for my close friend. It is a Lizzie Kate pattern stitched on 32 count linen mostly 2 over 2 with a few of the words being 1 over 1. I didn't even have to go out to buy any fabric as I used what was in my stash to make the border and back.

These are two tote bags that I sewed. The first one was for another close friend for her birthday.
(both of their b-days are near Christmas : ) It is hard to see from the picture but there are the words faith, hope and courage that are part of the pattern fabric. The second bag is for me.
(amazing feat since I rarely finish anything for myself)

I finished these two X-Stitch ornaments for my new grandsons for their first Christmas. (thats Luke with his ornament : )

I crocheted this hat for my grand daughter Marielle. I found the pattern on line at Crochet Pattern Central in the hat listings. I thought it was so darling! I added a button to the middle of the flower which was my own touch.

Here is a picture of one of the many finished knitted head wraps that I did. (I did receive permission to post this picture of my daughter Julie wearing my finished creation, with Luke of course : ) I had three more requests to knit some and I also intend to alter the pattern and maybe create one of my own. They are very simple to make.

I thought I would post a picture of my Bobbin Lace girl and how it is progressing. I started it
right before Christmas so am pleased with my progress. I have several X-Stitch and Needlepoint patterns of lacemakers that have sat around for too long. I decided that this year I will try to work on some and finish them . One of my many commitments for the new year : )