Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fabric Manipulation and Feather Stitch

This week I've been working more on my fabric manipulation piece,
 slashing away at it and stiching down triangles of fabric.


I've also been doing more embroidering on the soy-waxed, ice dyed vintage tablecloth, as part of the Take a Stitch Tuesday Challenge.  This week's stitch was the feather stitch. 


I did an open and closed feather stitch as well as eighty plus french knots. We have a lot of trees in blossom right now due to the unseasonably warm weather we have been having, so that was my inspiration for this week's design.




Monday, February 12, 2018

Chain Stitch on Soy Waxed Ice-Dyed Fabric

Been busy with lots of  not so fun projects, like taxes, Medicare stuff, etc.  But found time to continue with participating in TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) and this last week's stitch was the chain stitch.  Here's my example done on my vintage soy-waxed- ice-dyed,  linen tablecloth, given to me by a friend.

 I'm really enjoying the embroidery. It brings back a lot of fond memories.  My mom taught all three of her daughters to embroider.  On long trips, we would take along a dresser cloth, pillow case, or towel to work on in the car. It made the time pass more quickly so we weren't constantly asking, "Are we there yet?"

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Circles Pizzaz Quilt Finished

I finished my Circles Pizzaz Quilt Friday. I started the quilt in a class taught by Judy Sisneros  in February of 2016. Due to working, life, etc., it sat in a box for quite a awhile. As I was recovering from surgery, I slowly went back to work on it. Below is a picture of it finished. I'm very pleased with it. I feel more confident working with curves after doing this quilt.


Here is a beautiful Iris that is blooming in my garden. It's been in the 70's here in Paso Robles,which is way too warm for this time of year.



Sunday, January 28, 2018

More Hand Embroidery on Soy-wax-Ice Dyed Quilt

This week's stitch was the detached chain, otherwise known as the Lazy Daisy Stitch.  In the first one, I overlapped stitches in three colors and a variety of sizes.


   In this section, I did the classic daisies.


This picture shows more of the quilt with the embroidered areas.


Monday, January 22, 2018

Women's Rally and Soy-Wax, Ice Dyed Linen

On Saturday I joined thousands of other men and women in a rally at the Mission Plaza in San Luis Obispo to remind our government about what their priorities should be. I was glad to see that it was well attended and that many of us are feeling the same way.



As part of the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) group, I added this week's stitch, which was the fly stitch,  to my soy-waxed, ice-dyed vintage linen tablecloth. In the triangular shaped area, I placed the stitches separately and along the left side, I joined them together, adding a stitch in between each one to create a plant like design. Next week's stitch is the detached chain stitch. Hmmmm




Monday, January 15, 2018

Embroidering on Soy-wax, Ice dyed Linen

I've been wanting to do something with an old linen table cloth that a friend gave me, which I soy waxed and ice dyed some time ago. So over the weekend I  took the lace off one side and reattached  it  to the side which was had more vibrant colors.  Some the lace is very fragile, especially at the corners so I needed to add a piece under it so it's supported. I plan on hand embroidering it. It's about 24  inches square.


Started a little buttonhole stitching on one part today.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fabric Manipulation - Slashing through layers of fabrics

I'm progressing on my 'blooming' squares piece. It is very labor intensive, but I am enjoying the process.  Opening up every little square and choosing what I wish to unveil is a lot of fun! It's like opening up little presents. I've always related to the theme of layers. People and life itself  are made up of so many layers. Often we only see the surface of the top layer  unless we dig deeper. 


Here are the scraps of fabrics laid on top of batting in center.


I placed a piece of organza on top and stitched a half inch grid through all layers.


 This picture and the one below show how I have cut open each square
on two sides. Next I insert a needle from below up through the corner of the square and then through the top of the triangles of fabric to pull them back to reveal whatever layer I decide upon. 



This is as far as I am so far. Many more little presents to open.


For more information on this technique check out Fay Maxwell's youtube video on 'slashing.'