Friday, February 28, 2014

More 'coral'

I am really enjoying having my crochet hooks out again.  It has been many years since I have used them and I am thankful that my hands still remember how to crochet!  I have been experimenting with some different hyperbolic shapes and I quite like them.  I also have been adding some chain stitched frills to the edges.  I think it works quite well.  I am getting closer to having my whole coral reef ready!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I had really hoped to have this  'skirt' finished for today.  It still needs a fair amount of work though.  Eventually it will be attached to my crazy quilt bodice.  I see it as a winter fairy dress.  I am excited to get it all finished.
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Take a sttich Tuesday

Thanks to Sharon B at for the instructions for this stitch called Triangular buttonhole stitch and Beaded Triangular buttonhole stitch.  The top photo is my first attempt at it.  I added it to my crazy quilt project from last year.  I have all the blocks sewn together so now the seams need to treated.

The bottom photo is the beaded stitch added to my bead journal project for March.  The beads I used are a bit too large for the thread but it doesn't bother me enough to redo it.  I would like to experiment with the beaded stitch a bit more.  I think it has interesting potential.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Pan Pastel experiment

So I had to try my metallic Pan pastels on black paper.  The shimmer really shows up well!  I am pleased.  I heard somewhere that you can use Pan pastels like a paint.  Of course, I had to give that a go.  I used a water brush and picked up some color and then painted it on this piece.  It goes on a lot thicker and therefore shines more.  Definitely need to play with this some more!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Pan Pastels

Oh my!  The shimmer and shine makes me giddy!  My new treat is so lovely!  The metallic colors are so smooth and creamy to use.  I used them in an altered book but I doubt I can get a decent picture of the shimmer.  I must try them on dark paper.  They are on sale right now at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

My crazy quilt 'block' for February is just about finished.  Well, the 'block' part is finished.  I just need to add the skirt to this piece.  There are hours and hours of hand stitching done on this piece.  I am pleased with it.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Another snowflake finished

This looks quite similar to the one that I posted a while back.  However, it is different.  It is a photo kaleidoscope printed on silk then hand beaded and hand quilted.  On the left side there is a bit of a yellowish stain..  I have no idea what it is.  I tried using a Tide to go pen on it but it did not remove it.  I am not sure what to try next.  Any ideas?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hyperbolic crochet

I have been playing with crochet again.  This is hyperbolic.  The same piece twisted and turned in a different way can you so many different looks.  It is great fun.  I am excited to do more!  I have a project in mind to use them so I better get at it.

Friday, February 14, 2014

February bead journal project

Again, I am working on a needle felted base.  The wool is absolutely lovely to stitch into.  I am really enjoying it.  This month I wanted try something new or different to me.  I used three large beads and then embellished each of them with more beads.  Each in a different way.  I beaded on wire to make the dragonfly.  I also learned a new beaded embroidery stitch which I used around the edge.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I think I am done experimenting with this piece

I added some more beads to this and I adhered it so some hand painted fabric.  There is likely more that could be done but I feel done with it.  Time to move on to something else.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

I am really pleased with the two beaded seams I did this past week.  This piece is really coming together for me!  I am getting excited to see it finished.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday Eastern stitch and Beaded Eastern stitch

These stitches were pretty easy to learn.  I always like that!  These stitches are not my favorite.  I doubt that I will use them again.  I prefer a round, curving kind of stitch.  I stitched the Eastern stitch, top photo, in a line as per the instructions from Sharon B at  The beaded stitch, bottom photo, I stitched individually.

Monday, February 10, 2014


I have been exploring again.  I printed two of my photos from the auto wrecker.  Pealing paint is wonderfully textural.  I wove the two together and then I did a zig zag stitch over the piece.  I used metallic threads but they are quite difficult to see.  Now what?  Is it finished or do I add more stitching and possibly some beads? The photos were printed on paper so I do have to be careful how much stitching I add to it.  I suppose I could mount it on an interfacing to making it stronger.  

Friday, February 7, 2014

Freeform crochet

I read about the Coral Reef project and saw a TED talk about it and it got me interested in crochet again.  I learned to crochet as a young girl.  I never really made much with crochet, a baby or two.  I always enjoyed keeping my hands busy though.  I am excited to create more artistic forms with it now that I have learned about hyperbolic crochet and freeform crochect.  So fun.  Pictured above you can see my humble beginnings.  The white piece twirls and curls in on itself and I REALLY like that.  I am keen to experiment with it more.  One thing I have learned so far is that the funky yarns don't work all that great.  I think I need to stick with the plain jane type yarn for now.  At least until I learn a bit more.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Work in Progress Wednesday

My crazy quilt journal project for February isn't a block.  Obviously.  It is a bodice.  I hope that everyone can see that.  I am excited to work on something a bit different.  I have some stitching and some buttons done so far.  Still lots to do!
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Take a stitch Tuesday

AACK!  I am falling behind on the stitches.  I try really hard to stay on top of them and it is making me a little stressed that I am behind.  Breathe deeply, it is just a stitch.  I wasn't expecting Sharon B at to show a new stitch today.  I was going to push through and try to get it done today but that is stressing me worse.  So here is the beaded shell chain stitch from last week. I really like the beaded stitches.  I am using them on my bead journal project.  I will get to the new stitch before next Tuesday but right now I have to concentrate on preparing some class samples for a teaching gig in May.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Further on

I have added some stitching to this experimental piece.  I am liking it and want to add some more.  This piece isn't so very difficult to stitch through even though it is pretty stiff.  In this photo I have the piece resting on a piece of transparency that I have colored.  I am debating on using that as a backing.  I also have a bunch of gelli prints  that I am considering using.  Decisions, decisions?