I have bought a number of silk hankies/caps over the years. I love silk but must admit I didn't really know what to do with them except needle felting. The other day I happened across a youtube video about drafting a hanky. So I gave it a try. It was surprisingly easy. The bottom picture is my result. I am excited to experiment with that a bit more. While I had out my silk I decided to color a silk cap with my Inktense blocks. Top picture shows that it works rather well.
It is almost the end of the month so I guess this is about finished. At least for now. I know it needs something more but I don't know what it is. I will let it rest and then the answer will come. This past week I added some more stitching, beads and the borders. This will be a stand alone block. In previous years of participating with the crazy quilt journal project I created blocks that would all be joined together at the end of the year. This year I am doing some stand alone projects and some blocks that will be joined.
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Here is the Buttonholed cable chain. I worked it on a needle felted back ground. Some of the fibres mixed in with the stitching and made it a bit messy. It is a gorgeous stitch and I will definitely use it again. Thanks to Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ for the instructions.
I have a large collection of rubber stamps. Admittedly, I don't use them very much any more. So when Inkadinado came out with the Stamping Gear line I resisted the strong temptation to buy it. I really liked the idea but I knew that I would not use them enough to warrant spending that much money. Last week when I made a trip to Joann's I found the Stamping Gear line on clearance for $0.97 At that price I couldn't resist.
Today I got to play with them a bit. I stamped on fabric thinking that I might be able to add some stitch. I am not totally thrilled with my results. But for the first try it isn't bad. I think these stamps have a lot of potential and I look forward to exploring with them some more.
I went to the John Bead Outlet in Toronto this past weekend. I was a little disappointed with it. There wasn't as many outlet bargains as the last time I was there. I did manage to buy a few beads though. I also bought the tubular netting pictured above. I have never seen anything like it. I honestly have no clue what it is used for. It doesn't really matter as I will find something interesting to do with it but does anyone know how this stuff is used?
I did not make a lot of progress on this block this past week. I don't like how fast that week sped by! I did manage to add some small blue and green beads that you might be able to see in the top pic. I also added some shell beads near the bottom.
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I chose to do the Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain this week. Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ shows how to do it and the Buttonholed Cable Chain for this week and next. I think I was supposed to start with the Buttonholed stitch and then move to the alternating Buttonholed but I made a very long cable chain. There was no way I was going to have time to do the whole thing today if I didn't alternate. In the photo it looks like I am finished but that is only about half way. I do feel confident that I will be able to get this finished today.
This piece is needle felted with wool and organza. I have tried out some new beaded embroidery stitches as well as just regular beading on this piece. As for the beaded embroidery stitches I really enjoy them. The problem I have with them is finding a needle that has a big enough eye to use embroidery thread but small enough to go through a bead.
This isn't a great photo. I can't seem to the colors to show properly. Nonetheless here is my March crazy quilt block. All of the fabrics used are silk. Yum! I do enjoy working with silk! Originally I thought I would do all the hand stitching with silk thread. However I felt the need to use the ribbon and I don't think it is silk. So then I thought, why limit myself. I am not fond of limits! I added my miniature hyperbolic crochet and I am quite pleased with that. There are a lot of french knots done in a sparkly thread but the camera didn't capture the sparkle.
The Beaded Butterfly chain stitch is the stitch Sharon B at http://pintangle.com/ shares this week. The top two photos are the same stitch but not beaded. I have added these stitches to my crazy quilt from last year. I would dearly love to have my two large crazy quilts completed in time to be in the Quilt Festival this May. There really isn't that much left to do so if I do a little every week I should be able to meet that goal.
I am still playing with hyperbolic crochet. This time I experimented with using an embroidery thread and very small crochet hook. I created these funky little pieces that I plan to add to my crazy quilt block for March.
I could not bare to throw away the bits and pieces of fabric I cut off of my fairy skirt. I love the colors and the sheer fabrics. I also couldn't stand the thought of a baggy of fabric scraps sitting around collecting dust. I should say yet another baggy of scraps! So I got out some fusbile fleece and adhered all the fabric to it. Now I have an interesting piece to stitch into. That may sit around collecting dust for a while but at least if someone came across it, it would like something.
Here is my bead journal project for March. I have incorporated two different beaded embroidery stitches thus far. I would really like to add at least one more. I am working on a needle felted background and I don't want to cover it entirely with beads. However I do want to add a bit more stitching and beads.