Saturday, January 18, 2014

Bright Cold Saturday in Swannanoa

We'll, it's about 18 degrees outside but the sun is shining brightly thank goodness, so no "winter sadness" today!

I do have an update, since my last post.  I've about finished the pincushion design Honeybee Hill from Blackbird Designs.  When I was interested in beading many years ago in the late 90's I collect a lot of bead and should have plenty to use from my stash for finishing when ready.

I also found a wonderful blog thanks to my older sister Deborah at Needles & Words.  The blogger finishes her stitching with lovely laces and buttons.  Here's a link to her blog if you'd like to pay her a visit:

Since I promised a photo of the pincushion for my sister Anna Maria, here it is below.  There is a funny story to go with it.  My Sister at does major sewing for children, quilts and bags.  She had small pincushions all around her sewing area and asked for a large pincushion for her Christmas present.  I'm fairly creative and had a lot of ideas in my head but since I also procrastinate a lot, all I could think of was a 7" x 5" x 2" "brick type" design in some fabrics she gave me since she really liked.  Well, here's the finished photo for you all.  I did use craft fleece for the bottom and sides for extra durability but the rest of the filling is walnut shells.  She loved it since it will fit just about every pin anywhere... 

Don't know if there are fashion sewers out there that are like me the "figure" is not quite what it used to be.  I found these two Vogue patterns that will hide many flaws, can't wait to sew them up for work clothing.  The blouse pattern on the right would also look nice in some of the newer cool quilt fabrics (since a crisp fabric would be fine) so I'll have to go to my new Favorite online fabric store, Hawthorne threads and look around!!

Stay warm and see you next weekend all you "crafters" out there!!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Years 2014

I've had a very busy 2013, lots of knitting, some stitching and sewing and a few crochet projects.  The bad part is my arms and shoulders have suffered.  I really need to see a physician about this and really slow down for a while.  So far I have a toboggan for my nephew to finish, a throw for my niece, my oldest sister's ongoing quilt (which I am happy to report is actually almost done) and a scarf for my youngest son.  I finished a pincushion for my youngest sister that I intend to mail on Monday if the weather permits.  I have found a new author for quilting and I've been purchasing her books.  I just ordered three more from Amazon that will ship from Japan.  Yoko Saito is her name, the books are Scandinavian Quilts and Japanese craft book "Adult bag of a usual envoy by Youko Saito"#0388.  

I have the two in the photos below already ordered from Amazon.  I think I may work on some sewing projects for this year just to rest the muscles that I knit with; since I have at least four quilt tops that have been finished for many years :).  Hopefully this will help, but I'm not sure.  

Also, my Friday's off (part-time) ended this past Friday so I will have less time for crafting too.  Below are some photos of 2013 finishes too:

Cladonia Shaw for self, of course, love the colors too

Toboggan for son David

Infamous Orange Hoodie finished finally !

Another blouse finished two weeks ago for work, it had been partially sewn for over six months (pretty sad I know).

I hope to also work on some Cross stitch patterns this year too and have loads to show, maybe my next post.

Hope all you stitchers out there have a wonderful week (those of you in the winter months, a WARM week)!!