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!!


  1. Hello Diana,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment.
    Of course I followed the trail back to you and have enjoyed looked at your beautiful work.
    I adore the piece in your blog header. Can you please tell me the name of the design/designer?
    I'm trying to return to garment sewing after a break of twenty years or so.
    I seem to have lost my confidence and yes, fitting is a problem I never used to have much trouble with :)
    Happy crafting,