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Work in Progress to Share - Including a Completed Winter Holidays Solstice Quilt Block
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 20:39
Bringing you up to date on current WIPs! The biggest and best news to share: The Solstice Quilt Block is finally - after almost a year - completed!!!!
I am sharing a few quick detail shots of the quilt block and then peeks at current WIPs!
Most of the embroidery was completed using Stem Stitch and Running Stitch. But I was delighted to discover that scattering Seed Stitches on the sun created the illusion of a roiling surface.
Making trees using the Maidenhair Stitch (found in Stitching Borders and Beyond) was so much fun that I almost had to hide the embroidery floss to keep from making too many.
Unfortunately as a direct result of the fact that I have no clue what I am doing most of the time while playing at quilting, I ended up with raw edges which needed covering - and so - the border! An Interlaced Band Stitch - perfect for covering the raw edges and adding a nice, unplanned detail to the overall design.!
Maryline (Mary and Patch blog) offered a solution for creating a backing and frame at the same time. As it turns out - her suggestion was perfect. Thank you Maryline!
A scrap of pre-quilted fabric in my stash worked beautifully to hide the embroidery stitches on the back and add a bit more stiffness.
Just need to add hanging loops!
After taking a four year "vacation", I am back at work again on my mini (3/4" - 2cm) hexie tree skirt for my miniature winter holiday tree. When I left off - I had stitched 260 mini hexies together. With at least twice that number left to go, is it any surprise I took a nice long vacation?
Every fabric comes from my much loved " '70's Christmas crafting with Diane" stash!
I will share more tomorrow - about my "make hexies on the go kit" as it has become even more efficient!
Little glass 'shrooms similar to these danced among the branches of my first childhood Christmas trees - and there were always several in the lovely meadows where Raggedy Ann picnicked with Andy and Uncle Clem. I have been crazy about them all my life!
This year I am making fiber 'shrooms - lots of them!! To hang on my tree in December. These are the first completed!
I am absolutely crazy in love with that needle felting pad the 'shrooms are resting on in the image above. I ordered it from Moxie's shop "Hifiber Needle Felting Kits" because it is nice and big AND because it completely melts in water so it is totally biodegradable. Believe me when I tell you - it is wonderful to felt on. Order your very own here!!
And while there, don't overlook the delicious selection of roving. I LOVE shopping at Moxie's shop!
Waiting for these to dry!
And when they do - I can begin making them look something like this!
I followed Marie's suggestion for making the teeny tiny 5" snowbaby into a much bigger "snow adult" by kniting the Snowbaby pattern using two strands of worsted wool, one strand of alpaca sport and #13 needles. He is a giant 10" tall! Perfect size for some embroidered details on his big round tummy!
Needle felted flowers are planned for the Matryoshka's skirt and scarf.
(The blue dot on the top of her head - NOT part of the pattern. I just ran out of "stash" yarn four rows from the big finish!!) So, my Matryoshka will soon be the first Matryoshka to be the proud owner of a flower fascinator!
Yaaaay! Beginning my first project from Abby Patner Glassenberg's brand spanking beautiful fabulous new book "Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction".
It is finally available! AND it is every bit as amazing as I knew it would be. MORE amazing!
I will be reviewing it very soon. AND sharing my completed project!
And look at this!!! I - me the non-fan of plastic canvas - am playing with plastic canvas. And loving it!! Because I returned to my needle point/bargello roots and applied something I dearly loved doing to plastic canvas!