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April 20, 2018
EMBROIDERY: Travel Laundry Bag {Free Pattern} from Samelia's Mum

Are you going away for a weekend or travelling anywhere exciting soon? Do you know anyone going away on a holiday to far away, exotic places? Feel like doing a little bit of embroidery and creating a cute travel laundry bag? Itching to start a new project? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might like to make my Travel Laundry Bag - with embroidery.  I

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Embroidered Mandala from Creating Chaos

I have drawn and crocheted many a mandala so I thought it only right to embroider one too.

It was stitched with stranded cotton on a plain cotton fabric using a pattern from the book ' Mandalas to Embroider' by Carina Envoldsen-Harris.  I really enjoyed doing it and will definitely be doing some more.



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Sew4thesoul update from Creating Chaos

I've now completed my third stitch sampler in the Sew4thesoul series and together with the first two, the samplers are now mounted and framed.

I gel printed a backingr using blue, white and grey acrylic paint to compliment the colours of the embroideries.  For the actual samplers, I wrapped them around mountboard so they sit slightly raised on the background and I think they look good in the deep white box frames.


Granitos, feather, wheatear and running stitches








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embroidery [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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something new from Karen Ann Ruane

a new embroidery, the early stages

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Directions from Quilt Paint Create

I got this far on the Christmas embroidery before I ran out of supplies.
wreath with ribbonDilemma. After thinking on it I decided to ditch the crewel yarn and finish all the pieces using floss and whatever fancy threads I’ve accumulated.
I did some looking online to figure out which threads would work best. I read through a handful of articles and realized I know nothing about embroidery. All the self-taught projects using inexpensive chain store kits left me a little short on information.
I didn’t have anyone to teach me all those little tricks that make your stitching look ...

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April 19, 2018
cloth [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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cloth

a finished cloth....18 x 20 inches. The reverse is embellished with embroidered strips of cloth. This little cloth is a reference for me of some new embroidery stitches I have recently been practising....
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a sequined edge from Karen Ann Ruane

a sequined edge for a hand embroidered cloth

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A Favorite Quilt ~ Lessons Learned from quiltscapes

One of my first quilts!

"The Twelve Gifts of Birth" by Deonn Stott, 2005
Early in my quilting journey, I joined a local guild.  One particular year, our guild received permission from Cheri Saffiote, a friend of our guild president's mom, to use blocks from a pattern she was designing, Sweet Land of Liberty, as a block of the month.

Sweet Land of Liberty quilt pattern by Cheri Saffiote Payne
We would receive pattern installments each month to learn differnt techniques throughout the year. I adapted my design to be more about fairies and flowers than the primitive Americana ...

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April 18, 2018
design sheet from Karen Ann Ruane

an embroidered design sheet

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Busy smocking weeks from Susan P Blog

The weather has been quite miserable here, with lots of rain, and it is getting cold. I am also still (trying) toilet-training a puppy and therefore decided to just spend time in the sewing room which allowed me to keep a close eye on her

One of the students I taught about 10 years ago is expecting a little baby boy and I made some rompers so that I can give her one for the new baby. I had enough fabric for four rompers and decided to use all the fabric, instead of saving the rest for another day

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April 17, 2018
learning embroidery from Texas Quilting

20180414_1632461121354202.jpgI really don’t know anything about machine embroidery.  So far all I’ve done is just stitch a name on some fabric here or there which is just an introduction into the concept. I joined an embroidery group online to see what possibilities are out there, and in the process I found an embroidery mystery quilt. For some reason this totally confused me, but that’s because all I had done up until now was to use one color of thread to stitch a word into one piece of fabric.  I didn’t know what I didn’t know ...

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A Brief Sun Break from Cat Patches

When I looked out the window this morning, I could scarcely believe my eyes.


Holy Moly! It's the sun!!! We were beginning to worry that we'd somehow been transported to a different planet, far from its warming rays, where tomatoes wouldn't grow, and there could be no salsa, and no marinara sauce, nor tomato jam. Gasp! (This is my idea of Armageddon.) As it stands, the clouds are gathering again. It's possible we'll get more sunshine today, but I'm not counting on it.

There was a brief break in the rain yesterday. I went ...

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A Brief Sun Break from ... Cat Patches

When I looked out the window this morning, I could scarcely believe my eyes.


Holy Moly! It's the sun!!! We were beginning to worry that we'd somehow been transported to a different planet, far from its warming rays, where tomatoes wouldn't grow, and there could be no salsa, and no marinara sauce, nor tomato jam. Gasp! (This is my idea of Armageddon.) As it stands, the clouds are gathering again. It's possible we'll get more sunshine today, but I'm not counting on it.

There was a brief break in the rain yesterday. I went ...

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embroidery [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidery

this is almost finished :) there are two panels of embroidered silk here with the strip piece being the most recently completed. That strip piece will be the reverse of the finished panel. All that is left to do is titivate the edges, the seams....
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a front and a back from Karen Ann Ruane

two embroidered silk panels, front and back

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April 16, 2018
Friends are Flowers from ... Cat Patches

It seems friends are the only flowers we'll be seeing if this rain doesn't let up. It's true there are blooming trees all around town right now, including our own flowering plums.


Man, we could use some sunshine though. We're expecting better weather by Wednesday, and it can't come a minute too soon. For now, I'm making my own flowers with this block of the Friendship's Garden quilt. This one is called "Friends are Flowers." I just finished it this morning.


These are the two blocks I have completed for this quilt.


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Friends are Flowers from Cat Patches

It seems friends are the only flowers we'll be seeing if this rain doesn't let up. It's true there are blooming trees all around town right now, including our own flowering plums.


Man, we could use some sunshine though. We're expecting better weather by Wednesday, and it can't come a minute too soon. For now, I'm making my own flowers with this block of the Friendship's Garden quilt. This one is called "Friends are Flowers." I just finished it this morning.


These are the two blocks I have completed for this quilt.


Next ...

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Least Favourite Pattern from Canadian Needle Nana

One of the forums I follow posed the question do you have a quilt design you hate.

  I was surprised by all the dislikes for Sunbonnet Sue which definitely led the race but second was the Bow Tie pattern which I think is so cute.  Some people named the Snowball block. And a lot of people don't like boxy designs, chevrons or arrows in their quilting.

It made me think about what I don't care for especially.  I think it would have to be crosses or patterns that resemble crosses. Why? ...as a teacher I hated marking work ...

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hand sewn stitch ledger [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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hand sewn stitch ledger

I have been posting images of this as it has been developing, progressing. It's finished now. A little hand sewn book of embroidery stitches.
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