Saturday, January 24, 2015

No Calorie Cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for a class I was going to teach, but the class was canceled, so I thought I would share pictures.  I have the kits ready and am willing to teach how to make calorie free cupcakes for your guild or shop.  

Each cupcake has a different technique, all fun to make.

Please send a comment with your email address if you would like me to teach for you.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sweet Pea Class . . .

It has been a very long time since I updated my blog, not sure what I have been doing except stitching and/or knitting.

I am scheduled to teach at our Community Center beginning March 13th for three Fridays.  If you would be interested in taking my Sweet Pea class please comment with your email and I will send you details.

In this class you will learn a new way to use embroidery stitches in a stumpwork sweet pea design. Some of the techniques will be silk shading, wired petal and padded pea pod.  The kit will include all the supplies to complete the project.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Buddy Bee Gold

I was invited to teach for Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild last month.  They requested another goldwork project, so I created Buddy Bee Gold (named after my Dad).

Buddy is padded with felt, there is cut work, chips, kid leather etc.  

A fun group of ladies, they seemed to enjoy working on Buddy.  I loved my day of teaching and sharing!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sammy Slug

Goldwork is one of my favorite needlework techniques and slugs are not my favorite, so I put them together to make Sammy.

I don't know why, but I was looking at the shape of a slug and thought it would be a great goldwork project.  I started working on it at the Bellevue Art Museum at the open stitching day in the lobby.  It was really fun to spend the day with other stitchers in the museum.  

The visitors would stop by to see what we were doing.  The ladies would ask it I was making a bird of paradise or a snail and the men would say you are making a slug. I think this was the fun part for me to have people guessing what I was doing.

After finishing Sammy I did a little research and discovered he would like to eat strawberries.

I hope the next slug you have in your yard will remind you of Sammy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Strawberries . . . .

After my whitework course at the Royal School of Needlework I was thinking about another pulled thread project to do and came up with strawberries.  

I found the box at Williams Sonoma I was ready to make strawberries to fill it.  I used red 32 count linen, red pearl cotton and green pearl cotton.

 I used a different pulled thread pattern for each strawberry.
 I used red buttonhole thread to sew each one together and filled them with ground walnut shells.
I think they look great together in the box, but one would make a nice scissor fob or a pin cushion.  

The Mercer Island Visual Arts "Treasures in Miniature" show is coming in April, my strawberries will be there.  

Hope no one tries to eat them.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

RSN Whitework Diploma Course

I am a little slow updating my blog.  Last July I finished my diploma courses at the Royal School of Needlework in England.  

Our tutor was Jenny Adin-Christie,  (click here to see her website) she is a wonderful tutor.   I came home with a couple of her kits too.

This course was a real adventure!  My friend rented the Fish Court Apartment in Hampton Court Palace.  There were four ladies staying in the apartment and my husband.  The class was taught just across the palace from the apartment.  Loved the commute, in the past I rode the big red bus to class each day sometimes carrying my project bag and slate frame.

We set up our trestles in the dining room, no room to walk around the room or eat in there.  We had more fun than anyone can imagine in this room.



The night before we had to turn in our projects, my friend said we are going to wash your whitework.  I wasn't sure about it.   We left it in the slate frame, put it in the bathtub, warm water and eucalyptus wash, rinsed, stood it up in the slate frame to dry.  By morning it was dry.  I am so glad she didn't pay any attention to me and went ahead and washed it while I watched and took pictures. It turned out great.



After 8 days of class and many hours working on our own I finished my whitework, turned it in for grading.  Picked up my project  and sadly said good bye to Hampton Court Palace and the Royal School of Needlework for now.  

 The above picture is my drawn and pulled thread.  My Grandmother was Irish and her birthday was on St Patrick's Day, love the shamrock.

We also, had to do hemstitching . . . 

 Front
Back

I hope to go back to England to take a couple more techniques in a couple years.  It was sad to leave, but planning to return made it easier.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my adventures at the Royal School of Needlework.  It took me about five years to complete the four Certificate Courses and  six Diploma Courses.  

I loved all of the courses!  I have made so many new friends around the world, it was a wonderful experience.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Needlepoint Stitching Chair



My ANG chapter has decided to make chairs, everyone is designing their own, I couldn't wait to make mine.  

The stitching is all done on congress cloth with size 8 DMC perle cotton and floss #800.  I crocheted the doily for the back and the rug is a Hardanger piece I made several years ago, but I am thinking about a new rug now.

This was a fun project, the base is 2 X 3 from Sudberry House.  The accessories are from Idee Creation, I purchased these at L'alguille en fete in Paris a couple years ago.  Not knowing what I was going to do with them until I finished my chair.





I have to say the Royal School of Needlework box making Diploma course was very helpful in figuring this out.  Things I learned - measure twice and measure a couple more times, take my time to do the finishing and think outside the box.