Friday, December 19, 2008

Chocolate Swirl and Lace


Thinking ahead about Valentine's Day chocolate came to mind and, of course, hearts. I wanted something different than red and pink. Color is one of my favorite things in the whole world. Nothing better than having all of my floss out around me organized by color in a huge wheel and I get to put them together to see if they sing or scream. I especially love the hand dyed colors because I can use less and get more in my designs. I chose just a few colors for my chocolate swirl project - purples and greens. I loved the combination. I have also been in a green mood with my knitting project. When my sister and her husband brought their sweet new baby girl to visit us in Nevada this summer we visited "Jimmy Beans Wool" in Reno and I bought some luxurious alpaca and silk yarn. I love to touch it. Seems to melt through my hands. I chose a fairly easy lace pattern - to me a lace pattern would be the only type to do this yarn justice. I just knew it would drape beautifully. It had been awhile since I knitted and there is a little humble spot where I knitted the row wrong, but I left it. A little reminder that it will be okay, I'm okay too - plus have you ever tried to pull out a row of lace knitting and make it right again... not worth the headache to me so I decided to leave it and be humbled. tremendous growth for myself- but i still like as perfect as I can get projects... hope the holidays bring you much happiness and peaceful time crafting - very necessary for a balanced life...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Free Heart Embroidery Pattern Patchwork Tote




I have been working on Valentine design ideas and decided I would put one of them on my blog to see if anyone would like to try it out. If you have trouble printing it from here please visit my website as it should print from there, http://www.countrygardenstitchery.com/ I finished mine in an evening and made it into a cute patchwork tote. It is very easy. I used stem stitch on the hearts and large swirl flowers, back stitch on the small swirl flowers, lazy daisy stitches for the leaves and three wrap french knots for the smallest swirl flowers. I used one strand of Caron Collection Wildflowers in Eggplant. I stitched the design on some very white fabric with a subtle floral design on it. I love little bags and totes so I went through my fabric scrap box and found some pieces to make one. I trim down my finished design to about an inch around and begin by putting two strips of fabric on each side and then on the top and continue adding until you are happy with the size. Cut a back the same size to match the front and two other pieces of fabric the same size for the lining. Sew these together leaving a small opening in the lining for turning. Make a handle or two and attach to bag with pins and sew the lining and outer bag together. Turn and press. I would love to see your heart and/or patchwork tote if you decide make it! Hope you enjoy embroidery or this inspires you to try it!

Monday, December 1, 2008

good harbor and valentine stitching


I am working on a couple of valentine designs to add to my other February/Valentine's day designs. One in cross stitch and one in embroidery. i like being able to trade off between them. "Chocolate Swirl" is my cross stitch design and I will leave it to your imagination to picture what it will be like until I release it in early January. "Love Matters" is my embroidery design and I think I will make a pillow out of it. I love the colors and I can see it finished in a pillow. I have been reading a lot and I have been enjoying Anita Diamant's books. I have started "Good Harbor" because the summary really spoke to me at this stage in my life. Her books are so wonderfully written and help me to discover myself. I am planning on reading "The Red Tent" again. The sun is shining and it is very cold, but this afternoon it will be warm. I need a good storm. One of my favorite things is a good storm with solid gray clouds in different shades of gray, wind pushing the trees this way and that with floating leaves dancing through the air and rain softly falling and soaking the land. We put up our Christmas tree and decorated our house yesterday and had a candle light dinner of homemade chili and great sour dough bread.

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