Monday, August 26, 2013

Hand Embroidery Pattern Book

 
I've revised my hand embroidery book and it is now available on Createspace  and Amazon! It has a fresh new cover and is a larger size at 8.5" x 11".
 

 
The patterns are actual size bordered by a cheerful watercolor floral pattern.

 
There are 30 hand embroidery patterns and 20 watercolor paintings throughout.

 
At the end of the chapters are photos of finished projects with tips and suggestions.  It has 60 colorful pages and a few smaller bonus patterns that weren't in the other book.  A nice book filled with patterns and paintings!  You can find it here Sketches from Nature Hand Embroidery Book  
 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Hour Glass Quilt Block Pillow

 
I've been reading about "block of the month clubs" lately and wanted to try out a block to see if I'd like doing one, or twelve.  I did like it, but maybe not monthly.  I like smaller quick projects and doing a quilt has seemed to big for me so far.     

 
I found this pattern in the online "Fat Quarterly" magazine ~ the "Hour Glass Frame Block".  This is the second hour glass pattern I've done ~ the other was a potholder.  I like the finished look of the hour glasses.  Good Sunday project.    

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Autumn Crow Embroidery and Hot Air Balloon Towel

 
Are you looking forward to autumn as much as I am?  I noticed the sun is beginning to set a little sooner in the evening and it is beginning to cool off a few degrees finally.  I just released an autumn crow embroidery design that comes with the finishing instructions for the pillow if you like to sew and decorate with handmade things.

 
Next month in Reno they have the annual hot air balloon races and I found myself inspired to embroider one on a flour sack towel. 

 
I love hot air balloons and love watching them, but am still not sure if I have the nerve to actually go up in one.  I'm not a fan of heights.  Maybe as I age and mellow I will get better with that. . . hopefully :) 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hydrangea Garden Quilt Fabrics, Oregon Coast and Fish

 
We took a trip to the Oregon coast last week and I found a few treasures for my collections of fabric, floss and vintage dish towels.  The top left photo is an oh-so-soft pink linen tea towel with a cross stitch floral pattern and a really nice light grey crossed pattern at the bottom.  Being at the coast there were lighthouse items all around made by really talented artists so I bought a few of those too.  I found greeting cards and a blue plaid dish towel ~ I really liked the all blue and white theme in the towel.  I found some new-to-me rayon/viscose hand dyed floss for my collection.  I'm looking forward to trying it out.  It's very slick and shiny.        

 
Out of all the towels I found, this is my favorite.  The towel is really heavy fabric and has three thin red strips on each side.  I loved the little bird in between the glasses and the rows of flowers along the bottom.  The stitcher also embroidered a yellow line of stem stitching cross the bottom hem and I really liked that idea and effect.   

 
I started working on some fish/ocean themed patterns early in the summer and visiting the coast inspired me to work on them again.  I found a fat quarter fabric collection called "hydrangea garden" and may use one or two of the fabrics to finish the towel when I'm done with the embroidery.   

 
A view of the coast near Bandon.  It was foggy and overcast the whole time we were there, but became a little lighter as the afternoon wore on.  The light was nice and soft for photos.  On the way home as we travelled inland the sun was shining and was so refreshing after being in the foggy clouds for several days.  I felt like I was blooming myself.   

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Robins Egg Blue Color Inspiration

 
I'm in the middle of needlework projects and don't have much to show at the moment so I thought I'd post about one of my favorite colors, robins egg blue.  I design with it a lot and have lots of things on my wish list in this color.  So I'm going to share some of those with you too, hope you enjoy!   
This Love Pillow is so pretty.  I really like how the artist arranged the letters with the dots border and put the hearts and vines winding here and there.   
 
This is a happy Love Stamp with a fun daisy for the O.  Wouldn't you love to receive a letter with this stamp?  I would and I would probably save it and put it in my journal to keep it always.
 
  
This chevron wristlet zip pouch is completely cute.  I really like the faded look of the pattern and the script font for the name along the side.  I would use this a lot.

I thought this was a neat pattern on this iPhone case and they called it a "Greek Spiral" design.  I like the simple white with the robins egg blue also. 

If I had an iPhone (I haven't invested in one yet :) this would be the iPhone case I would get. The black and white damask with the robins egg blue is so pretty and I really like monograms.  This one is neat with layering the name on the initial.  Very creative! 

Friday, August 2, 2013

May Lily, Vintage Tea Towels and a Craft Bus

 
I released my newest pattern this week, May Lily, to Norden Crafts and Yarn Tree to be distributed!  I'm a little behind schedule on months because I had some other projects come about so I'm going to strive to get six months done this year and six next year.  I'm needing to design something for Halloween ~ my favorite holiday to design for!    

 
We visited a few antique shops last weekend and visited one of my favorites in Gardnerville, NV.  I found the bright pink tea towel on the left.  I decided to get my little collection out and photograph all of them. I really like the shadow work and using bits of fabric for applique.  I'd like to try that in some of my designs.  Such delicate work and the linen fabrics are so soft.       

 
While I was at my favorite antique shop I found this cross stitch pattern by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum's "Told- in-a-Garden" series.  It is the "Voice of the Shepherd".  It is so neat!  It is unopened and has a $4.99 price tag from a shop called "The Old Country Store" in Intercourse, PA.  It looks like an old printing of the pattern and has her lovely script handwriting on it.  I thought that was something that it would end up in an antique shop in Gardnerville, Nevada.  I had to have it.    

 
I like to go to our local farmer's market on Tuesday evenings to see what is new and sometimes have dinner.  What was new for me this time was a bus!  An artist from our local Sagebrush Sisters Art Coop bought a retired school bus and she's using it for a mobile craft shop to sell her things.  Creative! and neat too.  She calls it "Miss Dixie".   

 
I'm happy with my little garden this year.  My peppers are ripening (I can't remember what kind they are) and my tomatoes are pretty tasty too.  Hope your garden is growing well!  Have a great weekend.   

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