Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ta Da

Late on Monday, I put the last bullion stitches in the pin cushion. Yeah!! I was able to meet my goal and the final product looked pretty much like the model. I was very happy to be finished making bullion stitches, they are not on my list of favorites. A stitching friend has offered to show me how she makes her bullion stitches. She does beautiful work and I know that I will be able to get a few tips to improve my stitches. Maybe in time I will get better at making them. In the mean time this is what I was able to accomplish.

Merry's Heirloom 
Sewing Case I & Accessories
Designed by Merry Cox
Stitched by Chris Ellis
Finished by me.

April , was International Tatting Day. I didn't have much time to devote to tatting on Tuesday but I did manage to tat the wings and halo for this angel.

Tassel Angel
Big Book of Tatting
Designs by Darlene Polachic
Lizbeth sz20 white for wings and halo
DMC pc5 for tassel

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

March Smalls SAL

Time for the March Check-in:

These two ornaments that were just waiting to be finished.













Swan Sampler Guild 2002 ornament / Tree Ornament JCS Ornament Mag ??

Stitched and finished in March, Seven Pines, by Little House Needleworks




Seven Pines













My Easter stitching, so far.





Easter Egg by Amit Kipattan












 I also finished 2 Halloween ornaments that I will post here next week.

Hop on over to see all of the March Smalls.

Gwen

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Crafty March part 3

Crafty March is almost over and, I still trying to finish the sewing case and accessories.

The instructions for finishing the pin cushion consisted of one  line. "Model has pairs of Bullion Stitches around sides." So how do I proceed? Should I use lining fabric on the back or another piece of linen? When should I stuff? How many wraps for the Bullion Stitches and how far apart should they be? Many questions no answers. I had studied this chart many times, trying to come up with a plan for the finishing. After working on 3 of the 4 pieces I still was not sure how to complete the pin cushion. I am down to 8 days to reach my goal so a decision had to be made.

This is my process to get results that look like the model. I used my magnifier to attempt to count the number of threads in the seam allowance and between each set of Bullion stitches. I folded in a seam allowance, six threads beyond the design. Then I basted the pincushion to another piece of linen along the fold line. The two pieces were sewn together, right sides facing, using the sewing machine. The seam allowances were trimmed and the corners clipped. Then I  turned the design right side out, and pressed. At this point I thought it best to work the Bullion stitches on three sides, before stuffing and closing the fourth side.


I have managed to complete 2-1/2 sets of Bullion stitches. I feel like I am in the home stretch, hopefully I can get the others done this week. 

Thanks for stopping by, 

Gwen









Monday, March 17, 2014

Crafty March part 2

This is my progress for the past two weeks.  I managed to complete two ornaments, that were in my TBA basket, and my first project from my guild's year long  program. I decided to use the ecru for the twisted cord so that my pins would show up better. Using  nail polish to color my pin heads I was able to get a very close match to the blue. Though there was no stitching on this one I am pretty happy with the results.

Swan Sampler Guild 2002 ornament
Ornament JCS magazine



My sewing case is assembled and waiting for the addition of some ribbon, to make the closure. The scissor sheath is next and then I  plan to tackle the needle book. Working my way up to the bullion stitches on the pin cushion.

Seven Pines LHN
This past week I used the finishing ideas and tutorials by Vonna and completed my Seven Pines Ornament.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Crafty March

Happy Craft Month.
To celebrate the month of March, I will be working on assembling some projects. The first that I am tackling is Merry's Heirloom Sewing Case I & Accessories. All of the finishing is by hand so it may take me the whole month to complete this four piece set. I started with the Sewing Case and that is almost done. Next will be the  Pin Cushion has pairs of Bullion Stitches around the sides. I need to practice Bullion Stitches before I attempt that one.

In the meantime I made some projects bags, and twisted cord for two ornaments. The twisted cord is pinned to each ornament ready to be attached.


Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen

Friday, February 28, 2014

Feb_Halloween Ornie SAL

Jo is hosting a Halloween Ornament SAL. Seeing Cathi's ornament, jogged the old gray cells that Behind the Gate had long ago become a UFO. Since Creepy Crawly and Mischief at Midnight, just to name a few are waiting in the wings I decided to join. My goal is to try to stitch the calendar ornaments for Blue Ribbon Designs Behind the Gate

The theme for February was vampires so my first ornament is The Count! 
Blue Ribbon Designs Behind the Gate

Join in or follow along: Halloween Ornie SAL 2014

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February Smalls SAL


Time for the February check-in:

  
stitched with Crescent Colors Wild Berries


Miniature Monogram Hornbook --Margin Marker
By Kelmscott Designs
stitched with DMC 3865

Hop on over to the see the other smalls: 2014 Smalls Stitching

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen