Tuesday, November 4, 2014

An Embroidery Pattern Book

     Sharon from Pintangle posted about a book that she found on the Internet Archive: An Embroidery Pattern Book by Mary Waring. The hedgehog and mouse from page 119 of the book are particularly cute.  This page is also reproduced on Sharon's page.  Pages with larger animals (deer, lamb, pig) and other animals (frog, lizard, coiled snake) were not reproduced on Pintangle.  Pages 130 - 133 of the book show some Interlaced Knotwork patterns.  This book also has a page at Open Library where you can download a PDF.

    I am posting this partly so I can find it later. I enjoyed looking at the patterns in this book.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Betty Chen Louis Lacquer Grapes

I took this class at a regional seminar many years ago.  16 this summer I think.  I put it aside to work on other things and never got back to it.  It is a partly painted canvas worked primarily with Krenik metallic braid and cord.  I wanted to learn the techniques and never had a plan for the finished piece. 

Lacquer Grapes by Betty Chen Louis start
I worked on 3 of the leaves during the month of April.

Lacquer Grapes at the end of April 2014
closeup of new work

Elizabeth Finished

I finished Elizabeth some time ago, but had some camera issues.  So I am finally getting around to posting a picture.  I am still not really happy with some of the jewel placements.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Gay Ann Rogers Travel Journal

Gay Ann is doing a Stitching Travel Journal. There are printable pages to make our own journal. On Page 1 we were to pick 10 projects that we want to work on.  For Page 2 we are to choose the first 2 projects to work on, date started and how much left to do.  Page 3 is for setting time goals and tracking our work.  Hopefully I will get some pictures up here of what I am working on.

My first project is Lacquer Grapes by Betty Chen Louis.  I started it over 15 years ago when I was pregnant with my youngest.  I remember because Betty Chen Louis was concerned that I might have the baby at any moment even though he was not due for at least a month.  And he made a nice shelf to rest the canvas on.  I am about half done.  I have some work done on most of the leaves. My goal is 30 minutes of stitching a day. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Soutache necklace

I am a member of Cyberpointers - an online ANG group.  We did an online class in Soutache embroidery with Amee Runs with Scissors.  I really enjoyed making the necklace.  Putting it together, not so much.  I am not good at the wirework parts of making jewelry.  I hate making centered loops.  I am glad I got to try this technique, but I think I will stick with seed beads.

Entire necklace

Close up of the center section