Now that the Studio Journal as Designer’s Workhorse class is done, I’ve taken the time to catch up on my TAST stitching. I’ve combined five weeks into the sampler band I’ve done this week. So what stitches did I use?
- Week 7 Detached Chain
- Week 8 Chain Stitch
- Week 11 Whipped and Woven Wheels (never had much luck with this one before)
- Week 12 Alternating Barred Chain (first time stitching this one)
Spring is definitely happening here in Southern Alabama and this inspired me to create a little fantasy flower garden and fresh, feathery, green garland. I tried to follow an idea put forth by Mary Corbet to given my flowers a kind of raised center, but I did not have much success with this. Guess I’ll have to keep on trying. But I’m not disappointed with my results. There is a lot of texture to my flowers. And I had fun while learning two new stitches!
- Alternating barred chain interspersed with chain DMC 3814 (1 strand) and DMC 3813 (2 strands)
- Detached Chain DMC 3821
So what do you think? Which is your favorite Fantasy Flower? Or do you like the Garland best?
I have created a new page. You’ll find the tab for it on the top bar next to the other pages that are kind of integral to this blog. I hope you’ll check it out now and then as, like the Sampler Sayings, it will be updated periodically. Here is the text as I have posted it today:
Noteworthy Stitching Blogs
As I have been taking classes and participating in stitching challenges, I’ve come across some incredible stitchers and beautiful work along the journey. Too many to include in a blogroll which according to the blog tipsters I read should be kept on the shorter side so your own work can shine. So, I decided I’ve give these special people their own page on my site with a link to the latest work that they have done that is my favorite for the moment.
So, here are the “winners” (as they say on Dancing With the Stars) in no particular order. Please, check out the work. I know you won’t be sorry!
- CrazyQStitcher….this lady is a stitcher and a quilter. My current favorite post is about Anita’s use of Whipped Wheel in the TAST Challenge.
Check this page now and then as I’ll update it regularly.
Tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day and I have little to say or show for myself over the past couple weeks.
I have not been stitching much, or doing anything much in the past two weeks as I’ve been sick. When a person who has had Bariatric or stomach by-pass surgery has gut pain and vomiting, it’s taken seriously. So I even spent a day in the ER in a strange new to me hospital in Foley, Alabama undergoing CT scan and other tests and evals to make sure there is no problem related to the Roux En Y surgery I had two years ago this month. Thankfully (maybe) they could find nothing amiss and sent me on my not so merry way with an Rx for more morphine than I took when I was a fresh post-op! But that’s what it took to keep the pain at bay. After two days in bed, I started to feel like a human being again while still not knowing what was wrong.
So, now it’s St. Paddy’s Day. We will not be eating the traditional (gassy) meal of corned beef and cabbage. But I thought I’d share three of my favorite St. Pat’s recipes with you.
First up, Boxty. Boxty is a terrific way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. We make extra just so I can make this recipe. I make more Boxty than we will eat and wrap up the leftovers in meal sized packets and freeze them until we need a fix. You reheat them the same as you would frozen tater tots or frozen french fries. But they are soooo much better!
Next, Irish Soda Bread. I found my favorite recipe in a Gourmet magazine years ago. The article author traveled around Ireland and reported on the Soda Bread found at various B & B’s. While several recipes were given, the basic one, plain and simple, was my favorite. And, I get raves whenever I make it for other people. You will, too!
Finally, Irish Potato Candy. This recipe is neither Irish, nor is there a potato in it. But it’s fun! Last year was the first time I made it. I added macadamia nuts to the recipe, poking them into the little “potato” candies so the nuts looked like eyes in the potato. Then I got some Easter Basket grass and buried the potatoes in the grass and mounded some on top, too. Whimsical, effective, deadly sweet confection for spring!
Enjoy! Tell me which recipe you try, and how you liked it! If you make changes to make the recipes better, I must know this, too!
A lot has happened since I last posted. We moved from Bay St. Louis, Mississippi to Robertsdale, Alabama. It’s very nice here and super weather today—84 degrees with a good breeze. Beautiful trails to walk, so the pups are loving it! Unfortunately, when we were settling into our new site my laptop was damaged. The image to the left is what you see on the lower right screen when turned on. I think I’m going to create a needlepoint design out of the pattern. Needless to say, this has had an impact on my internet presence!
I’ve started a new class. Sharon Boggon’s Studio Journal: a Designer’s Workhorse. Yesterday began Week Four. I have been busy reading, completing the exercises, and working with my journal everyday. Following is an easy, but fun example of an exercise from the Studio Journal course. Hopefully in the future you will see designs that flow from the exercises I’ve been doing and from the creativity using the journal inspires!
TAST has taken a back seat during the weeks for detached chain and chain stitch, but I’m back on track with this week’s Couching Stitch. Taking the Journal class is pulling a lot of loose ends together for me. My sample of TAST’s Week 9 stitch led me to pull out an old UFO, Venus de la Mer.
I once did a doodle of a Venus of Willendorf incorporating Chakra points. I liked the doodle so much I decided to turn it into an embroidery piece. I couldn’t decide if I wanted her to be represented with elements of Earth, Air, Fire, or Water, so I decided I would do four pieces, one for each element. I started with Water since I had some cool water fabric to use as a background.
I’ve now put the original doodle in my journal where it will be safe and I can easily find it again. And, I couched the eyelash thread hair in place, using some seed beads for embellishment. When Jeff looked at it and asked what I was doing and what was I using, I asked him what he thought. He said, “It looks like weeds.” Mission Accomplished!!
I’ve also been working like crazy to finish an ANG class, Snow White Peony. It is due on March 15. I think I can finish it. But even if I don’t, I’m going to send it in to the instructor for feedback. A certificate of completion would be nice, though, especially since I’m interested in pursuing Master Stitcher qualifications. What do you think? Is it doable?