Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Embroidery 101

My "hands quilt" is coming along at a snail's pace.  I'm o.k. with that.   I thought I would try to put a Don Linn design on my quilt by hand embroidery.  I'm glad most of the design won't stand out but will fade into the background.

I didn't embroider the whole design because yo-yo's are going in the center of it.
One section, the very beginning is needing to be redone.  I pulled too hard and the quilt buckled.

I was all over the spectrum with evenness of stitches and I used all the thread because when I tried to separate them the embroidery string came apart.   Near the end I did get better with my stitches.  I think using an embroidery hoop helped with that. It is relaxing.

The likeness of my girlfriend's hands want to get fused onto the quilt, but it's not time yet.  One good thing is I was able to get my borders on.  Whew!  Next I have to figure out how to finish the arm part of the hands.

This is taking so long and I have so many sewing projects I want to do.  I always want to post one picture of my twins.

My twins, Audrey & Jamie and a few other people enjoying the sunset on the last few remaining really hot days.

Have a great day.

My First Etsy Purchase

I thought I would share with you my first Etsy purchase from Sandy Mastroni.  One day in the near future I am going to learn how to post links to other people's blogs.  I was drawn to her art because she can paint eyes that are so intense.  One doll in particular looked really crabby and I was really relating to her that day.

Anyway, she posted Mitzi, this orange tabby cat, one day and I snatched it up on Etsy.  She put a hook on her back and my girlfriend and I thought she displayed the best hanging up.

The picture below is a close-up of her eyes.

So cute, don't you think?

Sandy also gave me a few bookmarkers and a card.  When I showed my girlfriend, it was late at night and she got frightened by them.  It helps to look at scary things late at night.  The imagination kicks in filling in all the dark places in the house with scary things.

The card below is a picture of a doll with intense eyes.  This was not the crabby one I was talking about.  But something is going on emotionally with this doll too, don't you think?

The orange cat is named grouchy cat.  Cracks me up.

I like Sandy's sense of humor.  I wish I was rich and could buy lots more stuff from Etsy.  I like to purchase items from artists who provide me with an enjoyable blogging experience.  Thanks Sandy! I doubt you will ever see my blog, but if you do Thank you!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Here are three more embroidered dish towels.Not done by me but was given to me in a set for my wedding anniversary.  I am trying to get into embroidery and am planning learning more stitches.

Monday, September 5, 2011