Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bee Across the Sea

Easter is in the air, and so are spring chicks! That's what Anita and I stitched last week for Wild Olive's Spring Stitching Club. This was a delightful little motif and we had fun making our hexagon flowers with it.

Anita's chick

Else's chick

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

And flowers return...

How I ache for the return of garden goodness!

Imagine my joy when I saw the return of my tulips, cautiously poking their new leaves out of the ground:

See them?

After all the snow we've had, along with months of winter, I am careful about hoping for too much, also!

And then my work friend Diana brought some tulips to share:

A touch of color makes the heart glad.

Using the Waterlogue iPhone app, I converted this picture to a watercolor. Delicious!

Waterlogue tulips

Flowers--bring them on! I am so ready.

And then, my African violet birthed another bloom!


For more garden inspiration, check out Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life. I am in love with this book!

Hill Top Garden. Courtesy: National Trust

Monday, April 07, 2014

Stitching for Project Life and Tips for stitching on paper

Via StudioCalico, I am taking a stitching class--stitching on paper, that is. Using simple techniques, teacher Paige Evans is showing us how to add stitching to our Project Life cards. All these techniques can be used to embellish any paper craft, for sure!

Using my own handwriting, I made a title card for my Project Life album this week:

And I also made this filler card for a smaller pocket:

Here are some tips I "discovered" as I've begun stitching on paper:

  • Lightly draw or write your own design using a pencil. Erase the pencil lines after poking the holes.
  • If piercing your own hand-drawn design or handwriting, poke holes at the beginning and end of your design first, then at every intersection (where lines cross). Then go back and poke a few holes in between. This will make your stitching look more natural and flow better.
  • Use the needle you are going to sew with to gently pierce the initial design. Then, prior to sewing, re-poke the holes a little deeper. The holes will be just the right size!
  • To make curves seem "curvier," pierce holes closer together. Shorter stitch lengths will blend together to create the curve.
  • Vary the number of threads you are using to sew. For big, bold designs, using anywhere from 4-6 floss threads. For smaller, daintier designs (or those with much detail), use 2 threads.

Hope these tips make your stitching more fun and satisfying!
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