Friday, 20 November 2015

Ribbon Embroidery

Hello crafty friends!  Today I have something a bit different to share with you.  I was encouraged by a sweet lady to try ribbon embroidery.  I've never done this before and thought I'd give it a try.  I cannot say that it is my talent....but I did finish what I started.  There are many many ways to do this skill but I tried a free hand on a small bag that I found.  It was a material with a looser weave that I thought would be easier to let the ribbon pass through.

I used an upholstery needle to fit the ribbon through the eye, and plunged right in.  I used four different ribbons, but all were satan and were very smooth to go through the fabric.  I struggled with getting the ribbon to lay lay just the right way. :)

It was an interesting project, and I'll be adding an insert to the bag to protect the backing of the work.  I have yet to find the right material....I'll keep looking.

Here are some pictures of the little panels that I worked on a little closer.  I tried to make three different kinds of flowers....yes, feel free to laugh.  I almost didn't share this...but I suppose it's all part of the crafting process.  

Thank you for taking the time to drop by and check out my blog! Praying you have a lovely day!

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Special Outfit for a Special Bear

Hello Friends!  Today I have something a bit different to share with you.  My son wanted a little camouflage outfit for his teddy.  He picked out some yarn that he liked and so I thought...for a long time how I would go about doing this.  It's not perfect, but for the most part it fits well.  He now has an outfit of a hat, a coat and mittens on a string.  So he won't get cold this winter....well....I am thinking of making him pants.  What do you think?

Here's a back shot.

He's a well loved bear and my daughter sewed a button nose on for him after the original one wore off.

I sewed on a couple buttons on with brown thread to keep the jacket front together.

Then to keep the mittens from falling of or just plain getting lost....I sewed a string on to them.

It was a fun project, and I have an outfit to make for my other son's stuffy.  That will take a bit more thinking since it's considerably smaller.  So that will be forthcoming. :)  

Well, I've had some here're the Teddy with some pants. :)

Praying you all have a beautiful day! 

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Homestead Apron and Apple Treat

Hello Friends!  I have an apron to share with you.  A friend of mine gave me this lovely homestead fabric and I thought that since she was moving into a new home and into a new kitchen I'd make her something new to wear in it.

I added some little eyelet style lace to accent it along with the two pockets.

I have also tried to make these sweet apple flowers with a butter pastry bottom.  I must say that it's not my thing to get them to roll nicely.  But.....they tasted so very yummy!  I will definitely use these ingredients, but in a different shape next time. :)  I do need to learn to make my own butter pastry.  Any tips?

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Monday, 19 October 2015

A Couple Cute Snowman Cards

Hello Friends!  Today I have something a bit different to share with you.  This week From the Heart Stamps put out this very adorable little snowman stamp set and it was on sale at the store HERE for just $1.00.  So I had to grab it.  It's very fun to colour up and every time I see it I smile. :)
With having a new one of Faith's images I also wanted to play along in one of the challenges on the FTHS blog.  It's a sketch challenge with a twist.  So I followed the sketch and added the twist which was stitching.  It's a bit hard to see in the pic, but you can click on it and see it bigger if you'd like to.
I used my Spectrum Noir markers to colour with and I used My Mind's Eye papers as well.

Since it was so fun to play with I made another card right afterwards.  I had printed out a few of these sweet snowmen in two different sizes.  For this card below I also coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers and used My Mind's Eye papers and pre-made card base.

Thanks for dropping by to see me. :)  It was nice to play with paper again.
Praying you have a beautiful day!

Monday, 12 October 2015

A Butterfly Birthday

Hello! Today I have a card to share with you that I made for a sweet friend of mine.  She lives far away so this is a birthday greeting that fluttered  her way.

I used a My Mind's Eye decorative card base and added some papers from My Mind's Eye, a doily piece some ribbon and a cute pre-made flower.  I stamped the sentiment over the butterflies.
Something simple to fit in an envelope to fly over the ocean.

I hope you are enjoying the day!  Here in the Yukon, the sun has come out of the clouds and the wind has changed directions...winter is on it's way. :)  God is so good and orders things just as they should be.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Embroidery Hoop Storage

Hello! Yes, It's me again. hehehe I'm loading you all down with posts this week.  I hope you are all having a beautiful day!  Today I'd like to share with you a fun project that I have been itching to do.  I saw a picture of it posted somewhere and I though it was just the perfect way to store my crochet needles and then other items as well.   

I have different sized embroidery hoops that I already had some fabric in from a display I did at the last place I lived.  Thus far since moving they'd just been stacked away in a safe place.  So I was already partly there.  Now I have my hoops hung up with those non-marking hooks on the wall in my sewing/ craft area.

What follows is a bit of a tutorial on how I made my hoop storage thingy's if you'd like to see how I put them together. :)  Hope it's clear enough for you to follow easily.

First pick out some material you'd like to use.  I had just a couple different ones, but you could use the same kind or three different choose.

I cut a piece to fit the whole hoop, and one to fit about 2/3 of the way over top.

Then using a good hot iron, baste the edge of the overlapping fabric down on the one side.  ( I use about a 1/4- 1/2 inch myself.)  That way it won't unravel on you.  Then sew along the basted line to keep it in place.

Then set the material over the larger piece and pin it together in the desired place.   Then you need to sew some vertical lines  to make your pouches.  You can add as many as you'd like and in varying widths.  I just eyeballed mine, so they aren't all the same. LOL

The next step is to add a smaller band or ribbon.  This is to keep all the items you're storing at the same level.  If you make a band, you need to remember to bast it under and then sew it down on each bast line so that it's secure.  When I used the ribbon, I just used one sewed line for it.

Now it's time to put it on the hoop.  Lay the material over the inner circle and secure with the outer circle.   Final step is turn it over and cut off the excess material.  

Voila!  You're done.  Now you can fill it and hang it up in a convenient spot. :)

Thanks so much for dropping by and I pray that you enjoyed the tutorial.  It's always fun to try new things, and to create things that are not only functional but pretty!

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Keeping My Finger's Busy

Hello!  Thanks for dropping by to see me.  I've been trying to keep my fingers busy.  I am one of those people who isn't happy doing nothing very often. :)  So these are a few of the things that I've been doing to keep busy.  My inspiration for this comes from:
Proverbs 31:27 - She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Above are some preserves that I canned and made these crocheted doilies to top them with as gifts.  Then they can use the doily and enjoy what's in the jars.  Here's the link to the TUTORIAL I used.   They're easy to tie onto the jars with twine or ribbon or whatever  you think looks pretty. :)

 Below is a crochet project I did.  I used that big chunky yarn for the first time and it's so nice to work with!  It's soft and warm and so I made a blanket, a hat and then a doily out of the remaining yarn.

I had my birthday this last month, and a dear friend gifted me with some beautiful blue yarn for a scarf.  I followed the pattern on the packaging and it's oh so nice!  It will most definitely keep me warm this winter!

Then I've also been back at making some aprons.  I think it's about my most favourite thing to sew. :)  I found this material at the free store (in the recycling centre) in town and thought it would make a lovely apron.  Below is a close up of the fabric, and I used two kinds.  Then for a finishing touch I added some blue lace around the bottom.  I made the straps extra long since I saw a style where they wrapped them around themselves and tied them in front.  So something I've not done before, and hope that whomever receives them will be pleased with.  I made two of these just alike.

I also love to make aprons out of clothing that I find.  Below was a Gap sundress I found at the free store and it only needed a few mods to become an apron.  I love the bright cheerful colour this one has.

I have also been going through my yarn stash and had a couple balls of this incredibly fluffy, soft, variegated yarn.   So I didn't know how big it would get so I started and it turned out to make a nice small blanket that would be suitable for a baby car seat, bassinet, or stroller.   When my children were that tiny I'd take blankets like these and lay them under a receiving blanket to make a comfortable cushion for them to sleep on. Not to deep of course but extra warm.

Well, these are a few of the things I've been doing aside from the regular mending and altering of clothing.  I'm not a great seamstress, but thankfully the Lord has given me an ability to manage.

So, what have you been up to as you keep your finger's busy?

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