African Kelli is an amazing woman! Not only does she craft and compete in marathons but she travels the world to destitute places and works to improve the lives of the poor in 3rd world countries! She is a true inspiration. Read here, here and here.
I know I said I was going to post yesterday but I had an unexpected visitor so things got pushed back.
I did have the chance to finish one of my swap gifts for the cherry blossom swap I am participating in. Its due so I need to finish the accompanying bag today.
I love it! I love how the cherry blossoms erupted under my fingers in just the right spots! You can visit my flickr for some closer shots. If you would like to try this pattern I found it here.
I am also working on a little tote for myself. The embroidered front isn't finished but its almost there. I am going to add a couple more big flowers and maybe a butterfly or a dragonfly. This one is my own design inspired by the amazing stuff in Doodle Stitching.
It reminds me of Alice and Wonderland (a movie I love).
Remember I said I was working on coasters? Well they still are not finished because I am having trouble getting my blanket stitch to look like I want it to. Here is what they look like so far...
I promised a tutorial and you will get one. They are so simple I am sure you can figure it out but I am going to tut it anyway! The designs on the coasters are from Sublime Stitching.
As for the garden, it is looking beautiful! I used to hate gardening but I lived in the desert my whole life and having a successful garden is difficult. I am so happy to be living in a frost free zone! I can grow all year! Well we do get some heavy rains in the winter so maybe not ALL year. I will take some pics later today and post them for you.
My daughter is quite taken with my embroidery. She calls it mommy's stitching and recently she decided that she must learn to stitch too...
I made sure she wasn't poked with the needle, but she did most of it herself. Does anyone know where I can find those lacing cards for children? I remember having some when I was a kid and I think she would love them.
Just out of curiosity what was the first craft you learned to do?
My mom was a lot more crafty when I was younger. She used to crochet, a lot. I still have some things that she crocheted like toys, dolls, blankets. The first craft I remember doing was crocheting a chain on my finger. I would sit and crochet ridiculously long chains and then unravel them. Its still the only crochet I can do! After that I remember learning how to weave on those plastic looms and horribly ugly rug hook projects. I thought they were great at the time but I hate them now! I see them in the kids craft section at the store and I shudder. I don't know why...maybe I stabbed myself with the tools once... maybe not.
Has anyone come across this book? I saw it today in Borders Books and its really cute! There are lots of adorable projects involving sewing, embroidery and appliqué. I saw stuffies, quilts, bags, toys, cushions, cozies and other great things I cant remember.
I didn't buy it yet since my budget has been a bit strapped. Its on the list for next time. Definitely check it out over at amazon. There are also a couple other books by the same author that look interesting.
The only concern I have is the patterns in the back of the book. Several pieces were overlapped and it looked a bit confusing to figure out, but perhaps she explains a method I didn't read.
I went to the sewing repair shop to repair my sewing machine. Walking through the door I was secretly hoping the damn thing was non fixable and I would get to buy a new one. I tell the guy that it will turn on, but it will not respond to any button pushing. I unplugged it and tried it again, but no luck. He sits it down plugs it in and it beeps to life and works like a charm! What the...
So after that embarrassment I cast a wistful glance at the pretty new Berninas and carted the other one home...
I love my sewing machine because it makes me beautiful things that I adore like the skirt I finished this morning...
Its for the little one, of course. I couldn't fit my butt into that! Isn't it adorable! She loved twirling in it.
I hate my sewing machine because after the very last stitch on this skirt the damn thing frizted and now it wont turn on! I am taking it to the emergency room tomorrow. Half of me hopes it survives to sew another day and the other half hopes it dies so I can go buy a new one with less troubles.
I have really enjoyed learning how to embroider. It is so easy, I swear anyone can do it. Combining sewing and embroidery has broadened my embellishing horizons and I feel like I am finally letting some of my creativity out. Yesterday I made this cute little drawstring pouch. It is the perfect size to hold a set of color pencils or some crayons. Its the first thing I have added to the shop in a long time too!
The writing says il pleut which means "it rains" in french. I took a year of French in community college and I am still (and always will be) in love with the language and the culture. Isn't it adorable?
By the way, I bought Doodle Stitching the other day and I love it! It has so many inspiring photos and clear instructions! If you want to learn embroidery buy this book and Sublime Stitching and you are well on your way! Not only has this book influenced my embroidery but it made me break out my sketching supplies! I haven't had so many ideas in a long time. I have been heavily influenced by Japanese embroidery. I love those simple designs and adorable characters.
Currently I am working on a skirt for my daughter. I will post pics of the skirt and those coasters soon!