No way to treat needlework!

This is a piece of crewel work that I did for my mom when I was around 14 or 15…if I’m honest I would admit that was 31 years ago. Ouch…I would rather not do THAT math! LOL You can click on any of the pictures to see a bigger image.

Anyways, some of the wool has deteriorated and come loose, so I decided that I would take it apart and redo it. I was just horrified when I took the back off. This is a piece that my mom had professionally framed, and it is very obvious the framers knew NOTHING about framing needlework. This horrid foam stuff was under the embroidery and was glued to a piece of cardboard.

Then the embroidery was glued to the cardboard.

Then nailed with these nails, many of which are rusted.

Look at all this damage from the glue and rust. What a mess!

I am going to take all of the yarn out and wash the material. Fortunately it is some kind of heavy material. I hope I can get all the yuck out. If not, at least there is enough material that I can cut off the damaged part.

This just goes to reinforce the good advice to make sure any framer you take needlework to knows what to do with it! We put way too much of ourselves into our precious pieces for them to be treated like this piece was. :o(

Busy, busy me :o)

I have been crafting, gluing, stitching, and embroidering up a storm lately. :o) I have several things to share with you.

I finished the embroidery for the Cottage Tree basket. I am in the process of putting it all together, but here are pictures of the finished embroidery.

This is a closeup of the cottage. It will be the top of the basket.

This will be the pin cushion…

The scissor case…

And the scissor fob…

I finished my Sunflower collage that I started during the Brett Barker workshop. I think it will make a very cool art quilt, and I have a definite vision in my head. This is the plan I will be working from. I went to kinkos and blew this up to 24 inches long. We shall see how it turns out. :o)

And I also made this cute little goddess doll the first of the month. She was lots of fun to make, but I am going to have to enlarge my pattern if I make some more. Her arms and torso are too small; it was very difficult to turn and then stuff her. But I love her, and Megan has claimed her. :o)

This is her front…
And this is her back…

Much fiber fun!

What kind of flower am I?

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don’t need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard.

Fearless Composition Workshop

I attended a workshop through the Mississippi Quilt Association by Brett Barker called Fearless Composition. I had a great time, and I learned a lot.

We started off by using India inks and different tools to paint paper. I used various paint brushes, a wooden stick, a feather, and some sponges. It was such fun. I am going to try painting fabric using these inks too.

Then we cut out some kimono shapes and some rectangle shapes our of our paper.

This is my favorite rectangle. It makes me think of two moons over two mountains. I may have to do something else with this.

After we cut our our shapes, we had to choose one of our kimonos and interpret it with fabric. We glued the fabric to paper.

I used strings for skinny stripes, and it about drove me nuts because I had glue all over my fingers and the string wanted to stick to me instead of the paper. :o)

The next day we took our picture we brought several copies of and used it to make a collage. I had a picture of a sunflower. After we made our paper collage, the next task was to interpret it with fabric. It took me a while to wrap my head around using fabric to make the picture. I am so used to thinking in terms of thread and stitch techniques, my brain had to adjust to using blocks of fabric. Again, we glued the fabric onto our foundation.

I am having a lot of fun with this. I can see beads, stitching, and other embellishments on some of these pieces as I place them. I have already changed it up just a little, as I went fabric shopping and added some new fabrics. :o) I plan on finishing my sample and working it up into an art quilt.

We had a show and tell in the afternoon. Rhonda brought a lot of her gorgeous art quilts. I really love her work. Her friend Dorinda had lovely traditional quilts. I met a very nice lady from Brookhaven (where Mark and I are from, an hour south of Jackson), and she brought some pictures of her beautiful work. She had some landscape quilts that I just loved. Another lady had some beautiful paintings as well as quilts. I enjoyed looking at everyone’s stuff. :o)

Brett is a very nice lady, and I really enjoyed taking this workshop from her. I am so glad I didn’t get the job with Blue Cross, because then I would have missed this workshop. It all worked out for the best. :o)

I am a Goddess :o)

Isn’t my Goddess avatar just too cute? I love it! Grian at Panthea put this on her blog. You can go in to Panthea’s Create-A-Goddess and create your own Goddess avatar. It’s a lot of fun! I think she looks just like me. :o)

Weigh-In update – I forgot to mention that at my weigh in on Tuesday night I had lost another two pounds. That makes 13 in all! Woo-hoo! I’m so very happy about that! :o)