Well what are you waiting for Stacy has signed copies for sale, or ask you local needlework shop if they will order one up!
On the stitching front I have finished The Huntsman!
Lots and lots of stitches, but all worth it.
So while I was trying to decide what project to stitch next, I picked up a quick stitch by La D Da, some great funky birds just perfect for the spring when your stitching by the open window and can hear all the real birds chirruping away.
The new spring edition of
Primitive Quilts and Projects
I have 2 copies if you need one $9.00 no shipping in US
I also finished a birthday present (a tad late) for Nicola of the Scarlet Letter Year Stitch along.
So with the permission of Marsha owner of The Scarlet Letter I graphed her logo and made it into a project bag! This graph will be available to all if I can figure out how to put a PDF file on blogger.
If anyone knows how to post PDF files please let me know.
I will leave you with a lovely flower from my garden,
May you have a very productive week and get lots of stitching done!
A nice day, an open window perfect for bird watching!
Baby and Newbe like to bird watch together maybe so they can compare notes or feel like together they can take on the big birds!
Like this large woodpecker that would give these two tiny cats a run for their money.
Must be all those giant grubs that are living in this tree stump that gave Woody a leg up on the cats.
So while cats are bird watching I have been stitching on the Huntsman and have made some progress since last post. The grass has really intensified the colors and I'm loving the look. Not much more to go, but I'm already wondering what to work on next... A new start or a finish of one of the bazillion WIP stashed around the house. If only I could train the cats to stitch then we would see some progress.
Well I had better get back to it.
Oh just a note, if you stash your WIP all over the house it doesn't look like you have so many, just saying.
These arrived in the mail this week and what wonderful thread keeps they are.
I so wish I could take a picture that would capture the fine workmanship, but since that seems to elude me you have to take my word that they are divine! One of the great things is that you can own your own because Marly from Samplers and Santas has them for sale!!!!!
I know they are great to hold your threads for a project, but I was thinking that they look pretty good hanging above this sampler.
I have been pretty busy these last few week, and I realized that I have not had a chance to even blog about the Nashville Market. I had a great time and managed to get so excited about seeing all the new designs all stitched up and displayed to perfection that I couldn't even get to sleep each night.
I got to work in Stacy Nash's booth and must say that here is one gal that can take an empty room and turn it into an awesome gallery. Between Samplers, Flowers and wonderful props I was tempted to ask her to come fix my poor old home!
I did get to meet up with wonderful friends, but I'm the worst with the camera so I only have the above picture with Niky from Nicky's Creations and Stacy.
Oh the flowers
Spring at Hollyberry Farm and Anna Bradley
Keep your eye out for Stacy's up coming book it will include all of the projects that are in the above picture. I can hardly wait!!
This is the antique sampler that she based the book on.
We have all seen Butternut Tavern, but don't we need the lovely wire basket and cotton to display it in our own home??? I know I'm looking for one!
I love cats and this Needlework trio called
Cat and Mouse is just to cute.
My contribution to Cat and Mouse were some Cat scissor fobs.
These were a fun little prim project that keep your scissors close to hand.
Aside from market I have been stitching in Nicola's Scarlet Letter Stitch along, and they were asking where do you stitch?
This is were you find me every evening, do you think I have enough lamps?
I even included my quilt that I wrap up in while stitching, one can never be to comfortable.
Here is the Huntsman that I'm stitching for the Stitch along, you can tell I have been a little side tracked as I have not made much progress since my last picture.
A quick kitty up date.
This is Baby also known as Baby Face.
She is getting quite big and is a sweet cat indeed, she loves to play so after loosing Koo Kat we thought we would get her a play mate.
And here she is, I have been calling her Newbe, but that may change as we get to know her better.
As for a playmate for Baby Face well... Newbe might not have time to play, but she sure loves to cuddle.
First I must apologize for my poor pictures, there must be more to point and shoot.
Catherine Maudsley by Drawn Thread
I finished in December, but am just now getting pictures up.
It is stitched in the called for silk and wool, but I changed the linen to a greyish distressed linen from R & R did not write down the name.
I also have finished two Scarlet Letter Samplers that were begun who knows when.
Again the photo does not do this sampler justice, I think framing it will allow more of the detail to show up.
When I once again picked up this sampler last week there was not much left to finish.
I recommend not saving the harder bits till the last, not because they are hard, but because I become impatient to finish and find that I want to rush through it.
Another Scarlet Letter
If you look this one up on the website you will find that mine does not look exactly like it...
The kit did not contain enough of the gold silk and again due to impatience to finish I added the red in its place. I'm still trying to decide if I like it, but its over one and I think its here to stay.
I'm planing for a different finish for this one so stay tuned for that update.
Have you seen the Magazine Primitive Quilts and Projects?
It is a wonderful magazine filled with projects that range from quilting, cross stitching, to wool penny rugs something for everyone.
Well I have two extra sets that are for sale
Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
$14.00 for both shipping included in US.
Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2012, Spring 2013
$28.00 shipping included in US
If your interested please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Well I am finally getting around to presenting my Framing Tutorial it only took one year so I hope the information will make up for the delay.
I hope that you take this information and use what works for you and modify what doesn't this is the method I use, but I'm sure like everything there is more then one way.
Mounting Board (Acid Free Foam Core or Mat Board)
Types of Mounting Board
Sticky Board - Avoid at all costs as you will be unable to remove your fabric from board. It also contains chemicals that will harm fabric over time.
Pins - Attaches needlework to foam core board with stainless steal pins, pins remain in work OK as long as pins don't rust.
Linen Tape - Attaches needlework to mounting board with a two sided acid free linen tape
Lacing - Attaches needlework by lacing piece over the mounting board using quilting thread. This is the purist form as no foreign items are added to the needlework.
Preparing Needlework for Mounting
Wash needlework if fibers and material allow washing
Press, Place needlework right side down on fluffy white towel, to prevent crushing of stitches if using over dyed or non colorfast threads be sure to turn off steam.
Take to framer and decided on frame, matting (optional) and how much linen border will be showing.
How to Measure Needlework Piece
Measure the design area, outside stitches for both length and height.
Linen Border is the linen that lies between the design area and the frame. This is the linen you see when the piece is hanging on the wall.
Border can be of equal width on all four sides.
Border with the top and sides of equal width and the bottom has a larger width (usually art work is framed this way).
This is all up to individual taste, but for a teaching example we will look at a 1/2 inch linen border showing on all four sides. Please note that there is a lip on the frame, which holds the glass and needlework in the frame. It is 1/4 inch wide so this has been added to the 1/2 inch border that will be showing.
Design Area 8 1/2 inches X 14 3/4 inches
Right Margin 3/4 inches
Left Margin 3/4 inches
Top Margin 3/4 inches
Bottom Margin 3/4 inches
Mounting 10 inches X 16 1/4 inches
Have framer cut foam core to calculated size. Make sure to have the framer check the lip depth on the back of frame to see if glass, foam core and backing board will all fit into the frame. If the lip is shallow then lace onto a piece of acid free mat board.
Now time for modification
I had a ready made frame that I thought would work on my needlework
It measures 4 7/8 inches X 6 7/8 inches
Because this is the Mounting Board dimension I need to figure out what that leaves for linen margin on all sides of my piece.
Width X Length
Mounting Board 4 7/8 inches 6 7/8 inches
Design Area - 4 4/8 inches 6 1/8 inches
Total Linen Margin 3/8 inch X 6/8 inch
Divide by two 3/16 inch X 3/8 inch
Here I have cut my mat board to the 4 7/8 X 6 7/8 inch dimension place in frame to make sure that you measured and cut correctly.
On the front of your stitched piece measure out from design the amount of your linen margin
In my case 3/16 inch on each side and 3/8 on top and bottom. Place a pin at these spots.
Turn over stitched piece so front is facing down, center cut mat board between the pins.
Pin in place with one pin in the center of each side.
Working from the center and moving towards the corners, pin needlework every 1/4 inch. Repeat until all four sides are pined. When pinning follow along on thread of linen ground fabric to insure that the piece will be straight.
You may need to trim excess linen at this point should have 1 1/2 inches extra per side, but for a small piece may be less. The extra should not meet on the backside.
Miter the corners.
Turn needlework face down and fold in corners, pin in place. Finger press.
Now fold in each side and pin in place
Whip stitch the corners closed with quilting thread. You want the fold to be nice and neat, but your whip stitching will not show so you don't have to be to careful.
All corners done, remove the pins from the corners only.
Thread needle with quilting thread, leave attached to the spool (I place spool in a box or the frame so it does not roll off the table)
Begin Lacing top to bottom moving from the right to left hand side of work. Space each stitch approximately 1/4 inch apart. When the left had side is reached fasten thread securely. Moving from left to right pull each lacing taut (do not over do as it can put extra stress on fabric and bend the mat board). Cut the thread from the spool and re thread the needle and fasten the lacing securely.
Repeat the process from side to side.
I turn my work so I am always lacing top to bottom but I did not flip the photos before posting them.
Your needlework is now ready to frame.
Pop into frame
If using glass be sure to clean first on both sides and be careful not to cut yourself.
Place backing board in (I used foam core)
Hold in place with glazing points (they were at home during photo shoot so do not strain eyes trying to spot them in picture).