Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Look at the two pieces of fabric both 2 yds. that I found at Goodwill.  Luckily, I tested the first one before putting it in the washer for the jeans wash. There was so much excess dye that it took two rinses and a complete wash with Synthropol to get the water to run clear.

This one did no bleeding. They are both cotton. It's fun to get a bargain but always a wise idea to test things.

Monday, July 29, 2013


A good friend is becoming a Grandma again, so this fleece blanket will go to her new granddaughter.
Being a gadget junkie, I had to try a new rotary cutter blade that makes holes every 1/2 ". It makes crocheting the edge through the fleece easy. I think it would work on Ultrasuede too..

Friday, July 26, 2013


This is a new bracelet done on a grosgrain ribbon and using snaps to overlap and close it. I like that kind of closure and feel it is more secure. The gray mother of pearl buttons determined the design. The edging is picot stitch.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stitching and Beading

This is the latest glass piece that I've used. It's mounted on an orange batik fabric and attached with 3 rows of beaded back stitch. Each row is a smaller bead, so that they snug up to the glass. Then I hand stitched the design and used it to decide where the other beads would go.

Not sure what will happen with it next, but I have some matching Ultrasuede left over from a purse I made.

Monday, July 22, 2013


This would really qualify for the Mother/Daughter challenge too. I don't work in neutrals very often-love lots of color

. The leaves are sheers with the green ones dimensional-something I haven't done is quite a while. It's 16" by 23". The colors are somewhere between the entire photo and the detail. It's machine quilted.

Friday, July 19, 2013


This is the bracelet I made in a class taught by Christen Brown at

It was a lot of fun and has given me ideas for many more. The focal beads were from when I worked for Aardvark Adventures in N. California. Sadly, the business is no longer.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Mother/Daughter Challenge

My daughter and I decided to challenge each other to help us keep trying new things. Karen  did the first challenge to use a color and stitch we normally don't use.

I was trying some Tunsian Crochet and a new stitch called a puff stitch and decided to use pink-a color I don't care for.  It really was a challenge. First I tried to do the second row in the wrong place but didn't realize it until the scarf was 8 inches long and very biased. Then I kept repeating the rows in the wrong order. Finally, it clicked and the scarf is done. Repetition does help in learning. Now I need to find someone to give it too. I don't wear pink.

Monday, July 15, 2013


 This is the last Fiberactions challenge. We were to use colors that were present in our closet. Of course Blogger put it on it's side.
 Here's a detail, but the color is purple like it shows in the photo of the complete hanging. The blocks is one of my experiments.

Friday, July 12, 2013


A friend and I had a nice day shopping at Fabric, Needlework and Craft shops. Then we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant. It's so nice to just enjoy friendship.

These are the threads I just had to have in colors that seem to be mine. With purple, you'll see on the 15th that these are the colors in my closet-the Fiberactions challenge.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I was playing with my Bind It All-a machine to bind and insert the metal part. This is the front and back of a 3" by 4" book with the bamboo as the front cover.

Here are two of the pages. The right one is double and sealed on the bottom and edge, so something can be inserted into it. The left one is folded up to create a pocket. It's a good way to use some of the papers I painted. To review the machine, I'm taking Bind It 101at 

Monday, July 8, 2013


More crochet motifs painted with Dynaflow. These are the last until I crochet more. I also need to use some of them. Here they are drying on a rack I found at Goodwill.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bead Journal Project

For July, it needed to be red, white, and blue. I had a piece of glass with those colors to use as a starting point. The rays of beads remind me of fireworks.   The fabrics are batiks.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Happy 4th of July to everyone in the United States. Remember to hug and take care of your pet family members. The fireworks confuse and scare them.

They really do like to sit on the stairs.

Monday, July 1, 2013


I traded a gray felt piece to another artist in California, so I decided to do another one with the same background thick and thin yarn but a completely different design.

The beads on this one are vintage from a find in an antique store 20 some years ago when the 2 Mothers-in-law visited our kids who lived in Illinois then. The stitching is by hand in Perle Cotton.