Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Friday, February 24, 2012

More Pendants

It seems that I can't stop making them... Whether I set out to work on my pebble or on a Round Robin block, or whatever else, the one thing I can be sure of is that by the end of the day there will be another pendant made.
Here are a some of my latest ones:

Have a beautiful weekend, Everyone!

P.S. For the last few days I have been without internet connection, and things will stay this way for at least another couple of days.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Pebble Adventure

The fact that I love embroidery is a well known fact for everyone who knows the tiniest thing about me.
A lot less people are aware of another fact: I have been collecting pebbles for as long as I can remember. I have pebbles that remind me of special moments in my life, special places I visited, a play I've seen, a book I've read... And pebbles I just picked up in an ordinary moment of an ordinary day, just because they caught my attention. There's at least one in my purse right now, and if I look, I might find some in the pocket of my coat, too...  Now, this does not mean that I have tons of pebbles all over the house, my collection "only" fills a jar and a small shoebox (ok, plus my purse and pockets LOL).
So when my friend, Debbie, first blogged about the Pebble Adventure she has embarked on with another friend, Marjolein, I knew I wanted to participate!

Items to be trapped

 I had to finish something else before I could start on my pebble, but reading the discussions and seeing the photos of the participants' progress on Stitchin' Fingers, only made me to want to start sooner... And today I finally did. My beads, washer and broken jewelry parts (curtesy of my daughter) are trapped, and threads and needles are all lined up to start encrusting tomorrow.

Items trapped

Ready for embroidery

As I am still experimenting with this trapping thing, I decided to keep my pebble small, with not too many items trapped. I am really curious to see how it will work.

Now I'm off to work on a new project, about which I can't wait to tell you all when the time comes!

Have a happy Monday, Everyone!

Monday, February 13, 2012

On Wednesday

there's a costume party at my daughter's kindergarten and as she decided to go as a fish, ballerinafirefighter, ballerina, I made her a tutu:

and a corsage with satin ribbon flowers, for which she chose the colors:

It only took a couple of hours to make, requiring hardly any stitching and, most importantly, Sara absolutely loves her sweet little ballerina dress. 

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


"Snowball Fight" is a swap I am participating in, with CQI. The idea is to piece and embellish a small CQ block, according to the preferences of the person we are making it for.
My swap partner for February is Connie. She asked for cream-gold-bronze in ways of color, with lots of sparkle. She loves lace, silk ribbon and beading a lot and also appreciates a vintage or encrusted look.

With these instructions in mind and the desire to practice curved piecing, I pieced the CD sized block you have already seen:

Silk, satin, golden lame, golden net on cream silk and a flower motif I cut out from a golden lace were the first ingredients. Then came the silk ribbons and beads and pearls and golden braid to add more sparkle.

I was planning to add something more to the center, but the moment the block got to the stage you can see, it whispered to me "I am finished..." I can't argue with that, can I?

And one last picture, taken under direct sunlight, just because I love the way it turned out:

I hope Connie will like the snowball I am about to "throw at her"...

Wishing you all a sunny day,

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