Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Elephant Dog

I could have begged and cajoled for a million years to get her to do this BUT I let her steal the vac part and she ran around for 10 minutes so proud of herself....and I got this pic....I can not believe she can see...
Sorry for the pet pic but she does make me laugh!

I made this little Pin Cushion Forrest as gifts.....and the red button pins were dyed in the BBG method! They are fun to make and I put large old buttons on the bottom for stability and weight.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good Day

Last year one of the members of my EGA Chapter put a challenge together....She made some little thread paddles and our challenge was to make a cover for it....the challenge came in the bag you see here and it could be part of the challenge or not...
When my friend visited in September we went to the fabulous Ribbon store here in Chicago and I found this ribbon....I love I designed this reverse of the ribbon and stitched it. The thread color was perfect and it was something we had been given as a give at the First Dyeing 2 Stitch Retreat several years ago. And as you all know, somethings just take on a life of their own. There was a bit of extra ribbon so it became a Humbug Scissor Fob and the other little Patch became an open needle page with the button in the center. I had photo copied the stitching with the ribbon and so that became the picture on the cover of the book.
It was all great fun. We presented them at the last meeting and I have to tell you the work of these women was beautiful. One made a Crazy Quilt out of the bag. I count them as one of the great joys of my Chicago Life!

Here she is....4 Lbs of trouble....she thinks she is hiding so that I can not get to her to put her into her Crate so that I can leave for work....At this moment she is whimpering beside me because she wants me to throw one of her fetch toys....Lots of Work this one!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


The needlebook on the right is one of the things you should never admit. I was part of a needlebook exchange and did not realize that I was not to send to the person who sent to me. So the first one I made was promptly sent off to the woman who sent me one......Only for me to find out later that this particular exchange did not work that way. So since I really hate stitching things twice, I borrowed this pattern from my daughter and made a different one! I hope the woman in Austrailia who waited an inordinate amount of time, liked what she finally received!

This Stocking is part of a Blackbird - Loose Feathers that had an exchange. This pattern is from a spring book that is in other colors but I thought it lended itself to a Red and Green theme.

Any way, The pictures you see above are the first project I am doing. The box on the right slides into the cover you see on the left....I have all the pieces of the box cut and covered....(ok, so that has been done since the class in the summer of 2008)...I have started the stitching on the cover and will post pics of the progress as it is worth showing.

As some of you know, I am visiting London and Paris to take classes with Jackie. There is (of course) prestitching that is to be done. My goal is to complete the prestitch and this project by the trip. I would love to be able to take it with me complete....

This is my little bundle of ( 4 lbs) joy. It is rare that she does not have some toy in her mouth if she is awake! Pic was taken this morning as I chased her around the Living Room!