Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sewing Table Update

You may remember way back last spring, I posted about my sewing machine table situation. 

I did not have a dedicated sewing table so I had been doing my sewing at my big work table.  The work table is quite tall and I had been sewing standing up.  Not an ideal situation!  

Happily, my sister gave me a table she had that she wasn't using anymore.  

 It was the perfect size and even had drop down sides so that it could sit flat against a wall.

It just needed a new coat of paint! 

Since that post, I have painted the table and set it up with my sewing machine.

The table fits perfectly in the space!  I have a really nice chair that matches:

Did you notice all that beautiful sewing thread on the new table? 

That was a gift for my recent birthday along with these sewing needles!

You may have also noticed the pin cushion.  I just finished it and I will post about that project soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Projects - Part Two

I have an update on one of my projects from my Autumn Projects post {here}.   You may remember, I was going to stitch this small table topper and I was deciding on floss colors

I decided to go with the perle cotton in this beautiful color variation.  This is DMC No. 4128.  I am very happy with the selection! 

 It really compliments the fabric and I just love the effect that the color variation gives.  For the embroidery,  I used the Lazy Daisy, Stem, and Straight Stitches.

After I did all the embroidering on this, I cut piece of white fabric to use as a backing piece.  

I pinned the two pieces right sides together

and sewed around the edges.  I left about a 2" opening so that I could turn the piece inside out and have the seam and raw edges inside and the right sides out.

Before I turned this inside out, I cut each corner on a diagonal so that it would reduce bulk and be easier to turn the corners. 

I turned it right side out and then I hand stitched the 2" opening closed.

This table topper really matches these wood pieces.   I am looking forward to using it with them!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Christmas Planner

I have a new item in my shop!  It is a Christmas Planner.  I know it is a little early to be thinking about Christmas, but it is never too early to start organizing for the busy Christmas season.

I love the colors gold, green and red.  They look so festive together and that is the color scheme I used for this planner.

This planner is much like my Embroidery, Sewing, Knitting and Crochet Journals in that it is a printable file and there is a page for just about everything you need to plan, keep track of and record!  The pages are 8-1/2 x 11" and are intended to be used in a standard sized binder.

There is a perpetual calendar for both November and December.  You can print them out year after year.  I also like to keep mine from past years - they are fun to read over and remember!

For all your special Christmas recipes, there are three different recipe card options including a full page size that is editable. 

The planner cover page looks like this:

There is also a section divider page included.  It is fully editable so you can type in whatever personalized title you want.  Use it for the different sections of your binder {print as many as you need!} or you could also use it as a custom binder cover and use your own wording rather than "Christmas Planner". 

There are also blank editable section tabs.  You can organize your planner any way you wish with divisions that are useful for you. 

Just type in the word you like to use:

There are nine party planning pages that cover everything you will need for planning a Christmas party, large or small.

There are so many different planning pages! 

There is a To Do page in each of three formats: standard - weekly and timeline.

There is also a helpful Black Friday page so you can plan your shopping strategy!

These are just some of the highlights - this is a 42 page packet. 

The pages include:
- Cover Page - Gift Planner - Gift List - Budget - Order Tracker - Black Friday Planner - Gifts Received - To Do - Cleaning Schedule - Decorations - Decoration inventory / Storage Inventory - Card List - Notes - Perpetual Calendars - Activities - Baking List - Baking Schedule - Favorite Recipes - Recipes To Try - Party Planner - Recipe Cards - Editable Divider Page -  Spine/Tab Inserts

The Christmas Planner is available in my Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ballerina Pillow Project - Part Eight

The ballerina pillow is just about finished!  The only steps left are filling the pillow and adding the trim.

Since my last post on this project, I put the front and back pillow panels together and determined the final pillow size.  It is going to be approximately 13" x 8".

I pinned the two panels with the right sides together

and then cut off the excess fabric on all four sides.   I sewed the two panels together, leaving about a 2" opening on one edge to turn the pillow right side out. 

Once I fill the pillow, I will hand stitch this gap closed.

My last step will be to embellish the pillow with this beautiful green velvet trim. 

I am really looking forward to finishing this up!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Some Autumn Projects

I wanted to share a picture of these sunflowers that I planted last spring.  They are all in bloom now and so gorgeous!  
I think the beautiful Autumn colors in this picture make a nice palette for some embroidery projects.

My first project is an embroidered table topper.  I am using this rectangle of beige colored cotton.  The fabric measures 11-1/2" x 14" but I am going to hem the edges.

I transferred this Autumn motif on the four corners of the fabric.  I plan on using a combination of floss colors. 

I love the yellow, burgundy and orange perle cottons I have here:

I also want to make an Autumn-themed kitchen towel.  I am going to transfer one of these motifs as a border - I think I will use the top one with the acorns:

My third project is an embroidered owl.  Specifically, the owl on the left in this picture.  I love the leaf garland!

I have transferred him to this white fabric:

And as soon as I decide on colors, he is ready for stitching!

Friday, September 19, 2014

100 Stitches - Woven Bars Stitch

This interesting looking stitch is the Woven Bars Stitch.  It is the next stitch on my list of 100 Stitches.

The floss I used when learning this stitch is this beautiful multi-colored blue.  It is DMC Perle Cotton Color Variations #4230.   

This stitch is from the Drawn Thread Embroidery category which means a little preparation of the ground fabric is needed.  I cut and pulled the horizontal threads out from a small section.  That leaves the vertical threads to be worked for the stitch.   

I realized after I had carefully cut and pulled the threads that I was supposed to leave an even number of vertical threads...I ended up with nine - oops! 

The first step is to come up through the fabric on the bottom edge of the working area.  Working right to left I began weaving.  The picture in 100 stitches showed weaving four threads in two sets.  I started with the first set  - going under the first two threads {set one}:

and then over the next two threads {set two}:

Next, I pulled the thread all the way through and then worked my way back going left to right by first going under set two and then over set one: 

and pulling the thread all the way through:

Next I worked right to left again under set one and over set two:

I continued weaving like this all the up the vertical threads.  You can really see how it pulls them together and makes a nice tight weave:

I finished off by going back into the fabric at the upper right side of the working area and securing my floss on the underside.  That completed the first two sets, now for the next two:

I did the same steps, starting from the opposite side of the working area.  Weaving under - over:

Under - over.....

until I completed that side. 

I used one length of the color variations floss and I love how the color played out, one side white to light blue and the other side blue to dark blue:

This stitch looks really nice on the underside too!

This is stitch #82 and is from the Drawn Thread Embroidery category of 100 Stitches