Sunday, January 20, 2019

Completed Pendleton fabric bag

If you still need a calendar for 2019 why not order Pam Kellogg beautiful Crazy Quilt Calendar.   I am honored that she asked me to design the cover. 

Completed the bag made out of Pendleton fabric and leather.  The fabric looks different front and back but it is all out of the same piece. 

love the hands!

Inside view not the neatest but better then it looks!

Now I need to spray the leather waterproofing and it will be ready to give away!

Necklace made out of fancy paper clips and misc beads!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

New pocketbook

I found this piece of Pendleton wool a couple years ago and wanted to make a purse out of it.

Searching around I found this bag pattern from  I like to use Texture magic so ordered the pattern.


I had a piece of fine leather so I cut out the flap 30% larger then the pattern sewed batting and texture magic to it and using steam shrank the texture magic giving this puffy effect.  I then sewed beads at each intersection

I know this doesn't look like the same fabric but it is all the same piece. Under the flap is a pocket I sewed on with beads and using floss went around the pocket with the (my favorite) Portuguese knot stitch.

Had to bead the hands!


Still a work in progress ... the strap was really hard as my machine would not go through all the thicknesses.  The flap is just basted on , no lining yet and more support for the strap nest time. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Calendar Cover

Pam Kellogg of Kitty and Me Designs  asked 
me to design a cover for the 2019 Crazy Quilt
 Calendar she publishes each year!  No specific 
direction. I decided I  wanted the cover to show
 the 4 seasons.   Of course a circle had to be the
 start and my process is not scientific I just go 
with the wind... 
I had a lot of fun doing it.
Adding and ripping out!

Love the dyed lace that 
Nicki Lee Sevey did for me!

The blue flowers in the fall section just 
didn't do it for me.  I changed to the 
cat o' nine tales below.

Final Cover
    The 2019 Crazy Quilt Calendar features the artwork  of Betty Pillsbury,
 Suzy Quaife, Kathleen Klein, Nicki Lee Seavey, Karen Guthrie, Pam Peugh, 
Sandra Visser, Brenda Sandusky, Angela Grasse, Lisa Boni,
 Heather Brighton  and Linda Steele. These talented artists 
have created all new blocks specifically for this years publication.

You can order the calendar by 
clicking on this link

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tidal Pool / Kreinik  Challenge 

The fan is completed just have to finish off the back and put my name on it before I send it to the San Francisco School of Needlework & Design for the Stitch-at-Home Challenge BURLESQUE!  
I received an envelope filled with Kreinik threads.  The unruly tassel was made from the leftovers after I stitched the design.

The part I like the best is the piece of material? lace? I covered with buttonhole stitch.  I took the first pictures on the piece I have left.  I probably no will use this again in another project. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tide Pools -  The Art Elements themed challenge reveal
The convergence of a blank fan, the Kreinik threads challenge, and tide pool challenge!

The solid areas are padded and covered with Kreinik 1/8 " metallic ribbon in several colors and outlined in sequins on the outside edge and beads on the inside edge.  The pink circles are couched Kreinik thread.  The wave (which I will probably rip out) is sequins. 

This was a piece of cotton lace that I dyed and didn't like so I did a buttonhole stitch around each circle with different kreinik metallic #8 braid..

The process of covering the padded areas with metallic ribbon and buttonholing around the cotton lace was very time consuming.  That plus an unscheduled trip to Vermont and New Hampshire for a couple of days are the reasons this is not yet completed.

Check out the other participants in this challenge


Shirlee you are here
AE Team Members:

Saturday, May 5, 2018


I have been waiting for the summer issue of 
to come out before I blogged much more about the wall hanging I made for my niece for Christmas. It is featured in the  magazine.
*{you can order your copy by clicking on this link}

Each of the nine large hexagons has a rooster button hence the name Cock-a-doodle-doo.  I added the center hexagon of yellow velvet with French knots to each for continuity. 

Smaller Hexagons


the back

Pipping, white rickrack trim, and beading around the front edges.   
All the green beads and yellow thread were applied with a Tambour hook. (The white organza had the design of white threads on it and I outlined them in the yellow.)

The quilt is in its forever home and is well loved!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Still trying to stay off Facebook!
Sadly a lot of the blogs I used to follow no longer post so in my search for new blogs I have found some needlepoint bloggers.  This is the last needlepoint I did.  It was started when I retired in 1998 and finished in 2002 and was my first blog post.  In the years since I discovered many different types of embroidery and no longer do needlepoint. 
This is a hand painted needlepoint canvas of Snow-White running from the wicked queen...

"Now the poor child was all, all alone in the great forest, and so terrified that she stared at all the leaves on the trees and didn't know what to do. She began to run, and ran over the sharp stones and through the thorns, and the wild beasts sprang past her, but they did her no harm."*
The canvas measures 18" by 30" and is 26 count pettipoint.
For many years while still gainfully employed I took needlepoint lessons from a local shop.  The owner had this canvas hand painted for her own personal use.  When she closed the shop I purchased the canvas from her.  
When I was working the canvas and started the animals I went to the local library to get pictures of animals to get some ideas of how to stitch them.  I was in the children's department and came upon this book

*Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Randall Jarrell

I opened the book and looked through it and almost fell over when I got to the center fold.
I checked it out of the library renewing it several times before I went on line and bought a copy I could keep.                                                                                                                                         

Love my little turkey-work bunny lower right hand corner. 

Snow-Whites face and neck are done on slips of flesh colored cotton over pieces of cardboard cut to the shape of the face and neck.   A combination of stitches and micro pen were used to delineate the features.   I used a combination of Krenik blending filament and floss to get the sparkly haze above her head and through the trees.                                                                                                              

The animals, leaves, berries, flowers, and pods were done in various embroidery stitches.  Background in basket weave stitch.                                                                                                         

I did leave out a few animals I just couldn't capture to my satisfaction.

I have not blogged about my last project of 2017 Cock-A-Doodle-Doo because it is being featured in the summer issue of Pam Kellogg's Crazy Quilt Magazine.   I also have just finished another project that I can't share right now.  
I have cleaned and sort of organized my "stuff" so it time to find a new project!