Friday, June 10, 2011

Fantasy Flowers June

 I got these two new fabrics this month and was so pleased when they worked with the basic block.

I'm addicted to doing these.
 Sometimes a simple running stitch is all that is needed as is one the leaves.

The stem is a silk cord couched with a chain stitch and then a thick cotton used for the fly stitches down the sides.

For those that have not guessed I love doing bullions and knots of any kind.  The gentle overdye of this red Needle Necessity floss work very well to pull the several shades of pinks and reds in the petals.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Casalquidi Altoid Box

This is a new technique to myself that was offered through SNS (Shining Needle Society and taught by Jane Ellen Balzuweit.

Having previously done several stump work projects the three dimensional aspect of this appealed to me.

We were given the option of doing this in traditional white on white or in colour.  As complex as this looks it uses very basic stitches.
Following Jane's instructions both in the given booklet and her weekly online lessons makes this a very doable project.

I did change the finishing a tad by using ribbon instead of cording.  This was in order to hide the red sides of the lid and the typing on the bottom side.
The inside base is lined with the provided suedette fabric and magnet strip. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

June ANG Stitch of the Month

Well last month I wasn't sure about my colour choices.  Now I like them again.

 For an ex math teacher I'm ashamed to admit that I had to rip out a few times due to bad counting.
Liking how there is now some symmetry of colour.  Really intrigued to find out how the focus over dye is used.