July 22, 2017

An Afternoon Outing

A couple of days ago, Josh and I drove up North to check out a large Half Price Books, a couple of Goodwills, and an art gallery. Though it was hot, I quite enjoyed myself! Here are a couple of photographs from the day...


July 13, 2017

Preparing for Framing...

I've been stitching a lot over Summer Break. Sometimes I get burnt out, especially when I miscount several times on one pattern. Fairy Flora...SIGH. Instead of stitching, I decided to work on preparing three finished pieces for framing. I like framing my work myself because: 1. I'm a teacher (strict budget) 2. It's hard to part with my work. I plan to purchase a mat cutter because most of the patterns I stitch include beads and I don't want to use spacers. 

I stitched Letters from Nora D and A for my mom and MIL for Xmas. I still haven't framed them...until today!

You will need an acid free foam board, pins, thread, needle, craft  knife, and rulers (quilt ruler and a metal ruler). 

It took me awhile to find thread that I like to use for lacing...Ecru No. 8 is my favorite. 

Since I'm using a ready made frame, I use the backing board from the frame as a template. I cut the foam core out using a craft knife and metal ruler, make sure the corners are straight. Sometimes I am a little lax on the sharp, straight corners which messes me up in the end. TIP: Take the time to make sure the corners are sharp. 

Next, I mark the center of the piece and place it with the wrong side facing up on a padded surface - I use a clean, white towel. I use the towel ONLY for needlework projects. I fold the excess fabric over the foam core the upper and lower edge and pin to secure the fabric. After I pin, I turn the piece over to check that it is neatly centered. I had to re-position and re-pin more than 10 times. It needs to be as close to perfect as I can get it!  

After the piece is pinned in place, I stitch horizontally on the wrong side and then vertically. I stitch the corners down last.  TIP: The thread should be tight. 


After I lace, I turn the piece over to check that it is neatly centered. In the past, I've had to tear out the lacing and start over again because the piece slipped. 

Now the piece is ready to frame...

June 9, 2017

Summer Vacation: Week One

Well, I had a list of things I wanted to do the MINUTE break started. Needless to say, I haven't done anything. I'm not sure what free time does to my motivation. When I'm teaching, I'm on the go: lunch, preparing for meetings, preparing lessons, setting up and maintaining classroom library, etc. Once I have free time, my motivation ceases. All I can do is lay in bed and watch TV or sleep. I'm not sure how to motivate myself...

While I planted myself in front of the television, I've been stitching. I finished stitching and beading Letters from Nora ("D" for my mom and "A" for my MIL). Both designs are conversions from the original pattern.

I also stitched more on Fairy Flora from Mirabilia. I did not follow the pattern for the wings, I wanted to use floss I have in my stash. I'll post the conversion once I'm finished with the design.

Week one down.

April 5, 2017

Only 38 More Days...

I've been working so much, I haven't been doing much sewing or baking. However, what I have been doing is spending a lot of time dreaming of summer and thinking about how to make our rented home...more homey. Here's my list:

1. Add plants, lots of plants to make the front porch more inviting

2. Turn the back porch into an outside dinning area, complete with chandelier

3.  Plant fruit trees in pots around the porch

4. Build a couple of planters for the front porch. 

Of course, I'd paint the blocks gray and use a dark
stain for the wood!

March 5, 2017

I've been stitching a lot lately. This month I'm working on an online class after a full work day with 7th graders. To stay awake, I stitch while I watch the videos. I must admit, I'm getting a lot of stitching done and a re-freshener on GT kids.

I started Fairy Flora when my oldest (now 25) was 2. I can't believe it's been over 20 years and I'm still stitching away.

I have a couple of finishes and WIPS I'd like to post, but it's much to late to photograph...and no natural light. Maybe tomorrow!