Friday, March 4, 2011

Recent Projects

Rain again today so I thought I'd share some of the projects I've been doing recently.  Most of it goes to the church ladies for their craft sale.  I enjoy doing it and need the practice so it's a win-win for everyone.

It's interesting that when I go to craft and fabric stores I begin to think that hand embroidery is becoming a dying hobby what with all the machine embroidery.  One of my local stores is no longer carrying DMC thread but a brand called "Sullivan".  I'm not sure about it so far, but I did get some for an apron project.  I usually order on-line but sometimes it's fun to go into an actual needlework store.  Perhaps machine embroidery will take over hand embroidery, but then again knitting has made a come-back so who knows.  Quilting is so big, but I just can't face sitting in front of a sewing machine for hours on end, and all that measuring and cutting and pinning -- I don't even do 'counted' projects - I prefer the stamped stuff because it's a little more mindless.

I've got other projects that I'm doing, but most of what I've been working on are flour sack tea towels.  They supply the towels and I put on the design.

Otherwise, I get something on sale and finish it.  It's hard to know what to do with all the projects.  I'd probably do more interesting and challenging projects if I knew what to do with them.

I am trying to learn a technique called Brazilian embroidery and am finding that I'm not too good at it.  But, it IS beautiful and I love the shiny rayon thread.  It's different to work with and I don't yet have the hang of it.

I had some variegated thread I wanted to use so I did two of this design.

Found this pillow kit on sale so I got it in two colors.  It works up quickly.
Another sale item that worked up fairly quickly.  I wanted to use a new lap thing so I did this scene.  Now to frame it.

I'm currently working on a a cross stitch lap quilt top.  Now I have no idea how to finish the quilt top, but what the heck......one step at a time.

Thanks for visiting.  

Hope Spring is on the way where you are.