Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making Progress - Then Life Gets in the Way

So I had been making good progress on my Golden Tapestry.  Seems like that was all I was focusing on.  I finished the main design (Yay!), and started working on the borders....

Early in March, we noticed our water had a brown tint to it. We have a private water well for our home. When the water didn't clear and became worse, we called in for repairs. Long story short, our well has collapsed and we needed to drill a whole new one.  Apparently it is because of the limestone geology we happen to live on.  That, plus I think the small earthquake we had must have damaged our well.  To give you an idea of how bad it was at times, this is what came out of the bathroom sink one morning. Just awful. 😳 

   Had to go through county approval, permits and inspections and get drilling rigs in our yard.

Many weeks and headaches later, we have a new and improved well in operation and we have crystal clear water again.
So nice to have clean clear water again. 

Thankful for the kindness of family, friends and neighbors who allowed our family to do laundry and showers while we worked through the setbacks and delays along the way. Also thankful for bottled water that is readily available now. With our new well in operation, last night for the first time, we ate dinner using real plates and utensils that can be washed instead of disposable paper plates and plastic cutlery. What a treat.

So this is where my Golden Tapestry has stayed this spring.  Have done some smaller projects during our water crisis. Hope to get back to my tapestry soon.
Happy Stitching.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Gold Work Tapestry Quilt in Progress

Another week's worth of progress on the Golden Tapestry.  It is coming along!  Great news is that I've stitched the last green silk panel in the main design.  Happy Day!

 I started stitching the last panels together.  Will do the bottom right quarter of the design, then stitch it to the bottom left quarter, and then finally the top and bottom halves together.  I end up taking out my stitching and rejoining the panels at least once because the I am not happy with how the design matches up the first time.  Slow progress but it's getting there.

I have my gold silk for the border all cut and ready to stitch.  That will be next.

After the last green panel finished, I took a little break and stitched a couple fun signs for myself.  This tapestry definitely combines embroidery with quilting.

Embroiderer on Board and Quilter on Board signs!
Love the sewing machine motif border.  :-)

I'm sharing this post with Connie's Linky Tuesday and  Esther's Work in Progress Wednesdays.

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, March 14, 2016

My Crafty Teen's Quick Kimono

Showing off the kimono she made.  :-)
My crafty teen, now 15,  is a big fan of Pinterest.  Especially for crafts and DIY items.  She has been eying this kimono she found online by Leann Barlow.  The kimono had an online tutorial, so we gave it a try.

Inspiration for making a kimono.
We had one yard of a silky-type of fabric to work with. 
Prepping the fabric.
First thing was to take measurements. My DD is slender and 5' 6" tall, and our measurements came out smaller than what was used in the tutorial.

First thing was to cut the sleeves.  We cut ours at 10" x 24".  They are folded in half and sewn along the short side.  Next time, I think we will cut them longer at 12" or 14" by 24" - based on my daughter's preference for a longer length on her arms.

The second cut was for the back of the kimono.  Our's measured 24" x 32".  It was folded in half to cut it even.  This fabric was really slippery which made cutting straight a challenge.  A bit was cut at the top for the neck and the bottom was rounded, although not as dramatically as it was in the tutorial.

The third cut was for the front of the front of the kimono.  Ours measured 7" across, and the length was down to where the kimono began to round down.

The  front of the kimono was sewn to the back, leaving room for the sleeves.  The sleeves were then set inside the kimono and sewn around.  I do not have a serger, so we used a zigzag stitch for the seams.

A narrow hemmer foot was used to hem up the raw edges around the kimono, and then it was done.

Happy Girl.

The kimono turned out a little bit smaller than what she wanted.  Next time, we will make some adjustments to the sleeves, and the neck line.

I am sharing this post with Submarine Sunday and Handmade Monday.

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Looking for Gold

I'm making progress on my Golden Tapestry.  Four more panels done to start the bottom half of the picture.  About 650K stitches invested so far.

I have been looking for gold silk fabric to be used for the border of the tapestry.  I was having a hard time finding a shade that I thought worked well for this project.  So I started requesting gold silk Dupioni swatches from several online places.  I didn't realize how many different shades of gold silk there are!

After five places, I have found a gold silk that I think matches well to the gold thread in this project.  I am using Floriani's Premium Metallic Thread in "G3 Gold".  Which gold silk swatch in the picture above do you prefer?

Here are the different Gold Silk Dupioni swatches pictured above:
  1. "Dupioni Silk Fabric Gold" from Fabric.com
  2. "Duppioni Silk Gold" from Joann.com (they do have Dupioni misspelled on their site too)
  3. "Tibetan Gold Silk Dupioni" from NYFashionCenter.com
  4. "Golden Meadow Silk Duping" from  NYFashionCenter.com
  5. "Rustic Silk Dupioni" from  NYFashionCenter.com
  6. "New Gold Thai Silk Dupioni" from VogueFabricsStore.com
  7. "Gold Thai Silk Dupioni" from VogueFabricsStore.com
  8. "Victorian Gold Silk Shantung/Dupioni" from MoodFabrics.com
  9. "Regal Gold Shantung Dupioni" from MoodFabrics.com
  10. "Plateau Gold Shantung/Dupioni" from MoodFabrics.com
  11. "Soft Gold Shantung/Dupioni" from MoodFabrics.com
Costs for swatches varies from site to site.  Between all of these swatches, I have spent about $25.  So glad that a gold fabric has finally come in that I like.  Spending a few dollars at a time doesn't seem like much, but the costs do start to add up.  JoAnn.com was the most expensive per swatch price at $5 per swatch, but no shipping fee and it is a large sample piece.  The least expensive place that I tried was Vogue Fabrics.  Their swatches cost $1, and there is no shipping fee either, but their swatches were the most narrow pieces.  The most expensive shipping was at Mood Fabrics.

Swatch pricing for me:
  1. Fabric.com:  $1.75 per swatch.  $1.50 shipping, $0.20 tax
  2. JoAnn.com:  $5 per swatch, $0 shipping
  3. NY Fashion Center:  $0.99 per swatch, $1.99 shipping
  4. Vogue Fabrics:  $1 per swatch, $0 shipping
  5. Mood Fabrics:  $1 per swatch, $5.50 shipping
So, which gold did you choose?  I am going with #11, the "Soft Gold" from Mood Fabrics.  Looking forward to getting it in!

I am sharing this post on Esther's WOW: WIP on Wednesday's.

Happy Stitching!

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Quilted Monogram Mirror Set

I am getting a jump start on Teacher Appreciation gifts.  I am usually waiting until the last minute, but I wanted to give this mirror set a try, so a teacher gift was a good option.

Quilted Mirror and Monogrammed Pouch set

The embroidery design for this set came from Embroidery Garden.  The pouch requires three pieces of fabric, plus two pieces of fleece interfacing.   The mirror requires two pieces of fabric, one piece of batting, one piece of Peltex, and a 3" round craft mirror.

quilting stitches
The first step stitches the batting and fabric to the stabilizer and adds the quilting stitches

At this point, I added the monogram.
The pocket fabric is folded with interfacing in-between and then placed on the project.  I added some tape to the sides to hold it in place.
fabric for making the pocket.
 The inside lining fabric is then stitched to the project.
inside fabric stitched down.
Once the pouch is completed, it is taken off the hoop, turned out and the opening stitched closed.

Next up was the mirror.  First stitching is for the front fabric - stitching the fabric and batting to the water-soluble stabilizer.

The inside circle of fabric and batting is trimmed and then the quilting and inner circle satin stitches are added.

The hoop is taken out and the stabilizer trimmed from the inner circle.  The hoop is turned over, and mirror is placed within the circle opening from the back.  The peltex is sprayed with adhesive and place over the mirror.  Carefully put the hoop back in the machine!
Mirror centered on back of hoop.
The outer circle is stitched to secure all the pieces together.
Stitching the outer circle with the mirror and peltex under the hoop.
Stitching around the glass mirror is a little unnerving.
Trimmed the outer circle fabric and batting when done.  Then add the final satin stitches.

Take off the hoop and trim the stabilizer off the mirror.

Add a snap closure to the front pouch pocket and it is done!

I really like how this set turned out.  I may be doing more of these!  :-)

I am sharing post this with Submarine Sunday.

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Birth Announcement Embroidered Bears

Enjoying a little crafting with some embroidered bears.  Wanted to make a couple to surprise some friends.

 There are some cute designs for bear stuffies done in-the-hoop style from Embroidery Garden.
Bears from EmbroideryGarden.com

Also found a 5x7 birth announcement embroidery design that seems to be popular from A Stitch In Time.
Birth Record design from A Stitch in Time.
My embroidery machine can do the second-largest size bear (6x10) design, but the 5x7 design would not fit quite right on the 6x10 bear, so I had to do a little editing to break it up a bit.  I pulled up the top row of hearts a bit so that they would fit across the bear's arm, and I lowered the bottom row of hearts to balance the spacing.
Modified combined design of bear and birth announcement.

I cut out some fleece and stitched up the bears.

Think they came out quite cute.
Finished Bears.

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Work on Wednesday - Tapestry still going....

WOW: Work in progress On Wednesday

I've spent more time this past week working on my Golden Tapestry.  Over 500,000 stitches so far.  Sixteen blocks are done - the top half of the main design is stitched.
My girl doing a Vanna White impression with the tapestry.  :-)

I am still in search of gold silk for the tapestry border.  I've order several swatches of silk fabric from online places.  All of these patches, except one, have the word "gold" in their color name.  I am having a hard time finding the silk that seems to fit just right.
Not the right shade of gold yet.
Here are some progress photos of the tapestry since the last post:

Four blocks done on right quarter.

Two more done on next row.

Second row complete.

Top quarter row stitched.

Bottom quarter row stitched
Top right quarter of design stitched together.

One day it will be like this...

That's my WOW work-in-progress for this Wednesday.  I'm sharing with Esther's Quit Blog for her WOW blog link party.

Happy Stitching!

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