One more tip about the tins, don't wash them with soap or put in the dishwasher, just a good rinse with hot water and wipe with a sponge and then I pop them back in the still warm oven to dry. They soon develop their own non-stick type of surface.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
|Kaleidescopes ~ K2|
It was a fun stitch and I love the effect the jewel tones have with the tumbling feeling of the motif. It is a small piece, stitch count is 109 x 109, and was a really easy project.
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I love so many things violet, from the flower and all its shades of purple to its fragrance captured so gloriously in my favorite perfume, Violette Fumee by Mona di' Orio. Spring is when our wild violets appear in the forest and they inspired the next design, 'Violette', which will be the second in my Nouveau Panel series.
Considerably larger than K2, Violette is going to take a good bit longer to stitch, but once again I'm facing a summer with a cast on!
Thinking I was done with them after the last two summer's bouts of foot surgery, I was looking forward to actually being able to walk around Gracewood this season. Then last week I took a step off of the back porch promptly stepped on an uneven area and rolled my ankle completely over and am now sitting here with an air cast on my leg.
So this time it is a badly sprained ankle with a bone chip that is going to give me more stitching time, lol Oh well, man proposes but God disposes and I'll enjoy working with all the colors in this one.
And to think I was once considered graceful :)
Friday, May 9, 2014
I chose a distressed lilac colored frame for K1 and I'm happy that I did, it really pulls the shades of violet to the forefront over the strong blues in the piece.
And I'm making good progress on K2, about a third stitched it's bright jewel tones are making it a joyful design to work with.
Spring is just now making its presence known here on Gracewood with leaves emerging on everything to just the hint of buds appearing. Several days ago we had our first good spring storm come through and I taped a few minutes of it from our porch. I hope you'll enjoy the bit I captured on video.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I'm really pleased with the Splendor silk floss and since it used less than one skein of only four colors the supplies with a 14"x 14" square of antique white Aida cloth came to less than $16.00.
The design is now for sale for $8.00 on my website, and will soon be available through my publishers - Crative Poppy and ICG.
Since it was a fast and easy stitch I thought I'd follow with another Kaleidescope pattern and this is "K2" -
I wanted to use jewel tones in this design and will be using Rainbow Gallery Splendor silk floss again in vibrant shades of the primary colors, blue, red & yellow.
I also chose these bright colors to remind me it is spring! We had an inch of heavy snow yesterday morning, rain by noon and bright sunshine by late afternoon - a snapshot of springtime in the Rockies! :)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Wimsey in its new frame from the Frame Guys in their 'Leafy Green' color.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|Kaleidescopes - K1|
It is time to introduce my newest design, but first I have to give some explanation of its inspiration. I don't know if people in this digital day and age can understand the charm of looking through a kaleidescope, but they have always held a great deal of charm for me.
The ever changing patterns and colors of a well made kaleidescope are fascinating and I loved this excerpt on "kaleidescopes" on Wikipedia -
"..A kaleidoscope is a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off of the mirrors. Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster "kaleidoscope" is derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos), "beautiful, beauty", (eidos), "that which is seen: form, shape" and (skopeō), "to look to, to examine", hence "observation of beautiful forms."
Beautiful forms they are indeed and I've wanted to create patterns that give the feel of a kaleidescope frozen in its lovely mirrored image. So I am happy to introduce the first pattern of what I hope will be a series, "Kaleidescopes".
|K1 Floss Palette ~ Violets & Blues|
What do you think, does it look like a fun stitch?
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Yeah! Wimsey's model is stitched. Even though it was constantly interrupted by a large Chessie puppy head being poked onto my lap, it was a fun stitch and I'm happy with how it looks. The photo shows it still on the stitching frame but I hope to find just the right frame for it soon.
This week, Lord willing, I'll be introducing the next design. I'm waiting for some floss to arrive in the mail to make final color choices, but I'm really excited by how it came together. Something I'd been wanting to achieve for awhile :)
Winter continues on Gracewood, this was last week looking out the front door and the snow you see is above the porch!
|Looking out the front door at all the snow that has come off the roof and piles up higher than the porch|
|Getting to the bird feeders and firewood becomes problematic this late in winter.|
Ah well, spring has its pleasures too though I won't have as much stitching time, I'll look forward to open windows with mountain breezes and blossoms from the orchard to the forest.