Tuesday, January 20, 2015
So that has been my last several weeks - trying to something going and having nothing but issues. :-( Hopefully that will be a thing of the past soon so I can get back on easy street.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
All finished with plenty of time to spare! I'm super happy with how they turned out. Two boxes have a green base coat and two have a red base. All four have different trims and all the linens are different. I lined all of them with a hand made marbled paper in green. I also went to a glass artist and made a glass ornament to put in each box. :-) I'm confident that my family will love it. I'm sad however, two of my siblings are saying they are done with our tradition. We've done this for over 20 years and it's been a lot of fun. We decided we would take a vote on Wednesday but I'm pretty sure I'll loose but we did agree to circle back in a year and take another vote
I had a question last week regarding the waxing of the paper mache boxes. I follow the steps from a box that Blackbird Designs did in 2006 called Secret Garden (it was a Loose Feathers). I take a paper mache box and paint it with two coats of a base acrylic paint then give it a third (and maybe fourth) coat of the top color. After it's all dry I buff off enough of the top color so the base color shows through. It also gives it a nice smooth finish. The I wax it all with brown shoe wax and buff it until is shines. I use Kiwi Wax. You can see in the photo below, it totally enhances the final look of the box.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
Blackbird Designs - Blackbird Delivery
Silkweaver's 32 count Solo
I just finished up my fourth Blackbird's Winter Delivery. I've ordered the hand marbled paper for the interior and I'm hoping it comes in the mail today. I'll get the boxes painted and waxed and I'd love to have the boxes completed by the end of the weekend. Yeah! I'm going to finish in plenty of time and I won't have to stress about anything but getting them wrapped in pretty Christmas paper.
Have a great weekend!
Monday, December 08, 2014
Blackbird's Winter Delivery
R&R 32 count linen
Number three is in the books! Now that I'm close to having four finished, it seems unlikely that I will stitch one for myself. Very bored with this design. :-) So far this is my favorite but the last one will be up there also as I found a Silkweavers Solo that I loved and really like how it is turning out.
I picked up the paper mache boxes from Hobby Lobby over the weekend and will start to paint those this week. I should be done by the end of the weekend! That is if I go with fabric for the interior rather than paper as I haven't purchased the paper yet. I'm leaning toward just doing it in fabric so I can be done.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!
Friday, December 05, 2014
Friday, November 28, 2014
Blackbird's Winter Delivery - Blackbird Designs
32 count Silkweaver's Linen
Recommended Gentle Arts Floss
I finished up Winter Delivery number two today. And I've already started number three. I hope to have that one finished by mid-next week. I have to go out and buy the paper mache boxes, sure hope I can fine some with Christmas crafting in full swing. :-)
Have a great weekend!
Monday, November 24, 2014
Blackbird's Winter Delivery
32 count Silkweaver Linen
Recommended Gentle Arts Floss
I finished up my first Winter Delivery last night. I'm stitching five of these before Christmas. YIKES! Am I ever running behind. I started stitching this one in July with a plan of doing one a month. That would still give me plenty of time for the finishing work. As a refresher, it's my year to make something for all my brothers, sister and parents for Christmas. But the count of five does include one for me (I want one too!). Now I have to do one a week. :-) And in true fashion to my personality, now it's a job and no longer a pleasure and I have SO MANY other things I want to be working on right now it's torcher to work on it. I want to be finishing my stumpwork project or getting a few more lessons completed on my Drawn Thread Sampler (more on that later). In fact I promised myself that I would work on it at least an hour every day starting last Monday. Didn't pick it up until Thursday. :-( I know I can get at least three done before the week of December 22nd but now the fun has been sucked out.
I'm going to make each one the top of a little 5" x 5" x 5" paper mache box. I still need to order the hand made papers from Hollander's. I want to line each one with hand made marbled paper. I'd also like to put something in it. Any suggestions? I could go buy an hand blown glass ornament (thinking a bird) or candle or something like that. I wish I had time to make something but I really am out of time.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I finished up my Floral Glove today! I had no idea when I started this project it would not take months but years. :-) I guess that is the way it turns out sometime. I'm pleased with the overall look of it but I do see room for improvement in my goldwork. I'm looking for a class as we speak.
Here is the inside. There is a needle holder, three little pockets for tools and a pair of scissors fits in between the two pieces in the ultrasuede. Love it.
I spent the last two days attending a Jane Nicholas stumpwork class. What it ever amazing! Jane is a wonderful teacher and I learned so much. I actually made a lot of progress on my piece and I hope to finish it up in the next couple of weeks. This was an important step in being able to complete my casket and it really helped my confidence a lot.
I didn't mean for three months to go by between posts. I was really on a role with stitching and posting but then I really had to get down to business with my eighteen costumes I agreed to do before my families Halloween cruise. And here are photos of some. I'll post more in the days to come as they are scattered all over the place as well as some are still in hard copy and need to be scanned.
I did nine pirates. These were my favorites and we'll be able to use them for every Disney cruise we go on. Only the three kids will need to be replaced every year - the adults will just get upgrades and I feel like it.
The evil queen turned out to be my favorite costume. People stopped my nephews wife in the halls to be photographed with her is was so good. I think my Elsa was one of the better ones there. There were dozens of little girls dressed up like Anna and Elsa.
Of course we had our own Elsa. Here she is with Cruella and Mary Poppins (my niece, great niece and sister).
I'll post the group photos as soon as I have them. It was a blast and so worth the hundreds of hours I put into them since June.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I'm still planning on getting this puppy done by tomorrow night. Then (gasp) I can start the finishing!
Here is my progress on my third panel for my Etui - not as much as I've been hoping for but I haven't had many train rides over the past two weeks and this is my current train project. I ordered the Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold pieces and I was really hoping to finish this before the pull of that makes me put this aside. :-) We'll see how strong I am.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Friday, August 08, 2014
Next up a series of villains. My nephew Larry, his wife Shelley and their daughter Morgan all want to be Disney villains. So bring on Gaston, the Evil Queen from Snow White and Cruella DeVil. Then Claire's brother is going to be Kristoff from Frozen and no idea yet what their parents (my niece and her husband) want to be. My sister keeps saying she doesn't want to be anything but I'll try to talk her into something. Or she would be the only person not in costume. I think she would be great as a queen of some sort also. I'll do mine last (Merida). Then bring on the pirates! :-) It's a good think I like working on costumes or I'd be feeling overwhelmed. :-)
Have a great weekend! Renaissance Faire for me. :-) I can't wait.
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Chris - the Grand Marquior was a free chart. I'm not sure if it's still available anywhere but I still have the files - just email me and I'll forward them to you.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Grand Marquior by Isabelle Haccourt Vautier
35 count Havana by Weeks Dye Works
HDF Imperialosity and BeWooded
Wow, I started this piece on February 5, 2009. No idea it would take me five years to complete. :-) Here is the detail of the last release from 2010 which was U, W, X and Z.
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a couple of years will perhaps remember that my family has a tradition of the four kids making each other plus the parents a gift for Christmas. The last time around I made counted needlepoint designs that the following year my brother made a wooden box for. Well my year came around again and it's my job to make four gifts (and one for me of course). It's almost August and I haven't even really given any thought to it. I had thought that maybe it would be a good year to make more stained glass hangings. I did that around 15 years ago and everyone really like them but it's super expensive and I'd rather not spend a huge amount of money this year not to mention they can be very time consuming to make with all the steps. So I spent the evening going through my stash looking for ideas. And found something! I'm going to stitch everyone a BBD piece called Winter Delivery and make it into a box. It's a small piece - only 5" x 5" when complete so it will be totally doable in the time I have left for the year. I'll make each one on a different color linen (already prepared five) and make each box a little different. They are small and hopefully won't put a ton of pressure on my other projects. I'm converting it into Belle Soie silks so it will be a little longer before I can start as I have to buy the fibers. But I really like the idea and I'm hoping to won't lead to a slow down of work like my last go around did. As I look back on the last couple of years, it was the needlepoint projects that really started to slow me down. I really hate "HAVE TO" projects and it totally removes whatever desire I have to stitch. :-(
Monday, July 28, 2014
I did a little shopping over the weekend. Amy Mitten makes the most delightful little do-dads for the caskets. She calls them Casket Keepsakes and they are online classes. She has released four now and I've just been looking at them to this point. But Saturday I pulled the plug on the first release which is called Winter. It's two little designs, one a thread winder holder and the other a needle holder. The directions are amazingly complete and I can't wait to get started on them and I should have the supplies in hand by the weekend. I actually should be able to do some of it on the train because they are small in hand pieces. That would be awesome.
Most of my space time over the past week has been working on my new pirate / wench costume. I actually think the corset is going to work and I even have to take it in a tad. The medal stays I ordered should be in today or tomorrow and then I'll know for sure how much altering it really needs. Then I can start on the skirt. I picked up the silk fabric and have already cut it out. It's going to look so cute! I'm also planning on making a second costume for the cruise in October because in addition to pirate night, there is going to be a Halloween costume party! Our cruise leaves on the 31st so it will be perfect. We all plan to be a Disney character and I'm going to be Merida from Brave this time around. I have the Medieval dress pattern already and I picked out the clearance fabric now I just need to wait for a good sale. :-)
Have a great week! And thanks for stopping by. Hopefully there will be a midweek update because I won't be able to wait an entire week to show of the Marquior. :-) I love the feeling of having a huge project finished. hmmm.... but what to start on next? Something new? Or get back to something else? I just don't know at this point... :-)