Friday, September 23, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
The members of Stitchmap are working on coordinating donations for helping to replace the stash of the ladies who lost everything and those who may have suffered smoke damage beyond repair. We are accepting donations of all types of stash from scissors, floss, fabric, mags/books, needles, etc. If you use it in CQ, embroidery, quilting or other types of needlework, they can definitely use it to replace what has been lost. We have also had a suggestion that a donation of gift cards for the local needlework supply stores - such as the local quilt shop, Joanns, Hobby Lobby, etc. - might be a good idea so that they can replace those items like cutting mats, etc. that are awkward to mail. Whatever we can do to help will be done. . We know several ladies who have been affected by these fires. For instance, Michele P., and Debi H. both of Bastrop have lost there homes completely to the fires there this past week as have several other of our stitching friends. Lyn G., who is also from Bastrop, has her home still standing but she was totally without power/electricity for several days. Frannie S. and Kay F. of nearby have their homes still standing but they had been evacuated. All three of these last ladies have suffered a great deal of smoke damage to everything in their homes, including their stash.
It is our intention to collect the donations at one central location here in . Then we will personally transport a delivery as soon as we hear that they have had a chance to regroup, talk with their insurance agents and that they have decided whether to rebuild or move into some already built place. Some are living in 5th wheelers right now. We are coordinating with one of our members (just 30 miles away from Bastrop) who will help oversee the distribution of the Christmas ornament donations. Without a place to store the needlework stash donations, and with the holidays soon approaching, it seems senseless to send that to them right now. I am sure they have more important things to worry about at the moment than where to put a new donation of stash. We have had a watertight, covered 8 'x 12' trailer offered for hauling the things down to Texas (can we say Road Trip!) and to deliver the stuff to these stitchers personally. Several of us from Colorado will be going down at the time so there will be a complete accounting for all donations.
ALSO: In the meantime, we have agreed to work on helping to replace precious handmade Christmas ornaments for these fire victims. We would be more than willing to include your ornaments among the donations if you are inclined to make some for them.
If you would like to help in this effort please contact me privately (if you haven't already) at or call me at . I will be in touch with you right away with more information and details.
Hugs, Shari Jensen (Colorado)
Stitchmap Yahoo Group Owner
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
I've started working on Mary Corbett's Long and Short Stitch Shading Lessons. As you can see, I haven't made a lot of progress yet, just the first step of the first part of the first lesson. Of course, this is the second time I've stitched it. The first time, I didn't make my stitches nearly long enough. Now to try step two.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I've done some embellishing on the crazy block set around the blackwork heart. I think I'm going to do some more on it, but for the moment, I'm going to set it aside in favor of starting on Mary Corbet's long and short stitch lessons, which I mentioned in my last post.
Meanwhile, I thought you might like to see what my worktable looks like. The four-block crazy section that has the blackwork heart on it completely takes up the empty space on the table.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Meanwhile, amid the blackwork and the crazy quilt and the combination thereof, I mean to start working on long and short stitch in the not terribly distant future. I'll be sure to post pics for you when I do.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
I've finished stitching my blackwork heart last night, and I've decided what to do with it - or at least what my next step will be. I'm going to put together some of my crazy quilt blocks that I haven't embellished yet, and applique the heart in the middle. Then I'll embellish the exposed areas of the crazy quilt blocks.
Then I'll have to decide what I'm going to do with that.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Many of you may know that I've been out of work for two years, and I'm sure a lot of you are in similar straits, or at least you're having to cut way back on spending for crafting supplies. Here's an article from the Cloth-Paper-Scissors blog with 10 tips for how to keep crafting when resources are tight.
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Thursday, August 18, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Monday, August 08, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
I've started the second section. I tried a different pattern, but after several tries, it just wasn't working for me, so I decided to use this one. Which is why it's not in the top section; I didn't want to put this pattern so close to the first one.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Last night I stitched all the outlines; the outside line is in chain stitch, in #5 pearl cotton; the interior lines are in stem stitch, in #8 pearl cotton. This morning I hooped it, and started stitching the first fill pattern, using one strand of DMC cotton floss. Actually, I had it set up in a frame, but found it too awkward to work around that big shape. The hoop is easier.