Sunday, November 25, 2012

African Violets

I started the African Violets with a single leaf the last week of April. This is the second one blooming and they are beautiful.
Here are two more with the Poinsettia and a cactus on the other end. There are  two more in another window. They thrive in the North window.
 Miss Tazzie had to be in one of the pictures!! LOL

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Turkey edging is Curds and Whey from Mary Konior's book "Tatting with Visual Patterns".

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Old Linens

At the Sr Center someone dropped off a bag of old linens badly stained. They just could not throw them away and that I am grateful. After washing this piece with Shout many times and then Purex the grime came out but not the oil. Somebody was using it for changing oil in a car. The baskets I can cut apart and use them in a crazy quilt block. Most of the lace is usable. Some of the linens I can use for cross stitch with tear a way canvas. Linen is beautiful to work with. 

This next piece the top with some of the lace is no good but the other lace is in beautiful condition. The same with the crochet pink edging. There is a few spots that is not usable but still a lot to work with.

These peacocks were on a linen table runner and had oil on them as one can see on the 2nd bird. I can use lots of greenery  stitching to cover it  up.  I cut around the peacocks  and sewed  on an interfacing. Turned it inside out and now they are ready to sew on a CQ block.
The dog is cross stitched on felt using tear a way canvas and is ready to sew on.  The dog is part of an Antique Sampler block of the month by Ellen Maurer-Stroh. The Sampler is just stunning and hope to find time some day to begin this beautiful project.
Do not throw away those dirty linens. I will gladly take them!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tatting for Christmas

A few tatted items for Christmas exchanges.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Crazy Quilt Block Round Robin

Honey Bees, Birds and Butterflies Round Robin Began in July and all blocks will be returning to their homes this month. Our block has traveled from coast to coast and in between;  Fl, IL, OR, NM, and NC! Lots of beautiful stitching.
I was left to stitch the upper left corner. To balance the block I choose a heart with silk ribbon leaves and stem stitch roses. The Roses are attracting a humming bird, bees and lady bugs. The silk ribbon is all hand dyed by me. To separate the corner I choose the Cretan Stitch using yellow rayon with a strand of metallic. The wedge block is a tatted dragon fly with tatted posies.
We all make a booklet  so each person writes about their stitching. I always include a tatted butterfly and Cathy sent each of us a bead bee!! I propped it up with a wad of cotton, the white stuff. Isn't it cute!!!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Table Runner

I have made the table runner to lay flat on a table  or to hang up with a sleeve on the back. The blocks were put on an angle then squared up.
All tatting credits were given in a previous post.