Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Latest Additions to WIP

Yes we're moving right along now ... added some LD bullion-tip florettes at the bottom (using Ribbon Floss) with a Cast-on stitch base finished with a colonial knot ...stems were chain-stitched then whip-stitched ... and leaves are also LDBT(Lazy Daisy Bullion Tip) with a few straight stitches to fill in.

I've also been playing with some new ideas for beaded edgings ... one of which I added on the upper right.  It's reminiscent of lace ... formed on wire ... and couched in place.  Much easier to get concise spacing than to try stitching it with thread!

Only a couple more seams to go!  Woohoo!

Must run ... time to get ready for my day job!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring!

I woke this morning to singing robins ... that's such a lovely sound to hear first thing ... especially on the first day of SPRING!  Yup ... it's official!

After a pea-soup fog this morning ... the temperature this afternoon is 20 C ... and early perennials are simply jumping out if the ground!  Tulips, irises, alliums all sending up leaves quickly ... and the bush out front is budding ... as well as some of the trees.

I have the day off ... and while I was hoping to get started on some outside spring clean-up ... my back had different plans.  I don't recall doing anything in particular to aggrevate it ... but nonetheless it doesn't feel quite up to manual labour ... so ... oh well ... guess I'll just take it easy & stitch instead!

I've made more progress on my UFO turned WIP ... and will get another pic of it later to share.

Incidentally ... this is Post # 396  ... so that Big 400 is coming up soon!

More later!

Hugs ... Marie

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

I have learned over the years to trust things natural  ... like the habits of creatures who typically arrive when it is spring ... or close enough to spring for them to have returned.

Robins are one of these creatures!  I know spring is close when they are back ... and I saw them last Friday ... but didn't hear them till Sunday ... that unmistakeable "laugh" of theirs!

Monday morning I saw a bunch of them!  Yay!  They seem to instinctively know when the time is right ... they rely on the warmer temps for their food source availability... namely worms ... to be available ... and I'm sure they were able to dine handsomely with our recent double-digit temps.

I'm still not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing ... one has to wonder if the lack of winter precipitation will result in more spring/summer wetness ... and I suppose only time will  tell.

The whole "global warming" thing cannot be ignored here ... for it seems this weather may be the result of what we are experiencing now.

Life goes on  ... but how is a different matter.

Hmmm ... Marie

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Added Some Leaves

Okay ... so decided to add teeny heart leaves ... also utilizing another (and one of my fave stitches learned from Betty) ... Bullions!  I make two of them ... adding extra wraps to make it longer than the base length ... and they bow a bit ... then I tack each in place to form the heart ... & fill in with satin stitch.  I think they look better in person than they seem here.

Oh ... another thing I directly credit Betty for ... is turning me on to YLI Pearl Crown Rayon!  I used it here for the flowers, leaves & the lacey seam above them.

Now ... which seam to work on next?  Have to think on that while I finish up the laundry!


Saturday, March 10, 2012

UFO Becomes WIP ... Inspiration : Betty's Teachings!

I started on this piece a few months ago ... and then stalled ... so it got slated (in my mind) as a UFO.

Recently I decided to have another look at it ... and have revisited it ... to upgrade it to a WIP.

Today I added to it ... incorporating something that I learned from Betty many years back.

The Cast-on Stitch is soooo versatile ... it lends itself to so many variations ... and while I have explored many of them ... this particular configuration I hadn't tried until recently.

Focus on the three bright pink florettes on the upper right.

They were made using 7-Cast-on stitches over a mere 3/8" space ... six spokes
completed each pattern of the florette and I added a single pearl bead in each centre.

Next I will add some greenery ... possibly with the Double Cast-on Stitch to compliment it.

Will share more as this WIP progresses!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Is It Spring Yet?

Well ... maybe not quite yet ... but soon!  Today was sooooo spring-like ... we had lovely warm temps ... 13 Celcius and while I don't care to equate that in Fahrenheit ... it was appreciated!

It is close ... just around the corner ... Saturday before you go to bed ... remember to set those clocks ahead one hour ... for we are now going to Spring Ahead!  It will be lighter later ... even though the longer days are already obvious.

The first official day of spring this year is March 20th ... and that's less than two weeks away!

While we here in Southern Ontario haven't had much of a winter ... spring will still be welcome ... just as damned soon as it can get here!

Ya think?

Hugs ... Marie

Monday, March 5, 2012

Just Gotta Share This Link

I became intrigued with this site after checking it out from a link that Linda Hubbard shared recently ... and it is really cool!   Mennonite Girls Can Cook ... amazing source for wholesome cool recipies that may just expand your recipe horizons!
Check it out!

Hugs ... Marie

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