Thursday, June 20, 2013

Can't You Read the Sign?

I just recently finished a custom sign for a friend of mine.  I love it so much I didn't want to give it up!

French Knots, Satin Stitch, Outline Stitch, Irish Roses, Felt Applique, Paint, and Sparkly buttons. I used the Frixion Pen in Blue to trace the text and when I was finished with the embroidery I ironed it from the back side and the ink disappeared on the front. I wasn't sure if it would work, but I didn't want to iron over the metallic thread. 
It was super fun and I learned a few things for future projects.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Nifty Thrifty Shopping

I have found some fun things lately while second-hand shopping.  Vintage needlework is so much fun to find and dream up uses for. I scored several crocheted and knit border pieces that I can't wait to add to cards and clothing or maybe a canvas!

Lately I have been obsessed with making lace collars.  I have only made one so far but then I found these vintage collars and cannot wait to start some more.  I want to add beads, and there is  a beautiful linen yarn in my stash that needs to become a Christmas present.  The recipient will love a lacey beaded collar!

Who can resist a potholder?  Well, maybe those people exist, but I don't know them.  These vintage thread ones I like to use like coasters or if bigger, under a plant pot to protect from spills.

I had been on the hunt for some black and white toile and the fabric stores were more cream and black. Goodwill saved the day! Two valances, which happened to be just the amount I needed for the bathroom.  One valance above the shower the other for the window.

I also found a great sweater that I was pretty sure was 100% wool and handknit to boot!  Well, I did a burn test on some of the pills under the arm to test my theory and they didn't burn to ash, so I figured I could wash it.  WRONG!!! It is wool and it is now small enough to fit my 7yo son!! Thankfully he loves it and it is getting some good wear.