Wonky Stitching and a Give-Away

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This gorgeous wonky textile piece is made by Cynthia using my hand-dyed threads. Don’t you just love those ribs and twists she’s created with hand embroidery? She worked the fabric with a whip stitch for the “corded look” and used a running stitch to gather the fabrics.

She states, “I like your thread, as it is strong and doesn’t break when some torque is applied.” Why thank you Cynthia!

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Would you like to add some torque to your stitching too? Great! 

Please leave a comment below and you may be a lucky winner of a size 8 thread for stitching. (Please note that at some point I cut off the comment section, usually just before announcing the winners.)

 

Stitching for Fun and the Winners

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Frieda’s House (in process) by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I leave my cozy home and start on my teaching travels. There is the worry of packing and trying to remember how to teach the classes after 2 months off. But for now, I’m enjoying stitching for pleasure with my hand-dyed threads on felt.

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Lea Ann’s Embroidery

Others are enjoying embroidery too. A few weeks ago I gave away skeins of a mis-dyed thread now known as Bordeaux. One of the winners, Lea Ann, created this wonderful stitchery using the purple thread. It is embroidered on an interfacing hand painted by Judith Baker Montano, one of the greats of the embroidery world.

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Thank you Lea Ann for sharing your work and thank you to all who left comments for the recent give away of size 3 hand dyed threads. The lucky winners are:  Carol C, Gene B, and another Jean. Congratulations!

Beautiful Cloth Baskets

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I’m always amazed at what people create with my hand dyed fabrics and threads. Here you see a beautiful basket made by Beverly using my Snake Skin fabric. You may want to see her newly minted website, Colorworks and Design,  to see more of her work. The site is easy to navigate and there is a link to her Etsy site where you can purchase these reasonably priced baskets.

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As a textile people, we can certainly appreciate their tactile feel and her ingenuity in making them. Imagine their use as a knitting basket or a handy place to hold your current stitch project.  Thank you Beverly for sharing your well crafted baskets with us!

Soft Color for a Beautiful Quilt

wildricesample2It is always a thrill to meet up with those who use my hand dyed threads. Christie brought her beautiful quilt to a meeting of the Prairie Star Guild in St. Charles IL. Here you see a detail of her hand embroidery on the quilt using my Wild Rice pearl cotton threads in sizes 8 and 12.

wildricesample3She did an extraordinary job of stitching and picking out the perfect thread color to match the sashing fabrics. Thank you Christie for using my threads and for sharing your artwork with us!

A Sheep for Ewe

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Dyed in the Wool by Laura Wasilowski

Recently I met up with someone who has taken on and finished one of my free Stitch Tutorials called Dyed in the Wool. It makes me happy to know that she found the tutorial useful and was willing to give it a try. Where is this intrepid stitcher from? Why the Racine Lighthouse Quilters Guild in Wisconsin, of course.

sandyandsheepMeet my new best friend, Sandy. She brought her finished Dyed in the Wool project to the guild meeting and really brightened up my day. Her color choices, beautiful free-form stitching, and sunny personality instantly charmed me. Thank you, Sandy, for sharing your work with us!

Tutorial by a Guest Artist

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Leaf on Wool by Suzanne

Do you know about my free Tutorials? I’m so happy that Suzanne tried the Leaf Stitch Along tutorial to make this delightful piece of art work. Don’t you love the thread colors she chose? They really pop on the dark background. Thanks for sharing your work, Suzanne!

leaf1aThe Leaf Stitch Along is just one of many you can try on wool, felt, or silk fabrics. This particular tutorial is a sort of sampler of stitches. Each partition in the leaf explores a different stitch combination. Change up the colors, fabrics, or stitches for your leaf. It’s all about enjoying the embroidery process and creating. Check out other free Tutorials here.