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Christmas notes and ornament too

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that you were so good Santa left gifts in abundance. I was a good girl, received my usual Christmas books, but it would not be Christmas without books. Added a couple Jiminy Crickets, and of course a needlepoint…more about these later.

Every year our family does an ornament exchange; only rule is the ornament has to be homemade. This year I decided to do needle felting. I had seen instructions for a snowman on another website (http://craftsncoffee.com/2013/12/05/how-to-make-adorable-needle-felted-snowman-ornaments/) and thought he was cute. I have all the needle felting needles and stuff so I decided this was for me.

After downloading and reading the instructions I began to gather stuff together…and wouldn’t you know it that’s when I found out I didn’t have a styrofoam ball. Not to be deterred by a small basic necessity I decided to make a ball (temari OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAball making has come in handy). So I started with a basic ball made by wrapping yarn to desired size and adding a layer of cotton crochet thread over the top…presto magic a ball. Nice part about this was I didn’t have to make sure it was as round as possible; it wasn’t going to be a temari ball. As I was rolling this ball I decided that this might be a better choice

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for me since I was not sure what I was doing  and I probably would make a mess of a styrofoam ball…There was also the fact that I had waited until the day before I needed the ornament to begin.

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I tried the roving for a background but soon realized that this was not going well and was going to take forever. Another ah-ha moment…cut a piece of felt to fit ball and try adhering it to the base. What was the worst that could happen? (I had a needlepoint

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ornament in the wings, if needed) So I cut a piece of felt, trimmed the ends, roughed up the felt and began to adhere the felt to the ball. I think dumb luck sometimes guides me…I decided to begin in the middle and work toward the ends…that way I could cut and adjust the felt as I went. I needle punched

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAaround the center portion, ruffed up the felt at the cut lines and then did the same to the ends. As you can see from the pictures there was no pattern just a rough cut …next time will be more precise.

13-12-27 I patternsAfter I got the background on the ball I cut a white oval from felt, roughed up the backside and adhered it to the base. At this point I decided hit and miss was not going to do it…I needed a plan so off to my trusty computer to make some patterns. Made a pattern divided it up, printed it off and cut it up and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmade adjustments to computer pattern…had been to large first try. Second try was better and so I used these patterns to finish the parts of the snowman. First I used roving to make the cheeks, then I rolled roving to make a cone nose and the rest was cut felt (all were roughed up on their backsides to adhere better. After all the felt was in place, I used #8 perle OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcotton to make Colonial Knot eyes and French Knot mouth with a chenille needle.

Then I decided ornament needed something on the back side…back to the computer and one holly pattern later was ready to finish the ornament. I OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtried to write my initials and the date on red felt berries but pen and felt don’t mix well so I used red roving to cover my mistakes. .One hanger later and my ornament was completed.

There are several things I would have done differently and I plan to make more, keep better OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnotes and write the instructions clearly.

But for now I am off to read, sip tea, stitch NEEDLEPOINT and watch the New Year arrive in a few days.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today and everyday the rest of this year! ttfn…sue

Time to stitch

I was reading one of my bookmarked blogs, time to SewDaily (http://www.sewdaily.com/blogs/sewdaily/archive/2013/03/20/how-do-you-find-time-to-sew.aspx) and time seems to be a universal subject. When do I find time to… (fill in with your passion)? Do you getaway (retreat, trip to the lake, etc); take classes (offline…online doesn’t count here); Invite a friend over; get up early; or stay up late? Do you make a set time; take it with you, or just squeeze it in whenever?

This was one of my favorite replies from Luv2cre84u (http://www.etsy.com/people/Luv2cre84u)

She wrote:  You know what they say “A Clean House is a LIfe Un-lived”. I always remember that the house and chores will always be there so I just take time out for ME and sew when I need to. I put some laundry in and get lost in my “Therapy Room” as I call it. It makes me a happier person and I feel like I am creating something instead of feeling like I have not accomplished a thing. Life is too short not to create :)

This brought back such memories…I have a friend (mother of 5) and I was always telling her as our children were growing up to stop and smell the roses. I remember one spring day, after a horrible winter  that I thought we all should go to the zoo;  my friend had laundry to do (it must have been Monday…remember the nursery song: This is the way we wash our clothes…all on a Monday morning.) I remember asking her if she would have more laundry the next day and she looked at me like I was nuts…she had 5 kids. I reminded her she would always have laundry BUT today was the only today with her children, she would never have this time/day again…we went to the zoo.

My friend gave me two little signs I still have to this day:

Don’t fret about the mess…It’s my mess and I Love it

And

A messy house is a sign of character—wait tell you see the one who lives here.

And I had an embroidery (my youngest son with 4 kids has this now) that hung by our front door

All though you’ll find our house a mess…

Come in sit down, converse….

It doesn’t always look like this

Sometimes it’ even worse.

Liam I live by those sentiments…this moment in time will never happen again! I know that makes me a procrastinator but you know when I’m gone no one is ever going to remember me for my clean house. They are going to remember me for my friendship, time 13-03-20 easter canvasspent with them and my creativity.

And I agree with the others that were said …”I have more ideas than time to create” and “I do it one step at a time”… (although I may have several projects at different stages of steps.) I have more irons in the fire than time, at any given minute I could find something stitch related to do. Just look Temari Ballsat the pictures I posted…and these are the ones I have at my fingertips. I could go to my closet or the sewing room and find a few hundred more projects. Remember I consider these un-started and unfinished projects as life insurance…I’m going to live long threadsenough to put a dent in all these. ;-) Or I’m going to have the best estate stitch sale someday.

I also thought these sentiments were true and good:

It’s not about finding time…but rather making time…

computer deskIt is important to stitch, it saves your sanity.

And as Lu2cre84u said, “… Life is too short not to create.”

What do you do and how do you find time to stitch?

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today! I know I will.
ttfn…sue

Let it snow,let it snow , let it snow

It has been snowing here since about six AM and I don’t here many complaints…we need the moisture! Our states (Mo and KS), many cities in and around Kansas City, and the counties have declared a State of Emergency…and so you should not be out unless it is an emergency. And you know it must be bad when our 24 hour grocery stores are closing until further notice and UPS has even suspended deliveries today. Roads and Interstates are closed all over the place. I’m glad I don’t have any place to go. And this is supose to keep up through tomorrow…we are expecting 12-18 inches of snow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what my back yard looks like so far and Lucy got a walkway shoveled for her.

I finished my Ninji Temari. It was an online stitch-in prepared by Jane Z for the members of Temari Challenge group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TemariChallenge/). This was a fun ball to stitch as well as a learning experience 13-02-21 temariand inspiration. The instructions for the ball are on the website, I think you just have to be a member and membership s free. As I was stitching the ball I saw many other possibilities and made notes so I could make more.

Making a temari has many challenges because they are hand wrapped balls. Some people use styrafoam balls as a base but I hand wrap mine from a tissue core. I start with a tissue and wrap the tissue with yarns and thread. They are really spheres and not perfect round balls. This was the biggest problem I had this time…Because after you get the temari made then you  measure and divide it according to the design.   I could not get my temari to divide correctly. It took me a couple days of measuring and adjusting to get the pins placed to what I thought was acceptable. I usually do not have this much trouble but it was a challenge this time. I even asked Jane Z if there were any tricks I needed to know and all she could offer was, “sometimes a ball is just a difficult challenge. “

You can wrap a ball to an approximate size but this will usually vary a centimeter or so…at least that happens to me. This particular ball was made at the large of the suggested size range and therefore I thought needed an extra row added to each color wrap. Of course this made each step need a correction, but I did it. I’m lucky because I can see these in my mind and adjust pretty easily. And as I was stitching I saw other possibilities so I made notes on this so next time I can try one of the new ideas.

I also think the base thread color of the ball (black in this ball) should be used in the design portion of the temari. It will make the unevenness of the ball stitching appear less noticeable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo since I am not going anywhere today, I think this is a cover up, keep warm and stitch day for me and a cup of  hot chocolate will work (I’ll have two marshmellows , thank you.) I think I’ll have to share my space with Lucy too (she’s not liking the walkway idea much either.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you are in this snowstorm too, keep warn and safe and if you are in the path (east and north of the Midwest) of this storm, look out here she comes! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

Holidays

In our family we chose to make Christmas ornaments to exchange.

This is my ornament for this year.

Temeri Ball 2012

Temeri Ball 2012

However you choose to celebrate the holiday I hope you have a wonderful time; filled with peace joy and happiness.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today and throughout the holidays!
ttfn…sue

What a week!

The old saying, “Time passes quickly when you’re having fun.” is apropos for this week.  This was the week that was…and truly it went by much too quickly…I’d like another, thank you very much. If nothing else was going on this week the weather was beautiful…and I caught a sever case of Spring Fever!

I could barely keep myself inside this week and had the doors open on several occasions…in February! Lucy sniffed every blade of grass in the yard and even wanted to play soccer. From 2 feet of snow on the ground to 70 degrees, love that Mother Nature!…but Jack Frost will be heard from again and not in the too distant future I’m sure.

It was also Valentine’s Day this week. My valentine bought us a picture I have wanted for a long time…Thomas Jefferson painted by Bob Holloway a local artist. I have several of his pictures and love them all. http://www.bobholloway.com/

I also purchased supplies to try needle felting. It looks like fun and something that could be applied to needlepoint as embellishments. I made a ladybug just to see if I could. Since I am not sure yet…was searching the internet last week and bookmarked several stops but haven’t gotten back to them yet. There will be more to come about needle felting I’m sure.

I also picked up a couple packages of rick rack to make rick-rack flowers. Kathy’s blog Shakl http://www.shawkl.com/search?updated-max=2011-02-11T09%3A21%3A00-06%3A00&max-results=10 told how to do them and I thought they looked like fun and something else that could embellish a needlepoint. When I was a the store picking up needle felting supplies I also picked up two packages of rick rack, I didn’t read the blog close before I left home to know which size to buy. I also bought a rick rack that was one sided (painted). I just had to cut my rick rack and make a couple adjustments. It would have been easier with one color but these turned out just fine for my first try.

Also made a large temari ball. I thought I might participate in Barbra Suess challenge but I may not have enough time since I played this week. You can read all about it and see Barb’s beautiful temari on her blog http://temaribarb.blogspot.com/  or her website  http://www.japanesetemari.com/ . But at least now I have one very large temari ball…unstitched

And poor bunny…well, he is still on the stretcher bars. All the black (except ears) is stitched. Started working on the turkey tuff tail but between the nice weather; trying my new projects; and oh yes I am suppose to be doing computer graphics for a teacher (sh-h-h, maybe she won’t notice it is taking me forever) I haven’t made much progress. I tried to stitch six thread lengths a day but I am about 24 threads behind this week…but who’s counting.

And that’s the week that was in the Midwest…and now I’m off to enjoy the rest of this beautiful day. Lucy and I are taking a walk and then we are cooking on the grill tonight. If Mother Nature wants to tease us, we are going to enjoy every moment!

 I hope everyone has beautiful weather too and if you can squeeze it in…time to stitch!  ttfn…sue

Wednesday, Granddaughter & Kreinik threads

This is going to be one of those long posts and two from me in one week is almost unheard of…

I had one of those days yesterday where I took one baby step forward and two giant steps backward. But as the day progressed things got better. Had to, it was an uphill fight from the start. Started my day at 7:30 AM, drove grandson to school and went to the grocery and decided to have breakfast at the deli…breakfast was good, but not what I ordered (think someone else and I switched orders…I ordered scrambled eggs with bacon & toast and got 2 over easy eggs, link sausage, hash browns & toast….waitress assured me she had two orders both the same…oh well cook mistake) While waiting for breakfast I cleaned out my purse and found a car wash coupon I needed to use or it expired. Car wash was couple blocks away, I would do that, go visit 92 year old uncle in nursing home and home to stitch…WRONG. Made it to the car wash and as I pulled out of the carwash my car was listing to the left and making awful sound as I rolled off the wash line. Rolled out of the way of traffic and stopped, got out looked…left tires: one completely flat the other very low. A nice young man offered to help me change my flat tire and put air in the other and told me to go get the car wash manager and show him. Did as I was told since I was little or no use changing a tire. Carwash manager/owner very gracious, came out helped with tire and told me they would pay for damages. Sent me to tire guy down the street…must be a good one cars everywhere. Would be at least one hour before tire man could look at tire, call niece who lives close by and she picked me up and took me to her house… This was the best part of my morning; her home is lovely and quiet. Two and half hours later I am back on the road, never did get to see my uncle (there is always tomorrow Scarlet). Went by LNS to see if there was a thread I liked better than the one I was going to use for Granddaughter’s border…but they were out of the one I had in mind.

Home to stitch on the second marathon stitching project…gift for namesake granddaughter. I will make the deadline…but it was touch and go yesterday. Happily stitching along on lettering and I pull off a length of thread and the spool core appears. My mind says this is not possible…I was sure this was a new spool…BUT my eyes say I may be in trouble. Immediately call LNS, yes they have another spool. Now the quandary, do I take my chances or stop and go get reinforcements? Decided that I would keep stitching and if I ran out of lettering thread would move to border and get more thread today. Well, here is a picture of what I had left …truly stitched to the bitter end! So far, so good and I know I have more than enough thread for the border.

BUT …

the is really good news I have been waiting to share for a week or more is…

A few weeks ago Dena at Kreinik asked me if I would like to make a Temari Ball for her using the new holographic threads. What a privilege…of course I said yes!  I had so much fun doing these and could hardly wait to post pictures of them but I thought it only fair to allow Dena to see them first since she did send me the threads.  But now with her permission I can tell you all about them…

After I quit jumping up and down with excitement (okay, so I didn’t jump up and down, broken hips at my age do not heal well) I had to think about what Temari Ball to stitch and which threads I would need. I decided that I love color wheels and this would be a good representations of the threads. I asked Dena to send seven of the new holographic colors of #12 braid and 1/16 ribbon and blending filament in black.

Before the threads arrived I had another idea to use the original number Kreinik threads with the new so a comparison can be seen. I checked my stash and I had all but one of the threads but my LNS had a spool and so I waited for the threads to arrive. I figured I would have enough thread to make two Temari balls. I could hardly wait for the new threads to arrive; I couldn’t wait to play with them… The threads arrive and I knew I would have more than enough to make two Temari.

Temari #1:  I wrapped a base with a top layer using a spool of 005L Blinding Black Kreinik Blending Filament and black thread. I only marked the divisions with pins and then I wrapped each color in sequence Yellow: Chromo Gold 002L – orange: Orange-ruptis 027L – red: Robot Red 003L – violet: Punchy Purple 026L – blue: Royal Blast 033L – green: Kinetic Green 008L #12 Kreinik braid) from north to south poles. Then around the equator of the ball I began by wrapping two rows of 005L Blinding Black Kreinik #12 braid around the Temari. All the black braid is wrapped, only the colors are woven over and under the pole wraps to make the Obi band. The focal point of this ball of course is the Obi band and I liked the how the blending filament on the base layer took on more colors of the wrapped areas.

Temari #2: I used a plain black base and I marked the divisions with pins and then I wrapped each color in sequence using the original braid in the center with the new holographic threads on either side. I wrapped in the same sequence; Yellow: Gold 002 & Chromo Gold 002L – orange: Orange 027 & Orange-ruptis 027L – red: Red 003 & Robot Red 003L – violet: Amethyst 026 & Punchy Purple 026L – blue: Royal Blue 033 & Royal Blast 033L – green: Green 008 & Kinetic Green 008L #12 Kreinik braid) from north to south poles. The Obi band is a simple wrap with a large cross stitch over each color group. The Obi band was wrapped using 005L Blinding Black Kreinik 1/16 ribbon and the crosses are 005L Blinding Black Kreinik #12 braid. I really like the contrast of the braids in this Temari.

Temari #3: While stitching #2 Temari I decided that Dena need a collection and that means three at minimum…so I decided to make a trefoil interlocking with an Obi band. Again I wrapped base with a top layer using a spool of 005L Blinding Black Kreinik Blending Filament and black thread. This ball is divided into 6 divisions, and I used 005L Blinding Black Kreinik #12 braid to mark the divisions. At the North Pole I stitched the ball in an Interlocking pattern from center starting with black #12 braid and stitching from yellow to green with a black separating each color. While I was stitching the NP side I decided to be cleaver and stitch the reverse sequence on the South Pole: green to yellow. After I complete both poles, I was flipping the ball in my hand from pole to pole and thought that one side was larger than the other…bummer. The motif stitched from center green to gold appears lighter and larger than the motif stitched gold to green from center; the gold to green from center appears darker and smaller.  I measured from center to tip and all are within 1/16 of an inch of being the same, it is the optical illusion of simultaneous contrast at work. A true test of color theory and I do so love color theory. The Obi band is very simple; I used 005L Blinding Black Kreinik 1/16 ribbon and the crosses are 005L Blinding Black Kreinik #12 braid, stitched between the guidelines. And of course, this turned out to be my favorite.

I won’t go into a review of the threads Janet Perry (http://www.coolcraftsites.com/2010/nuts-about-needlepoint/kreinik%E2%80%99s-holographic-threads-%E2%80%93-product-review/) and Jane at Chilly Hollow(http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/2010/04/test-driving-threads-part-one.html)  have done an excellent job of that in the last few days and Kreinik (http://www.kreinik.com/feature.htm) has an excellent web page about the new threads. But I will tell you from my experience I thought the ones I worked with were wonderful and the only difference I noticed was that the holographic had a bit more metal feel to them. I did not notice that this caused a breakdown of the thread and I used very long threads to stitch the interlocking Temari and also the Obi band on Temari #1. In fact, I even frog stitched part of the Obi Band of Temari #1 and reused the thread to stitch again. I don’t recommend this with any metallic but I did it.

I think the threads are wonderful and if you get a chance to stitch with them do so! As you can see in Temari #2 shading is possible too.  I have a canvas in my stash that has been there a very long time and if I ever get off this marathon stitching deadline I want to use the Holographic threads to stitch it.

Back to the granddaughter stitching project…I have a Sue Reid class this Friday and Saturday so the stitching has to be completed today. And Saturday have to go to the framer to make the exchange Eagle for granddaughter.

ttfn…sue

No April Fool…Spring is here.

I had a blog post for today but as I sat in my study with my morning cuppa reading my bookmarked blogs I noticed the sun shinning; birds tweetering; and my window curtains fluttering in the breeze. As I got up to refill my cuppa I noticed Spring had sprung…The Forsythia have popped, jonquils/daffodils are everywhere…Oh such a welcome after this winter.  I hope wherever you are today, it is as beautiful as it is here. I am pausing to open all the windows and doors in my house…out with winter in with fresh spring air.

I have been working on the Eagle and I think I may make this deadline. Of course there are no stitched Easter eggs as planned but there is always next year.

I also have another project in the works and I will tell you more about it later but will give you a sneak peek today. And the “God gave us” for my namesake is still in the computer…this one may be late.

I think my computer, cuppa and I will head for the patio to finish reading my bookmarked blogs and enjoy the day that has begun so magnificently. I heard the weatherman say “rain” this evening and tomorrow but nice for Easter Sunday…okay I can handle that as long as the four letter word starts with “R” and not “S”. And yes, I have seen that four letter “S” word in April,  but not this year I hope.

Happy Spring, Easter, Passover to all.

ttfn…sue

Red White & Blue Temari

 

Before Christmas I guess I should post these… I’ll put all the veiws in my Flicker account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudukc/

I am trying to keep up with everyone’s blogs, get some work completed and stitch too. I really wish I had a clone to do the chores around the house and go to my exercise class…all the stuff I have to do but really don’t want to do. I really could get so much more done!

And I want to be outside too…who would have thought it could be 80 degrees and no humidity in the Midwest in July. We have had a beautiful summer since the rain stopped.

Off to read…outside

ttfn…sue

I am catching up & June TIF

 

I finished reading some of my favorite blogs, finished the laundry, and even started swimming program at YMCA today. I feel like a nap! I’m either catching up or maybe just so far behind I look like I’m winning.

NP or SP

NP or SP

Equator or obi

  

I also have a picture of my June TIF projects http://sharonb.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/take-it-further-in-june/ or http://takeitfurtherchallenge.blogspot.com/to post and will also send them all to Flicker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudukc/. See I was not ideal the month of June…but as someone else on another blog said, ” the real world interfered with my blog.”

The thought was:  stories that are and stories that are possible. I think this was also in reference to stash. And I have lots of stories waiting to be told, in fact closets full. But you know something really strange with all that stash, I still always need at least one more thread or just a slightly different color thread than I already own. My stash is never complete! If it were I’d die with the most and win and I know for a fact that man of my fellow stitchers have far more stash than I. So, I will just happily plod along knowing I have more stories to be told along with those I have already told.

My Temari this month are all the same pattern just stitched with different colors on gray, black or neutral bases. I really thought they were fun. And it shows how one basic pattern has endless possibilities with different colors and threads.

Hope you enjoy.

ttfn…sue

Temari for a friend

Thanks to all of you who have emailed me or added a comments to the blog. I am humbled to know I have so many friends around the world. Thank you.
I spent my first couple weeks with my friend at the hospital and I took stitching along…

 MU Temari Ball       

I made these Temari Balls for my friend who has cancer. He is a big University of Missouri fan (MU..Go tigers!)… so I made the Gold and black Temari for him. He also is a big KC Chiefs Fan so I made him the yellow and red Temari. After I was finished I noticed the arrowheads…And that is the name of our football stadium. I guess I’ll have to make him one for the KC Royals too. He took me to the very first opening game at this stadium when it was brand new and he hasn’t missed an Royals opening season since. Temari balls are gifts of friendship and these have special prayers attached too.

You can see more pictures of these 2 Temari balls on my Flicker page at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sudukc/

It’s early in the morning here and all is quiet and peaceful. So I think I will get a cuppa and head for the patio to play catch up on my blog reading…

ttfn…sue