Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Rare Bear

This is my unstuffed Rare Bear.  "There are over 15 million children in the US that suffer from a rare disease.  These children are often misdiagnosed and/or do not have medicines available for them.  30% of these children die before their 5th birthday."  Volunteers make one-of-a-kind bears for these children. Rare bears will have a serial number specifically made for a child in the Rare Bear Program. My bear is headed for California tomorrow to be stuffed and then complete his mission.  You can be a part of this effort by contacting the Rare Bear website: www.rarescience.org. 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Nativity Story

Nativity Story is my latest project. The artwork is done by Krista Hamrick.  The embroidery design is Nativity Story from OESD.  The designs are a combination of applique with thread painting and thread alone.  There are about 46 different thread colors in the 26 tiles.  I am having it framed and hope to have it back by Christmas.

Friday, December 2, 2016

FSL 3D Angel

I love this angel!  It has three separate parts that must be stitched: the body, the skirt, and the wings.  Then they are put together to make one of the cutest angels I have seen.  I found it at Sew Crafty in the Christmas Spirit Pop-Up Store.  I could not wait to see how it looked.  Did I say "I love this angel!"

Friday, November 25, 2016

FSL Angels

I love these free standing lace angels.  I recently purchased the patterns from Nancy's Notions. Mea Bernina was decorating a tree for the Lawrence Festival of Trees and was using a red, white, and black design.  So I revised the patterns so that I could choose where the red, white and black would be.  The bottom middle angel also has silver metallic thread on the wings and middle section of the gown.  The metallic seems to stitch fine in my 10-needle Babylock, but I do stitch at a slower speed.  I use two layers of Wash-N-Gone from Pellon for the stabilizer.  It washes out quickly and leaves the design stiff. Angels make wonderful Christmas gifts.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ruler Keeper

This is the Ruler Keeper I made from a pattern of the same name by Cabbage Rose. I added three embroidery designs because this is a project for Bernina's Software Inspirations. The fabric is cotton duck in a gray color. There is a plastic hangar inserted in the top space and I have not stitched it closed as the pattern suggested.  You can make this project is a few hours. I really like this project and intend to use it.The pattern can be ordered from Mea Bernina.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Burp Cloths

The burp cloths are made with the OESD's Noah's Ark Designs.  I did modify each design slightly by deleting the partner so I only had one animal to applique.  They are really cute, easy, quick and fun. Some new mommy is going to love them.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dyeing Project

I shopped in stores and online for a gold lacy top to go with this denim jacket and just could not find what I envisioned.  So I looked for a lace top and found this ivory colored one.  I had recently been to a workday with friends where different dyeing techniques were shown.  So I got out my Dye-na-flow dyes and mixed some colors.  I finally got just the shade I wanted.  It is much tooo yellow in the photo, but really it is more of a beige/gold.  It is close to the shade of the thread.  I dabbed the color on with a sponge brush and then let it dry.  This is the look that I wanted and I am happy with the result.  Thanks to my friends for the lessons.