Simple dangle earrings stitched in cubic right angle weave. Made with seed beads and Swarovski crystals.
If you want to add another dimension to your quilt then stitch with this heavy, lint-free 12wt cotton thread. Here’s Ecru and you can find it in our online shop.
This Flora necklace, made with WireKnitz, comes in 4 different colors. I chose a pretty Henna one – well, they’re all pretty but I am thinking about my wardrobe….um. I like this gold too, but in the end the henna got my vote.
There’s homework for this workshop. Yikes!
Cool stuff this WireKnitz. And it comes in all sorts of colours.
I have a video: Beadwork Designer of the Year Series: Bead Stitching Chevron Chain with Melanie. Rather intricate so more of a challenge and therefore keeps me busy thinking.
Here’s a Bronze tila bead bracelet I designed after watching Melanie’s video.
This is another of the workshops – Labyrinth Necklace. This can be worn with anything! No worries about wardrobe colours here.
We are making a very pretty Versailles cuff too. I’ll be thoroughly decked out when these are all finished.
Apartment Therapy had a nice blog post about how to decorate with quilts. Some ideas you can actually use! Though perhaps, as quilters, we already know how to decorate with quilts and we have plenty more ideas of our own!
Last week I sat a shift at the Columbia FiberArts Guild booth at the NorthWest Quilting Expo. It was tricked out pretty nice! This is a pic of Sara – we were sharing a shift. 2 hours went by at a gallop – we talked non-stop.
Quite a few people approached us, signed up for emails, took business cards etc. I think many were grabbed by the artwork and wearables we displayed.
The best part of volunteering for booth sitting is all the people you get to meet. As if you couldn’t tell you were at a quilt show! Here’s a general sweeping statement: we are all of an age and some of us tend to wear what I call ‘quilty’ clothes. My husband, lugubriously calls us the ‘blue jumper crowd’. Not quite sure why but I think it probably tells me something….?
I was sent a reminder about the 2015 Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London, England. One of the events is the Butterick Walkaway Tea Celebration. The ‘Walkaway Dress’ pattern was featured on the The Great British Sewing Bee and thousands of sewers created their own version of the Butterick classic.
The email reminded me of all the years I made my own clothes. My first serious sewing machine was an Elna which I left behind with a friend when I moved to the West Indies and started living abroad. I missed my Elna and bought another no-name machine while in Antigua. I say ‘no name’ because I can’t for the life of me remember what it was!
Everyone on the island was a skilled seamstress and pattern maker. We couldn’t afford to buy clothes as they were all imported at vast expense. And you could fit only so much into a suitcase when you traveled to the States.
I made all my clothes – even my own swimsuits.
When I married and moved to the States, we bought a Pfaff. My husband wondered if we couldn’t have bought a car with the money we spent on my machine!
I stopped making my own clothes. The machine didn’t languish – I began making quilts.
I bought a second sewing machine – a Juki with a big throat, which I could use on a large quilting frame.
My mother gave me 2 family Singer sewing machines. One of which I remember using when a child. It was kept on a table in the attic and I have no memory of what I stitched – but something! The oldest machine belonged to my great grandmother and the other to my paternal grandmother.
So I am part of a great tradition. No, not the ladies who sew. But the ladies who have far too many sewing machines in their home……!
If you are in England next month then take yourself to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London. You’ll enjoy it.
Such a pretty colour in the 400 meter spools of Wonderfil Spagetti cotton thread – Deep Ocean Green/Blue. Worth creating a quilt just so you could use this shade!
For those of us who suffer from a fabric fascination, Liberty of London is probably a very bad place to visit when in the UK!
It’s an amazing store to walk around as it is a mock Tudor-style building constructed in 1924 from the timbers of two ships. Inside there are what seem to be hundreds of little rooms around 3 wells. It’s difficult not to get completely lost in wonder at each area. I nearly always have to buy something when I visit. Usually a small collection of their beautiful Tana Lawn cotton which is very fine. Of course, I still have each piece, in its bag, never opened. This is a problem quilters have……
The original Liberty was founded in 1875 in Regent Street. The iconic property on Great Marlborough Street was built to enable trading to continue while renovations were in progress at the Regent Street store.
When you go, make sure you use their loos. Quite an experience!
Many of our customers have taken classes from Diane Gaudynski and really love using the YLI 100wt silk thread for their fine machine quilting. She teaches beautiful, tiny stippling, feathers, grids – and small shapes showing little or no build up of thread.
Her book educates the reader on all aspects of machine quilting from how to set up your workspace to finishing tips. There are plenty of photographs accompanying the instructions. And of course, images of the finished quilts.
As the popularity of fine machine stitching has caught on YLI have increased the amount of colours in the 1000 yard mini cones so you can really go to town.
The chapters cover:
- A machine quilting overview which includes a paragraph on your mental attitude. Now that’s something I have never thought about! And there is a chapter at the end about Preventing Pain and Fatigue. Really useful information which we don’t think about until our necks are sore or our back aches unbearably.
- The usual sections on equipment, supplies, batting, backing fabrics.
- Chapters on how to mark your quilt, and pin basting.
- A plan of attack, thread tension and the quilting technique.
- There are two sections of the different styles of quilting. One on walking foot quilting and the other on free-motion quilting. Both these chapters are chocka block with information and there are frequently asked questions included.
- A small section of quilting samples.
- Some finishing tips on how to square your quilt, binding, washing and drying the quilt.
- Three machine quilting projects to work on.
I am a fan of technique bibles and this is a machine quilting bible; especially when using very fine silk thread. Using Diane Gaudynski’s tutorials results in delicate and very beautiful heirloom stitching.
Published by The American Quilter’s Society.