Friday, April 27, 2012

Bible Cover completed!

The Bible cover is completed.  I added  the four way medal (Scapular, Miraculous, St. Joseph and St. Christopher) to one of the ribbons and my granddaughter’s confirmation saint, St. Blaise, to another one.

I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Remember your senior prom?

Sunny but colder today!  I thought we were done with winter but it's come back to haunt us.  Dipped into the 30's last night and supposed to again tonight.....sigh

Here's another finish for you to view.

Complete with rose corsage this young lady box is reminiscent of days gone by, when young ladies received white roses in a corsage to wear to the prom. 

Later the flowers would be pressed in a book for a keepsake (or in Mom's freezer depending on what century it was)  I can't tell you how many flowers were saved in my freezer. over the
Made with seafroam colored cotton velveteen and seafoam and gold lace it is lined with a rich gold satin.  It's simple but sweet and ultra-feminine.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Bible Cover update

Here’s the latest update on the bible cover I’m working on. 

The stitching is complete.  I do not know why the fabric puckered….anybody have a clue.  I stretched the fabric very tight and tried to keep it tight.  I haven’t ironed it yet so maybe the puckers will come out then.

You can’t tell in the photo because the upper portion is a little dark but I used a fiber from the Accentuate line of metallic threads.  I used one strand of DMC floss and two strands of the Accentuate.  It provided a soft sort of gleam not anywhere near as bright as Kreiniks.

I must, at this point, critique the Sticky Fabri-Solvy I used to stitch the design on the fabric.  When I ordered the Sticky Fabri-Solvy, I was very optimistic although a trifle skeptical.  I’ve used Solvy products in the past and was pleased with them.  So I was going for broke when I printed out the design onto the solvy from my printer.  There is adhesive on the back although I did use a basting stitch all around the edges for a just in case.  Well, just in case never happened.  After removing the basting threads I still had to PEEL off the extra solvy from around the design, so the adhesive works well.  I then soaked the piece in a bowl of warm leaning toward hot clear water.  I let it sit for about a half hour then swished it around a little bit and low and behold the solvy was GONE!!!  No hype here folks, it really works well.  There is no stiffness left in the fabric and no bleeding of the printer ink.  The Fabri-Solve comes in 8.5 x 11 and 11 x 17 inch sizes.  So I give Sticky Fabri-Solvy five stars.  As always though, you should do a test run on the fabric of your choice just in case!

In my search to purchase the solvy I was forced to go on-line as none of the local fabric/craft stores carried it in stock although they carry a large selection of the solvy product line.  That’s when I found Bird Brain Designs.  As I was skeptical and didn’t want to invest in a whole pack of 12 sheets I ordered a trial sheet from Bird Brain Designs .  I am in no way affiliated with Bird Brain Designs, just a satisfied customer.   Although they don’t have it listed on their web-site anymore they did in the past and sent me a trial sheet for $2.00 plus $1.95 for shipping, twice.  I don’t know how long the adhesive would last if you kept the packet around for a long time.  I do know that I will be ordering a packet of 12 sheets to keep on hand as I know I will use this product again.

Monday, April 2, 2012

April is here at last!

April is here and the weather is lovely.

Have a completion today.  This little box has been an interesting project with a story behind it. 

I bought the book,  Making Decorative Fabric Covered Boxes by Mary Jo Hiney published in 1996 back in September or October of 2011.  I bought it  with the intention of working on projects from the book after Christmas when the weather was yucky and I couldn’t get out of the house.  I spent several weeks gathering together the supplies and tools needed.  This was also during  the time when we were having the house painted and new carpeting installed and we had to box everything up. 

 In January of this year, I went to the bookcase to get the book and could not find it.  I looked around the house for weeks and still couldn’t find the book.  One day I simply said scr*w it and looked on Amazon to see if I could find another one.  The cheapest one on Amazon was 40 something dollars.  NO WAY !!!  Flipped over onto Ebay and low and behold there was another copy of the book plus two additional pamphlets on making fabric boxes listed for $8.95 including free shipping….Eureka!!  Needless to say I clicked right on it, so I had the book AGAIN!  So far the first one hasn’t shown up but I have no doubt that it will as things I can’t find always show up after I buy another one….lol 

There are 22 projects in this book and I plan to make several of them….not all but a few.

As there are still three empty shelves on my living room book case there is obviously at least one box of books unaccounted for…sigh.  At some point I will find the missing box and the original book will in all likelihood be in it.

Bible Cover update

The Bible cover is coming along pretty well.  The cross is done and consists of stem stitch filling and four shades of topaz floche.  The leaves are almost done.  I decided to outline the leaves as the satin stitching was a little ragged.  There will come a day when I won’t have to outline my satin stitch….yay!!...but not this time.   I’ve started on the flower but am not thoroughly happy with it and may rip the stitches out and start over on them.  I’m not very good at long and short stitch yet.  Except for the flower stitches I’m pretty well pleased with the effort so far.  The curve of the flower stem could be a little smoother  but I think it will pass.  I like the way the date is turning out; I’m doing that in stem stitch also.  Used a font from my msword program. 

I don’t, at this point, know how  I’ll stitch the crown, still cogitating on that one.  Should I follow up with the same colors I did the cross in?  Should I use satin stitch, stick with the stem stitch fill-in or use another stitch entirely?  Should I add a little bling and maybe put small beads or rhinestones on the tips of the crown or not?   Use some rainbow gallery fibers to add a bit of sparkle?  Also, should I use the same light gold for the French knots in the center of the flower or go with a brighter yellow?   Any opinions on these  aspects would be appreciated. 

Stargazer Lilies Bouquet

Some progress has been made on the Stargazer Lilies Bouquet but have been busy on the Bible cover and little box.  Will get back to the lilies soon.  I'm very happy over how it is turning out and can't wait to finish it!

Hope you enjoy looking at my

The quest for organized stash is ongoing.....sigh.