Thursday, March 26, 2009

Odds and ends, this and that, part 2....

Here is an all black pieced block that I've been doodling with for months. I used bright colors in the threads and ribbons for embellishments, and they really pop off the blacks. I really love doing the fancy fan corners like shown here in the bright yellow thread. I've done quite a few, and no two are alike. You just start with a few stitches radiating out of a corner, and keep going back and adding another layer, then another. The back ends up looking awful, but the fronts are lovely.

This is my latest attempt at doing some iris. I've been enjoying a DVD of Di van Niekerk's that I borrowed from our library, so I tried doing an iris more like hers, larger and looser, and really like how they turned out. This is some 7mm ribbon that I dyed with food coloring; it came out mottled rather than gently shaded, but I like the purple/pink variations.

This is a picture of a very brave father letting his 13 year old daughter drive his new toy through a tight spot between the house and the truck. All went well.

Here is my grandson Zack, who is 22 months old and a very busy guy. He kept going to the refrigerator yesterday and asking for something that sounded like "pickles" to me, but I know he doesn't really like pickles. When I took the jar out and showed him he just shook his head sadly, like he thought it was such a pity I didn't understand English. His mom translated when she got here; he wanted a bagel. Now I know.

Corbin and Zack doing the brother thing, watching a movie.

Another video I borrowed from the library is called How Art Made the World. It's a BBC production and I found it fascinating. It begins with the Venus of Willendorf, and asks the question, "why did so many ancient peoples make these female figurines?"
It goes on to cover cave paintings and Egyptian tomb art and Greek statues. The last episode is about death, including some interesting theories on why the crucifix is such a compelling image.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

More spiders...

This is some of my work on Gerry K's block in the round robin. I did the web in gold metallic thread, and the spider is two yellow beads. I also did the seams above and below the patch, using Wildflowers thread in the variegated color called "Rain Forest". I made cast-on stitch flowers (that match the salmony pink color of the large crocheted flowers) for the feather stitch vine that someone else did. Then I added 3 of the little bees around the block and tucked in one of the fly buttons, 'cause a spider's gotta eat. Click on the photo for a close up.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Needle books

One way CQers use CQing in a practical way is to make small needlebooks. On CQ4Newbies, Mary L. in Louisiana is hostessing a swap for needlebooks, pinkeeps, and scissors fobs. I made these two needlebooks for the swap. They each have 4 felt pages so needles of different sizes and uses can be kept separated. These are the fronts:

And these are the backs:

As usual, I used DMC perle cotton in size 8 for the embroidery on the dragonfly one, but on the goldish one, I used only Caron's Wildflowers (a hand-dyed cotton) thread in a color variegation called Rain Forest, which is blue, rust, lavender, gold, and green. I think it goes really nicely with the lace motif and the gimp trim, both of which I dyed.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spiders and webs, Marya's block

Here's the second block I've gotten to work on in this RR. It belongs to Marya in CA. I started with a long Venice lace motif, which I cut up to make it fit the corner that the seams formed, then I stitched it down and beaded it. Then I added the spider and web, the button cluster, and the vines. Last, I stitched two tiny bees. If you click on the photo, it will enlarge and you can see details, including the funny little fly button in the cluster.

This is a block I made for a "hearts and flowers shower" that we do on CQ for Newbies. It went to Violet in Australia who was injured and lost friends in the fires that raged there earlier this year.