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January’s Take it further challenge begins

January 2, 2008

I read the challenge yesterday around noon and it’s taken me over a day to wrap my head around this one. Who do I admire and why? It really comes down to… I admire a lot of different people for very different reasons — it’s an individual trait not the whole person usually. So I’m thinking of ways to make this work.

I’m also hoping to use the colours. Unfortunately, they don’t print really well on my printer but tonight, at home when I’m not supposed to be working, I’ll gather up my stranded cotton and match the colours. I already have two of them from my lunchtime foray. A friend and I had lunch at a teahouse/shop today and I discovered a basket of single napkins (okay some of them might have had pairs, but they were selling them in singles.) So I took a chance on my memory of the colours and picked up three linen napkins. Not only were they on sale but when I got back to my computer — two of them matched the swatches quite well. It’s an awesome start so I will be using the colours.

I’m already thinking about ATC or postcard size patches representing different attributes and the person, then joined together to make one larger piece. Maybe CQ or maybe not. Hard to say right now.

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Creative Moments

December 13, 2007

My creative moments are often literally that. Snippets of time snatched in between running my daughter to dance, tossing in yet another load of laundry, and all the rest of the things that seem to fill my evenings and weekends. This past year, I’ve been challenging myself to try new techniques. So I’ve started a file of notes of ideas I’ve seen on other blogs. Ways to do something that I hadn’t tried. Different stitches, fibres, colours. I eagerly read the Quilting Arts magazine and others looking for something to try. So the other day when I found myself at loose ends for about a half hour, I scooted down to my studio/sewing room/storage area. I had read tutorial on how to create a background using roving. I have lots of roving, including a lovely new one with plenty of sparkle.rovingme.jpg

So I laid out roving in a pleasing to me landscape over white felt. Added sparkly white for snow. Covered with water soluble stabilizer and machine embroidered over top. I’m still learning/practicing my machine embroidery but it’s a great deal of fun and very practical. I’ve dissolved the stabilizer and now it’s waiting for hand embellishing. It is the size of an ATC but I’m thinking about attaching it to card stock and using it as a card instead.