February 2019: Around Here

So what’s been going on around here this month? For Valentine’s Day I again made Dave a card. And since I’m back to hand stitching, I made this which reminds me of the string art from my childhood days. Do you remember doing that?

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Thoughts on Free Motion

I have this love/hate thing with free motion stitching. In my quest for the perfect stitch, I have spent countless hours and lots of bobbins on trying to find that special thread or thread combination so that I could have finish some pieces.

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Reading and Stitching

When we go on vacation I always read several books and take some type of art with me. This year it was hand stitching. As for the books, three were what I call “beach” reads. I take them specifically to read and then leave in the library area at the condo so others can enjoy…

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Lacy Leaves

I’m a bit obsessed with leaves and trying out different techniques, and today it’s making lacy leaves. I found this book recently which encouraged me to try this techniques with leaves. Her work is lovely and pretty amazing. To make these leaves we are stitching on water soluble stabilizer. This is Vilene, a heavier stabilizer…

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Frixion Pens with Free Motion

I recently ran across a video by StitchesbyJulie where she used Frixion Pens with Free Motion. They are just what I’ve been looking for. Now I can draw on fabric and then erase it with the iron when I’m done.

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Scrappy Scarf

Years ago I tried this scrappy scarf technique. Back then I had very little fabric and ended up using threads, ribbons, and yarns to make a small piece of fabric. Now that I have lots of fabric scraps, I wanted to make a regular size scarf! It starts with a water soluble stablizer (I used…

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Printing on Cotton Lawn

I must tell you that I had no idea how much I would love printing on cotton lawn! What is cotton lawn? It’s a wonderful, somewhat sheer cotton fabric that is softer than quilting cotton, but sews up just as easy! It is used for summer clothing. I saw a tutorial on Designmatterstv, where Laura…

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