Tuesday, June 16, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday

Still plugging along on the embroidery. This week I baked a cake which took up most of Saturday. It was a test for the same event the favors are for. Here are the finished sachets and a current pic of the embroidery.

The humid weather has started in Philadelphia, which just makes me feel tired all of the time, so being productive outside of the office is difficult.

bacci e abbracci

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday

This week I made progress on my current work, and I started using my sewing machine again. I have to make 11 party favors and thought pretty little sachets would be nice. I also wanted to make a prize for one random winner at the party, and decided to try the Purl Bee Quilted Zipper Pouch. I changed the measurements without considering the length of the zipper,  so I had a little problem with the ends of the zipper that made the finish a little less than perfect. This was the most difficult zipper I have ever sewn into a bag. I have two zipper feet and probably used the wrong one.

I also found the pattern for the Lavender Sachets on the Purl Bee. I usually make my sachets from patchwork, but just don't have the time so in my search for pretty sachets on Pinterest I came across this pattern. I am using "Nana's Pantry" from Connecting Threads which is now on clearance at $2.96/yard.

 I really like Connecting Threads quilting fabric and thread. The fabric has a nice hand, and you cannot beat the price. It is much nicer than the quilting fabric you get at JoAnn's, which has a lot of sizing that when washed out leaves a thin cheap fabric. If you knit you might know about Knit Picks. Both companies are owned by Craft Americana Group. I have been shopping at Knit Picks for years and have never had a problem with anything I purchased there with the exception of a couple of knitting needles, which they replaced immediately.

Baci e abbracci

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

tutto a posto tuesday--change

First: I thought I posted this at 6:30 this morning. Sorry for being tardy!

I've mentioned an injury that has gotten me off schedule. I fainted in the bathroom while standing at the sink and fell against the bathtub hurting my upper right back and rib cage. I was unable to do anything for myself for the first 3 days and was out of work for a week. I could not stitch, knit, draw, nothing. The first day I fell was really scary, I also had a headache and nausea and spent the day trying to sleep it away and thinking. I started thinking that I might be seriously ill and if that was the case would I really care about my needlework? What am I doing? Is it worth it to try to sell my work? Why can't I be happy just making things for me? I made some decisions and then realized I am just not ready to give up yet. But things need to change.

I need to loose 15 pounds not to look better, but to feel better. I need to start working on accepting the world for what it is and stop letting people get me down. I have to learn compassion for everyone, not just animals and people who appear to be innocent or helpless--everyone--including the person who is mean, rude, lazy--everyone. Why am I telling you this? Because tutto a post tuesday will change a little. I will still post work every Tuesday, but it may not be finished. I am not only still off schedule, but find that with my new exercise program I don't have as much time to work on my projects. (Isn't this why I gained weight and still cannot speak Italian in the first place? Because I would rather spend all free time on whatever creative thing I want to do?)

So this platform, tutto a posto tuesday, will still be the debut of new work, but it may not be finished. For example, I finished the brown embroidery that I showed last week, but decided to try something different for the finish.

Doesn't it look like one of the doilies that people set out on their table with their pretty little trinkets on top? But now how do I frame it? Do I frame it, or do I mount it on stretched canvas? Do I make a small quilt to support it? Hmmmm.... This will be explored over the next week or two.

Meanwhile I have started a new work. This part is not so free-form, but a little planned out as I drew the ovals and circles to embroider and will do the remaining part freehand. I know this is just a peek and not so much is completed, but I am working on projects all of the time and that is what is important to me. I have many ideas too which is so nice because I have had months and even a couple of years in my past where I did nothing creative. It was depressing. And the best thing is I like what I am producing and it is original.

After years of designing knitwear for machine knitting I started hand knitting and stopped designing which always bothered me. Now I am back to designing my own work in embroidery and quilting and I hope that other people out there will like it too.

Baci e abbracci