In the spirit of Sandie’s UFO and WISP challenge it’s time for my weekly declaration of progress on my WISPS. (Work in Slow Progress) I have finished beading the block I was working on last week.
The big news of the day however is I have new glasses! I have actually needed these for 6 months but I love my old ones so much. I love the ironic design. I used to peer over them and call students possum (Aussies I think will get that joke)
Over the past few months I have been like a woman obsessed going into every optometrist in town looking at frames. I even considered going to Sydney to see if I could find some interesting frames. The old ones were so wacky. Eventually I gave up and settled for these. You can’t see it too well in the photo but the outside of the frame is red and the inside is orange. I figured if I had to wear something at least the colours would clash! The lass that served me said ‘these are pretty out there’ then I pulled out my old ones and she looked at me and said ‘well perhaps not’ I must admit after forking out $650.00 for them I guess I have to be satisfied. Next time I need a script I will ask them to use the old frames.
At least I can see my stitching better. Here are some of the details on the latest crazy quilt block.
The second detail is a small fan worked from a lace motif that was cut to shape then beaded.
Finally a close up of the bead trail on the block. This is quite heavily encrusted with beads and buttons.
The other piece I am working on is a gift. The pattern is the same as the pouches on this page . It is a simple pattern as it is worked in one long strip and simply folded into shape, lined stitched and then a cord is added. The width of the strip is 6 inches and the curve of the flap is the size of one of my bread and butter plates. I simply traced around it. Front and back are covered in embroidery and even under the flap. They make ideal small projects and gifts.
The lace motif is just being auditioned as I am not sure if its going to live there. I will see how the bag develops.
On another note the interest in the Take a stitch Tuesday Challenge is gaining momentum. I think there are going to be a considerable amount of people involved and I am gradually checking that I have subscribed to everyone’s feeds in my Bloglines account. Do let me know if you are going to be involved as I plan on doing a weekly link round up of who has done what and the only way I am going to be able to keep track is to use a RSS reader.
Wow, your stitching is absolutely beautiful!
I love it 🙂
I’m looking at artist’s (in particular bead artists) blogs in hopes of finding out if blogging helps promote you. Have you found it helpful?
I have a site at http://www.craftedfromtheheart.com and am looking for ways to promote it. Have you found this to be a good avenue? I just put up several new Christmas items, but it seems there is a LOT of competition out there!
I love the paisley on that diamond-shaped piece – the design and the thread you chose. BTW, I am doing the Tuesday thing next year, to whatever extent I can while travelling. Probably some of it will go on the joggles block to help me complete that! I used the butterfly from lesson 6 in a garden gate the other day on a heart, and it was so easy to do.
wow! I just love all the beading you’ve done here. The results are sure worth the effort.
I think I’d like to be added in as a Take a Stitch Tuesday participant. Since the “rules” are so flexible, it makes plenty of allowances for “life” slowing me down.
Amazing stitching Sharon, beautifully done.
Hi Sharon, love your new glasses! Wish I could have found frames as cool looking as yours! I’ve had mine for a year now and still trying to get used to the bifocals!
On a quilting note, your work is absolutely gorgeous! I know I’ve told you that a million times but I could just stare at your stitching all day long! Your bead trails amaze me! I’m trying to get up the courage to do something like that on one of my pieces.
Thanks for all you share with us Sharon!
I love your blog and expecially deatil pictures of embelishments. I knit a lot and I´like to some embroidery but day are too whort for me. Maybe I will make New Year resolution: 10 minutes of embroidery every day?
Hi this is one of the most interesting and informative site I have found. Thanks.
So glad you’ve decided to post the WISPs….I’m esp. excited about the diamond quilt..;-)
How about a pic of you in your new glasses?