Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fancy Schmancy Scissors


Check out these super cute scissors I spotted on Mod Podge Rocks! (one of my favorite crafting blogs). I don't know how well the idea would work out for embroidery / stitching scissors, but you could certainly gussy up a pair of regular fabric scissors.

(The original how-to is posted on Crap I've Made, another favorite crafting blog)
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Eye(let) see you.....

Yeah, so I'm not even going to make excuses about not blogging. I've noticed I have a tendency to wait until I *finish* finish something before I blog about it, and I actually do have a few pieces that have been stitched, but not finished completely, that I want to blog about, including the one that I gave you a sneak peak of a while back. In fact, I have to start harassing my husband to get cracking on three pieces to be framed. They're all ready to go - frames, foam core and everything.

But back to the stitching and my latest Fair & Square exchange.

These are the squares I received in the most recent Fair & Square Exchange from my partner, Shelley P. (Shelley has a blog but it's currently inactive). You know I love anything with a nautical theme, and these squares are perfect for me. I'm going to finish them up as a no-sew cube for our living room. I think they'll be a perfect complement to the squares I received from Marie P, which I also finished up as a no-sew cube.

Rhodes Butterfly Biscornu by Kincavel Krosses
Stitched on 32 ct. Antique white with DMC flosses

And this is what I stitched for Shelley. Her profile indicated that she liked spring color palettes, so I selected this pattern because I really wanted to stitch the Rhodes Butterflies. I like stitching Rhodes stitches with rayon / satin threads - I think that little extra sheen really adds something to the specialty stitch.

I also enjoyed doing the eyelet stitches again, after having done them on the Shamrocks piece I posted about previously. They make a nice contrast with the raised centers of the Rhodes squares.

I'm not sure how Shelley plans on finishing the squares, but I did design the signature square to accommodate a biscornu finish.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fair and Square Exchange

Are you interested in joining the Fair and Square Exchange? The moderator, Jill, is currently accepting applications. Head on over to the blog to check it out and make your application: http://www.fairsquares.blogspot.com/