Saturday, July 11, 2009
So for now, I am less "moved in" than I was even when I stayed with my parents the last few months, because I have to have all my kitchen stuff but yet there is no room in the kitchen for it... and I don't want to put stuff away in furniture that will be sold off in less than a month, so everything in my room is staying in boxes. Needless to say, no embroidery or weaving has been done in about 6 weeks, between the camper and here!! I haven't done much besides play computer games and work.
I will definitely update again when I do more!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Saturday, I got an envelope from Sublime Stitching! In it was not only the Spaced Out sheet, but also the Bon Voyage sheet!!! How cool is that? I am on my way upstairs to iron the Rocket gal on to my sampler - will post pics later today. :-)
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Another response I got to that post was a comment with a link to a blog post about a big controversy over Urban Threads. I'm very sad now - and torn. I do really like their designs, but how can I, in good conscience, buy from them if they are ripping off designs from Sublime Stitching and falsely promoting themselves as a small, independent company when they are a subdivision of a huge corporation? Actually, to be honest, the last part wouldn't stop me from buying from them as long as they had designs I wanted to use (which they do) - but the whole thing of taking designs that Jenny Hart made and just altering them a little and then selling them for more... ugh. I'm glad I haven't bought any of THOSE (afaik).
I had heard, a few weeks ago, that there was some kind of "bad deal" with UT - I had wanted to submit someone I know as the guest artist, but although she was honored, etc., she said I should look into them. I kept my head in the sand. See no evil, etc. :-) Sigh. I STILL want Eliza to do embroidery patterns, though - I love her artwork! Her chair and house ATCs are among my favorites. She's more in to yarn and soap now, but I think she could probably still whip out a few sketches. :-) I'm pretty sure she's a fan of SS, too...
Back to working on MY designs. And watching Criminal Minds. The guys in the ice cave were inspired by episodes of science fiction shows - still wondering exactly what one would DO with it, though...
This is a very cute pattern/tutorial for a coffee cuff that I found today while wandering through blogs. I need to make some! I wish my yard of felt wasn't in Texas.
I've been watching Enterprise on the SciFi channel the last couple of days (I saw Star Trek - the new movie - Sunday, and have been on a major Star Trek kick since then) (of course, I wear my Starfleet Academy Class ring, which I got in Las Vegas ten years ago, every day, so it's not like it's a new ST obsession), and have been thinking how the astronomical charts they use in the background of the intro would make SUCH good embroidery designs! I think I'll google that and see if there are any public domain charts I can adapt to embroidery.
I've been thinking for years that I should try to adapt my sketches to embroidery patterns, and I finally did one today. I still need to clean it up a little, but then I'm going to start working on it on my sampler. Not sure how many people would want to buy two men walking into ice caves, but I had the idea that the flashlight beam on the ice would look cool with a lot of the sparkly or glow-in-the-dark threads out there, and the solid white, grey, and black areas (the two figures are silhouettes) are perfect targets for playing with stitches. Not sure WHAT stitches - I'm not that good at embroidery yet - but I'm going to play around. :-)
I have several sketchbooks in storage. I have two, I think, with me - I'm going to dig through them and see what I can find to adapt.
I did, however, go through my embroidery bag (which I got out of storage last month when I went to TX) and found my "stitch-it kit" from Sublime Stitching. I bought it in a bookstore a few years ago (05? around the time I was dating Jeff, I think - that's the last time I was really in to embroidery - I remember starting a needlepoint stocking for him but not wanting to do the name in case we broke up so I could put a different name on it) (it's still not done, still has no name, still in storage) (actually, they never got all the floss for it in for me) -
ANYWAY. My kit. I had noticed an ad on Facebook for Sublime Stitching, and it had the Rocketgirl on there, and I thought "hey! I recognize her!" so I went to my bag and dug out the kit - that design wasn't in the kit, but I do have an Eiffel Tower, a couple of guitars, and some other cool stuff I can put on my sampler (for variety in between the bands). I also saw a pattern for napkin rings on the site and had the idea to make some with my 2x6 weavette, adding a band of embroidery around the center of the ring before I take them off the loom. I can't wait to get those made!
I went to the Sublime website - they have a lot more designs than the last time I was there! WOW. Absolutely gorgeous. And I love the fact that they are iron-ons. I love the designs on Urban Threads, but I do love the convenience of the iron-on. I didn't do the transfer of the one design I'm doing from UT very well, and it is very faint and rubbing off. It doesn't look exactly like it's supposed to. I'm not TOO worried about it, but it's also just for me, not for someone else - were it for someone else, I would want the pattern to look better. Of course, I didn't have transfer paper or a light table when I did it - I used a grey quilting pencil and taped it to a window, and the fabric is tea-dyed, so of course it's faint... but had it been an iron-on, I wouldn't have had that problem. UT does definitely have more variety than SS, though. SS is cheaper, however, since they have so many grouped on one page. Then again, the transfers only last about 20 times compared to unlimited use for the graphic download... I suppose if the pattern is still visible on the SS sheet after the transfer has transferred for the last time, you can use it the same way as the download.
I think it's apples and oranges. They're both great. :-) I just need to get a job now so I can order from Sublime Stitching - I have a lot of patterns in this kit, but I still want the outer space set! And a few others. I'm just glad I have the Eiffel Tower!!! :-)
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I updated - after three years - my second website. When I was in NH in 06 I removed all the ATCs, collages, scrapbooking info, beadwork, embroidery, etc. from Sheeptopia in order to make it an exclusively weaving website. I created the second site for all the stuff I had removed, but never put it on there. Now, it's there! There's only really one example of embroidery - a doll with SRE, beading, and regular embroidery on it. It's on the beadwork page - I have several bead embroidered dolls.
I actually did the lettering in April uneven on purpose, but now that I look at it, it just looks sloppy. I think I'll have to go back and add some kind of wavy likes under it or something. I'm also going to add lines of chain stitch on either side of the detached chain in the lettering - pink on the outside, the orange/yellow on the inside, to tie together the alternating row I already have.
I think I need to do something like stitch another strip of fabric to the top in order to do embroidery that high up, then remove it - I hadn't thought of that until I was trying to do the very top of the "A."
What I was doing as I was working on it: watching old episodes of the X-Files (started at the very end), West Wing, and either an episode of Psych or Law and Order (Criminal Intent) - I can't remember. Part of that time was actually spent sewing together the end of the coffee-dyed panel - I think that was during Psych. Yes, I realize this is of no interest to anyone but me, but I'm going to try and keep track anyway. :-)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
The first panel, oddly (since I stopped measuring the lengths of the strips I was cutting after a while, and although I THINK I can still eyeball a 1/4 inch seam allowance, I can't imagine I got it perfect on every one), ended up being exactly 32 inches long. I haven't measured the second one yet, but it looks like it's three or four inches longer. Plenty to start with!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Since my sewing machine is in Texas and I am in Kansas, I hand-stitched the panels in the band sampler together. My stitches were a little too wide, so I went back down the row and went in between each stitch. The white in the picture is actually the white fabric that the pink is sewn to, not just a background!
I am currently finishing up sewing together the other set of fabric strips for the other panel of my band sampler. I did one of all unbleached muslin and coffee-dyed fabrics, and one that had not been coffee dyed and had only white muslin, no unbleached muslin. I'm going to start on the white one first, but I wanted to get the other one put together before I started on it. I do still have a LOT of strips in a zip lock bag that I can add on to each, but at least now I have quite a bit of space to work on before I have to sew on more strips.
Next, to upload more pictures from my camera!