Sunday, December 11, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Hi

It has been another busy time. I finished my challenge for the crystals I received. I decided to make a treasure chest. The chest is completed in crayon tint with embroidery. I used black felt and attached with needle and thread pearls and shells. I then used the crystals to make necklaces and chains to add to the treasure. Here it is:


I am pleased with the results.

I am now working on an advent sampler. You get a piece of the sampler each day starting Nov 30 and going to December 24. You can find details at:
http://historischestickmuster.blogspot.ca/

I am using 40 count linen I had in stash and shades of my favourite colour. I have had to adjust to fit the fabric, but like it so far. I promise to post the finished piece when I am all done.


I like how it is developing.

Well, back to Christmas preparations. I wish all the best of the season.


Happy Holidays!

Happy Stitching!


Kim

Friday, October 7, 2016

A Fun Challenge

Hi

Recently I participated in San Francisco School Of Neeedleowrk and Design's At Home Challenge. It was a neat challenge. I decided to use crayon tinting, some special embroidery stitches and beads to create the piece. Here is the result:


I was pleased with the results and have been playing with more crayon tinting.

The school posted my piece on facebook to remind people of their exhibit. That was neat!

This past week, I received my goodie bag from entering the challenge. Lots of goodies!


Along with the goodie bag, I was fortunate to get the next challenge. Using the upcycled Swarovski crystals provided, create a piece for the theme"Jewels of the Sea".


Now I have until January to come up with my creation. I have a plan, but you will have to wait....

My Muskoka Landscape workshop with Virtual Threads started today. This is my first virtual workshop - teaching. It is exciting and I can't wait to see what everyone does with the design.

This is Thanksgiving weekend. The trees are beautiful. Enjoy the weekend!

Happy Stitching!

Kim

Monday, August 8, 2016

August 2016

Hi,

Wow! August already!

It has been a very busy time since last post (can't believe the date on that). I officially have my Teacher Certificate for Embroidery.

I have taught my first class. it was with the Toronto Guild. It was a Blackwork course. I designed a special biscornu for them.






It was designed to give the students as much choice to make it their own and match their skill level with Blackwork. It was a fun day. I enjoyed meeting and working with all those who attended.

I have been busy coming up with designs for The Embroiderers' Association of Canada's(EAC) Seminar in 2018. Submissions for classes are due Sept 1, 2016. This is part of the reason I have been quiet.

I was fortunate to win Seminar theme for EAC's Seminar 2016 - Inspiring Threads. I have a piece being considered for the Bobby Pilling Award with EGA, and I am looking to submit to the "Eye of the Needle" exhibit with EGA, as well. A few designs have headed off to various magazines too.

This fall I will be hosting my first Cyber class. The piece is called Muskoka Landscape. It involves Pulled Thread and Surface embroidery together. In designing it, I wanted to include both, but was aware that many shy away from counted embroidery. The piece is approximately 4 X 6 inches, so enough to try something new It is being offered with Virtual Threads, the cyber guild of EAC (on Yahoo). It is open to members of Virtual Threads. I will post a picture after the class. If you are a member, photos and information are posted in the Files section. If you are not a member of Virtual Threads, consider checking it out. While you check it out, you can see this workshop being offered - one of many they do offer(they try to provide workshops in a variety of techniques)

Well back to work. It has been an awesome summer (a Little too dry but not complaining as the snow will fly soon enough)

Happy Stitching!


Kim

Saturday, February 13, 2016

SALs

Hi For 2016 I thought I would try out a couple SALs (also known as Stitch Alongs). One goes the whole year - 1 submission per month - and the other was a submission each week for about six weeks. I wanted to see how I like the different formats. The six week SAL was from Brodeuse-Bressane called Snowdrop. It is actually the center to a much larger piece. The SAL creates the center and then you buy the rest of the pattern. I just wanted to try it, so I set myself up to create the center. You can pick the colours you want. After each week, you send a photo. This is my finished piece:
The second SAL is a Hardanger SAl from Mabel Figworthy. Each month there is a new pattern that focuses on a particular filling or aspect of Hardanger. I signed on for this one because I want to explore more of the different stitches and fillings. I know I have books on the subject, but this makes me try different things that later I can incorporate into my designs. This SAL is called Round in Circles. Colour is yours to pick. She does give suggestions. At the beginning of the month, instructions are sent. You send a photo when you are done. Each month is the same size. I am thinking of maybe a book to put them in, but nothing is really decided. Here is January and February:
I enjoyed Snowdrops and am enjoying the Round in Circles. Lastly, since this weekend is Valentines, I am posting a photo of a couple heart pins I created.
Have a great Valentine's weekend! Happy Stitching! Kim

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 and 2016

Hi The holiday season is here. The weather is warm, which makes it hard to believe it is that time of year, but I don't mind not shoveling! It has been a busy year. I have been very fortunate. I look forward to 2016. I have a few projects in the making (actually working on them now). I plan on being at Creativ Festival in the fall again and I am working on those projects now. I am planning a couple other workshops and projects for not only 2016 but into 2018...those that know me, know I love working ahead. To end 2015 I had the opportunity to stitch on The Embroiderers' Association of Canada's Project 150. This is a banner created to represent Canada and will be hung in Rideau Hall for Canada's 150th in 2017.Here is a photo of the project:
There is more information about the project on EAC's website at http://www.eac.ca/project150.html Here is a before and after of the section I worked on:
I also created four Izzy dolls for Health Partners International of Canada. A call came out through Virtual Threads (cyber guild of EAC) for more of these ( see http://www.hpicanada.ca/izzy-dolls/) They do not take long and are a great way to use up the little balls of wool laying around. I am planning for 2016 to make more. Here are my four:
For 2016 I have joined two SAL. I will have more information on them in January. I am going to try and make a post at least once a month in the new year. For 2015 I madea "to do" list. It started off very small. I kept track of what I completed, and was quite surprised to see the list grow. There were only two things I did not complete from the original list, but added about thirty other things that came up in the year. I am thinking about maybe hosting my own SAL but probably not until 2017. Have a safe and healthy 2016! Happy Stitching! Kim

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall 2015

Hi I hope all is well. It has been busy here. Happy Belated Halloween! Two weeks ago was Creativ Festival in Toronto. It was different only being there for Saturday. I taught two classes. I would like to thank the sponsors for providing most of the supplies for these classes. The morning one was needle tatting. This was the first time I have taught needle tatting. It was a lot of fun. It was a beginner class and the goal to make a tatted cover for an ornament. I had 16 students and everyone was tatting by the end of our three hours. No one finished the cover, but I think everyone has a good start.
The afternoon was a Hardanger Pincushion. This was a smaller group but still fun, even though we were all tired (them from a busy week of classes at Creativ festival and me a week of work) I try to come up with a small project and try to keep it to three hours to keep cost down, but we were stuck on buttonhole stitch which took most of our time. It was nice to see everyone in this class,as they have been in my other workshops. I was even evaluated for my Teacher Certificate in Needlework. I think, looking back that I am going to set up workshops to focus on the stitches and student can take home the project to complete.
I am now working on two classes for next year's Festival. The students wanted more needle tatting but with beads and they also want to try pulled thread embroidery. I am quite excited with some ideas I have for these - will keep you posted. I am also working on magazine projects. I have one Hardanger piece at Inspirations now. I believe it will be in issue #90. I have two others here that are works in progress. I am also going to submit more regularly to A Needle Pulling Thread. I saw Carla (editor) at Creativ festival and was asked if I planned on continuing to submit projects. I, of course said yes. I like supporting a Canadian magazine. I am working on a couple larger projects for future workshops/classes. My Teacher Certification is almost done. I have the written exam to complete and I believe that finishes that goal. Have a great November! Happy Stitching! Kim

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer time 2015

Hi I am sure everyone has enjoyed this summer so far. I know I have kept busy and haven't been writing much. Time to play catch up. Last time I wrote I did not include that I had entered Nordic Needle's Hardanger Design Contest. It was my second entry and I managed a Honourable Mention. I was very proud. I created a needle case. Today, they returned the needle case with a copy of my write up that is in the book and a rosette.
Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine have posted a few photos of the Fall 2015 issue. I made the cover. In the spring, they asked to do an article on me, so that is also in there. it comes out soon. Can't wait to see it in print!
This summer I have also had the chance to try some quilting....a lot of fun when you have the right person with you... I have also tried crayon tinting. I really like this as I can control where the colour goes. I can also recreate the look of cards that I make. I am working on a couple things using crayon tiniting - we'll see how they turn out. Here is one of my first attempts:
Enjoy the rest of your summer! Happy Stitching! Kim