Futurecast (a.k.a.Herald) by Teresa Wentzler

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Okay so here is the skinny on this cute little dragon. The design is called Futurecast (a.k.a. Herald) from one of my favorite designers Teresa Wentzler. If you like castles, fairies, mid evil stuff, then she is hands down the one to go to.

Now, the bad news. Her patterns are hard to find, believe me, I started collecting her ten years ago and eBay became the place to shop. I may or may not have have paid $50.00 for one of her patterns at one time or another.

Now, the good news. Wentzler is taking another look at her designs and converting them from hand drawn to computerized. She is also releasing some of the designs through Patterns Online. It’s a long process but according to her blog she is enjoying it. However, Futurecast is a freebie that can be found on her website.

You all know I buy most of my supplies through Embroidery Central. What you don’t know is they have a sense of humor and like to create some fun and challenging projects for their stitch group.  They decide to do an April Fool’s challenge with thread based on your birthday. There was three threads picked from DMC, metallic, and hand dyed. Further, the project had to be a certain size.

My mother bought my colors for me which were Ecru from DMC, PB34 from Rainbow Gallery, and Father’s Day from Weeks Dye Works. I thought what in the world was I going to with these then settled on this particular pattern. Of course, I changed the rest of the colors as well.

Dragon’s Main Color
A  159 DMC
B 161 DMC
C 311 DMC
D No number but it is a dark blue
BS 939 DMC

Secondary Color
1 826 DMC
2 825 DMC

Accent Color
+ ecru DMC
Z 738 DMC

Mettalics
Star Symbol PB34 Rainbow Gallery
Circle Symbol SK23 Rainbow Gallery

Mill Hill Beads
For the dragon 18830 size #8
For the border 03002

BS 550 for the crystal ball and border
BS 202HL #4 Krenik for the claws

Unfortunately, I started stitching him before the start date of the April Fool’s challenge so I kinda disqualified myself from the challenge with this pattern. I am still allowed in the challenge with a different pattern but I also need to get some stitching done for the silent auction at the Idaho Elks Summer Convention in Moscow, Idaho. I guess I will see what happens.

If you have any questions or concerns about stitching this little cutie, just send me a comment either here or you can find me on Facebook.  Happy stitching!

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WIP Wednesday: Curiosity by Heaven and Earth and Amy

Curiosity

I know I missed posting for WIP on my blog. However, I did post an update on Facebook so I didn’t totally skip out.  I took a me day and then I watched one of the grand babies while his mommy did some photo editing for a client. I got some stitching done Curiosity both Wednesday and Friday. I also plan on getting some done today as well.

For those of you who don’t know, Heaven and Earth (HEAD) patterns are generally huge. They are usually stitched with one thread such as DMC over 1 fabric thread. The starting point for these designs is supposed to be the top left hand corner. Most people will use a white linen or aida to stitch these designs because most of the time the fabric doesn’t show.

Unless, you are the crazy one in the group who decides to do everything differently just because you can.

I am using a hand dyed fabric from Polstitches Designs called Dusk through Embroidery Central. I can’t remember the thread count but I can find out if you are interested. I am using two DMC threads over 1 fabric thread which is why its a pain in the ass and taking me a little longer to complete. You know, this wasn’t enough of a challenge so I started in the middle which happens to around the dragons nose.

I have the legs of the fairy completed and part of the belly which equals about three pages of a HEAD designs. Three pages out of like 60 pages with so many more to go. The part I stitched this week is the blue right above the needle but only about 2o squares so two inches worth of stitching in about five hours. Yeah me!  Anyway, that’s my update, Happy Stitching!

curiosity 2

WIP: The Musician by Joan Elliott

I know it has been awhile since I have posted anything but I had to deal with some health issues. Thankfully, I have found a doctor willing to listen to his patients. I am on medication and a diet to control blood pressure, tremors, and to kickstart my thyroid. Plus, my husband has been working over in Bear Lake so we’ve been on several mini-vacations.  Currently, my health is improving. However, I just found out that my father was admitted to the VA hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and might go in for heart surgery within a week. My fingers are crossed.

Anyway, let me show you what I’ve been working on the last couple of weeks. It is called The Musician and it is by Joan Elliott. It is in a series of three with The Reader which I have already done and The Gardner which is in my stitch stash waiting patiently.

The musician 1

That was last week’s picture and this is this week’s picture:

JE 1

As you can see, I have accomplished quite a bit.  That’s it for now, Happy Stitching!

Have I gone to heaven…

The fabric room at Embroidery Central.

The fabric room at Embroidery Central.

No, you have not gone to heaven but it may seem like it when you enter the fabric room at Embroidery Central. Yes, the fabric is out in the open for you to look at. I believe the top row and some of the second row is aida. The rest is all different shades, colors, and counts of linen; including opalescent.

The wall above the cutting table at Embroidery Central.

The wall above the cutting table at Embroidery Central.

Now, you can look at the fabric and pull some off the shelf. However, you do have to ask the employees to unwrap and cut the piece you want. In fact, they are more than willing to help you find the perfect piece of fabric for your project. Sometimes they will even pull fabric off the shelf just to give you more choices which is perfect if you just can’t decide.

The fabric of the month at Embroidery Central.

The fabric of the month at Embroidery Central.

They also have a fabric of the month that is guaranteed to catch your eye and make you ask yourself, “What can I put on that?!?” They also have jars with various scrap pieces for smaller projects that start at a $1 then go up.

The fabric room at Embroidery Central is my favorite room and tends to get me in trouble financially. Happy Stitching!

Valentine Project; Part Two

I will continue on with the Valentine project after a few short messages from Embroidery Central.

First, EC will be holding their 2nd all day Valentine Sit N Stitch on Feb. 12th from 10 am to 8 pm. The projects are small pillow kits that contain everything needed to finish them. The cost is $25.

Second, EC will hold their Children Classes every Thursday from 4:30 to 5:30 pm and cost $10 per month. This is a great opportunity to share your love of stitching and its community with any child who might be interested.

Third, Bobbin lace classes were not moved to Wed. but will be from 12:00 to 2:00pm every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Each class is $10.

Fourth, Hardanger classes will also be every 2nd and 4th Saturday starting at 1 pm and going to 2 pm. Each class is $10.

I hope I haven’t missed anything, I will keep you updated as things change or are added.

Back to our regularly scheduled tutorial.

I forgot to mention last week that I would not be stitching the four lines, two at the top and two at the bottom, that are on the pattern. Due to lack of financial resources, I have not picked up the fabric I need to create the ruffle. I guess its a good thing that I gave myself an extra week to teach this. I did finish stitching all five projects that I am going to make as presents. Here they are:

1. All You Need is Love in Garnet by Weeks Dye Works

Garnet

2. All You Need is Love in Ribbon Red by Crescent Colours.

ribbon red

3. All You Need is Love in Cardinal from the Waterlilies collection by Caron. There will be 2.

Cardinal

4. All You Need is Love in Ruby Slippers by Crescent Colours.

ruby slippers

Happy Stitching!

Valentine Project; Part One

Okay, I promised in December to teach you all how to the ruffle finishing technique that I used for Happy New Year by Lizzie Kate. Valentine’s Day is a few weeks away which is the perfect time to walk you through a small Valentine project you can make for your special someone. However, there are a few notices that I need to announce first from my local needlework shop, Embroidery Central; fondly know as EC by clients. I will be posting their contact information on a new page called Dealers.

First, The EC POM for February 2014 is ‘I Love you more then all the Stars’ by Bent Creek. The price that you see on the image is the price that the POM will be available for in February; currently it is $30.26. The kit includes the pattern, White Opalescent 28 Count Lugana, and a Pack of Piecemaker Tapestry Needles. This POM is quick and easy, it can be completed in a month. They only order a certain amount of the POM patterns so if you want one, call ahead before you go to the store.

Feb 2014 POM

Second, the bobbin lace class at Embroidery Central has been moved to Wednesdays at 4 pm. This means you can show up for the bobbin lace class and then stay for the Sit n’ Stitch group. I know that they are planning to start kids’ classes but I am not positive of dates or times as of yet. As soon as I know, I will get it posted.

If your local needlework has something fun going on, email me at rayvenire@gmail.com and I will get it posted.

Now on to the valentine Project that I promised. I choose something small, simple, and quick; mainly, because I am making 6 of these. The pattern is called ‘All You Need is Love’ and is designed by Kell Smurthwaite and Kincavel Krosses. Keep in mind that this pattern is free because the designer and the publisher choose to share it. You may not copy or make a kit then sell this pattern.

Valentine Day Project supplies

This pattern is all one color so for this tutorial I choose to do my project on a scrap of Aida that I had laying around. I think it is 6 x 9 inches. The thread I choose is a hand dyed silk called 219 Cardinal in the Waterlilies collection by Caron. You can choose what ever fabric or thread you want to use.

To start stitching, find the middle of the pattern like so…

Finding the middle of the pattern

Now find the middle of your fabric. I fold my fabric in half and then fold it in half again like so it looks like this. While it is folded like this, I use either a highlighter or a a frixion pen to mark the center.

Finding the middle of the fabric

When the fabric is unfolded, you should be able to see your mark. This mark will be visible if you use a highlighter so this will actually be the back of my piece. Remember, if you are using hand dyed thread of any kind, you can not get your project wet; the color will bleed onto the fabric and ruin it. If you use a frixion pen, it does not matter what side the mark is on because the mark will disappear when you iron your project. If you decide to use DMC, then no worries because you can wash your project.

marking the middle of the fabric

Remember, each square on the pattern equals one square of fabric. To start, thread your needle with your chosen thread and bring it up the middle hole. I am using two threads for my stitching and this seems to be the standard choice.  Go diagonally down to the next hole to create one leg of an X and bring the needle up through the hole that is directly across from the hole you pushed the needle through. As you do this, try to catch the tail end of thread under the thread that is on the needle. It should look similar to this:

FRONT

first stitch on front

BACK

first stitch on back

Here is what the project should look like with two fully finished stitches.

First two stitchesJust follow the pattern and Happy Stitching!

Angel Tree Ornaments for Jan. 2014

Jan. Ornaments

The needlework shop, Embroidery Central, that I get most of my supplies from does an angel tree. The angel tree is covered with ornaments that are made and donated from various stitchers who frequent their store. The angel tree is then taken to a local craft festival, known as November Fest, in Logan, Utah where the ornaments are sold. The money that the shop makes they give to a local charity such as Toys for Tots or Sub for Santa to help buy toys for underprivileged kids. This is a very special tree to me.

My parents for a long time relied on programs like this to get my siblings and I Christmas presents. My husband and I also had to use programs such as this when our kids were little. My family always tries to help out with these two programs, however, the money isn’t always there to buy a toy. The angel tree gives me a way to donate what I already have in the hopes that someone will purchase an ornament.

I realize it’s only January so it is a little early to talking about Christmas ornaments but it is my goal to do two ornaments a month. For January, I choose to do a Santa Claus and a Partridge from Merry Christmas ABC published by Leisure Arts. The name of the design is W is for Wreaths and it is designed by Jorja Hernadez of Kooler Design Studio.  They are done on perforated paper that was given to me via my mother.

As you can see they are not finished quite yet. I am missing two threads and beads to finish the stitching. Once they are finished, I will use a hot glue gun to glue a ribbon on the back so they can hang from a Christmas tree. They will be given to Embroidery Central as soon as they are complete.

Happy Stitching!