Black Friday Sales

Under the Sea

Under the Sea Fabrics

I vowed not to shop anywhere on Black Friday. I hate it, I think it’s stupid, I dislike the fact that some stores open on Thanksgiving to start their Black Friday sales early.

Honestly, all it is is a bunch of people standing in lines, pushing and shoving each other, for junk they don’t need. I can think of a million other things I would rather be doing on Black Friday then Black Friday. Of course, some of these things include a beach, a margarita, and stitching but hey that’s my fantasy.

Until, Under the Sea fabrics mentioned on Facebook that they will be having Black Friday Sales. I took a vow and I will stick to it even if it really sucks right now. But, the rest of you can participate.

Under the Sea Fabrics is owned and operated by Leslie Fetty LaFluer who is completely obsessed with mermaids. She hand dyes or hand paints the fabrics herself. She also does custom orders.

She has a variety of  fabrics to choose from including linen and Aida with an opalescent option on some fabrics. The fabric pictured above is Frozen Margarita opalescent that I bought a year or two ago via Embroidery Central.

And, considering the fact fact that her fabrics are hand dyed or hand painted, they are fairly priced. 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: Winter Welcome by Country Cottage Needleworks

I know it’s Thursday not Wednesday but here is my WIP anyway. If I could stick out my tongue, I would. Sorry, I have been babysitting, doing a convention, and trying to find my lost stitch bug. If you find it, please return it to me. I have tons of projects to stitch but no ambition.

Anyway, I didn’t get to do much stitching this week. I did like ten stitches on this little cutie.

Winter Welcome

And, there is a story behind this project. I’m broke, I have no money to buy supplies; unless, I save up pennies. A few months ago, I had some extra cash left over from some lunch money. I did what all of us crafters and readers do, I went shopping.

I only had $5.00 and planned to get a book or two so I stopped by Somebody’s Attic.  I found a couple of books but decided to check out their little craft section. Low and behold, this project was in a bag with all of the threads and fabric needed to complete the stitching for $0.75.  The fabric was even in its own bag with a label from Shepherd’s Bush Ogden, Utah.

My point is this, second hand stores often have hidden treasure with in their walls. You just have to take the time to do a little searching.

Finish: Promise Me by Lizzie Kate

From Embroidery Central

From Embroidery Central

Promise Me was a Project of the Month for August 2014 put together by Embroidery Central. However, I didn’t actually stitch until this year. I had other projects going and I kept finding new projects to stitch so this one kinda got put on the back burner for a while.

Until, I lost my job and didn’t have the money to spend on new projects. I dug out my stash and found this one and went, I forgot I had this one.  Of course, I changed it a bit.

My Conversion

My Conversion

First change is I used a hand dyed fabric from Pol Stitches called Spun Gold purchased through Embroidery Central.

Second change was the thread colors:

I used Garnet, Weeks Dye Works, for Antique Rose.

I used Chives, Simply Shaker, for Endive.

I used Almost Auburn, Classic Colorworks, for Woodtrail.

I used Blue Jay, The Gentle Arts, for Blue Heron.

I used Brown Sugar, Classic Colorworks, Cocoa.

I used Bright Leaf, Weeks Dye Works, for Pecan.

I used an unknown yellow that was in my stash for whiskey.

The brown fabric with words I had purchased a year ago on one of our trips to an Elks convention. I wanted to use this fabric for this particular piece and turn it into a pillow for my daughter. Of course, my sewing skills with a machine are zero to none so I asked a friend of mine to put it together.

She found the red fabric with the flowers and then she offered to appliqué a blue bird and some flowers on the fabric. She admitted that she hates appliqué but she thought it would make the pillow stand out more.  I said If you want go ahead.  Now, I just have to stuff it, slip stitch it closed, wrap it, and put it under the tree.

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!

Project of the Month: Land of Liberty

Okay, I know it’s one day late but here is Embroidery Central’s Project of the Month, Land of Liberty designed by Miles to Go, selected by local Stitcher Carrie Dabb. Here is an image of how she stitched it.

As you can see, Carrie used a different fabric. I don’t know what else she changed but if you are interested just let me know and I will find out.  Now, this POM comes with the pattern and I believe the fabric; although, I am not positive on that. However, that is generally how most of their POM’s work. Sometimes it’s your choice and sometimes it’s not.

What I do know is that this particular POM is only $19.99 during June only. After that, the price goes up to $23.99.  It’s a great little project to stitch to celebrate the Fourth of July here in the states. In order to purchase this POM from Embroidery Central click here, Land of Liberty.

Happy Stitching!

WIP: Letters From Mermaids by Nora Corbett

Image from Embroidery Central

Image from Embroidery Central

My WIP today, is the letter J in this absolutely cutesy series of letters with mermaids. However, I am changing it quite a bit. Above, is an image of the original.

I am stitching this for a friend who is having a baby girl as her first child. The friend happens to like mermaids and has chosen the following colors for her nursery – coral, teal, and silver.

Letter J

Okay, so the picture of the fabric sucks but it is called Aphrodite. It is a pink purplish color that is an oplescent.  As you can see, I lightened the tail for a more pastel coral while I darkened the J to a teal.

Here are the color changes for anyone who is interested.  I switched Ora’s Iris for Ocean, Jelly Roll for Peacock, Cerise for Blue Topaz, Lobster Claw for Tangerine, and Candy Corn for Goldfish. I will provide a more detailed color conversion once I am finished.

Don’t forget it is Sit N’ Stitch night at Embroidery Central at 6 pm. Happy Stitching!