Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Some of my organized drawers

I got this lovely cabinet last year and have stuffed the drawers with all my crazy goodies. Some of the drawers house my favorite stashes of color coordinated fabrics and embellishments. Above are my opulent aquas and my dreamy valentine pinks and reds. I just dyed some red and pink velvet that will go wonderfully with the Valentine stash. I've already blogged about the rich greys and gorgeous golds that occupy a space in this wonderful cabinet.

Gerry K. actually found the cabinet on Craigslist (thanks Gerry!) and posted the link on CQI. I love anything with drawers and especially if it is made of wood and vintage. When I saw this, I knew I had to have it. I called the owner who said he had just hauled it down to an estate salesman and I had to wait two whole days to find out if it would be mine or not! The cabinet belonged to a wonderful lady who kept all her sewing paraphernalia on one side and her collection of costume jewelry on the other side. Her Granddaughter sold it to me and shared all her memories of going to grandma's and playing dressup with the jewelry. I love it!

Monday, May 24, 2010

More Dying

The second day was just as fun as the first. Here I was dying with specific quilts in mind. (Not all the same quilt!) I'm not gonna lie -- I love how they turned out! Please double click on each photo to see them clearly. Then you can even click one more time to further magnify the images -- this makes the laces look like there right there on the table in front of you. I might have to do a day 3 . . .

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Dying to Dye!

I had the best time dying fabrics all day yesterday with my friend Shari. I enjoyed it so much that it inspired me to do some more today! Here are some of my results from yesterday. The first group were done on silk organza and chiffon with shiva sticks and dye. The last two were done on silk velvet and silk charmeuse using techniques I learned in Jay Rich's class at the Omaha retreat last year.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blackwork Pin Cushion

I made this for a class that our local EGA did on biscornus. I was very excited to make my first one, but when I went to sew it together I didn't have my entire focus on the project and forgot to rotate the top so I could stitch it together as a biscornu. Oh well - it still looks pretty and I'm working on another one to try the biscornu. (-; Oh - I made a mistake to keep me humble -- I bet you can't find it!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

How cool is this?

How cool is this?! I went to an estate sale last month and this was one of the goodies I got. It was meant for scrapbooking, but I got it to hold laces, threads, and other embellishments as I'm working on a project. It has two tiers with little clips on it that will hold whatever I want to keep close without totally junking up my work surface. Is it awesome or what?! I also got many Mill Hill crystal beads and a mess of Mill Hill seed beads in these cute little containers. I was blessed. (-;

Portuguese Border Stitch

Very late and far behind, but here are my first attempts at the Portuguese Border stitch.