Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sorry I have been so long since posting but have been suffering with either sinus/allergy condition that has been giving me super headaches and that means I can't do much sewing on my class. I have been fiddling with handwork rather then the machine work we are doing now. Went to the Drs. and of course no meds until they decide what it is. Neck and head xrays on Fri. and blood tests today to determine what exactly I am allergic to. Something new to me is they can tell from a blood test and you don't have to have the needle pricks to see what you are allergic to. what a wonderful world - what next.
I did just finish one little doily piece. It was an oval doily and we smocked it and then decorated it with all different stitches. This actually was from the first class but I just finished it. We are now working on straw silk paper and scrim to attach to our projects or to be put in a book project which is what I would like to do with just the samples. I could be working on this for months. Finding the paper is not easy but did manage to find 8 x 11 pieces in the scrapbooking section of JoAnnes. The larger pieces would be better because you have to hoop them and do free machine embroidery on them and larger pieces mean a larger hoop and more freedom. I found a place on line but a 14.00 order was 12.00 to ship. Outrageous.
I decided I would wait until I get to Chicago and look around there for some.
The picture of the lace hankie has freeform flowers machined on the silk paper and then cut out around them. They are just laid on the hankie for the effect. We were doing the same type of embr. on the scrim and there is a pic of that also. Also we were making our own lace pieces on scrim by removing threads and zigzaging over the remaining threads. It looks funny in the pic but when you see what some of the gals have done with it it is just great. Some of the ladies in this class are so talented.
I have never enjoyed a class as much as I have enjoyed these 2. I hope Karen Ruane keeps thinking of new things for us or I will be in withdrawal when this ends.