What can you do with these supplies?
All I used were those 2 glues (one for fabric and another for metal), two paper clips, 2 earring hooks, and one 40″ thread of Vineyard Silk Shimmer (S-515, Toffee) to make these earrings:
I cannot take credit for the idea! One of the women from work shared the link with me (http://evie-s.com/news/2011/02/10/art-from-everyday-objects-paperclips-string/. Great way to use up your stash & make something unique, not expensive – just in time for holiday gift giving! They turned out nice.
I do know a lot of readers. It is just that these suede bookmarks were $30 and so they need to go to someone special! Normally, I would not have purchased them but my husband hit at the casino right before visiting Nimble Needle, shared his winnings with me, & so I splurged!!
Well, I know Bill gets the Shamrock and I am keeping the Fuchsia! And, I think 2 are going to my previous boss and my current boss – I will let them pick from the 4 remaining. That leaves 2 of these lovely bookmarks looking for a home! I am thinking of my shuffleboard partner who is a member of a book club and our friend in the Poconos.
They are well made & I used FABRI-TAC, a permanent adhesive, around the edges to finish them that I purchased a while ago at the recommendation from Rittenhouse Needlepoint’s finisher. That was one reason why I got the bookmarks – no further cost to finish them.
I did these using basketweave/tent stitch. And, got 4 done over the long ‘Sandy’ stormy weekend. They did work up quickly. Here are the threads I used:
Windmill: Splendor, Designer Collection, Delft Blue, SC6 card contains S800, S860, S868, S1001, S1143, S858
The CyberPointers Chapter of ANG, of which I am a member, came up with an idea to make houses stitched by members of the various Special Interest Groups. I belong to the Hilton SIG. Luckily, the project stalled & I finally had time to stitch the house I had designed when the project was first announced. So, I’d like to welcome you to The Helen Ashland House, composed of stitches from Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton.
18-count canvas, ecru; 10 x 10 stretcher bars; #22 and #24 tapestry needles
|ThreadworX – 11212||Outline of house and door||Half Cross||36|
|Watercolours – 218 Ash||Body of house||Ashland Stitch||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Space between outline of house||Smyrna||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Area around large upstairs window||Smyrna||36|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Windows in door||Small Jessica||9|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Inner circle of upstairs window||Small Jessica||9|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Door||Elongated Smyrna||45|
|Wildflowers – 118 Opal||Lunette, the half-moon space above door||Sprat’s Head, Flat Top||55|
|Vineyard Silk Shimmer – S-537||Outer circle of upstairs window||Large Jessica||9|
|Watercolours – 251 Sunflower Seed||Trees||Offset Scotch||38|
|Watercolours – 228 Honeydew||Grass turf (bottom layer)||Tent Stitch|
|ThreadworX – 10471||Grass blades (top layer)||Wrapped Coils||33|
|Flair – F502||White sheer window curtains||Straight Stitch|
|River Silks 4 mm Ribbon – 237 Brown||Brown window drapes||Oval Jessica, 1 around only*||9|
|Pebbly Perle – P061||Blue sky||Helen’s Lace||22|
|Watercolours – 256 Barely Blue||White clouds||Helen’s Lace||22|
* From Needlepoint Stitches by Jean Hilton; Some were modified to fit the available space.
** More familiarly known as the Crescent Stitch from Stimulating Stitches by Jean Hilton (page 9).
The 2 predominant stitches are Helen’s Lace for the cloudy sky & the Ashland Stitch for the body of the house. That Ashland stitch is tricky especially because I was using an overdyed thread & didn’t want it to get streaky. I would probably do the sky again in a more thread-blended fashion. But, I like the movement the pattern gives to the clouds.