Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Slow Stitching Blocks and Needlecase

I'm calling them "slow stitching" blocks and I guess that's what they are but I still have a hard time grasping the concept. I am leaning toward making an accordian-style fabric book with an Adirondack theme. We'll see how that goes . . .  

Here are the next three:

A collage based on our woodsy driveway with glimpses of blue sky peeking through the trees. There are lots of deer and squirrels. 

Four different fabrics along with a single cut-out duck :) I do a small basting stitch along all raw edges then big stitch on top using embroidery floss. I embellished the duck's wing tips to give them some dimension. 

This is what the back looks like. 

Two years ago, I had good intentions of making cross-stitch pillow cases with north country designs. It's no surprise I nixed that idea after completing one deer but what better way than to use it as one of my new blocks. I added a butterfly to remind me of the Bambi Golden Book which I so loved :)

I also spent some time making a little needlebook by hand that I found on Ann Wood Handmade here.  

It was definitely a fun project even though it took longer than I anticipated but isn't that what slow stitching is all about--"slow" but "quick" to finish?? Would love to hear about any slow stitching that you've done :)

I'll leave you with this--"The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." I'll tell you more about it soon :)

Copyright 2024 Barbara Schaffer

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

What's New??

I'm off in a million directions but mainly trying to do some slow stitching which I never anticipated to be so hard! 

I know, I know--I make it too complicated! What started out as a simple scene turned into a collage of cut-outs from my collection of Adirondack-north woods fabrics. Each block is 6" x 8" and a glue stick was used to 'lightly' anchor the pieces. 

Here's the back with my slow stitching.
After all my years of quilting, it was really difficult to concentrate on large stitches.

Block 2 I'm calling BIG FISH. It was a cut-out from an old piece of flannel that I had purchased at Newberry's variety store at least 50 years ago! 

Yay! You get the idea.

SNOW includes bits and pieces from 6 different fabrics stitched with embroidery floss and silver metallic thread from the thrift shop. 

I've already made 5 more but I will show them to you as they are finished.

It's been a really grey winter but the sun finally came out the other day and it felt so good! 

More to come soon . . . 

Copyright 2024 Barbara Schaffer