Thursday, April 30, 2009

Just Playing Around…

I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this. I’m letting it sort of evolve. The fabric on the leaf is silk (recycled from an old blouse). I will be adding a flower head to the top of my Casalguidi stem – and some stitching to the background.

Monday, April 27, 2009

What the Dickens???

DH and I just finished watching the final episode of “Little Dorrit” on PBS and, although we loved every minute of the series, are completely clueless as to the connection between Arthur and Amy. And what did Miss Wade have to do with anything? Can anyone shed some light, please?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Little More Casalguidi...

I wanted to try stitching a deep curve, still using a felt strip as the base. I basted the felt down, covered it with satin stitches, pulling them a little tight to create some dimension. Then I proceeded in the traditional way, adding foundation stitches and working the stem stitches over those.

I really like the organic nature of this stitch.

Saturday, April 18, 2009


This is my first stab at the Casalguidi stitch… what fun! For the base, I used a narrow scrap of felt instead of bundled thread. And for the stem stitches, I used variegated rayon thread.

I haven’t done much stitching in the past week or so. I have a ganglion cyst on the index finger of my left hand (I’m left-handed) and it broke open while I was gardening. It was looking pretty nasty and I wanted to keep it clean and bandaged for awhile so it wouldn’t open up again. It just about drove me nuts not to be able to draw or play with a needle and thread…

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Passover & Easter!

This pretty little card is postmarked 1911. If you have a spare minute or two, please visit the Vintage Holiday Greetings Postcards group on Flickr to see lots of wonderful old Easter postcards. I started the group back in April of 2006 and blogged about how self-conscious I felt being the only member. I’m happy to report that we are now 236 strong (and growing!) with over 5,300 postcards uploaded, representing the major holidays. Anyway, it’s a fun place to spend time browsing if you enjoy vintage graphics. Everyone is welcome to join!
Easter 3

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A New Dress for Gene

I just made this sheath for one of my favorite Gene Marshall dolls. The pattern was in the April issue of Haute Doll magazine. I had made this type of dress before from another pattern, but it called for lots of darts to make it fit perfectly. And it wasn’t lined. This dress, designed by Randall Craig, is very simply constructed and has a full lining. And Gene and I are both very happy with the way it fits!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I Love Dryer Lint!

Here is the start of what will probably be finished as a postcard. I used the embellisher machine to felt together dryer lint and novelty yarn on a dark green commercial felt base. Then, I added some tulle and machine stitched over that. All the blue you see is dryer lint from the preliminary washing of two fleece “Snuggle” blankets. I couldn’t bear to throw out all that lovely, clean lint! I added simple floral and leaf shapes cut from leftover scraps of wool felt. I will be adding embroidered details to finish.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Canned Pumpkin for Cat Diarrhea

We have been very concerned lately about little Briar. He has had runny diarrhea for the past couple of weeks. He’s had all kinds of tests plus a fecal culture. We tried giving him organic yogurt to add good bacteria to his tummy as per the vet’s instructions. It didn’t work for him. In desperation, I searched the web and found this wonderful group for cats with inflammatory bowel disease. Their first recommendation was to start adding Libby’s canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to his diet. He loves it, especially if we spoon feed him. I think he really enjoys the extra attention. Anyway, he’s been eating it for three days and his poopies are nearly normal! YAY!