Friday, April 4, 2014

Fair Isle Sweater Vest Progress

My Craftsy fair isle vest is progressing nicely.  I'm enjoying the pattern (since it has easy repeats :)  I've watched most of the class with Mary Jane Mucklestone and will continue it when I reach the point of adding steeks for armholes and V-neck.  I'm not too far away!     

I like the earth tones in the sweater and these colors are really out of my normal pastel color range I usually choose.

I did put some purple in there, I love purple. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Butterfly Tea Towel and Patchwork Placemat

I completed a little embroidery project this week.  We took a few days off with the kids over spring break and it's taken me a few more days to get back into routine :)  I like the filet crochet border on these tea towels.  Nice spring towel. 

Today I was inspired to dump out my box of fabric scraps and make something bright and sunny for the dining room table.  I love my fabric scraps.   

I've been enjoying spring green lately so found as many spring greens as I could along with some pink, blue and yellow.  I have a subtle pattern of pink squares in a zig zag type pattern.  Don't know if it stands out to anyone else or not.  Kind of tinkering with patchwork design.  
I just started sewing the pieces together with no plan and no size in mind.  I ended up with a placemat size piece that will look nice in the center of my table so I'm happy.  I don't have enough of these fabrics to make four placemats (wish I did), but I think I'll make a set with some different fabrics.  I like the patchwork placemat look.  Have a nice weekend!    

Friday, March 7, 2014

Nine Patch Needlebook Photography

Last weekend I got out my scrap drawer and made several nine patch needlebooks for my Etsy shop and also to practice taking photos in natural light.    

I finally had some sunlight on Monday to work with and set up near a bright window in my dining room in the afternoon.  They say it takes practice to take photos you're happy with and now I know what they mean.  I took over 100 photos with my little point and shoot camera in both natural light and the dining room light.  I really like the natural light since it doesn't have the yellowish cast on the photos.   

And my favorite light of all so far, outdoors on a sunny day in the shade.  The colors really look nice and bright.  I liked the colors of the leaves too.  Mixed with the fabrics in the first needlebook nicely.   Hope you have a good weekend! 


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