Happy Halloween

I’ve had this set of holiday needlework designs by Lizzie Kate for years.  I decided to start with the Halloween piece.  It was quick and fun.

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Texture study

I don’t even remember when I did this piece of needlework . . . probably BC (before children).  I recall that the intent was a study in textures.  There are only two stitches repeated in this design, but the fibers vary from cottons to silks to wools to metallics, giving the piece a lovely variety in texture.  I keep this box on my desk at work to store post-it notes and other odds and ends.

 

texture

Coasters

I am totally anal-retentive about using coasters in my home.  So when I was looking for ideas for the kids to make Christmas gifts for family in 2011, I was drawn to this simple craft idea on Pinterest.  These coasters are made from inexpensive bathroom tiles, scrapbook paper, mod podge, and an acrylic sealing spray.  I had the kids pick out papers for their grandparents and aunts/uncles and they made sets of coasters for each of the families.  These three coasters are ones that they made for our home.

I found the directions here. The only difference was that I used thin rolled cork on the backs of them, and I had the kids write their names and the year on the cork backs.

coasters

Choo! Choo!

I tend to skip around in my scrapbooking, and recently I worked on my son’s 3rd birthday (yep, he’s 9 now).  When Declan was a toddler, he adored anything with wheels, so this particular birthday party was train themed.  The train was cut from a template I bought many years ago.  I thought it turned out pretty cute.

 

Train scrapbook

Quilt adaptation

It’s nice to know really talented people!  This needlework piece was designed and taught by a friend in my former EGA guild, Edie Feisner.  It’s a hardanger adaptation of classic quilt designs.   Edie is an expert in color, having published several books and taught at the university level for many years.   Sorry for the poor photography on this one — I got a reflection no matter what I tried.

 

quilt square needlework

Jester

I have collected jesters and masks since I was a little girl.  I don’t collect jesters really any more, but I still cherish this piece that I did when I was in college.  It was a huge pain to stitch, with lots of blended colors (1 thread each of two different colors) and metallics throughout.  It seemed like a constant battle with knots.  But it is a stunning little piece.  I believe this design came out of an old “Just Cross Stitch” magazine.  The artist was Jeanne Christine.

 

Jester