Quilts, Textiles and a New Kitten

Two weeks ago, we added a new kitty to our family. His name is Bing short for Binghampton. Baby, our older cat, and Bing are still getting acquainted but they appear to be peacefully co-existing. I hope the good vibes between them continue.

This past month I saw two quilt exhibits – one at the Folk Art Museum in New York City called War and Pieced, which showcases quilts “made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools from military and dress uniforms” and the other a very small exhibit of 12 contemporary quilts organized by the Piecework Collective. Both exhibits were excellent and inspiring.

Here are some photos from War and Pieced:

These quilts were extraordinary in their craftsmanship and design. What precision to cut out the small diamonds and squares. And look at the embroidery! Exquisite. The British soldiers, sailors and tailors who made these quilts in the nineteenth-century did so while convalescing from wounds they sustained in the Crimea, South Africa and India conflicts.

And here are some of the quilts from the Piecework Collective exhibit:


My favorite was the quilt I dubbed the ‘Sailboat Quilt’ on the lower right corner by Erin Wilson.

Finally, I leave you with these wonderful tree wraps or ‘textile graffiti’

A few weeks ago, I noticed them around 5 trees in front of a local middle school in my Park Slope, Brooklyn neighborhood. I was so intrigued by them and wondered if the students at the school created them for a class.  I got in touch with the principal (who is a friend) and she told me that they were made by an artist who is “very mysterious. She asked permission to apply the art and explained how her work is made of recycled materials and that students should feel free to sew buttons on to add to the art.” She didn’t reveal her name, lives most of the time somewhere in Africa but travels the world with her ‘textile graffiti.’ Visit her on Instagram #foodbabysoul where you can see more of her work. Beautiful!

Next time, I’ll post progress on Rebecca Cullin 1801.






September 1st –

So long since I posted. Urgh!

I finished Mouline Rouge by Long Dog Samplersmoulinerouge

And Ann Tarbox from Hillside Samplings

TJK Ann Tarbox

And picked up Rebecca Cullin from Scarlet Letter, again. She is beautiful but huge.

Rebecca Cullin

Sometimes the news is so overwhelming. Thank goodness there is stitching to help me process it all. Well stitching and my wonderful family and my beautiful cat.


Until next time.

Thanks for visiting!



New Goals for 2015

I can’t believe it has been a year since i posted. Maybe short and sweet is a better way for me to keep up with this post.

Today, it is freezing cold outside – reportedly -15 windchill. I think I will stay indoors today and hopefully stitch.

Looking back on my 2014 stitching goals, I did finish one very big project – Dorothy Walpole from Scarlet Letter.

40 ct Lambswool with GAST

New goals for 2015 – still need to finish Mouline Rouge, an Amy Mitten sampler and a new sampler I started called Ann Tarbox.

Thanks for stopping by!

Goals for 2014 – Plan and Stitch from Stash

Just before the new year, I stumbled across a post from Ali Edwards about One Little Word http://aliedwards.com/2013/12/one-little-word-2014.html .  Basically, the concept is to pick one word that will become your mantra for the year or to quote Ali “You live with it. You invite it into you life. You let it speak to you. You might even follow where it leads. There are so many possibilities.”

What a great idea. After a few days of thinking – I decided I wanted to pick One Word. I thought about plan, simplify and present but ultimatley settled on PLAN.  I like it! And it is challenging. So often I allow others or outside events to plan for me. Thats ok sometimes, but I should be in the drivers seat more.

You may be wondering how it is going so far. Well, I continue to plan meals for my family a week at a time. This helps me grocery shop and it allows me to avoid the panic of ‘what on earth will I make for dinner tonight’ at 5 in the afternoon.  It also cuts down on last minute runs to the grocery store. My husband and I sat down and planned our year with regards to house projects and what vacations we would like to take. And we have plans to entertain or organize more evenings out with friends.

Now you might be thinking, what does any of this have to do with stitching? A lot as it turns out. I am also planning to stitch from my stash this year. I will be stitching projects I’ve already started and PLAN to finish many. If I start a new project, it will be from a chart I already own. I have some fibers and some fabric, so as much as possible, I will stitch from what I have. If I have to purchase some fabric or fibers, I have set a budget of $25 per month. As tempting as it is to buy more, I’ve come to realize that I have enough stitching stuff to keep me busy for at least 2 lifetimes. This concept of stitching from stash was inspired by Mel over at http://epicstitching.blogspot.ca/p/blog-page.html  who has organized a year long project called Stitch from Stash Group 2014. The group filled before I got a chance to join so I am following along.

Here are two projects I am working on. Both are SALs and this gives me confidence that I will actually finish them. One is Dorothy Walpole from Scarlet Letter and the other is Mouline Rouge from Long Dog. I have posted pictures of Mouline Rouge in the past.

Share your One Word and join me in stitching from stash! Now off to stitching and planning!

Band 4 Satin with 2 threads

MoulineRougeProgress 8-13

Secret Stitcher Project

I love the Sampler World facebook page! Started a little over a year ago and now up to nearly 700 members, this page allows members who love samplers to show off their work and enable each other.

Another fun part of belonging to this group is the opportunity to participate in a Secret Stitcher exchange. It works like this. You agree to participate by stiching a small item for another participant that has been assigned to you. Each participant indicates styles of stiching and colors they like so you have some guidance in deciding on what you are going to make.

My secret sticher indicated that she likes blue and burgundy. I also love blue. And I love quaker motifs, monograms and boxes covered with fabric and embroidery. Actually, I am sort of obsessed with covering boxes with embroidery. This is the finished project.


Secret Sticher project

Here is a look at the inside of the box including the needle minder I made.Box inside with needle minder

Project Details

I downloaded the motif free from Needleprint and stitched it on Cashel linen, 28 count with DMC thread, one over one. The box was covered with fabric I had on hand. Both the box and the paper I used to line the inside, came from Paper Source . I made the needleminder from a loose unset cameo from Esty by gluing a magnet to the back. To finish, I covered the rough edges with ribbon and lace.

What a fun project! Yesterday, I found a round cardboard box I saved many years ago that would be perfect for my next covered box.

Spring Flowers

Do you love flowers? I do!

I always know spring is around the corner when my hellebores start to bloom. The hellebore in my front garden has been in bloom for about two weeks now. It is the ‘Lenten Rose’ and I am always amazed that it blooms right on schedule – during Lent.

The hellebores in my back garden are behind this one. That’s ok. I can wait.

Daffodils signal spring as well.  Last fall, my good friend Janet, gave me some daffodil bulbs from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I never planted them in the fall. My bad. But two days ago I thought ‘why not force them?’ So, I potted several in dirt and 5 in water. I think, (think) I see some growth. Fingers crossed.

What is beginning to bloom in your garden?


Happy New Year

What does one post on the first day of a New Year? I could post resolutions for the upcoming year (write more on my blog, read fewer blogs). I could also review my past year and vow to do better this year. Or I could simply show off what embroidery projects I finished this year and give you a preview of those I am aiming to finish in 2013.

Here are some of the projects I completed this year. It was a great year for stitching because I actually stitched more this year than I have in at least 10 years. I also learned some new stitches and techniques. Bonus!

In early spring, I took my first online class, A Nesting Place, over at Needle ‘n Thread. What a joy! I loved stitching on linen and used silk, wool and linen threads. Our project became a needlebook that I use everyday. I look forward to more online classes in 2013.NestingBirdsInside NestingBirdsComplete

Here is another needlebook that I stitched for my sister’s 50th birthday. Needlebook Outside Needlebook Inside

My friend Ginny, gave me this cross stitch bookmark kit many years ago. I worked on it on and off for years and finally finished just before the end of the year. It is my favorite bookmark and I hope it helps me read more this year.Bookmark

This is a small Jacobean piece called Pavene from Roseworks.  I featured this one already in my first post. This was also a really fun stitch. I learned how to do the coral and cretan stitches. I have another kit from Roseworks, Minuet, in my stitching queue.Pavane


My friend Janet asked me to contribute a square for the quilt she is making for her son Sam. Since Sam was our cat sitter, I stitched this ‘crazy cat’ design. I had a lot of fun deciding what stitches and colors to use.

For the first time ever, I participated in a secret stitcher exchange. Here is what I made using a pattern from Needleprints ‘Tokens of Love.’SecretStitcher9

Looking forward to 2013, two projects I definitely would like to finish are Mouline Rouge by Long Dog Samplers and a needlepainting project from another online class I took at Needle ‘n Thread.  I would also love to try stumpwork (I have a kit from Jane Nicholas in my stash) and I would love to master the interlacing herringbone stitch.


Mouline Rouge


Strawberry Needlepainting WIP

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy New Year!