Fire Pinks..Silk Ribbon

   Just as a quick note…”Fire Pinks”grow wild in my backyard during the summer months and I have always been drawn to them because of their growing in the heat of the season.  They are not a clumpy flower just usually one stem and a few buds and flowers. I think the cultivated ones have more together in a clump. It is always been nice to take a walk in our woods and spot one of these in bloom!

  Today is the day to work on finding the ribbon I want to use for this project. The plan is to stay with some red/pink color variations…with deep green for stems and yellows for the centers. Not a real happy camper so far.. Tested some of my ideas and they were a “bust” in my opinion…(no pictures) Need to feel pleased about the choices. Understanding now that it will take me some time to truly decide how to proceed with this project. I need to sleep on it some more. 

     So on the next day I tested some “varigated” 4mm silk ribbon …the answer is a maybe “yes”. I like the look but will definitely have to tweak it as the ribbon is applied. Sooo here is what I did for a petal as a test with some pink varigated ribbon…am hoping to find some “hot redish pink” colored 4mm ribbon because I want to do this in a deeper redish also…below is a partial picture of Nicola Jarvis’s petal…then a photo of my idea with the 4mm ribbon.  I am already thinking I might decide to hand dye some of my white 4mm ribbon to the colors I want…(psst..I get to play…!)  I know all things will take time but I am enjoying the process. I am looking forward to doing some ribbon embroidery and I think this flower will lend itself nicely to this medium.  Since I was testing for style and the  piece of ribbon used was a remnant I didn’t press the creases out so just ignore that..


Just a hint “Fire Pinks” A Drawing by Nicola Jarvis

    It has been a few years now, but when I was in Williamsburg, Virginia at a class with “Nicola Jarvis” I got up the nerve to ask her if she would draw a picture of “Fire Pinks” a native flower that grows on the property where I live. Explaining why I adore this flower is hard. It is a simple flower very bright red/pink. They also have been cultivated as they can be a pale pink to other shades of pink also. I would like to do this flower in red/pink as well as in the pale pink which is the way Nicola drew it for me…my thanks will never be enough for the drawing! I just want to do it justice in the creation!

   First off…I can (in my head) see what it looks like in all detail but it will not translate to my hands. Over the years I have tried but just do not have the capability to draw what I see and that means just about anything! Below is just a hint of the wonderful drawing Nicola did for me. She asked about it a month ago or so …so I decided I needed to get my brain moving to stitch this flower…it is really pretty to me and I am excited to try my hand at taking a drawing and then to interpret  it in thread or other fiber media (maybe silk ribbon). So here is a beginning…just a hint…

Summer..A Rabbit for all Seasons ..Finish

Yea!! Another finished embroidery! Albeit a more simpler one, it is nice to get it done.. I am pretty sure that I will make  pillows out of the four seasons…using some coordinating fabrics that will enhance the seasons.. Will be pretty cute in the end. Hopefully will take a day and finish these as well as the “sashiko” coasters around the same time… then will post the “absolutely” finished pieces in all their wonderful glory!

This “Summer” piece was interesting …as I needed to do some creative stitch manipulation because of the ears…The tracing was just weird in my hopefully I made it look like “the bunny” (which is definitely a “she” now) has bows on her ears…subtle ones…The line tracing needed to be covered up. I also know now I will also have to work on practicing the “twisted chain stitch’ used for the swing ropes..took them out …put them in…took them out…put them in…etc. The consistency is just not there. Maybe my old eyes are starting to play tricks on me!   Orrr..I am just reading how to do the stitch incorrectly..I even watched some videos…It is a pretty stitch just need to understand the mechanics of it better…

The other interesting bit was the tree trunk with the big knothole in it. The knothole has two contrasting threads to give it a bit more realism. These were chosen because the color called for was just to light and it needed to blend more I thought. It is nice to be able to change colors up in stitching..even though I am one not to want to think to much. Show me the design and if the “colors” as well as the design speak to me I’m sold! This is where I need to start thinking outside the box. That is definitely coming up with another project that I mentioned in an earlier post…(hint: Nicola Jarvis design)

Here now is the “Summer” in all it’s glory! Whew!!! Simple and cute! Gotta love the pointy elbow!

Trevelyon Cap Course “One” Panel Finish

    Whew…this is time consuming…remember I used a 4 strand Cosmo “gold metallic” instead of “gold passing thread. Someday I will splurge and get a stash of different sizes of passing thread. The floss is okay…passing thread better…I am sure.. I still need a lot of practice with goldwork and hopefully will get more…There are some things that need to be tidied on the back but will take care of that later when I finally finish the whole Cap. I have been tidying somewhat as I go but for some reason there is this “thread” that tangles and get messed up on the back.. 

    Now for another small break…and then I will get back to the rest of the “goldwork”…Definitely nice to see an end in sight when you stitch…I now have 4 projects going and I need them down to two…now to get back to a fairly easy and quick one !

Here is a photo of the “one panel” ..There might be some tweaking in the future but we shall see when the whole piece is finished.

Trevelyon’s Cap Course Lesson 8

For some unknown reason this post was deleted from my website and I was able to cobble it back so here it is again….

    Doing goldwork can be a challenge…and “yes” challenges….are for me…! Using a 4 ply gold metallic cosmo thread added a bit more to the experience. I mentioned before that the size of “gold passing thread” I had on hand just were not working for me… sooo this is what “lesson 8” ended up like…This picture is just one of the panels…I also did the strawberries at the same time…they were supposed to be done in an earlier lesson but thought that it would be wiser to do all the “goldwork” at the same time.. Lesson eight only covers the flowers etc. The stems and trellis are for lesson nine… When those are finished on “this” panel …I will show that to you …My plan is to continue with the goldwork on the main part and finish all of it which will take quite some time…then I will show that all finished. Then onto the border…which will also take a bit of time…I need to take breaks as “sloppiness” will occur if I do to much at once. Struggling with the thistle.. I am thinking of redoing it…maybe outlining it first then doing the trellis across it might have worked better? Will leave it for now and decide later. ( I have already posted the fix and that is when I found out this one was missing!)

    I am going to start a project that the artwork was drawn by “Nicola Jarvis” at my request a couple of years ago and she was kind enough to do it for me. I have finally got my ” ducks in a row” as to what my plans are concerning this…There will be more on the background later on…

Fixing the “thistle goldwork” Trevelyon’s Cap Course Lesson 8

   Yes, the decision was made to take out the goldwork on the thistle…. below are the changes made and the differences…I like it ! I did do the outside outline first then added the trellis…a little different approach but it worked for me. I have always encouraged one to find what is going to work for them…we are all so different so we need to embrace that…especially with creativity!  It barely took me an hour to fix it all so well worth it…I know two posts so close together is a bit much, but that is rare !

Here is the first “thistle”… then below that is the second one redone… much happier…!

Springtime…A Rabbit for all Seasons Finish

Yes..a finish…not “finished” by that I mean not framed or pillowed or some other neat thing. Stitching is finished! I am framing up “Summer” next so I can decide “how” I want to finish these. The pillow idea is floating around my head.. They might look nice with coordinating fabric that matches the seasons… maybe a ruffle with lace added too.. I have not done that in a long time…

Maybe a bit to much tail..? Maybe trim a bit more off? We shall see.

Well…”Summer” is all framed up! Looks like this one should be breeze…I loved swinging on a swing when I was a of my all time fun things to do…probably because it cooled me off during the summer!

A Rabbit For All Seasons

Back to something simple…I had stitched up two of these earlier (during past two years or so) and as I was organizing I came across the other two..spring and summer…I decided to get them done..I had already finished fall and winter. These are done with stitches that are used frequently…stem, lazy daisy, french knots, plain straight, etc. .  The designs are from . She has some wonderful designs you can download in .pdf  form. For me they are simple and cute. Below are the pictures of the two I finished …autumn and winter…

    As you can see most of the stitches are fairly simple.. Forgot to mention the “turkey stitch” for the tail. Once you get that down it is fun to make a fluffy tail out of it. Here is the a picture of “Spring” a work in progress..Although in the original drawing the tail is missing. I am going to put a small hint of one in and guess why? My tracing got messed up right where the tail could go so why not! 

    I am one of those people who like to tackle the harder things first and sometimes that gets me into trouble..I will get frustrated and overwhelmed…so I “need” to take a break and do some small and quick stitching…One of the downsides for me is that I have machine sewing I enjoy also and it is driving me crazy having all this sewing related ideas and projects hanging about in my brain and then ones I have to finish that are just lanquishing to be finished. I love looking at what I have made it makes me relax and smile! Ahhhh! Being creative is the best! After I finish these I have a challenge for myself that I will be tackleing. I had asked “someone” to draw a picture for me and she asked me how it was going with it and I had to tell her I was still in the thinking stages and that was almost two years ago…I am so slow..well I finally got an idea of what I am going to do and will share that later on ..hopefully sooner…


A Little Aside…Sashiko Kit

Found this kit for “coasters” that use the embroidery technique called “Sashiko”. I thought it would be nice to make them as a gift…(for next year)…great stress reliever..Great to try a new technique…for me anyway…and thought it would be easy and it is…however…below is what I recieved from “Shibori Dragon“..a quilt store I have dealt with through the years.

Here is what came in the kit…a linen panel with 5 dragonflys…The way the panel is made up so it can all be emroidered as one big piece and then sewn and cut out the same way. 

However I forgot to think that the instructions could be in another language….Japanese…ouch! Fortunately the pictures helped a lot and thanks goes to the wonderful “sewing teachers” I have had over the years that have taught me how to read a picture and be able to translate that so I can do a project.. A little tough at times but this coaster project is fairly simple.


I have begun these coasters and hopefully will get them done fairly quickly…it is nice to have something simple to do while I watch a movie and relax… I will show you more when I get the stitching done.

Trevelyon Cap Lesson 8..Goldfinger has been scratched! 

     So this is the goldwork start…!   Only a bit …but yea!!!! ….it’s started and there is lots of it to do..So for the first thing,  I needed to pick a “gold passing thread”. Below were my choices…a Japanese in 3 diffferent sizes and a Cosmos metallic thread. I tried the finest of the Japanese threads and it was just to big and I was unable to turn the corners well on the small flowers. Had to snip that out..I only did the top flower as you will see…sooooo, I tried the Cosmos metallic embroidery floss. It is divisible but I used all of it as one strand and couched it down with silk thread and I liked the way it’s a keeper for me…Makes sense anyway for me as all the other floss used is Cosmos.

After twisting and turning the thread and couching it down you need to plunge the thread to the back using a large eyed needle. 

Then “the back”…! Mmmmmm…I found one of my couching threads had knotted and a possibility of it  loosening was there…not taking that out it was decided to gather it up with the gold thread and couch it down to the back..

So it has been couched and secured on the back..You can see how I pulled the not so good silk thread from couching on the front and secured it…thankfully I am of the mind not to mind my backs! 

Now for the final look at the front finish…. I like the Cosmos metallic it flowed around the edges nicely. It is not real gold but for here I am just as happy…