Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Bling Pouch is finished!

Seems like I have been working on this for years, but it is finally finished!
Here is the front - it's a pouch to store things in.
I'm going to keep fabric inside.
Or maybe unfinished lace embroidery.
Here's the back. It has three decorative tabs to slip your hand
underneath. I also did some lazy daisies on top of
the patterned fabric. The whole thing is white, ecru, tan, and beige,
with touches of gold.
A close-up of a "pile of squares" with a couple of prairie points
sticking out, buttonhole stitch around the edges,
and embellished with beads.
Getting damp stretched.
I added some tiny gimp, couched down and embellished
with pearls.
Another pile of squares on the back. On the right you can see
a "bumpy bit" encircled with French knots in 2 colors.

I used seed beads, as well as pearls and some larger ones.
A strip of vintage embroidery on net and a row of prairie points.
I took this class from Karen Ruane at Contemporary Embroidery
You can find her here
I also added pearls along one edge.
Now onto the next project!!
Love, Linda

Sunday, March 1, 2015


How do you make nine ruffled dresses for a custom  Etsy order?
First, you start with the tea dying . . .
It took a LOT of tea - about 6 pots full!

 Then cutting them all out - and keeping them straight
Had to sneak in a photo of the "beautiful dog of the house"
He doesn't like his picture taken

Here, after three weeks, is some of the finished product

 The backs of the dresses have little crocheted circles

Here's more!

 They are off to California in the a.m. for a talent show
I'm seeing ruffles in my sleep!

Love, Linda