Since my last post several months ago I have been VERY busy creating and selling at various venues. I've done some weekend sales locally and continue to sell at 2 galleries and an art school here in the SW VA area. One of my sales was in central NY at a quilt guild show. In looking at how some of those same sales went last year I certainly have sold more this year! I have one weekend sale left which is next month so I have some room to breathe, I actually created a journal for myself. I had been given, by my mother, a large quantity of crazy quilt fabrics and in among the pieces was the beginnings of a blue crazy quilt that she had started so I decided to make it a little bit bigger and use it for a cover. I practiced embroidery on it and had fun finishing it. The best thing was that I finally figured out the elusive bullion knot which is basically a french knot done horizontally. I have been attempting this stitch on and off for several years and for some reason figured it out! The bumble bee body is black and white bullions:
I also inherited, from my sister, a large bag of fulled wool sweaters and made several more tri-fold journals with lots of hand embroidery as well:
My satin/velvet rosette journals are pretty popular so I grabbed some satin from the previously mentioned gift of fabric and worked on some pink journals:
Quite a few people comment on the aluminum tape journal that I have for sale so I decided to make a few more. Here's one:
I recently purchased some colorful coordinating fabric at the local fabric store for some needle books. I love the colors:
Since I rarely throw scraps away I used the smaller pieces from this fabric to create free motion flower journal covers. The larger one has flowers:
The smaller one has circles:
I've also been making bracelets with wire weaving using Parawire. They are going much more smoothly now after much practice.
One of the other reasons I have not posted lately is that I have been working on replacing this blog with a website on which I can sell my journals (and possibly jewelry). At every sale I have people ask if I have a website so I'm jumping in and creating one. I'm moving slowly on this project but hope to have it up and running by the first of the year! Stay tuned.