Meet my four newest kittens: Angus (brown), Babbit (gray), Calamity (khaki), and Diego (blue)! They're from this Japanese craft book (ISBN 4893967835). They are my first foray into any kind of sock animal and it was a lot of fun trying something new :)
I've been meaning to post about this stitchery book for awhile. I originally got it from my library and had it in the car for my down-time reading. We had the puppy with us and she was left in the car for a minute or two by herself and, bored to death, decided to tear up and destroy anything that she could get her razor sharp little teeth on. Luckily she only got to the spine of the book but I felt like I should replace it so I found the same one on Amazon (in better condition) and explained it to the library. So, long story short, that's how I ended up with my permanent copy! I'm glad I did because it is a wonderful book with inspiring images from the 70s and lots of ideas on how to use the different embroidery stitches in a free form way.
The title is Stitchery: Free Expression by Ann Woelders (ISBN 0 422 29973 7; copyright 1973) It's out of print but there are a lot of used copies available at Amazon.
I love the organic shapes of these trees and the one on the left shows a beautiful use of chain stitch. I'm putting more images into my Flickr account if your interested in seeing the rest and I linked to it under My Favorite Crafting Books on the left.
These are all images from my new photoset on Flickr called Sparks. It is a collection of photos culled from the internet that spark my interest, imagination, and admiration. It will be a living set showing my current fancies. I'm going to try and create a new mosaic of these photos every Monday, thus Inspiration Monday :) There's more where each came from so be sure to click on the links to the owner's site. Enjoy!
Here's a new batch of pincushions and tuffets that I'll be adding to the shop in the next few days. As you can see, I've had mosaics and quilting on my mind so I guess that's where the inspiration came from :D
This is a close-up of the one that started this theme; I'm really liking the square shape for a change. The red leaves are from two Autumn Blaze maples in our front yard that are just gorgeous right now - they are very appropriately named!
This old green hoosier is just one of the places that I store my crafting goodies, well, to me they're goodies, other people know it as junk. Starting at the top and left to right: pussywillow cannisters hold stuff like elastic and cording and the yellow flower cookie jar is filled with zippers. The card basket is overflowing with bias tape and rickrack, the green flower pot has some finished objects like fabric flowers, the enamel dishes hold ribbons on spools, and the wire paper tray has old calendar dishcloths on top and a few hankies on the bottom.
Here she is in all her open-drawer glory: drawers at the top are stuffed with a variety of ribbon, lower drawer on the left has a miscellaneous mix of crafting and sewing items and the drawer on the right holds thread and bobbins. The big fat rounded drawers on the bottom hold different kinds of interfacing.
I've been keeping a photo log of my vintage fabric in a set on Flickr and this has really helped me keep track of it. The vintage pieces are typically smaller than my other new fabric and they tend to get lost in the pile so now when I want to see what I have I just look through my Flickr set.
I'm so envious of people that have rooms specifically for crafting. Our extra room is used for our classroom (we homeschool) so my crafting paraphrenalia is delegated to the kitchen/dining room. I thought I'd share a picture of my sewing cart organized with my most used stuff. My sewing machine is on the kitchen counter (I prefer to stand when I sew) and I pull my cart up next to me for easy access. When I move into the living room to sit by the fire and watch TV, I drag my cart in there and have all the necessities that I need. The top has several trays that hold the smaller tools, the middle holds stacks of felt, and the bottom holds stuffing, my box of embroidery thread, and baskets of wool felt scraps. The orange floral feedsack bag on the floor holds my fabric scraps.
Here's a close-up of the top level. Left to right: an assortment of glues and fusible webbing, pincushions, rulers and right angle, marking pens and pencils, various tubes and sticks for turning fabric tubes, tape, small patterns, oversized rulers, scissors and other sharp implements. Under the trays are folders of ephemera that I use in making my tags, and another tray that holds my glasses and misc.
The green cabinet behind the cart is full of more sewing/crafting stuff. I'll share a picture of that tomorrow.
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