Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Up from the Sea

This is the last ( I think!) in a series of mermaids. Her top is cotton batik, and bottom silk-rayon velvet which has been heavily embellished.....

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Steampunk and other treasures....

Look at all of these little treasures! Rayon ribbon, German scraps, watch findings, bamboo thingmabobs, brass tags, copper tape........ so many goodies. Fabulous service from and a surprise gift puts her site over the top!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's a hoot on the moon!

Great to try out someone else's pattern once in a while.......... Here's HOOT from The Cheswick Company. Finally I have a pincushion I can find!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Just one more............

And that's it! I'm off to investigate something else!


Yes, I know. It needs lots more work, but it isn't getting any more, because after all, it's just a doodle!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Nola Hart inspired.....

Nola Hart was featured in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. These little girls are inspired by Nola. A real departure for me!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Back in the saddle!

Okay, I'm back! And my creative energy is on the rise. I'm just finishing off some old UFO's then on with the new! If you recall, I posted some UFO's. I made a change from my original plan on one of them. Can you identify the project and can you guess what change I made? This may appeal to the fat quarter love bacause the first person to email me with that change gets a trio of fat quarters!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

UFO syndrome

Is it a throw down? Judy at Sew Sisters has made my UFO stack public. Here's what's started and I am now bound to finish! AND, in the spirit of sportsmanship, I am admitting to one more that escaped Judy's watchful eye! Judy, what's in your stack??

New mermaid

I'm trying hard to get out of my "slacker" mode.....

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A wee tote

This little tote is only about 6x9" It's great for small portable projects like knitting, sewing and assorted hand work. And not to forget it's perfect for girls of all ages to go shopping!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Poor Tess, she just can't seem to get it together. She hung around on the long arm for awhile, then sulked in the closet for the longest time. Maybe if she gets a new bonnet she'll come out for spring?

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This background linen was also created with Procion dyes and Tsukineko inks. I machine embroidered it with extensive machine thread work, needle lace and a few bits of hand embroidery.

Spring Embroideries

Spring has sprung here! and in the spirit of the season, I've done a couple of little embroideries. I hand dyed linen and enhanced the background with a little Tsukineko ink, then machine embroidered it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Just swam in from Australia!

Aren't these little guys just so adorable? They just arrived from the south! South Australia, that is! Judy knew I was working on a mermaid and thoughtfully sent me these little gems to add to my display. You may want to visit Judy's very creative blog

Thursday, March 04, 2010

East Toronto Quilters' Guild

Last week I had the honour of presenting a trunk show to the East Toronto Quilters' Guild. What a great group of guys and gals, not to mention brave for adventuring out on such a snowy, wintry night. Thanks to Flo, Dolores and B.J. who helped me in and then helped me out. You might want to stop by and pay a visit to Dolores at and B.J. at And Flo? we'll just have to wait and see!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Strait from the Sea

Just finished! She's a OOAK cloth doll. Her torso consists of layers of cotton, velvet and lace embellished with beads and hand embroidery.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Embroidered nuno felt

This little piece started out using Merino wool fibre felted to some silk chiffon/charmeuse. The silk shows up minimally, to say the least! I think I should have left out the charmeuse as the weave is too tight. I dyed it with Kool-Aid, then overdyed with Gaywool dye. I really like Gaywool's product, because it works well on wool, but also on silk and nylon. Great for dyeing nylon lace. I used a combo of commercially dyed silk yarn and my own new hand dyed silk yarn for the embroidery. I like experimenting with the 3-dimensional stitchery.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Nuno Felting, Wet Felting and a Little Needle Felting

Here's a little felted needle case. The dark brown background was wet felted. A smaller piece of nuno felting was needle felted, stitched, and then attached to the background piece. I added some linen swatches inside to keep pins, needles and what-knots! I'll add some embroidery on these "pages" as the feeling strikes me. I had a little beaded piece that I didn't know what to do with, so added it at the back to house a small pair of scissors.

Nuno Felting

Love that nuno felting...........

First on the agenda, I made a small piece using natural Merino wool and light-weight silk chiffon. After felting, I dyed the piece with Kool-Aid, but didn't like it so re-dyed it with acid dye. I liked it much better. I used Gaywool's Acid dye. What a great product!

Fibreart Montage

Judith Baker Montano's new book, "Fibreart Montage" is a visual feast. Here she combines quilting, photography and embroidery with luxurious embellishing. You can get your copy where I got mine, at Sew Sisters Quilt Shop! Thanks, Judy!!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy New Year

I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope that 2010 will bring love, laughter, health and prosperity to all.

How to Make a Lucet Cord

Unwind Yarn House, what a great yarn shop! You can find it in the heart of Newmarket, ON