March 4, 2014

Suz- Update- March Madness

Happy March! I hope this month will bring warmer temperatures and an end to the snow. Maybe spring will arrive. That would be nice.
On the stitching front, this past week found me using up some of the leftover strips from the flimsy. A friend had posted this on her blog, and I followed the links to find the tutorial and created these:




Thanks to Sherry for the inspiration and to Tina for the tutorial! Now my desk will have a co-ordinated look.







Snowflakes of the tatted kind are mounting up in my tatting tin and ready to be applied to the tree skirt. I'll show photos later of my progress.







 I've added this bullion row with french knots to my wrapping cloth piece #10, and it's now finished!

There's always one that has to go it's own way!



















piece #10 finished

Here's piece # 11 all pinned and ready for stitching.





On StitchMAP, our monthly HEX LABS have been released for March, and I want to make all 3 designs, but it will depend on how much time I have.



That's it for this week!

Thanks. Hugs from Suz 

16 comments:

Debra Spincic said...

Your desk organizers look super! Very cool. Nice to immediately use up the scraps. I am trying to use that same approach on the quilts I am sewing. Usually the backing scraps turn into binding.

Ice storm here last night--very unusual for Houston.

Pretty work, Suz!

Cyra said...

Love the desk organisers. They would make an awesome gift for all ages.
Great work on the bullions, even the 'wayward' one. Nice to have a bit of individuality.
#11 is looking as fabulous as the others. Loving the broderie anglais fabric. Reminds me of a parasol I had on my baby daughters pram over 30 years ago, lol. Funny how certain things trigger memories I forgot about.

Suztats said...

Thanks Debra. Hope the ice storm didn't cause too many difficulties.

Suztats said...

That broderie anglais came from a solitary placemat I found in a second-hand store some time ago. I'm so glad it sparked some happy memories!

Judy S. said...

Your organizers are really cute, Suz; what a great idea! Like that wrapping cloth, too. That bullion row looks like it was challenging.

Suztats said...

Thanks Judy. I love bullions, so it just takes a bit of time, but that's the joy of stitching on the wrapping cloth. ;-)

cq4fun said...

Your desk accessories and wonderful - love those colors! I don't think I've ever understood exactly what the wrapping cloth is - what function it has. Your work on it is beautiful, though! It looks as if every snowflake you show is different from the others, just like real ones. =)

ladyhawthorne said...

We got snow a couple days ago, thankfully no ice this time.

ladyhawthorne said...

The desk organizers are wonderful! What a great idea.

Suztats said...

Thank you. The wrapping cloth is just a term that Karen Ruane used for the cloths she made. They were created as cloths she could wrap her children in, figuratively and literally, to protect them and keep them safe. She was wrapping them in her love. You can check out her FB page or go to her blog to read her interpretation and see her cloths:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/karen-ruane-contemporary-embroidery/182972627248

My wrapping cloth is being created from new and found fabrics, sometimes using items that once were loved, but have been discarded. In this way I pay homage to other women's cloth as I create my own, adding to it, strengthening it, and allowing their stitchery, crocheted items, and tatted bits have a new life while adding a sense of history to my cloth. I am using white and off-white reclaimed fabrics with my 'wild' fabric for a splash of colour here and there. Some ladies I know have shared with me pieces of lace: from a wedding dress, a favourite hat or piece of clothing in memory of a loved one and I have incorporated them into my cloth. A friend sent me some delicate handkerchiefs of her Aunt's to use in my cloth. She felt that since handkerchiefs were out of fashion and no longer being used, they might find life in my cloth rather than be discarded. So, even if some lace is unravelling, or the fabric has little holes, parts of these pieces have a new purpose in my cloth. Once completed, the wrapping cloth will be backed, the edges finished, and then it can be used. I haven't yet decided if it will become a cover for the dining room table, a decorative wall hanging, or, like one wrapping cloth Karen made, simply for wrapping cold toes in the cool mornings! It is a slow cloth, taking time for it to evolve and grow, and for the adornments added to it, and is a labour of love. It would be perfect, I think, for a baby's cradle cover, or a crib blanket, but however it is used, it will hold love within it.
Hope that gives you a better understanding of my wrapping cloth.

Suztats said...

Thanks. Isn't it wonderful how the blogging community shares ideas with one another?

Barbara C said...

Very pretty work all around. Your desk set is very cheery, isn't it nice to work surrounded by your own handicrafts?

QuiltingFitzy said...

Thank you for your wrapping cloth explanation, being newbie, I'm timid to ask, figuring you've already explained! The desk organizers are cute, we've just moved into a beautifully renovated floor at work, and it definitely needs some color...got me thinking again...ut-o! Your work is beautiful.

Suztats said...

I've never done that before, so it is very pleasing to look around my 'studio' and see my fabric boxes holding the items I use. ;-)

Suztats said...

Don't be timid, Fitzy, as I think we all like to discuss our projects more often! lol Or maybe that's just me....teehee... Sometimes talking about what we're doing will spark new ideas and directions we hadn't considered before. And getting feedback is always nice, as you know. Thanks.

Debra Spincic said...

Yes, there are 2 main purposes of this group:

1. to be held accountable to a project and show progress
2. to have a dedicated group of interested needleworkers who can ask for and offer ideas, suggestions and thoughts

Many times a little light bulb has gone off and sent the stitcher in a new (and improved) direction than she had planned; mainly due to the feedback from the group.