May 13, 2014

Suz- May Update

Hi everyone. I've made some time to stitch over the last week, even though the gardens have been calling to me.

I finished my May stitching of "Shady Lady", which was created by Ellen Mosbarger, who kindly allowed StitchMAP to adapt her design for our HEX LABS project. I found the applique to be challenging, but had fun with the rest of the stitching. I added some dimensional tresses, just to see how they'd look, as well as some shading on the lips, and along the chin and neck.

 On wrapping cloth piece #11, the hole has been filled, and is hugged by a Josephine knot garland.

There is more stitching to be added to this piece
lots of room for more embellishing!

I found some treasures at my favourite second-hand shop:

4 heavy cotton napkins
2 pillowcases to match the attached, double-sized bed skirt
 a dresser scarf
another doily
 a queen-sized bed skirt
the eyelet on the queen-size bed shams

as well, I found a patterned tablecloth, plus a delicate crochet-edged handkerchief.
Most of the items are either stained or have some issued with the fabric wearing, so I shall probably use the good parts for my wrapping cloth.
There's lots of wonderful eyelet!

On Mother's Day, we went for a short hike at the conservation areas near the University.
Lots of happy birds singing.....

 pasing the pond, we spied something ......
two turtles sunbathing on a log.....

the sun created sparkling diamonds

 in the front garden, the magnolia tree is blooming
 aren't they beautiful?

I hope you've had a good creative week.

Hugs from Suz



QuiltingFitzy said...

I think you had a busy week! I love all those thrifted finds...anything eyelet makes me smile. Do the magnolias smell as good as I remember? Very pretty!

Suztats said...

The only flowers are on the tips of the branches, and I can't get close enough to small them. The pesky @!$# squirrels eat the flower buds, so there aren't enough left to perfume the air......

ladyhawthorne said...

Love that purple hat on the lady! And great thrifted finds, my favorite kind of stuff.

Renata's arts and crafts said...

Love your "Shady Lady" and is looking good. I never ever try my hand to applique as I believe is pretty hard .

Suztats said...

Thanks Renata! The applique too a lot of time, and lots of patience. I had to use my magnifier to see clearly (old and to concentrate on my stitching, but I think the results are worth it. You might like to give it a try on a practice piece.


Suztats said...

Mine, too! ;-)

Cyra said...

Love the hat and textured trusses. It is fun to go hunting in those second hand shops, and you came out with some great treasures for your 'whites' stash.
I really like the Josephine Knot garland adding texture on the wrapping cloth.