Friday, September 27, 2013

Lets put the cast on's to work

The dress that got me started on doing cast on roses.

 It looks so tiny now.           

When you start your roses, start with the outside ones and work toward the center.
 Most of all have fun and enjoy the process.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cast on Rose

I am sharing the method I use for doing a cast on rose when doing embroidery.  Usually I add the rose to something smocked, as it just add that special little touch.  Learning the method can be trickie, so don't give up, just keep practicing.I am also sharing it for the students I will have, at the next meeting.
 
Cast on Rose
I have always loved cast on roses, when I purchased Petite Poche, a Wendy Schoen design, I needed to learn to make them. After trial and error, I found what worked, and would like to share that with you.

Step One:
Bring the needle to the front of the fabric and take a 1/8' long horizontal stitch. Do not pull the needle through.
Step Two:
With palm facing you and the thread to the left, place the thread over your left index finger.
Rotate your hand towards you in a clockwise direction and loop the thread over your index finger. Slip the loop onto the needle and pull the stitch tight.


Step Three:
Work a total of 10 cast-on stitches onto the needle.
Holding the casts-on in your left hand, pull the needle through.


Step Four:
Anchor the sitch down in the fabric about 1/8" away from the original point.
Step Five:
Bring the needle to the front, emerging outward from one of the curved edges of the center row of petals.


Step Six:
To form the center of the flower, work a series of three petals, each interconnectiong the next.


Step Seven:
To form the outer petals bring the needle to the front, emerging outward from one of the curved edges of the center row of petals.


Step Eight:
Enter the fabric away from the original entry point, about 1/4" away.
Cast on 12 stitches. Hold the stitches in place and pull the needle through.
Anchor the stitch in the same manner as before.


Step Nine:
Work the next petal beginning in the mid-section of the previous petal and extending the stitch about 3/16" away.


Step Ten:
Stitch a spiral of petals radiating around the center of the flower. You should have about 5 petals total.
Tie off on back by sewing through the stitches on back.

Monday, September 23, 2013

A First For me!!

After following so many wonderful, creative blogs.  I am so inspired by these super creative ladies to try my hand at decorating for fall.  
This is a first for me, decorating just isn't in my gene pool--usually I do try Christmas and those decorations stay up until Easter.
          First the front porch. Must have 
           Something to meet guests.
                           I love the tea pot planter,
         a Birthday gift.  When I spotted the red and yellow mum I just knew it would work in the pot.

   Next I tried the dining room table.
                          I think Mr. Rooster and Mr. turkey  look pretty happy together.
                                                   
                                              Then the hutch!
 There is my first attempt at fall decorating.This should last until it is time for Christmas 'stuff'.  I am sure there will be some tweaking, no one told me it was this much fun.

                            








Saturday, September 21, 2013

I am done!!

My ugly fabric has been tamed!
 Because it really did look like a fabric for PJ's,but, was cotton not flannel, I made a pillowcase for my cat loving granddaughter.




Next is a little pillow for a cat named Zoe.  She loves to rest her chin on a pillow, so she is getting her own special little pillow.



Then came the shopping bag.  I wanted to try out a pattern, to see if this bag would work for my quilting class.  
The bag is Kwik-Sew K 3612.  There are patterns for two other type bags included, so I will also be trying those.


            So there are the three items.
             
                You may see a bit more
                 of this fabric, Someday!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Oh HELP!!!

Someone at Everythingsewing had a bright idea of doing an ugly fabric challenge.  I am not pointing fingers but, I am sure it was Betty. 

The way it goes is, anyone interested signs up and agrees to send no less then 2yards of their ugly fabric to a victim  another member. In turn they receive 2 yards.  

Well, my two yards arrived, so I am asking for help.  I do not think I need to say much about this fabric.  
Napkins for a kids birthday party?
 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

We end our tour

We stop for tea on our way out.  Again I am so sorry about the picture being so dark.  This was not a digital camera so I had no way of guessing the outcome. 
I hope you enjoyed the tour of this very special home.



 The movie "An officer and a Gentleman"  was filmed here at Fort Worden.
The house next to the commanders home was used in the film.  I did not get a picture of that home.  
Here is a picture of Officers row.  Where the officers homes are located.

 Just a note, we are not finished touring Port Townsend.

Monday, September 16, 2013

You knew I would find it!!

Find it I did!!

 I understand why area's are roped off but wish I could have gotten some better
pictures.  They also frown on flash.
Beautiful pieces of lace and hand embroidery are show cased.
 
I Love so many things in this room. 
The lamp!
The blue chair
The special little touches.
I just love this room.


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Moving down the hall

As we continue through the house, we spot many great Victorian items.

so let us travel down this hall and see where we end up.


 Of coarse an Officer would have indoor plumbing.   We had a home that had a claw foot tub and I was amazed at how deep they are. Was a very comfortable tub.

Maybe we should check out one more room.

 The study, where there must have been many, many very serious conversations.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Next the childs room

I think showing a child's room is rare and I just love it.
                             What little girl would not want that mirror?  Totally fit for a Princess.



A sweet bed

 

Done as a nursery

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Continuing on our journey

My first stop when we arrive is Fort Worden.
Fort Worden has a long history, the fort itself was constructed in June 1896.

My interest however is not the history, not at this time.  I am headed for an area on the Fort called "Officers Row".   
I will zero in on the Commanding Officers home.

  I walk up the stairs to the open front door,
knowing I will be transported back in time. I feel strange, almost like a guest in a different world.  I belong here, but at the same time I don't belong here at all.




Part of me say's it is fine, to wander through a bedroom.  I get the feeling still, that I am intruding on someones else s home.

So much attention has been given to the smallest detail.  Even the type of clothing one would wear.
I just love the fainting couch,my daughter has one just like it, that was given to her by her aunt. 
Did you notice how the mirror frame matches the bed frame?   I would love to have that set.
           A closer look at the headboard.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Washington's Victorian Seaport

One of my very favorite places.   
 A ferry ride takes you back to the Victorian time's.   A time I call fluff and stuff.  They had the time to fluff up their rooms and fill the rooms with stuff.
I adore the Victorian times from my point of view.   
 Elegance, for the sake of elegance.  Taking time to take in the beauty of a simpler time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Fall is in the air

Fall  is upon us.  Two great ways I can tell are:
 The sunflowers are showing off in the garden and -----

Football!!!!

I am not what they call a football widow, I miss all the sales they hold for women who I guess are not supposed to like football.    I am a fan!!  To be exact I am a Seahawk fan!!
Bring it on!!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Paradise Glass Gem Corn

Not a urban legend, glass gem corn is for real.  Grown right here in paradise by McGlinn.
This is not a sweet corn and is used mainly for grinding or popcorn.
                                Amazing

If you want to learn more about this corn, here is a link

http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/glass-gem-corn-seed-zwfz1212zrob.aspx#axzz2dm1Rey9i