Tuesday, June 19, 2018

LESS HEAT & CREATIVE DECISIONS


It wasn't quite as hot today...but still it is hot enough. The difference I feel is that it is less humid. I do have all three window fans working as all of them are in the shade. But it is getting to that time of day when everything stills and the heat and humidity set it...

The question I posed yesterday was whether to statin stitch the flower or do a meandering stitch. Well, I did both.  Here's the flower with the satin stitch...

I was happy with the way it turned out. I did have a bit of a problem with the sewing machine. I had to change gold thread in the middle and it's weight was a bit different than the previous spool.  It took a bit of trial and error, but I was able to adjust the top tension so it worked.

But from the next photo, you can see that I not only did the satin stitch, I also did random meandering on the petals and center...

Next, I am going to add some beadwork along with a border. I just have to decide what color works best.

Remember the paper beads I made to create a picture of sorts?

Well, I have been making lots more and I also have figured out how to finish the picture. Check this out...

I plan on filling in all the spaces on the right side, and then repeat the pattern on the left side starting at the top. I now have a concrete plan to finish this piece which is good because I have been stumped for quite a while.

That's all for today...
I have a member's show tomorrow so may not post until Thursday...
Thanks for sharing some of your time with me...
Talk with you later...

Monday, June 18, 2018

HEAT, NOT SO MUCH, WEEKEND ADVENTURES & LATEST CREATION


Today was supposed to be really hot...some schools closed...and it probably is quite hot in mid-town, but here in Brooklyn, it will make it into the 90's, but just. Anyway, I decided early this morning (around 6:30am) after talking to one of my sons who stopped by to pick up something that I would not venture into Manhattan to my artist's group. 

I probably could have gone with little problems other than subway misadventures but I am happy that I stayed home. I got the place straightened out and vacuumed (kitty litter), garbage out, dishes washed, bills paid, etc.

And then I worked on my flower piece. I have the flower tacked on to the background and so far I like what I see...

Lots of sewing left to do. I did not glue the flower on, by the way, which is a standard go to for me. And then after sewing, embellishments. First I have to decide whether to just do a lot of meandering or if I should statin stitch around the flower. Decisions, decisions...

This weekend the clouds had some wonderful formations...


The lake at which we were fishing had a family of ducks, five of them, traveling all around. They stopped to chomp on some grass right in front of me...


I have yet to turn on the ac but I do have fans in the windows. Summer time, I am happy for this apartment because it gets no direct sunlight. Yes, it is sunny, but the heat doesn't build up as fast. A lot of folks began using their acs a couple weeks ago.

Well, back to sewing...
Thanks for stopping in...
Talk to you tomorrow...

Friday, June 15, 2018

NOT THIS HOUSE!!! & THE LATEST CREATIVE VENTURE


The news on the house was not great. It had many problems that we weren't able to see until the bank furnished, finally, the key to the basement. They only sent it the day before the inspection. Basically, although the main floor was in great shape, the plumbing was done for and a completely new plumbing job was needed. Then when the septic person came, they found out that the tank was metal! Metal...who puts a metal septic tank in? Anyway, it was so corroded that a blunt stick could poke a hole in it!!! This house is definitely a no go. Back to square one!!!

On the creative side, remember I auditioned the background with one or two layers of tulle? I decided on one layer. I then stitched the tulle down with a meandering stitch using gold thread...

Next, I cut a pattern for the flower...

Which I am going to make using this fabric...

Here's a partial flower on the green background. The fabric color is certainly different from the above piece. Interesting! By the way, the yellow portion of the pink flower is really a shiny gold.


Once the flower is appliqued with a statin stitch, I will be adding lots of glitz like beads and maybe some ribbon.

Tomorrow, out early to do some fishing, take a break to check out another house and then eat at a new restaurant...Paul Smyth's Twisted Fried Chicken and Waffle in New Windsor...that we found yesterday. 

Their chicken and sides are fantastic...
  
But so is their barbeque...

If you live in the area, you have to stop in and try this restaurant. You will not be disappointed!!

Well, that's all for this week...
Thanks for dropping by...
Talk with you next Monday...