Friday, December 31, 2010

Wool Coat

Last year I finished a wool coat with felted flowers on it. I realized I never posted about it. I felted a piece of black wool coating in the washing machine and cut out the jacket. I used an embroidery design that I cut apart and resized in my embroidery software program. I stitched the outline of the design, then needle felted the wool roving in place (while the fabric what still hooped) then embroidered the design again to be on top of the felting.

When the embroidery was complete, I took it out of the hoop and used my felting machine to better meld the roving to the jacket. I get compliments on it everytime I wear it.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

To the sewing room

Our last holiday guests left this morning. My husband is skiing with friends today. I am headed to the sewing room. I have decided to join the 12 jackets in 12 months sew along on Stitcher's Guild. The group's inspiration came from Gigi who made more than 12 jackets last year and, boy, are they fabulous! This is a no-pressure, do what you can, kind of sew along. Jackets are a staple in my wardrobe so I am going along for the ride.

Today, I will spend a few minutes cleaning up from the pre-holiday sewing bonanza and then get to work on jacket #1, Louise Cutting's Anything But Ordinary in a turquoise chenille fabric. It's already cut out and I'm sure when I do a little cleaning up I will be able to find it at the bottom of a pile!!

I hope your day is as great as mine is going to be...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all. We are hosting dinner for 25 people so I don't have time to dawdle, but next week I am on vacation and have lots of plans for sewing, sharing fun times with a couple of my kids and organizing. I'll keep you posted.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Rock around the clock

I took a professional development course at work. It was on Prezi. I had never heard of it before and maybe you haven't either. It is a presentation software like Powerpoint only lots different! Prezi releases you from the linear boundaries of Powerpoint and you can move all over the place (sometimes too much and you can get a little motion sickness). Here is my final project. If you watch it, take it slow because there is a lot of movement in mine!! Enjoy and give Prezi a try.
Because of the layout of my blog the whole Prezi won't show. So if you want to see the whole thing check it out here.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Dreams really do come true!

Another snow day! I am headed to the sewing room for some fun. Here are a couple photos to show you how beautiful it is here.

The Adirondack chairs in my backyard are upholstered in snow.

A tree in the front yard...this one has lights in it and at night it is spectacular.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Here is a photo of my great nephew in the Christmas tree hat I made for him. Isn't that the cutest thing ever? You can find the pattern here. There are lots of other great knitting and crochet items on the site.
We have about a foot of snow here. It is beautiful...if you can stay home. Fortunately I could because we had a snow day. My sister, her husband and three of her kids were in their car all night on the NYS Thruway. Not fun, but what a story they will be able to tell. Some of the schools are already closed tomorrow. I'm pretty sure mine will be open, but I am going to go to bed and dream of a snow day possibility. And I thought snow days were fun when I was a kid, they're even better now!!