16September, 2007

I have a new love.

Sewing & Design|1 Comment

And her name is Singer.

My sewing machine is ailing. It made a horrible strangled noise and quit this afternoon. I had just spent all of a couple of evenings cleaning the lint out, replacing the needle and all of that good stuff. To her credit, she had started to squeak, which is what made me think that I ought to do a good cleaning, so I did perhaps have a little warning. I don’t think the problem is anything I did while cleaning (or putting her back together) but I am afraid, judging by the amounts of lint I pulled out, that a big blob of yuck has jammed in some plastic gears someplace I can’t get to. This machine and I have a love/hate relationship. I spent a lot of money on her. She has a nifty thread cutter (which stopped working after about a year). She has a wonderful walking foot that makes me smile while making quilts and a buttonhole gizmo that works like a dream. She has an overlock stitch which is super nifty and dozens of fancy embroidery kinds of stitches (which sadly I use next to never). However, she also has a tendency to eat and/or tangle threads at the beginning of whatever you are working on, no matter what you do to prevent it (no, holding the ends doesn’t work). She also likes to eat fabric if you get too close to the edge and groan about too many layers of fabric. She is computerized and so you can’t get to or see anything. She is a Babylock QC700.

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11September, 2007

Book Reports

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Aimee Ray @ has been in my list of bookmarks for years. Her paintings and little stitched pieces are charming and I sometimes just wander the website on gloomy days for a pick me up. I ordered her new book from her etsy shop and I am delighted. The illustrations are lovely. It really is a book for beginners, but anyone could learn the stitches from her clear diagrams. The book has a “learn the stitches” section with photos and examples and is then followed by dozens of little projects you could finish in an evening or two. When I was 12, I would have checked this out from library every other week all summer long. It will come to embroidery classes with me from now on, I am sure.

I just got this today and although I haven’t done much more than flip through I know I am going to love it. First is that it is spiral bound and will lay flat in the table in front of you. This is huge if you need both hands to do the braid that you are trying to figure out. I have another of her books all about kumihimo and it is the best. In flipping, I discovered a section on the lucet (I have one that I haven’t figured out yet.) I will have more to report as I make my way through.

10September, 2007


Embroidery, Freebies & Patterns|Comments Off on Woof!

A gift for you!

Take one super cute puppy chewing on a shoelace, add a little photoshop and I give you: A puppy embroidery pattern! Print out the line drawing (if you click it will show you a bigger one) and trace on to fabric using your favorite tracing tools. Then embroider! I am planning to put this guy on a t-shirt so I thought I would share. If you do make something using my drawing, I would love to see a photo.

7September, 2007

Sad News

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U.S. writer Madeleine L’Engle, beloved for her classic science-fiction classic A Wrinkle in Time, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

L’Engle died Thursday of natural causes at a nursing home in Litchfield, Conn.

L’Engle is the author of more than 60 books, including works for both children and adults.

But she is best known for A Wrinkle in Time, which won the 1963 Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature and has never been out of print since its publication.

Somewhat ironically, I just picked up and started re-reading “A Wrinkle in Time” just yesterday. Andy and I found the series on sale at the bookstore recently and decided that it would be nice to have the set. I haven’t read them in many years and I think I will enjoy making my way through them.

7September, 2007


Everything Else|1 Comment

I found these today for a steal! They are porcelain dolls of “retro” Kermit and Piggy. Kermit is cheesy, but Piggy I adore. All of the Piggy things I have just don’t seem to capture the right sense of her but this is perfect! Yes, I already have more Muppet things than any one person needs, but how could I not have Miss Piggy meets Hairspray? (Yes, I did finally see it! Love it.)

‘Cause you can’t stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But I never ask why

And if you try to hold me down
I’m gonna spit in your eye and say
That you can’t stop the beat!

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