Hello and happy winter. I know its been cold and snowy and icy, but there is an upside to the colder months. There are those long days of studio work. I don't know about you, but some of my happiest days are days I spend creating. In the spring, all I can think of is flowers and plants. I am happy to get out and walk in the warm sun. I'm dreaming of gardens and planning beds and containers. In the winter, its the 4 walls between me and yet another snow storm or this year, the dreaded arctic vortex. What the what is that?
Well, I have had my shop in a no custom order mode for too long. I'm afraid it will be a bit longer. However, I think you will find it worth the wait if you are one of my collectors. My goodness, you can only order so many tomatoes in so many colors. I don't know if I can make another strawberry. I made over 60 in 3 months. I long for new designs and I have lots of fabrics to inspire them.
I am a vintage junkie and one of my new designs uses some of my favorite embroidered designs.
This weekend I picked up some beautiful red and white fabrics. They are inspired by redwork embroidery. In fact, I thought I heard them whisper, "Take me home! You need to create some stitchery for me." Okay, I don't actually hear fabrics talk to me. I think I am more likely to walk into my studio and ask, "Who wants to play today!" Those new red fabrics definitely were ready to go.
Well I hope you like my new things. I am going to digress a bit when I'm finished with my next order. I am dying to get back to my little houses. Aren't they fun? They are so much fun to make. I'd do a tutorial, but I have seen some on-line tutorials which seem to use a much simpler pattern than the one I use. Here are a few of what you will find in my shop soon...
I also have a new idea for little wallets/needlebooks. I think they will be so handy when you are on the go. I have the designs all ready to go. I just have to create a pattern and start to play!
Now I have a question for you. If you have a moment, I'd love to know what you would like to see me try in the upcoming months. If you would like a tutorial on a specific design, I'll see what I can do. I kind of like to hold on to my best designs as my little secret. But there are things I wouldn't mind sharing. I also plan on creating some patterns to add to my shop. For those of you with mad skills, you will now have my plans to try a few of these things on your own. Its all so much fun!
Stay warm and stay creative. Winter is nearly heading into spring. Before you know it, there will be a thousand distractions keeping you from your sewing machine. Take advantage of your cabin. You don't have to see it as a negative when there are so many wonderful things just waiting to come to life and only you can make them!
I wanted to add one more new item. I've had it in the works for a bit and I finally finished it! Watch for a tutorial coming soon on how to create a pattern using your own vintage doily! I'll take you step by step in creating a custom shape that fits any doily you have on hand!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Congratulations Barbara Woods!
You have won the pincushion shown above. The button was designed and created by my new friend and giveaway collaborator, Cynthia Crane. The pincushion is my own design! I hope it gives you many years of great service and joyful sewing!
Barbara has 3 blogs!
Wont-to-be quilter Quilting and Daily Life
A Simply Great A Quilting Blog
Sew We Go
It looks like she is busy cooking, quilting and enjoying her grand daughter! I can relate to all 3 of those fabulous things. I hope you have time to go and check out her blogs and see her beautiful patchwork. she has also shared some wintery pictures from Georgia. We may be used to all that snow and ice here in Wisconsin. It looks like things are pretty chilly in the south these days as well!
I want to thank you all for stopping by to visit my blog. It was an amazing party indeed! I also want to thank Vicki from 2 Bags Full for hosting this great event! I know that some blogs have literally bloomed with new members and so many of us like-minded creative souls have found new friends. Then there are those like Barbara who have won some great goodies! Wow there were so many fun giveaways. Hope I'm lucky as well!
I have been visiting many of your blogs and enjoying all of your posts and pictures. Now that I am getting caught up on my orders I hope to have time to respond to all of your comments. I was simply overwhelmed by your sweet comments and your incredible generosity in sharing your talents and techniques with me and others.
The list of blogs on Vicki's site is long and full of treasures yet to be discovered. I only wish there were more hours in the day to explore them all.
Well, its now on to new designs for me.
I went shopping this week and found loads of new fabrics and even purchased 5 pounds of Fiberfill! Oh my! That should stuff a lot of pincushions!
I hope to see you back soon. I hope to visit you as well.
Now let's go make something amazing!
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Before I begin, I'd like to say that if you are here for the Grow Your Own Blog Party, scroll down a bit or click here to the previous post. There you will find my comment section to enter my giveaway.
I've been so busy getting getting the last of my back log of orders out the door. It was a busy holiday season for Fiberluscious! I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful followers.
Here is a crazy quilt pincushion I just finished for Birdie. She once ordered a pink version but gave it away! How sweet is that. Well, I just had to do something special for her. I love how it turned out.
I just listed some new pincushions. The one pictured above is new, as well as a few new heart designs. Valentine's Day is nearing and I have thoughts of love and yes, spring on my mind. I can't bring spring, but I did stitch up some sweethearts for you to see.
I love red work. I had some pretty bright linen that suited this design to a tee. Instead of red on white, I did the exact opposite. I added a vintage embroidery pattern to the front in white perle cotton. I then added a sweet tassel on the bottom.
Once I made that one, I just had to explore that heart pattern further. I have so many pretty vintage trims, flowers, and linens here in my stash. I've seen so many pretty things lately with layers upon layers of lace, buttons and trims. I wanted to give my hearts that same flavor.
Here are two of those hearts.
These are all sold out as of a few minutes ago. But watch my shop for more to come!
Hope you are all staying warm and dry. I'm hearing from my friends around the country that this has been a brutal winter for all. Its snowing here today after days and days of below zero temperatures. I really can't wait for spring this year! I'll have to think flowers. My next project is embroidery and stumpwork on wool. That should warm me up!
If you haven't signed up for my giveaway, please do. Just scroll down a bit and leave a comment along with your contact information. The last day to sign up is next Friday so don't delay!
See you soon!