Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend!!

A wee bit of green that my granddaughter, Gale, picked a couple summers ago here in Nova Scotia.
I hope your St. Patrick's Day weekend celebrations are fantastic!

My Brother embroidery machine is still waiting for a new motor. Needless to say, I'm not impressed with the company. This part has been on back order for quite awhile. The Janome embroidery machine is working well but is not as fast as the other one.

A few links to check:

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Dragonfly Shimmer

Hot off the embroidery machine! Yes, the Janome decided to behave. Actually, it was a needle problem. Anyway, here's the dragonfly shimmer:

I love this one with the silver wings. The next stitch out, will have a different body colour.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Shimmer Ornaments

Working, working, working! I have just finished a large Shimmer's Ornament order that's headed to St. John's, NL.

Here's a couple of new ornaments that just got stitched out. Thankfully, the 4 needle machine is working but is beginning to complain. I think a service call is in its future. It hasn't worked as well as it should in awhile even though it had been sent back to the factory for repairs twice.

Cabot Tower, St. John's, NL
Map outline of Nova Scotia
Sperm Whale
Still working out some kinks on a killer whale shimmer. The dragon fly design is gorgeous but hasn't been stitched out on the transparent fabric yet.


Friday, March 2, 2018

The inside of my Embroidery Machine!

Where does the time go! March already! The bottom part of my studio (concrete) had the spray foam insulation done yesterday which meant we had to vacate the house for 24 hours. Everything was held up on the insulation. So now the work can continue with drywall, heating, lighting etc! Can't wait.

I have a few photos of my Brother Embroidery machine waiting for a new motor. The motor is a small one considering the size of this beast. Have you ever seen the insides of one? Have a look:

The motor is behind the mother board

The outside parts

Now for a few links to check:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Lynn's Quilting Studio

My 10 needle Brother embroidery machine has developed a couple of problems which means it needs a service. I went on-line to discover that just 12.5 km away, in Auburndale, is Lynn's Quilting Studio. Well, Lynn is a Brother rep and services the machines. In fact, her first introduction to servicing embroidery machines, was on one just like mine. After giving her a run down on my machine's problem and the code that was displayed on the computer screen, Lynn was able to pin point the cause of my problem. I hope it will be an easy fix. So, she is making a house call on Monday morning.

I spent the morning in her quilting studio. Her real passion is her longarm Gammill quilting machine which is in the main house. She is up early each morning, quilting on the machine as she has many customers seeking her services.

I am so glad I discovered this little gem of a shop. Her fabrics are quilt lovely and reasonably priced.

If you are a quilter /sewer, then Lynn's Quilting Studio, should be a destination. The shop is on a 90 acre lot and can't be seen from the road, so you have to look carefully for her sign. Even better, put the address into a GPS (which I did) and it's easy to find.

Here's a few photos of her place. Click on the photos to get a closer view.


Lots of Christmas cottons!

More Christmas fabrics on the bottom

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I Won a Magazine

I've been following Margaret Blank, textile artist, for many years. Earlier this month, I entered her giveaway for celebrating 15 years as a blogger and won! My prize is the Inspirations magazine shown below. Thanks, Margaret.

Since this magazine is all about hand embroidery, here's a few links to check:

Friday, February 16, 2018

New Book Added to My Library

My new embroidery book arrived today. Stumpwork Flowers by Sachiko Morimoto, is just delightful! According to the write-up, this book 'offers a modern perspective on the traditional floral motifs that have been a stumpwork mainstay for centuries. There are 19 beautiful designs to choose from, and 8 projects showing how to use the motifs to embellish pillows, napkins, pouches, books covers and more.'

The step-by-step instructions and diagrams are easy to follow so is ideal for all levels of embroiderers. I was attracted to the smaller scale designs and this book did not disappoint me. This is a great addition to any library (guild or personal).

If you really want a full review of this book, visit Mary Corbet's Needle n' Thread HERE.  Her review sold me on this book. Thanks, Mary.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Links and More

Yesterday, I linked up with The Needle and Thread Network. It's a great place to see the work of some Canadian Quilters. I've been checking their blogs out and came across The Inquiring Quilter's list of linky parties. There are links for each day of the week. Worth a view!

A new shimmer has just been tested and looks good. More on that when it's stitched out. The Newfoundland Dog is on my machine at the moment. These, along with lots of other Shimmer Ornaments, are headed to The Rooms Gift Shop, St. John's, NL.

Since I don't have a photo of my work to share today, here's a 6" x 6" oil on paper that my daughter, Jill, completed today. I copied it from her Instagram shots (permissions granted, of course). She is giving this one away on her facebook page.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! I'm working steadily on my Shimmer Ornaments to get them ready for the tourist season. It's been difficult getting focused on new items since the big move here to Nova Scotia. Studio is in the works so I'm working out of a bedroom, kitchen, living room . . . you get the idea. As a result, I can't put my fingers on things quickly. Not an efficient way to work at all! But, the new studio will be big and have lots of work surfaces and storage.

We have two more new Shimmer Ornaments, a grouper (I've nicked named it the 'grumpy grouper') and a map outline of Labrador. An interest was expressed in creating the map so it's done and ready for the general market. If there are any businesses on the Labrador Coast or in Newfoundland interested in purchasing these, please contact me.

I've also included a couple of older Shimmers that I'm working on.

Linked to The Needle and Thread Network!

On the table to be finished!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Craft East Buyers EXPO

Yesterday, my daughter, Jill and I attended the Craft East Buyers EXPO in Halifax. This show was formally known as ACTS, Atlantic Canada Trade Show. I've attended this show twice as part of the Newfoundland and Labrador wholesalers. Since the format has changed considerably, I decided to check it out. This event, which was held in a downtown hotel, wasn't open to the public as it was a wholesale show for buyers.

We visited just about every booth and chatted with the makers. Some had their displays in a suite at the hotel while others opted to set up in several large rooms with other vendors. Four floors of the hotel were taken over for this event.

There was lots of interesting art and craft to see. Many of the vendors were new this year, but I did speak with many people I've met over the years.

Here's the vendors from Newfoundland & Labrador:
I do have to share one vendor from Nova Scotia as their business cards for this event was very innovative.  Have a look:

I've bought several pieces from this company, Hand-made Fused Glass Products.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Blogging - 1589 posts!

I was reading Margaret Blank's blog and she mentioned that she has been blogging for 15 years and posted over 1500 posts. That got me thinking, so I checked my blog profile and so far, my total is 1589 posts. I didn't think I had written that much in ten years (it will be ten next August). Some would say 'long winded'!

I've tried to keep my comments related to my art and the art of others. Most of the time, I've linked to lots of interesting sites where you will find things related to textile / fibre art such as free patterns, tutorials, YouTube videos, other blogs, teachers, classes, quilt shows . . .

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.
Now it's time to view a few links:

  Here's yesterday's visitor:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

New Shimmer Ornaments

We have new Shimmer Ornaments created and working on a few others. Have a look!

The Caribou and Forget-Me-Not were requested by The Rooms Gift Shop to be exclusive to them.  More on that at a later time.

Sea Horse
Salt Cod Fish

Monday, February 5, 2018

Shopping in St. John's

While in St. John's last week, I visited Fiber Lilly, Sew Many Stitches, Sewing World, Cast On Cast Off (recently moved to Duckworth Street) and Some Good Market. Of course, I made a few purchases! Here's a few of them:

These colours caught my eye

The blues might be used in my next Snow men hand embroidery piece.

Oriental panel has no project assigned to it yet!

The cup is mine. I thought the owl looked cute sitting in it.

I will use some of this yarn in my Fibre Lace Scarves and other projects.
More mittens for Gale!

Friday, February 2, 2018

St. John's Visit

I've been in St. John's since Tuesday morning. My flight was one of the few that got out of Halifax during the snow fall. Needless to say, the time flew by so quickly. Tomorrow afternoon, I head back home. 
This trip was personal and business related. It was great to meet up with friends. Thanks, M and B for your hospitality - much appreciated! It will be reciprocated when you visit our home in Nova Scotia.

I got everything done on my list. My last visit will be Some Good Market tomorrow morning.

Here are a few photos of Verna's newest Temari Ball Ornaments. These were taken this afternoon when a bunch of us got together for our regular monthly stitch meeting. They waited until I was home.

work in progress