Thursday, October 16, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month!  You see pink everywhere, even on the football fields!  Thanks NFL for supporting the cause by wearing bright pink!  This helps raise awareness.  I am a survivor, thank God, and celebrate life!

By being aware and knowledgeable, women are more likely to catch abnormalities earlier and save their own lives.  Do me a favor, would you?  Sometime during this month, take a little time out to read about breast cancer.  Love this little Photobucket image:

ostrich head in sand photo: Ostrich ostr_love_it-vi.gif

Don't "stick your head in a hole" like an ostrich and ignore.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Embroidery Project

I seem to be in quite a sharing mood!  Creativity is flowing and I love to share!  How about you?

I started this little hoop with a wheat motif, but I have become stumped. It needs something . . . .

Thinking that I will need another color to offset the design . . . maybe . . . .

Lots of choices of color . . . 

Sometimes when I get stuck on a project, I put it aside and leave it alone for a while.  When I come back to it, sometimes I have a new idea.  Sometimes I don't, and it sits a while longer . . . .

Any ideas?  Ever gotten stuck on a project?  What do you do?  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Design Mistakes

Ever made a design mistake or not been happy with a finished project?  I know you have! All of us creatives have done it!  Usually the project gets left in a box somewhere unfinished and unloved.

I recently made a mistake that resulted in a new way for me to produce one of the staples of my business!  Hooray for mistakes!!!!!  I mostly make aprons for wholesale clients.  One of my buyers wanted some autumn aprons.  So, when I was working on a child apron, I chose a bright yellow stripe accent fabric for a darker leaf print which highlighted the yellowing leaves.  But the mistake came when I was finishing the apron, like I usually do, with bias binding.  I have finished aprons with bias binding for a couple of years now,  instead of using a facing which adds a lot more work to the project.

Sample of my previous style - Great if you want to emphasise a certain color: (Note the edging)

But this autumn apron body just didn't work with a framing of yellow.  I didn't like the look of it!

 so I decided to rip it out! 

Then I used a simple fold over hem with a decorative stitch--Hope you can see it in this photo:
(P.S.  Don't look at the ugly underside attachment of the tie--it's ugly and I ripped it out!)

Voila!  Here is the finished apron! I think it has a cleaner more finished look and I like it much better! I have since used this finishing on other aprons and find that  I prefer it.  My new line of aprons for 2015 will all have this finished seam!  Funny how a design flaw can reap a new style!

Any thoughts?