Shawkl’s ICQC 103 trees

As you know, I’m taking my third crazy quilt course offered for free by Kathy at Shawkl Designs. My first tasks were to embroider two trees using different methods.

The first method was new to me, twisting threads and couching them down, plunging them through the ground fabric at different heights to thin the branches. While it was a little tedious and slow going, I love the result! I can also see applying this method to making a river delta scene, or blood vessels, or just scroll work in general. Super neat!

For the second tree, I chose to use split stitch for the trunk and stacked fly stitches for the leaves.

Kathy supplied the pattern for the hexagon blocks – I have several sewn up to practice what is ahead in class. Super excited to see how it will all come together!

needle felted chickadee

I picked up my first needle felting kit when I stopped by Benzie Design in person (an adorable shop!). I was not sure what I expected. Would I like it? Would it be difficult? Would I be good at it? How do you turn loose wool into shapes? How long does it take? How free can you be with mistakes? Yadda yadda.

I discovered that the initial felting was slow and frustrating, but once a shape starts taking shape, it felt as easy as clay sculpting. I made this little birdie in just a few hours with zero prior experience and I’m fairly proud of it! Is needle felting my thing? That’s still out awaiting more evidence.

I was quite pleased with the kit – plenty of wool to practice. In fact, I could probably make two or even more little birdies (except I do not have extra wire for legs or little eyeballs). I see experimentation in my future!

Lucky me!

I recently won two blog giveaways! That hasn’t happened in literally years. I was amazed it happened at all, let alone twice!!

First, I follow Amy at Nana Company and entered the giveaway she hosted on behalf of Ginger Root Bags – and won this cute little thing that I use now for my kindle:

As a side note, I found a popsocket on clearance so I decided to see what they are all about and I really like its addition to my kindle.

And the little dinosaur I bought a while back for my phone (which I almost never used) has a great purpose as my kindle stand, especially when I am eating! (The kindle is a new addition to my life also;)

I also follow Christen Brown, and managed to win her recent giveaway that includes her Handy Pocket Guide for Embroidery Stitching and her packet of embroidery stencils! This is such a fabulous gift to me since I am learning crazy quilting – it will really help me with marking seams and thinking about new motifs!

The stencils come with an instruction booklet that lists out how to use each numbered cut-out on the stencils. Can’t wait to get started on my next crazy quilt course so I can use these!

Big thanks to Amy at Nana Company, Viviannette and Victoria at Ginger Root Bags, Christen Brown, and Boy (for my kindle;).  You all rock! :D