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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Embroidery links

Here are some links relevant to the embroidery class tomorrow evening.

A few online stitch dictionaries: Rissa's Pieces, Victorian Embroidery and Crafts, Johanna's Needlework Stitches.

Good embroidery blogs: Pin Tangle, Feeling Stitchy (which has a Flickr pool), the Lovely Textiles embroidery category.

Amazing embroidered felted knit pieces by Harpa Jónsdóttir. Art embroiderers: Louise Gardiner, Kate Jackson, Daniel Kornrumpf, Harriet Maxwell.

Embroidery samplers, showing how the stitches themselves can be lovely even when they don't form pictures. And another: a four seasons piece made from detached chain (lazy daisy), straight stitch, French knot, and Danish knot (detached Palestrina stitch) only, densely spaced and in appropriate colors that give it a lot more interest than you might think from the list of stitches.

A gallery of crazy quilts, one craft in which embroidery is used quite heavily.

Images of work done entirely in French knots. More individual stitches: fly, feather, chain, detached chain, herringbone and buttonhole.

Free geeky cross-stitch patterns and more classic cross-stitch patterns, from Sprite Stitch and DMC, respectively.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Classes cancelled!

Due to lack of interest, Spinning and The Stretch (to be held Oct 3 and 10) have been canceled and replaced with open studio hours, 5:30-7:30 both nights.

Embroidery for Oct 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, is still on! Class description:

Hand Embroidery
Come learn some basic embroidery stitches and ideas for their use, and take home an instructional handout. We will start with the basics: fabric and thread, embroidery hoops and stitching evenly. We'll practice on some of the Sew-Op's fabric stash. Finally we'll look at examples of accents, art pieces, and functional stitching made decorative via embroidery. Bring something you would like to embroider and we'll brainstorm the possibilities.
Taught by Rebecca.

Sign up by the registers at the Co-op food store, or by emailing or calling Kye Cochran (802-295-5804). $20 Co-op member, $25 non-members.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

DIY lunch containers

A quick post because Epbot pointed me to a craft idea that I just love:

Make a sandwich box out of the bottom of a milk jug or a snack box out of a waxed carton, from a half-pint to a quart. The only added material is a velcro dot to close it, and when you consider the waxed cardboard milk and juice cartons aren't recyclable, you're reducing waste twice over: the carton and the plastic bag it's replacing. Plastic milk jugs can be recycled, but that takes energy, so this cuts out the middleman (of course, recycle the rest of the jug, and your sandwich box when it needs to be retired).

Of course you can always add decoration with markers and stickers.

Reduce and reuse come before recycle and this does both of them!