Friday, August 31, 2007

Embroidery School Lesson 3

So surprise, I'm actually keeping up with the Embroidery School. Here is my finished photo for lesson 3:
Embroidery School Lesson 2
Anyway, I've decided that I love french knots, and satin stitch is hard. Practice really does make it better, and I could see that from one end of the cupcake to the other. Can't wait for next week!

Here is a sneak peak of a swap I'm doing with Sara. Hope she likes it! I'll be mailing off the package tomorrow...
Swap preview with Sara

Monday, August 27, 2007

In Stitches: August + a forgotten Japanese Goody

So after totally falling off the wagon for July's In Stitches project (I promise I'll get it done someday!!) I've finished August's a couple days early! Woohoo! Good thing it's probably the easiest project in the entire book. Anyway, here it is.
Front of Amy Butler's Potholder
It's the square potholder. Can't decide if I really like it or not. Like June, I used insulbrite instead of the batting. Haven't tested it out yet, but I've used insulbrite for other potholders and it keeps the hands much cooler than regular old batting.
Back of Amy Butler Potholder
I think it turned out ok. I did not participate in the theme, Happy Hands, mostly because I just remembered at this exact moment and am too lazy to get my camera out and take more photos. Lets just say that if I did Happy Hands, it would be taking a Totino's frozen pizza out of the oven. God I love those things.

I was super excited last night when I realized I forgot to share something I bought in Japan! This is the lone Japanese book I bought there. It translates to (literally, my Japanese is not good enough to catch those nuances): Adult Couture, Dress, Smock Blouse. If you're interested, the ISBN is 978-4-579-11149-7.
Japan Book
This is the cover. I looked at so many books, and this is the one that I liked the best every single time.
Japan Book inside 1
The patterns remind me of Built By Wendy, but distinctly Japanese. I even got bf to say "Oh yeah, I can imagine you in those clothes. Seems like something you'd like". This also may have been a result of standing in the craftbook section of the book store for half an hour, refusing to leave until I found a book I really really REALLY liked.
Japan Book inside 2
There's a lot of great patterns in here. I just have to find time to sew! If things go according to plan, I'm going back to school on Wednesday for my Masters of Science. I guess no more being a couch potato while buying more quilting books and fabric...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Japan Goodies + more

Wow it's been a long time since I've been back, and I still haven't posted my japan goodies! (Sara, if you're reading this, some of these fabrics may make their way into your mailbox... let met know if there is one that especially catches your eye!) My cousin kindly reminded me that it's been forever since I've posted... so here we go!
Japan Fabrics 1
Some new fabrics. The green one is destined to be a Japanese bandit hankerchief for Chris. The flowered one will probably be a shirt for me, and the last two most likely will turn into a quilt someday...
Japan Fabrics 2
Cute fabrics. I've seen a lot of these on Superbuzzy. My favorite is the alligators.
Japan Fabrics 3
Chris wanted me to make a Japanese quilt, but all of my fabrics were too modern for him. He selected these ones for a more Japanese-y quilt
Japan Goodies
And here are more goodies! The dragon is the mascot for the Chunichi Dragons, who we rooted for at the baseball game in Nagoya. The deer bag and the owl coin purse we bought in Japan because I was sick of carrying a backpack around looking like a tourist... I love them both!
New Kaffe and Amy Butler Fabrics
Here are some fabrics I bought from a fabric store that is closing soon. The Kaffe Fasset one will probably become a One Block Wonder quilt. Hope it looks nice! I almost feel bad cutting up the fabric because it is so beautiful...
Learn to Embroider
And lastly, here is my completed embroidery for week 2 of Crafty Daisies' learn to embroider! Hurray!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Back from Japan

I'm back!! I'm also exhausted. Here's a few of my favorite photos from my trip. I have to say that fabric shopping was fun, but really, thanks to superbuzzy, a lot of the fabrics are available online. I enjoyed it, but unfortunately for Chris it was like torture. I did bring back a book and some fabrics though, so I'll share those with you soon!


Nagoya Port Bridge (3)
I'm a cute deer
Lynn and Chris at Kinkakuji Temple
Otorii (10)
Niigata Matsuri (5)