Monday, August 20, 2018

Purse "Let The Good Times Roll" - Updated 8/20/18

August 20, 2018--As predicted in my July 10th post below, I did get the stitching on this beautiful purse done in August.  Hurray!  I'm seriously thinking about finishing it myself into a clutch purse and have found an old Vogue pattern (#8974) which might work perfectly as a guide.

I originally contacted the shop who finished Janet Zickler Casey's model purse, but they are no longer doing this type of thing.   So I either do it myself or try to find someone else to finish it (understand this type of thing is very expensive).  I'm a DIY kinda gal (does this equate to fearless), so I'll give it a go myself.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Completed

Vintage Vogue Pattern 8974 Clutch Purse


July 10, 2018--Yay!  All the black diamonds are stitched and just a few white ones to complete.  Maybe by the end of August, at the rate I'm going, they'll all be done.   Then I'll have the fun of finding a purse "finisher".

Purse Let The Good Times Roll as of 7-10-2018



May 27, 2018--Still working on the diamonds--it's a very slow process.  But I am making progress and hope to complete the stitching by the end of the year.  Odds are out to see whether or not this happens, or if it gets done at all.  LOL.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll at 5/26/18


January 7, 2018--I've been working on this purse off and on over the last few months.  Over 25% of the diamonds are now filled in.  Whew.  Each diamond takes nearly two hours to stitch due to the fact there are two different stitches which use different threads that must be "laid".   Also, this is a huge canvas - 14" x 22" and moving your hand around it takes time as well.

In actuality, however, the purse is more than 25% complete since the beaded fleur de lys is in place, the diamonds are outlined in silver Kreinik, the beaded handle put together, and the black diamonds are painted in so that white canvas doesn't show through.

Here's my progress so far:

As of 1/7/18 Close up

As of 1/7/18




November 2, 2017--Began stitching the diamonds.  The lower right 2 rows are done.  Not a difficult stitch, but each diamond does take time.  A good project to stitch while watching TV.

Let the Good Times Roll Purse as of 2017-11-02
April 11,2017--Steadily working away on this project.  Finished stitching the outline of the diamond shapes in silver Kreinik, painted in the black diamonds so that white canvas won't peek though the stitches (no stitches done yet), AND, beaded the Fleur de Lis in "brick stitch" pattern.  I'll wait until the end to add the black "tie down" beads on the Fleur de Lis.

Let the Good Times Roll Purse as of 2017-04-11
Beaded Fleur de Lis Side View

April 5, 2017--I started stitching this purse at the ANG 2016 Seminar in New Orleans, LA in a class taught by Janet Zickler Casey called "Let The Good Times Roll.  This is a very large piece which will be made into an envelope clutch with a beaded handle. I spent much of the class time making the handle since my beading experience for items such as this is practically nil.  It came out well and I hope some day to do more in the way of beading bracelets, necklaces, etc.

Janet offered two colorways for this purse--black and white like the one I'm doing; Mardi Gras colors in green, purple and gold.

Here's my progress to date and a picture of the handle.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll at 2017-04-05

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Beaded Handle
Here's the project photo.  This picture shows the red beaded Fleur de Lis positioned on the back of the purse.  Mine will be on the front.

Purse Let The Good Times Roll Project Photo

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Pinwheel Christmas Ornaments - Updated 8/19/18

August 19, 2018--The three projects completed in 2014 (see below) have now all been turned into ornaments.  The small stocking, the first stocking I've ever "finished",  was a bit of a problem because I tried to sew it using "dressmaker" techniques.  Big mistake--too many layers to turn and the top was a mess, to put it mildly.   The next stocking I plan to finish is larger and I'll try the technique recommended by Pat Mazu.

The round pinwheel ornament below was part of my ANG chapter's ornament exchange in 2014 and the small square pinwheel ornament hangs on my tree at Christmas.


Pinwheel Stocking Completed Front
Pinwheel Stocking Completed Back


Pinwheel Round Ornament Completed Front

Pinwheel Round Ornament Completed Back

Completed Square Ornament Completed Front

Completed Square Ornament Completed Bck


August 21, 2014--Finished stitching this CyberPointers July project designed by Pat Mazu.  Really fun and fast to stitch and loved using up some of my stash.  Can't wait to learn how to finish the two ornaments and stocking--lessons coming up at the September meeting.











Thread Choices for the Pinwheel Stocking and Ornaments
 Picture taken from my Threads Inventory blog post

August 5, 2014--ANG's online CyberPointers Chapter offered Pat Mazu's pinwheel ornaments as their July stitching project.  There are three to choose from--a mini stocking, a round ornament and a square ornament.  Pat will instruct us how to finish these ornaments during the September meeting.  I've decided to stitch all three, choosing threads from my stash.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Holiday Ornament Turquoise Light - 8/15/18

August 15, 2018--Here's number 6 of the 15 total Holiday Ornaments by Susan Portra published to date (click here for more information).   The ornament has more turquoise color and shine than what is seen in the photograph.   These little projects are quick and so much fun to stitch.  Will tackle finishing them into ornaments soon.

Holiday Ornament Turquoise Light Completed

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Golden Friends - Updated 8/4/18

August 4, 2018--Just picked this project up from the framer.  I use Michael's Arts & Craft and found they are very willing to work with you do it over again if necessary to get it right and make you happy.  They are also close to my home and very reasonably priced.  Fortunately for me, the woman with whom I've been working at Michael's has been there for a long time, and I hope she'll stay.  Here it is.

Golden Friends Framed



July 15, 2018--It's done!  Love the shine and depth of the stitches.  Would love to do another project using various gold and cream threads.  Now off to the framer.


Golden Friends Completed

Golden Friends Completed Side View



July 5, 2018--The four blocks are stitched and have started the surrounding areas in Burden Stitch.  This is so beautiful in gold and love the depth of the upper right and lower left stitches.

Golden Friends Blocks Stitched


June 26, 2018--I have started a new project called Golden Friends designed by Toni Gerdes for purchase by those who contributed to ANG's Golden Needle Society.  I acquired this at last year's ANG seminar in Anaheim, CA and am just now getting around to working on it.   I can tell it's going to be a quick stitch since I was able to complete the stitching on two of four boxes last night while binge watching Homeland (up to season 6--it's a wow).

Golden Friends To Date