Thursday, December 11, 2008

New works


I just want to show few things that I did.

The pincushion on his way to my best friend Lena.

Happy stitching

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Lace cleaning


I cam back. I have had few health issues that don't gone, but I can write few notes.

This time wasn't lost for me. I was check out few sites on Internet and sort all my supplies.

And I found that

1. I have too much laces and buttons for all my life.

2. I need to clean few of my laces.

I found this great old tutorials for lace cleaning . I try them out with and they was great.

You need lace, washing powder ( soap), glass bottle and basin (or any container for soap water bigger then bottle) hot water.

1. Wrap lace around the bottle and stitch the ends together with thread.

2. Put hot water and washing powder (stain remover optional) in the basin and put bottle inside.

3. Waite for few hours. On this stage I was rub lace very gentele with my hand. Rinse lace very well and check them. If you pleased with results let it dry on the bottle , if you not go to the step 1 and do a new soap water.

For few very old and very dirty pieces of hand embroidery I did for 3 days. Change a water 4-5 times. It was worth it. I even wasn't need to irone it.

And if somebody want lace or button's for sale or swap let me know in the comments.

Happy stitching.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Button decoration

The holiday is over.
I had a lot of time to play with my lovely buttons. And now I can share with you what I received.
1. I have a lot of those gorgeous black buttons. But I hate a black color.
I put a bit of gold acrylic paint on the button , after two hours I got this beautiful one of a kind button.

2. I found this week in the local story the grab bag with folded roses and strange sparkly embellishments (flowers, butterflies bugs). I was need a roses, so I bought this bag. This things was doing from unknown sparkly stuff on the fabric interface. At home I glued them on the buttons with clear strong glue. (like E600). I try to use a fabric glue for the wrapped buttons but it don't work so well for me.

3. And The lovely last try. I glued the gold foil under clear plastic buttons. I use the foil glue according to the instructions on the bottle. But use the candy foil instead of expensive antic one. If you don't want to put the foil on the block you can sew other button under one with a foil. the hols I did with a toothpick.

It was fun, but I still have to much buttons for me. I will be happy to sell few and get a money for new ones. You can see them on my Flickr. If you want to buy something just leave me a comment , please . And I will answer to you as soon as I can.

Happy stithching

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Desert pictures

I am finished my Passover cleaning and cam back to Blogging.
During the days before passover I was with my small son in The Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute. It's only 1 hour from my town. And I can't resist before these great landscapes. I love desert and have a beautiful view from my window but this pictures was amazing. I fixed them with Picnik. They are ready for lanscape quilt.

On this one I don't work with Picnik.

Alice ask me whata picnil is?
Picnil is free on line very easy to use programm for editing pictures.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More ATC

It was so easy and fun that after swap in my CQForNewbies group I did few ATC more.

I did this ATC for CYBER FYBER, an international exhibition scheduled from January 8th through 20th, 2009 at Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, South Carolina.
You can see more here And those i did for INTERNATIONAL RANDOM ATC TRADE.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good news

Hello all

I have a lot of good news.
1. Our municipality received my works for local women's exhibition. I am one of 44 other women in our town museum. Opening is 27 of Marth.
2. I am finished next part of my big CQ. I did all embroidery on the ribbon. It\s take a lot of time, but it's done. I did all kinds of embroidery that I love.
3. I found a lot of my school friends with one Russian site. They still remember me!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More about buttons


All of us knows buttons with the shank . It's a problem to keep them in balance .

I use for this a plane plactic buttons. I take a button and remove the center between the hols.I found that 4 hols button are most usable for this.

I take a button, a nail, a candle or gaze cooking panel flame and of course pliers for safety. I fixed a nail in pliers an heat him for 30 - 40 seconds on the flame. After this I melt a button between the hols. I heat my nail at least 4 time for each two hols. It's take a time.

But after this I found that my buttons was from very soft plastic. I took a knife ( you can see his shape on the picture) and put an edge in the hole. I am pressed in the second hole directions . So one side was done. I did it three more time and received those "rings"

There are examples of use. You can put a small button under big one. Before white button it wasAfter under button additional
You can see on the "After" picture that metall button keep a balance . You can put a big button under small metal one for more color combination.( I am use a glod white combination for contrast)

Happy stitching!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Spring button cleaning

Hello all
I start a spring cleaning for this year. It's early but I start from my buttons. I check my buttons for ATC and fount that lot of them wasn't so pretty that I want.
In one old book I found that I can clean them with pastry from white flour and vinegar.
It's work !!!!
I take a spoon of flour and few drops of vinegar, just to receive a pastry that I can work with. And clean my metal buttons with this pastry . I used a small soft brush. After this I clean my buttons (and other metal things too) with warm water ant dry in soft cloth. They are shining so pretty now. Unfortunately I can take a good pictures.
This cleaning don't clean out a patina .
Pastry still good for work with for long time. (Few hours )
Happy cleaning.

Monday, March 10, 2008

ATC swap

I was busy this weekend. I finished thise ATC for swap in my CQForNewbies group.

Sunday, March 2, 2008



I have been tagged by Rengin . Thank you very much Rengin!

I think it is time to play along.

Here are the rules:

1. When tagged place the name and URL on your blog.

2. Post rules on your blog.

3. Write 7 things about yourself.

4. Name 7 of your favorite blogs.

5. Send an email letting those bloggers know they have been tagged.

Seven things about me:

1. I was born in Ukraine and still love Ukrainian embroidery.

2. I start CQ last year (2007). I love CQ because I can do all my lovely things in one piece (embroidery, stitching, crochets, beads, buttons and ets).

3. I love buttons, all kinds of them.

4. I don't love to write ( in all languages).

5. I love desert and natural colors.

6. I love to learn new techniques.

7. I love to collect things for CQ, now I learn to use them.

Blogs I am tagging:

1. Judy

2. Helen

3. Dr. Mom

4. Lesa

5. Vesta (Russian)

6. Troika (Russian)

7. Tatiana (Russian)

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Progress in the work

thank for all visitors who did a good comments on my work for a craft show, but I wasn't so happy with them. I was need a great WAW effect. I was try more then 20 (!!!!!) different frames and don't get it. So I did something else. I put a blue CQ on the piece of blue upholstery velvet (it hard to see on picture but it was deep blue) and just hide an edges with gold bias ribbon. I put a blue cotton on the back.
For the burgundy I did a border from match color fabric. It's two side folded border. So I just sew the gold cord with run stitch between block and border. Cord still free from the cross points outside. I fixed my block to the back only in this points with few small stitches. So the back side of the block steel invisible and I have a great 3D effect with free cord and free heavy borders of the block.

Unfortunatly I don't found a velvet piece for the last block. I just did a border from a matching color fabric and sew on this old lace.

Do you believe in this I am still waiting for a checking my works. They don't see them jet.

This week we had a great storm with cool wind. i don't go to anywhere and finished sentral block for a David star.

I put organza folded roses , few satin roses in the sentre. Add a lot of organza leafs and a leafs from my second veaves tutorials. It' s hard to see. but it bring a great 3D effect with color plays from olive color of veaving leafs and green color of organza. Arount I stitch a leafs with tifferent colors of green, I did a few leafs from a satin ribbon. The small flowers are folded roses and different stitches roses ( rococo, spider all what I have ).I use a different ribbons in many colors. I pretty happy with a result.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Second needlewoven leaves tutorial

It's take a time wile I published second Needlewoven leaves tutorial .
Today I want to tell you about 3D leaves that you can do without fabrics.
1. Drow the leaf on baking paper as you want and do a points in same distance on the picture. I did only points, you don't need more. You can see throw baking paper so you can make a points easly just put a pictire under paper.
2. Stitch throw paper in next directions
1 and all not even numbers from back side to right site of work .
2 and all even numbers in opposite direction from right to back side.
Remember you must keep free thread about 2 - 3 inch in point number 1. Just press thread to the paper during the first stitch with finger when you pull the tread.
You will received this on the right side
and this one on the back side. You don't have the long stitches on the back side.
3. You thread now in the up corner of the leaf go in and out to the point number 1. Don't stitch throw paper!
4. After this you do woven leaf usual way. Don't stitch throw the paper. I stitch first one side from the central line. So I can use 2 shades of green or take a second piece of the thread. I don't use the long thread. I just add the new tread always in point number 1 and keep a free piece of tread obout 2-3 inch 5. This is almoust finished leaf.You can see the threads on back side of the paper.
6. Pull the paper off . Leaf done !
You can pull the threads throw the fabric with needle or do couching stitches. It's you choise.
Happy stitching

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Works for local craft show


My town municipality decided to do a craft show "Women create women" .

I did a few works and fill all forms. Now I am waiting for entrance examinations.

I have only one problem Crazy Quilting really unknown area here

Friday, February 8, 2008

Needlewoven leaves tutorial

Hello all.

I don't wroute a lot of time. We had so bad weather. Even a snow event. Yes ! Yes ! Yes! After 8 years we have had a snow event. But one thing we don't had. We don't had enough sun lite for pictures.

Few days ago (Tuesday, February 5, 2008 ) Allison Ann Aller published a post My Work at Point Bonita. After my comments on here Needlewoven leaves she ask me about my tutorials for nedlewoven leaves using baking paper.

I love to do those tiny leaves to, but i love to use a baking paper under them. It's very easy my keep the leaves very flat and do them in the shape that I want.

1. I put a piece of baking paper on the fabric and drew the shape that I want.I use for tutorial the square shape and yarn for best looking.( See right side of the picture.)

After this I stitched the long stitches in one direction. You can do it in the directions that you want. You can do a measures with the rule for equal space between stitches. In this step you draw on the paper not on the fabric. You can stitch in the diagonal directions. After this you do woven leaves usual way. I don't stitch yarn in opposite direction through the fabric. My leaves attached to the fabric only with two sides. I just press them to the paper during the stitching with my finger when I pull the yarn.This is the finished leaf.

2. When the leaf was finished i pull off the acess paper from the stitched to the fabric side.3. Pull the paper off from one more side.

4. Pull off or push out with the scissors all paper (including the paper under leave).5. Finished leave.With the paper you always will receive very flat leaves. because the paper prevent the tightened of the fabric.

I hope you can understand my English. I will accept all suggestions.

I will try to put a pictures of another shape of leaf tomorrow .

Happy stitching

Monday, January 28, 2008

Chicken block for my friend Judyth

I have my dear internet friend Judyth . She is great person. She help to all Newbies with a fabric packs and other staff. I was need a threads that I can't get in Israel and she send to me a big, I mean really big box with all kind threads. Now I know all numbers off perle cottons and I can get them according to numbers.
Judyth love the chicken. And I did for her this block.

It was a pattern from Estonian handworks magazine Kasitoo from 1986. Originally it was a childrens room curtaine pattern. I was need to do it smaller. I wasn't really happy with small version until yesterday. But I found that few green stitches and flower beads can work very well.
This block with oher things for Judyth already in the mail.
I hope she will love it.