Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TAST 2012 - Week 3 - Feather Stitch

Done! I've added the feather stitch to the mini crazy quilt that I've been stitching on, finished the work into a fabric postcard and am ready to move onto the Cretan stitch. And, I'm having a lot of fun! 

It's amazing how learning new skills or brushing up on rusty ones has a childlike quality to it. The discovery, the "do-overs", using the imagination - it's all part of the journey. Head on over to Pintangle to see what stitchers all over the world are working on every Tuesday and join in! 

Get Going ... Playing! How do you play? Common wisdom says that "play is the work of a child". Bridging work and play, The Official Site of the Nobel Prize has lots of games and simulations to help all of us understand the achievements of Nobel Laureates. So, go play and learn a bit about astrophysics, immunology or diabetes at the same time!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

That's my bobbin!

Well, it will be. I have 6 on the way. I hope they fit. This a long shuttle bobbin, also known as a vibrating shuttle bobbin. 

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It's for my Kenmore 117.36 - a very heavy, very old sewing machine that I bought from an "antique store" that was a bit like the "antique store" on Sanford and Son. 

It only came with one and I'm going to spend a good chunk of time this long week getting comfortable sewing with it. I bought a box of Sunbrella and other canvas remnants. I also bought some 40 gauge vinyl and a video called "Make Your Own Dodger" from Sailrite. It's time to test the plan. I'm going to try to repair and replace the canvas coverings and vinyl windows on The Boat. Kind of exciting, actually!

I'm also going to be doing some research online. Marine Fabricator's how-to articles should get me going! Don't you love the Internet? 

Get Going ... Slowing! I'm going to take it slow this weekend. I'm not saying I'm going to take it easy, but I want to use the weekend time better. To recharge, refresh and be ready to face the new week anew - not just feeling like the weekend was too short.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TAST 2012 - Week 2 - Buttonhole Stitch

I can't believe that January 2012 is almost half over! I must either be very busy or having a lot of fun - time sure goes quickly! (Actually, both are true!)

It's Week 2 in the Take a Stitch Tuesday 2012 Challenge. This is fun! The Internet is such a great place to find super creative people who are incredibly generous with their time and talents. This is a great example.

I've done the fly stitch and have started working the buttonhole stitch - both are shown below. Such a great antidote for the holiday slowdown that is so often part of January. I'm lovin' it!

Get Going ... Looking! As 2011 came to a close, news sources around the globe posted their pictoral summary of the year. Take a look at the Wall Street Journal's Year in Photos and the incredible array of trials and successes we humans have experienced this year.