I spent most of my day doing work sewing yesterday, re-arranging my work stations lugging boxes of paper into storage (under the bed). That under the bed space is really terrific, this bed is a little higher than the ones I have had in the past. A case of paper slides right under!
I also got bit by some Texas critter, I have no idea what. I didn't see anything - but I felt something like a paper cut in that fleshy section between my thumb and index finger on my left hand. It swelled up, turned bright red and I had shooting burning pain in my hand for the next 14 hours. It still hurts today and there is swelling but no mark. Benadryl insured a lovely night sleep and a groggy morning.
I think a microscopic one of these attacked me:
While Steve was checking the scores last night I pulled out my Yellow CQ study. This needs to be in the mail in a few days so I need to finish up my section. I look forward to receiving my first partners block - you just never know what it will be like!
Some years ago I made a needle book to keep my hand needles in and it actually made it here to
there are several pages and my needles are kept in an order that I like to work from.
Many people new to embroidery gravitate to the spear size needle. These larger needles have bigger eyes to thread but they make learning the stitches difficult. Starting with a smaller needle while learning the stitches will make your sewing time easier. Basically you are tying knots with needle and thread and a bigger needle will make that difficult.
Another no-no is long thread, using a thread longer than 18 inches is shooting your self in the foot. You will spend more time de-tangling your thread than stitching.
Another wonderful tool is the french curve, these come in sets and they range in price from $8.00 to $25.00 you are looking at one from the $8.00 set
You simply lay it on your fabric and trace. You do need to use a little imagination, but this tool helps my stitching to look a little better. With CQ much of the work is done on seams so you have that as a guide too.
Yellow is a difficult color to work with, it is difficult to get good contrasting colors, fortunately gold is considered a yellow family member. My next bit of embroidery will be flowers: I used my french curve to draw a line to stitch on
I have an idea of stitches to use and made these lines accordingly. Hopefully I will have that done tonight!
I was reading in Proverbs this morning , the 24th Chapter. So much of it speaks of the chaos going on in the world today. I am just a small blogging house wife in south west Texas, I doubt my life will have much of a global impact or any affect in the Grand Scheme of things. But one day I will stand before the Lord and an the book of my life will be opened and in that story I want the Lord to say to me "Well Done"! That means I need to be accountable to Him now, every day. Reading my bible will keep me on track. It will keep me from all the many distractions life has to offer (including crafting) I believe the Lord wants us to enjoy life and the gifts and talents he has given us, but it all needs to stay in balance. As a wife and mother (and just me) have spent the last 40 years building my house. I started my hope chest when I was 15, I knew then my decisions would have long reaching affects. I am so glad I had that vision, I didn't do drugs, smoke or drink, I tried to stay out of trouble and made peace in my life a goal. Of course it wasn't perfect, none of the events in our lives allow for that
Proverbs 24: 1-2 says :
Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
I am privileged to be a woman in the 21st century and living here in the USA, I have unparalleled opportunity. I can worship and live with freedom ( although that is changing - but no surprise we are living in the end times and these things will happen)
I look back at my life and I am thankful for all the blessing and I look forward knowing that Wisdom will never leave me as long as I desire it - and that The Lord will never Leave me or forsake me.
If you don't know the Lord or real Christianity, I highly encourage you to pick up a bible and start reading in the gospel of John and Get to know Him and the plan he has for your life!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ginny, your hummingbird is delightful! I look forward to following the yellow color study blocks. :)
A great post again Gnny on the sewing needle tips I totally agree. My needle case was made in grade 3. :) take care of your bite, especially if it doesn't heal properly you could really end up with problems. Especially as you're new to Texas... Some bugs here cause ongoing problems not sure about where you are.
Shaz in Oz.x
Oh Ginny that bite sounds nasty - do take care of it.
I have never liked using big needles in either sewing or embroidery - my greatest frustration now is that I am sure they are making the eyes of needles smaller!!
Love your quilt piece - it is going to be beautiful once completed.
My daughter once said she had no testimony as she has followed the Lord from a young age - my response was that she had an awesome testimony of the keeping power of God! He is so good.
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