Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Take It Further Challenge

I've decided to join the Take It Further Challenge by Sharon B. The challenge aims to apply textile technique skills to design. It's a monthly challenge, so I think I can manage that. If you haven't joined up, click on the link and take a look. It starts in January and there are about 80 people already participating! I'm excited - it looks like fun.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Two Christmas Presents Finished!

This is a datebook/organizer that I made for my sister for Christmas. It is based on an article Textural Book Wraps by Angie Hughes in QA mag. I used pomegranates because we own a gallery together called The Purple Pomegranate ( I hope she'll be able to use this in her new job.

Here's the inside with the book in place.

Here's the inside without the book. The purple lining part is made similar to Sue B's padfolios. I then fused it to the cover. I still need to hand stitch around the edges as I fear it won't hold up if I don't.

Here's a closeup of the cover. Do you think my FME skills are improving??

This is a notebook cover for my niece who is a freshman in high school. She's really into music and plays the harp. This is based on an article in CPS by Alisa Burke called Graffiti Composition. She makes wall hangings but I just adapted it to a notebook cover. This photo shows the front cover.

Here's the back cover.

Here's the inside.

And a close up of her name on the front.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Another Postcard and Book Wrap Nearly Complete

Here's a lovely quilted postcard from Sharron. I really like the floral fabric she used. Thanks Sharron!

Here's the book wrap that I made for my sister for Christmas. I think I'm going to adapt it to fit a datebook/organizer type thing so she can use it in her new job. If anyone out there wants to see all the steps of how I made it just leave me a comment. I took photos during the process and I'd be glad to go through the steps if anyone is interested.

Here's a close up. I love the way the little pomegranates came out =0)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Bag Exchange

Here's wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I have so much to be grateful for in my life and it's nice to show my gratitude to my friends and family. I'm also grateful that everyone in fiber blogland is so giving and kind. Thanks!

I participated in a fabric bag swap recently and this is the lovely bag that I received. This is the front side. It's from Cynthia in Wyoming. The funniest thing is that when I sent an e-mail to Cynthia to thank her, she had visited Whitefish and been in my store! It's a small world.

Here's the back of the bag.

And here are a couple of close ups. I love the little pair of scissors! Thanks Cynthia!

Monday, November 19, 2007


I'm back from my trip to Wyoming (where I had minimal internet access) and found this postcard in the mail from Renetha.

Isn't the tea cup sweet? Thanks!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Thoughts on a new blog name

OK - We're on our way to Casper, Wyoming to pick up my m-i-l and bring her back home with us for 6 weeks (oh boy). So I had some time to think about a new name for my blog. The first suggestion is from Vicki - Thanks!

1. Ruth's Fiber Roundup
2. Fiber Pandemonium
3. Machinations of a Fiber Addict
4. Permutations in Fiber
5. Permutations of a Fiber Addiction
6. Ruth Less ---- Fiber More (that one's from my DH)

Any other ideas out there?


I've been playing around with my blog a bit. Now that I'm participating a bit more in the blogging community instead of just using the blog as a way to host photos to post on different forums I'm involved with, I decided I needed a change. I am planning on changing the header soon and perhaps the name of the blog. If anyone out there has suggestions for a good name - do let me know. I wish I could think of something really creative but every time I think of something, it seems someone has beat me to it. I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Green Padfolio and two other projects in the midst

This first photo is a little taste of what I'm currently working on. It's a gift for my niece for Christmas. It still has a long way to go. This is based on an article from CPS but I am modifying it to make a notebook cover instead of a wall hanging.

This second photo is based on an article from QA for a book wrap. I think I am going to try and modify it into a padfolio but I want to have irregular edges. We'll see if I can figure out how to do that and attach the lining/pockets etc. without losing the design of the edge. It still has FME and fabrication to go.

Here's my completed green padfolio. It has a variety of fabrics and novelty yarns.

Here's the inside.

Here's a closeup.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Thread Painted Postcard

Look at this beautiful postcard from Fran - the center flower is done with thread painting.

Here's the detail of the flower. Thanks Fran!

Monday, November 5, 2007

More Mail!

This one is from Sharon from the UK. Thanks Sharon - it is just gorgeous!

This one is from Suzette - a bit late for Halloween but it's the only Halloween card I think I've ever gotten. Thanks!

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Small Pouch

I had a left over piece of my velvet embellished material so I made it into a small pouch. I made a button for the front and used a piece of embellished cord for the loop. It's lined with the same material I used on the inside of the padfolio.

This photo shows it opened and is a little truer to the real color.

Here's a close up of the material.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Inside of padfolio

Silly me - forgot to show the inside (sorry the photo is so dark).

My first padfolio and I got mail!

Here are photos of my first padfolio. The pattern is by Sue Bleiweiss and is available for free on Fibre and Stitch website. It fits a 5x8 pad of paper and I put a small calendar in the side pocket. I made the outer fabric from velvet, silk and scrim embellished on the machine. Then I added a top layer of gold organza and FME all over. I tired to be a little more careful with my FME but I'm still not all that practiced. But I can tell I'm getting a bit more control. I then torched the surface to burn off some of the gold to see the silk colors underneath. Then I made a cord by embellishing knitters tape, wool yarn and eyelash yarn together. I'm satisfied with how it turned out. It was a practice one - now to make some more for Christmas presents.

Here's a cute fish postcard from Olga - thanks so much. I love the seaweed!

This post was edited to provide better photos of the padfolio!