This is my fancy thread storage. Using the idea that Gerry borrowed from Judith Baker Montano, among others, I bought the old coffee cup rack - a very sturdy one in a lovely light color - and mounted it on the wall. I also purchased some rings from eCanyons, a place that Gerry recommended (and now, so do I). While my friend Diane was here visiting from Canada after the CQI Retreat in Colorado last month, we spent a couple hours one evening hanging my couching fibers. I have another dozen or so rings onto which I will eventually add other fibers - my perles, floss, etc. But I wanted to get this riot of color up so I could enjoy looking at it! And doesn’t it look great with that GORGEOUS pin cushion I won in our CQ Crazy Gift game at the retreat? It was made of wool by my friend Ingrid who lives in California. I gave it a place of honor in the studio, but have not yet stuck a pin in it!
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Every couple weeks, my friend Bev and Susan (whom some of you know from the CQI Retreats) and I get together to either stitch, go thrifting or work on my Etsy stuff. They are so generous to help with their time when we need to be preparing or packaging inventory, and in the process I am teaching them a bit about how Etsy works. But I digress.
For our last get-together, it was Susan`s birthday. I just gave her a stash bag of CQ goodies and a card, but Bev went all out and really made something spine-tingly wonderful. I think it’s gorgeous. She took a print of two little girls and hand-pieced it into a block with a real primitive, Victorian feel. Then she stitched gold to “tie” them together and framed it. The caption reads, “Best Friends are tied together with Love”.
|Bev`s gift for Susan|
And then, thinking I might feel left out (or more likely, just being the sweet and generous person she is), Bev made me a little gift, too. Those are REAL leaves that she stitched. They have gold veins and a bit of needlelace on them. I love autumn and STILL haven’t put any decorations up this year - except this one. And I treasure it. Thank you, Bev!
|Real Leaves, stitched|
The week after we returned home from the Crazy Quilting International Retreat, Bev, Susan and I went thrifting, along with Diane (who was visiting as I mentioned above). We all found some wonderful things, especially since at this time of year the stores gear up for Halloween by putting out their funny, outrageous, vintage and otherwise bling-y clothes. Lots of people go costume shopping in thrift stores, which I think is a smart idea. One of our particular favorite things is looking for highly embellished gowns or Indian saris and clothes that we can raid for beads, sequins, gold purl, etc.
And we were not disappointed! However, I scored a real find when I found this obi for $3 mixed in with the housewares - curtains, tablecloths, etc. Isn’t it lovely? Now, I don’t know much about obis, but I bet this is not a valuable vintage find of any type. In fact, the back and front are the same, so it is not even lined in anything like silk. But it is a wonderful feast for the eyes - the print, the colors. I have it laid out on my old sewing chair in my stitching room (another sneak peek, I guess). There is no label on it, but since it is not handmade, nor do we make obis in the US, my guess is that it is, at the very least, from Japan. Or, on second thought, China. (???) Is there anyone who could venture a guess about this?
I think I’ll close this post for now. Although I have a lot more things to share, I think that three things in one post is enough mish-mashing. And tonight is Halloween, by the way, so we will be Monster Mashing! Bruce and I always watch Young Frankenstein while the kids are coming to the door for treats. I think we know all the dialog by heart, and use it all year long.
“Hump? What hump?”
“Walk this way! No.... THIS way!”
“Put the candle BACK!”