Sunday, January 7, 2018

Quiet Weekend

 It's been a quiet weekend in Madison. (Do you hear echoes of Garrison Keiler? I miss that guy!) Other than a few outings with friends, I've been working on various projects at home, including my embroidery club at school and a community project for my fiber group.
I made these "mug rugs" as a way of playing around with free-form embroidery. I am most comfortable following lines, but I want to venture into more spontaneous embroidery. These small circles provided the perfect experiment. And, I didn't have to buy anything for them! Pure stash-busting.
I cut the biggest circles out of felt, and the rest came from my fabric scraps. I basted the circles into place and just started embroidering with 6 strands of floss. I can't decide if they are going to be a gift or stay here at the house. They were fun, but somewhat time-consuming.
I repaired this necklace for my daughter. (I made it a few years ago and was horrified that it broke.) Now I have to get it into the mail. She's very happy to be back in the Miami warmth -- even though it's been unusually cold there. It hasn't gotten anywhere near the sub-zero temps we've had here.
This came in the mail. But I ordered it before January 1, so I haven't broken my vow not to buy yarn outside of a few major yarn events in 2018. It's going to be a Clara's Cape, one of Helen Stewart's Knitvent projects.

Today I went to an amazing LYS and walked out with nothing other than the 5 skeins of embroidery floss I needed. Go me! This LYS has truly beautiful yarn, I might add.

It was nice to have a three-day week for our first week back to school. This next one is a five-day week, which is going to seem very long! I have IEP meetings on Monday and Tuesday, and it will be nice getting them accomplished early in on.



13 comments:

  1. Love the mug rugs! Did you do all that embroidery by hand?

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  2. Oh, the mug rugs are just darling!!!!

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  3. Love the mug rugs. I would have to keep them if I had made them. Very colorful and cheerful.

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  4. Oh, my! Those are gorgeous!! I love them!

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  5. Cute mug rugs. With all that detail, I'm not surprised that they took awhile. They look very Asian-inspired.

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  6. You do amazing embroidery even on such humble items as mug rugs!
    Terrific work.

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  7. Beautiful mug mats - they are works of art. I can't imagine how much time it took to make each one.

    Are the IEP meetings held after school? When I was teaching, they always seemed to be scheduled on my busiest days when I was exhausted and just wanted to go home.

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  8. Love those mug rugs! Have you seen the Take A Stitch Tuesday blog? It's a great source for embroidery stitches, both the common ones and those that are challenging. Hope your first full week back at school goes well. My memory recalls Jan-March as the most productive of the school year.

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  9. Your mug rugs are just amazing! THey are whimsical and beautiful!!!!
    After December I get all into pinks and purples every year. I love your acquisition

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  10. That's really cool that you're working on your free form embroidery (and it looks good at that!) It's so hard to do. I get impatient and I'm always disappointed in when I try, and I love patterns too, but what you've done is something really creative and artistic. The stash busting is bonus bonus!!

    IEP meetings are a big deal and time consuming (I understand for good reason) but I'm wishing you a good a smooth work week!

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  11. I know about the dreaded IEP meetings, they can be very long. Love that new yarn. I had to get more gold yarn for a project I am working on so I stopped by my LYS today. I walked in, got the yarn and walked out, I did not look at anything else so I would not be tempted. Go You! GO Me! By the way I love those coasters.

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  12. Your mug rugs are beautiful! You are quite creative :) I hope this week is kind to you!!

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  13. Those mug rugs are Awesome! Are they flat enough to really use though? And would you use them? They are too pretty to risk coffee stains.

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