Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Latest on my current needlework project

This piece is moving right along. I work on it here and there when I have a chance. The scripture verse has long been a favorite of mine. In the past few months I came across a blog of free patterns for different sea creatures, and after I made a couple this project started taking shape in my mind. I knew beads would be the sand, and since sand is found abundantly along our beaches, I decided to use some of the sea creatures.

I have to say that Susan from Plays With Needles is a huge inspiration to me. Her work leaves me almost speechless at times.  It is so wonderfully and beautifully detailed.  Much time and thought goes into every one of her pieces. I’ve been following her for a couple of years now and I’m in awe of her creativity. I feel like a real novice compared to her.  Do visit her and check out her various projects, you will NOT be disappointed, you will be inspired.

Here are the sea creatures I made.


Here is the rough draft of the piece with sea creatures placed.


Here is the piece this morning. Forgive the photography as it’s not the best lighting. I went with what I had, where I was at the time. Smile I’ve lots of ‘sand’ to add, and more tweaking to do as in stitching down the rest of the sea grass and in adding a couple more bits and beads. It is still a work in progress.


Here is how my creative space looks at the moment. A wreck.


This stuff is all moved out where I can see it and get to drawers on the left. Otherwise it’s all in a stack in front of the drawers.  My little space is only 6’x8’.

A friend recently gave me a whole lot of sewing thread that had been her mothers.  I have them stored in clear egg cartons. I’ve already used some of the threads in embroidery. There are antique laces and other bits, beads, crochet threads, embroidery threads, etc.


I always have several projects going on at once. I can’t stop myself.



Oh yea, DH really like our dinner of chicken breasts with caper - lime sauce.  The left-overs are in the fridge for another night.

That’s it for now. I’m about ready to get horizontal to read for awhile. Mowing wore me out this morning.

Enjoy the rest of your week.



Lynn said...

You are making me laugh out loud with your quick catch-ups to your world . Naturally 6 x 8 is my favorite space to work in inside or out in the garden . . . Your crochet and embroidery are enviable. I’m a caravan fan too. Have a lovely, lovely week. Your blog is an inspiring breath of fresh air.

sharon said...

very are a prolific poster today...I am inspired too

Val said...

How talented you are! And oh wow, I'd be near-blind after adding all that "sand." Sweet project.

Anonymous said...

Your needlework is absolutely beautiful! I can only imagine the patience needed . . . . and I especially like what is becoming of that heart. :-)



Anonymous said...

Your quite creative both inside with your lovely handmade crafts and outside in your beautiful gardens.

Sandra said...

My goodness, you do beautiful work. So pretty :)

And your chicken dish sounds yummy too.

I hope you're having a good week.


Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am going to have to mention your blog to Becca at Patina Moon, she loves to crochet the same things you do.

What a lovely sampler, can't wait to see it finished.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Jane said...

Love your Prosperity rose! And your sampler! I'd really love to "play" in your craft area. Looks like a lot of fun possibilities are hidden there.

Floridagirl said...

Oh my gosh, I love that creation! The verse and the crocheted scene are just lovely!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

how talented you are.
I love your working area
and it does not look a wreck
to me.
I am almost envious of your
But so very proud of you
and your friendship...

Antique ART Garden said...

It is a wonderful piece of art you made, love the scripture verse, you are very talented!

Anonymous said...

FlowerLady - if that "heart" goes Etsy - will you let me know?

Balisha said...

I checked out the web site. The things she does are lovely. You do so many different things. You must never get bored. I love these new creations.Have a nice weekend.

tina said...

Your work is so beautiful. I wish I could be half as talented. I am sadly lacking in needlework skills. I have a bottle of capers in my pantry right now but have never cooked with it. Your chicken sounds great!


You are so creative, Lorraine! I love your sea-themed piece and the verse. Very nice.

Your work space looks well-used with so many treasures. What a fun post.

Diana of Elephants Eye said...

That sea piece is ... absolutely magnificent already!!

Susan Elliott said...

First of all, I am honored that I inspire you. But you need to know that you also inspire me.

I absolutely love that little sea sampler...quote and all...and have added it to my inspiration file.

I also really love all those components that you crocheted. Even the little folded "fan" works.

I really like the stitch you used for the fern up the sides. Did you couch a thicker thread? If so, it's very effective because it looks like the articulated branches of a certain seaweed that I can't remember the name of at the moment.

And as for your work space, it looks like a wrack line...And we all know what kinds of treasures we can find in a wrack line...beautiful!!!

Much love, Susan

Dawn said...

I love the second sampler of ocean life, very pretty and original. How talented you are!