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Thursday, January 28, 2016

CQJP 2016 first block

 Today a mini tut on lighting in photography

I am not a professional and I don't claim to know anything

these are just my observations today

here we have January's Block under flash

notice the rich saturation of reds and the clear definition of almost everything

but the picture is a bit flat and lifeless
Here we have the block under the rooms lamplight

notice its a bit yellow

still well defined and you can see shadows from the raised aspects of the block

but its yellow








Here we have the block under natural light from the window flat on its back to gather as much as we can

so its bleached out by light now

but the objects on it are well defined

lets see what other trouble we can get into shall we?







here I've (mostly) taken the best of the lot

the block at an angle from the natural light from the window,

in this case it's from the right

so now we can see it in, not only full definition but full of those shadows that give it a little life

even though the colour saturation still leaves a bit to be desired

and then there are the closeups
here is some ribbon folding and a nice lampwork ladybug, you can make those store bought leaves a little jazzier by adding fly stitch stems
 I use the same method Gerry Kruger uses to make her birds and etc. to make mine

though I didn't go for an authentic bird I went with the threads that would match my block


 these fans filled the space nicely

I've been looking for a spot for this fellow for a while

over threaded chevron stitch with fly stitch ivy and beads


ok folks, shows over  ;)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

CQJP the missing one

 So here's the thing

I missed one

so in an effort to rectify that mistake

I did this one in a bit of a hurry

and took for inspiration, again, the weather we’ve been having

and after 2 years of no snow woo-hoo! we got some, even down by us.
 though the poopie part is
we cant go skiing,

they've had the pass closed for avalanche remediation

so until they have that mess under control were stuck on this side of the mountains.

better than being stuck in miles long traffic or under piles of snow and trees
so there's that. the inner brat child just wants to go skiing.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

happy new year

Most likely what I'll be doing for the evening

thank you all, for your kind words and continued support, they mean a lot to me





Thursday, December 24, 2015

CQJP December

 So here is December, just under the wire


she's all in blue, again


this month no featured stitch but a lot of bugs


from the fly in the lower lefthand corner


to mrs Spider in the upper right

to the green beaded bug in the upper left

and our whole picture ready for the usual northwest winter

kinda drab

                  kinda rainy

                                     kinda cold

OH!        Happy Holidays to everyone too

Friday, December 11, 2015

November CQJP

 Here she is naked as a jay-bird

now you see this little dragonfly?

not a big motif right?

I want to show you how she changed the whole look of this block but I'll get to that later

here's where designing gets fun or frustrating depending on which side of the dime your on.

to counterbalance this big crochet flower I had to do a little fiddling which turned into a lot of fiddling


the white ferns are one part then came more fern and green SRE roses and white trim.

I knew I wanted fans on this block so here is the beaded one

 and here is the embroidered one, with more ferns, in green this time

and a nice bit of button floozy going on there as a seam treatment




and here's the fun part, I told you I'd get to it!

this block looks ok

but there's this big empty spot my eye keeps catching on up at the top

and with the block being so busy everywhere else

it draws your eye to it and doesn't let it go
Taa-Daa!

and this is where the dragonfly comes in to save the day

as you can see it's not a big motif

but it's just enough of a bridge to keep your eye moving around the block and not just stopping

right there

I might even put something small and brown, in that bit of blazing white, under the beaded fan as it's beginning to bother me now........

Sunday, November 15, 2015

October CQJP/BJP done

 Little did I know at the beginning of this month

that this block,
covered in Holbein stitch this month,
would be perfectly placed for my daughters wedding.

there she is with my lovely dear darling  husband.
 this months BJP is the wired dragonfly on the left,

not much to look at but I was a bit busy this month


the other one I mad from what is left of a pair of cloisonne earrings that I lost the rest of the dangle to and a blue dyed pearl

a little more folded ribbon and many more beads

to finish off the many corners
holbein stitch creates









 a little more beading and some ribbonwork to round out the last little empty spots and there you go




Sunday, October 4, 2015

CQJP for september

 This month is chainstitch and it's smaller cousin lazy Daisy

  I like before and after pictures don't you?

 Before everything else is thrown on and it's just the main stitches


and after embellishments, embroidery, beads and other stuff is thrown at it

 She's very blue this month

  again

The green barely shows up in some places                  
I like that vase motif I have used it before.



 What is your opinion on using motifs/seams over again?
               I try not to do it too much. partly because I get boared with the same old thing over and over and partly because I like a challenge. I think I've mentioned this brfore using the same thing, seems like cheating.

  Now I know some of you don't like spiders, so fair warning but I couldn't resist

We in the great northwest are in the middle of hella spider time. sometime between end of august and whenever first frost decides to decend, we get spiders everywhere, bushes, trees porches.

Some days it feels like they are trying to catch me.

Isn't she sweet?


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