Monday, December 7, 2015

Tea and Memories

This past Wednesday I went to the annual ornament exchange at my Embroiderers' Guild meeting. There was so much exquisite work there. It was very inspiring. The piece I received touched me very much. We exchange names early in the year so that we know who we are stitching for and Barbara heard me tell a story at a program that I taught about a set water colors I had when I was a kid. It was a large set (probably about 96 in the set) and here is what she created for me:

I stitched for Kim who had asked for, "Summer and Flowers." I found this cute scissors case at Luv 2 Stitch in San Mateo and thought it fit the bill perfectly. I slipped a pair of scissors into the case to complete it.

I have been working hard in my drawing class so haven't gotten a lot of tangleing done. So I always look forward to Monday and the Diva Challenge. This week is a first Monday and thus a Use My Tangle challenge. The Diva chose the tangle African Artist by Tina-Akua Hunziker and I loved the look of it so much I started doodling with it in my sketch book right away. Before having finished my morning tea. So in my under-caffeinated state with my first attempt I forgot step 6 and my second attempt I got all the slants in the same direction.

After regrouping, and applying a more appropriate amount of caffeine, I did a couple more pieces. My first attempt above had reminded me of several skeins of floss lying side by side so I did this (leaving out step 6 on purpose this time!)

And then I noticed that it could be done in such a way as to look like a tree. Add an Arukas star to the top and you could use it on a Christmas card!

I never actually made it to working on a tile but I'm sure I will be using this tangle often.


  1. What fun you had playing with African Artist. I love all the ideas you worked out, especially the floss one. Beautiful needlework too!

  2. Lovely tiles with or without cafeïne ,,hahaha. Beautiful colors.

  3. It seems that caffeine helps you go from black and white to color. I enjoyed seeing the progression and you're right about using African Artist in a tree. It works really well -- at least with some caffeine on board it does.

  4. Beautiful work! Love them all! Greetings, Anja

  5. Oh yes, it would definitely make a splendid Christmas card! Gorgeous colors.

  6. Your really master this tangle. Lovely memory gift.