Sunday, May 13, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Fun With Dusty Plum!

Each month I have tried to do an example of how to utilize the fibers in our new hand dyed fiber packs.  I am running a bit behind due to Cincinnati, but thought I had better get my act together since May is just days away.
April's pack is 'Dusty Plum', and includes:
Hand Dyed 4mm 100% Silk Ribbon
Hand dyed 1/4" Velvet Ribbon
Hand Dyed Skein of Flax (100% linen)
Hand Dyed Skein of Oriental Linen (52% silk 48% linen)
Hand Dyed, Exclusive Color, Skein of Silken Pearl (100% cordonnet twist silk)

Around the outer edge of the main leaf I used a 'Whipped Running Stitch'.  
I utilized the flax for the foundation stitch, and the silk ribbon for weaving.

I stitched the sides of the 1/4" velvet ribbon together, and then stitched it in place down the center of the leaf.

To the right of the velvet ribbon, I stitched 'Bullion's' with the silken pearl.

On the right edge of the half leaf I used the 'Raised Chain Band'.
I used the oriental linen for the parallel stitches and the flax for the braid.

Down the left half of the main leaf I used the 'Pekinese Stitch'.
Oriental linen is used for the backstitch, interlaced with the Silken Pearl.

Having never worked with the Oriental Linen or the Flax, and must say I really love both.  The Oriental Linen is two toned and has a nubby texture, which added interest to the stitches.  The Flax has a very earthy feel, and added great texture to the raised chain stitch.

Here is a link to all the available packs,  A leaf example utilizing that months fibers, only, is pictured on the website beside each pack.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Home Sweet Home!

We are slowly recuperating after a whirlwind few days in Cincinnati.  As you know I did not blog as I wanted to while we were there.  Now that I have kinda-sorta caught my breath I thought I would share a few pics of the 'fun'.

On Wednesday, Cathy, Melissa and I hauled all of this 'stuff ' in from the back of the 16 foot truck- we honestly did not know where to begin.  Conveniently, my mom missed this part of the 'adventure', and flew in to meet us that night. 

Thursday, once the boss was there, the booth came to life.

We managed to find the time for a little 'pre-game' before preview night... it's sick, really sick.  
Mom, Cathy and I purchased a few new African baskets.  Usually we are trying to stuff baskets into our suitcases- but this time we had a 16 foot truck to fill!

Cupcakes!  Need I say more?

Melissa is always a star- and each time we travel she is the morning coffee girl.  Thanks Melissa!
 (Sorry I was a little snappy with you that one morning I told you to drop the mirror and make up bag- that you looked fine- and basically to hurry up and get me my coffee) 

A big thank you to Andie for the invite and wonderful evening with the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.  And Jeannie, yes, we made it to Graeter's for some absolutely to die for ice cream!

With all that said, we have some wonderful new products in line that we are very excited to share with you, coming in May; new kits, hand dyed wools, velvets and new notions. 
And no, you haven't missed anything- I am still working on our really big, wonderful surprise, hopefully coming in May as well.  

As for our BOM participants, as a thank you for your continued excitement and support, we will be offering you via email (in the next few days) first dibs on a few of our new, upcoming products.  

Time for a little rest,

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

We Are Here!

Cathy was in the captains seat of our 16 foot truck- and safely backed us up to the loading dock- twice. We were able to unload most of our stock- but have a long way to go before the booth is set up. Melissa went to pick up my mom from the airport- and Cathy and I have snuck over to the bar for a much needed drink. More fun tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Cincinnati Here We Come!

I can't believe it's almost here!
After months of packaging and maneuvering through the obstacle course of boxes, we all breathed a sigh of relief when we closed the back of the loaded- very overloaded truck.

Cathy and I picked the truck up this morning- and with the help of many hands we had it packed to it's almost capacity by 10:40am!

A big thank you to Cathy, Peggy, Karen, Mary, Mycal and Mitch for completing the almost impossible in record time!

We hit the road for the next phase tomorrow at 7:30am.
Be sure to visit us in booth #1129-1131!

I am going to try my best to post as we go- so check back soon!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Is it over yet???

Quite some time ago I had tried my hand at dying cotton fabrics.  I had wonderful intentions of creating bundles of these for purchase on the website.  Somehow, time has just slipped away...
Today, I pulled out several yards and decided to bundle them for Cincinnati. 


We are still frantically working to finish in time for Cincinnati.  Cathy and Peggy finished packaging the last kit today- lucky them- right?  I am still waiting on several deliveries to finish quite a few 'pending' things.  Oh- exhaustion!
I have a feeling that our UPS guy can't wait for this to be over either.  Last week he told us we should move to a warehouse that was not on his route... and that was before he had to haul in five 96 pound boxes of thread... yikes!