Royal School of Needlework-- 2014 Courses

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Parting of a Very Special Lady, Queen Fabiola

I will never forget our chance meeting at the Sheraton in Brussels in the 1980's.
You are so special!


(Belgian Royal Family photo file)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LE "Triangles"

I have nearly 2 yards of this material (found on an "unwanted fabric" table at a guild meeting). There is just enough width to be able to get what I need. The color is actually a deep Indian red (rather than the rust color it shows).


I have discovered that stitching goes a lot faster if the triangles are all stitched down, then add the tops later. The green you see under the triangle color is what I use for the tops. It is far more challenging to get the proper amount of fabric for the template and still have the graduation in color I am looking for.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, CT

The weekend of September 20th and 21st, the Northeast Topographical Engineers (Civil War period) were at the Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Gardens at Roseland Cottage


Brig. Gen Ian McKay and Major Webster--Topographical Engineers








Alexandretta playing with the hoops.


Kiley, Topog Mascot


Caught working on Love Entwined border, with Mary Lennon watching.


(Photo by Phyllis Jeanne Caron-Valeriano of Roseland Cottage.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

LE Borders -- It's All in the Numbers (or, Why do borders take longer to stitch?)

This one particular element of the border design is simply:
1 center times 4 (because there are 4 equal designs)
This was done in dark purple, with a reverse applique on fabric matching the background, not the background fabric.
8 teardrops times 4 -- 32

AND, the leafy green things:
8 of them times 4 -- 32




After the applique, the final step (not yet done) is to refine all edges with a toothpick to make all curved parts absolutely round and appealing to the eyes. Then press, then double-check the smoothness of all parts with another toothpick scrutinization.

Inside petal turn under line is approximately  1/16 to 1/32nd of an inch.


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Why not?

I don't think I am alone on this.....or am I?
As I walk from room to room in the house, I pass stashes of fabric.
Some are in cardboard boxes, some are in plastic boxes, some are in carrying cases, some are on the ironing board....
You get the picture.

So, as I was walking by one of the living room stashes, this fabric caught my eye, and I immediately said, "Circles!"


And so I added 36 of them to 2 borders still in progress.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

My Friend Mary

Mary and I are both working on Esther Aliu's LE Coverlet from 1790.
We both belong to her Yahoo Group on the internet. This is a group which now numbers nearly 4500 members. Esther has left the patterns up for new members to enjoy making this special coverlet.

This week, Mary finished her 2nd detailed border side. (She has a color picked out for the interim 2 inch border between the zig zags, and yes, it is beautiful!)

I am still working on these 2 sides.  It is quite a lot of fun, albeit time-consuming.
"Slow, but sure", as they say.

Enjoy Mary's version.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrap Challenge

At the Wednesday Bee, several ladies were creating a lap quilt, using donated fabrics.


As everyone knows, after the squares are stitched by machine, they are ironed flat, then trimmed.

It's a shame to throw all of these lovely cuttings into the trash.
"Waste not, want not."

Please leave a comment: "What would you do with these scraps?"
If you have a photo, send me a link by email, and I will post your creation.
(I'll post my idea later.)