Sunday, July 12, 2020

Slow stitching with new projects

I'm still doing a lot of slow stitching and participating in's Stitch Club 2020. I think that it's our week off, giving me time to catch up on my projects.😊

Ciboulette Stitches coming along

Two weeks ago it was Sue Stone's turn to host our stitching assignment. We cut up some strips and made a woven background for our piece. You may have seen the beginning of Ciboulette Stitches (see Related links below). I'm now ready to stitch another two ciboulette flowers (French for chives). I'm not sure what's slowing me down - probably last week's project! 😊

Ciboulette Stitches is coming along

Close-up of Ciboulette Stitches

Best of Times, Worst of Times Concertina Book

Last week our featured textile artist was Mandy Pattullo. She showed us how to make a concertina book. Her book was mostly pieces of fabric that meant something to her and played well together. I was in a more literal mood so mine is more of a story book.

Pages 1 and 2 - The beginning 

My first spread, pages 1 and 2, is almost finished. I'll be adding stitches in the background once I've finished stitching the fabrics.

Pages 3 and 4 - Wishing

Pages 5 and 6 - Learning

Pages 7 and 8 - Moving forward

Stitch Challenge Re-do

I also worked a little on my Community Stitch Challenge - Week 2 Re-do (no new name yet).

Adding new bit of fabric and stitches to the Week 2 Re-Do

What's on this week
  • I really want to finish these two Stitch Club projects. The Ciboulette Stitches only has a few hours left of stitching. The concertina book will take a while longer.
  • I really enjoyed doing some FMQ this week for Free Motion Mavericks. I may try to take some time to play with my sewing machine.
What I've learned
  • I'm still spending a lot of time getting the studio organised. I've moved the sewing machine and desk around since I'm spending more time at the desk, so it's now in front of the window.
  • I have about half of my fabrics placed in the studio - it looks like it will all fit.😊
  • As I stitch the concertina book, I find that I'm missing not having a second layer to stitch through. 
  • Hand stitching is called slow stitching for a reason - the concertina book may end up being a longer term project since it's demanding a lot of stitching.

Related links
Linking parties


  1. Ok. When I saw your project two weeks ago, I thought the herbs were real! It looked so very realistic! LOL! Simply lovely….
    Your Concertina Book is beautiful! I actually took a squirrel trip to research further…very interesting concept. I’ll be looking into it some more. Thank you so much for sharing....It's going into my planning notebook! Thank you!

    1. Hi Miaismine, I'm glad that your took a side squirrel trip to check out concertina books. I had been meaning to make a fabric book for a while, so this is the opportunity. It will require lots of stitching. I'm just finding it hard to make time for everything I want to do :-) Take care.

  2. Hi Andree, I love to see your work. So much variety in projects and technique, you stretch my mind. Thanks for linking up with us at Design Wall Monday. Hugs, Judy

    1. Thanks so much Judy - and thanks for hosting Design Wall Monday. It's always fun to share our passions with others who get it! Take care.

  3. Hi Andree! Thanks so much for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Hi Roseanne, thanks for hosting - I don't always know what's on the agenda for the week, but when I do, I will link up! Take care.

  4. Hi,
    Awesome the first picture..looks
    so real...have a great day!

  5. These are such wonderful collages. I specially like the weaving and the hand stitching in the first one, and the embroidery looks amazing. Beautiful texture!


    1. Thanks Soma, there is so much work left to do in this project - and I'm like a butterfly jumping from one project to another. I did commit to getting done for a show in December so I should have time! Take care.

  6. You always have such interesting projects going on. My sewing room needs to be moved around but I'm trying to hold off until my new table arrives. Its been a year and I feel like it will never be finished. Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down.

    1. Hi Denise, being comfortable in our sewing space is so important. I'd say that 3/4 of it is now done. Now it's time to figure out how to make it work best - that's the trickiest I think. Thanks for hosting your great party!


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