Wednesday, August 10, 2022

New menber of the family.......maybe

 


This little kitty showed up a few days ago so it looks like for the first time we have 2 cats. Jingles doesn't seem to mind so far but after his health scare we don't want any stress to make it come back. The dogs of course think this is a new playmate but the kitty is probably only 7-9 weeks old and is WAY too small to deal with 2 crazy cocker spaniels. It's so small we're not sure if it a boy or girl yet. I'm going to put a sign up about finding it where the drive turns to the main road just in case it's a missing kitten. Would really hate to keep it if it belongs to someone else.

The DH wants to call it Oscar but I think it's a girl and want to call it Emmy, short from Emmaline. I'll post whatever happens.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

August Freebie and a chat------

 And here it goes again........ another problem appliance. This time it's the starters on the gas stove. I mean what's next? Oh yeah it was the facet on the basement sink leaking for days and no one noticed. I'm beginning to think I shouldn't touch stuff just in case I break it. Then there were the 3 times my car was almost hit. It was like I look and no one is around then a car comes going WAY too fast for the road and I'm screaming and moving as fast as I can to get out of the way. 

It's been just too crazy this year. I got a Fitbit so I can work on all the anxiety I'm getting from life. There are videos to listen too to help get calm. It's also helping me keep track of exercising and how little sleep I get.

So let's just move on and I'll list the freebie.



If you want to do other free embroidery designs you'll find one for each month.

Here are the directions for August's freebie. 

1. Cut a square of your background fabric 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". If you aren't adding borders like I did you should cut the fabric larger so it will fit in your embroidery hoop.

2. Using a permanent fine tip marker like a Pigma pen, trace the designs. For the flowers just make a dot for the french knots on the end. Only mark the tips. You can also skip the leaves and just stitch them where you want them.

3. Add ribbon, lace, or a piece of fabric on the right side. Notice that my ribbon is pinned in place. I'm still deciding what I'll do on it, I may just add beads and not the embroidery.

4. Add the borders following the directions in the freebie posted in February.

5. Starting with the stems use 2 strands of floss (I used DMC 701) to stem stitch along each stem line.

6. Next I did the leaves, though you can do them later. I used 4 strands of floss to do chain stitches in 2 shades of green floss (I used DMC 701 and 703). Make as many leaves as you want.

7. Fill in the flower ovals with french knots make with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 807) and did 3 wraps.

- Use 2 strands of floss (I used DMC 598) to make lazy daisy stitches at the bottom of the ovals. Do 2 -3 rows following the photo for placement.

8. At the bottom make the X's with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 807).

Right click the pattern to save it to your hard drive. 



©Billie Jo Heisler 2022

All rights reserved

 Disclaimer:

I drew this design by hand then used a software program to edit it.

Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.

The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

July's late but still free embroidery


 

This embroidery has a big empty space. I'll be adding a charm there with some beads. I'm also planning on putting beads in the center of each flower. I may add some beads along the edge of the triangles. I'm using pink and green fabrics but this embroidery done in blue would look like forget-me-nots. You can also add more flowers and leaves.

If you want to do other free embroidery designs you'll find one for each month.

Here are the directions for July's freebie. 

1. Cut a square of your background fabric 4 1/4" x 4 1/4". If you aren't adding borders like I did you should cut the fabric larger so it will fit in your embroidery hoop.

2. Using a permanent fine tip marker like a Pigma pen, trace the design. Don't draw the lines for the flowers, just make a dot for the french knots on the end. Notice that the french knots are marked on the pattern. Add them where you want or use seed beads. Since the flowers and the leaves are made with lazy daisy stitches you may want to skip marking the leaves and just use the photo for placement.

3.  Pin the triangle pieces of fabric to the white background fabric following pattern for placement. I used my favorite Heat n Bond by Therm-o-web to attach the triangles. Then I did a blanket stitch with 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 601).

4. Add the borders following the directions in the freebie posted in February.

5. Starting with the vines use 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 704) to stem stitch along the lines.

- For the curls use 2 strands of the same floss to do tiny back stitches.

6. Make the flowers with 4 strands of floss (I used DMC 603 and 604) and do lazy daisy stitches.

- For the center use yellow floss or seed beads. For french knots use 3 strands of floss doing 3 wraps. I plan on using beads. 

7. The leaves are made with 4 strands of floss (I used DMC 703) for the lazy daisy stitches. I used long anchor stitches at the tips. Add more if you want.

8. Add french knots around the flowers using 3 strands of floss (I used DMC 601). Use beads of you prefer.




Right click the pattern to save it to your hard drive. 


©Billie Jo Heisler 2022

All rights reserved

 Disclaimer:

I drew this design by hand then used a software program to edit it.

Please consider the drawing copyrighted. You have my permission to print copies of the drawing in any size for your own use but not to share or sell. If you want to share the pattern please link to the blog pages.

The embroidery design is my own. I have not knowingly copied anyone else's work.


I'm late but I've got a really good reason...

 and here it is, the puppy ate the cord for my laptop. Sounds like the old school lie of the dog ate my homework doesn't it?  It was down to 35 percent before I realized that it wasn't charging. How the little guy didn't zap himself I don't know. I have an old Lenovo running win7, it was the DHs so he insisted on finding an original cord. I now know I should have bought one of those chargers I see on HSN all the time so I wouldn't have had to wait for the one I found on ebay to come.

I've had it for about 2 weeks but more stuff got in the way. The fridge broke and I couldn't find a repair person to come out for 3 weeks. I finally found a guy but he seems lost about fixing it. We are ready to give up and buy a new one. If he does fix it then we'll have a full size extra instead of the mini fridge I've been using.


Then there's the problem with the 1 year 2 months old  washer that has decided it will only work correctly in one setting. Of course it's not covered in the warranty so I'm making due. I hated the thing after we bought it but it was on floor model sale and not returnable. Get this, we paid $650 for it and now the repair guy wants $450 to repair/replace the computer board.

Oh, and I can't forget the UTI, though I wish I could. While dealing with all of this some friends went on vacation and I had agreed to watch their dogs before life decided to ____ on me. (You fill it in.)  Luc ky for me the meds worked so I could walk the dogs 6 times a day along with feeding them 2 times a day. Talk about extreme anxiety and panic attacks.

So anyway all of this is why I'm very late with July's free embroidery. I'll be posting it next. I thought I'd put it in another post so if you print the directions you don't have all this to deal with.

As always I have too many projects going and I'm taking too many art classes so of course not much gets finished. I do have the August freebie embroidered but have to do the pattern. Fingers and toes crossed nothing else goes wrong. Jeeze louise did I just jinx myself?