Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Bringing the sunshine in...Window Treatments for Spring/Summer




Before I left, I started these new window treatments for our French Doors
that lead out to our garden,...
Since spring has certainly forgotten us to date, I thought I would bring
some SPRING/SUMMER into our home...

I cannot even tell you how old this fabric is....I have made duvet covers
out of it, tea cozies, and now window treatments..

 In our area most of the modern homes do not do window treatments, 
settling for California shutters instead or NOTHING!.

Call me old fashion, but I still love window treatments, I think it adds so much 
to a living space...I don't think I ever have purchased drapes, curtains, lace...
I have always made them all.... A couple of years ago, I did get a quote
for indoor awnings, that I have now...quote was over $4,000 for 2 windows..
I am so pleased I know how to make them myself :)

I still had lot's of this fabric left over....I washed it all up again...

I had plenty of lace to work with....I ended up adding 2 layers for this effect...

But here are some  other choices I considered...



Although this fabric is  medium weight decor fabric, I chose to line it with Ticking, the same fabric
that I used for making duvet shell....it will withstand the summer bleaching....


These are my winter window treatments....we have not had a lot of sun, so these are dark...
but the material is a very light and soft yellow...


Initially I set this ruffled lace, the problem was it was toooooooo ruffled....
it looked more like a skirt...wink..




Then I added batten-burg, problem with this one...is it was too light....in weight...
did not give enough impact...


I design my window treatments with no stitching lines...
they are all hidden...kinda like a pillow case turned inside out...
I sew the lace all my hand.


So I went with 2 layers of this lace....here is the contrast between each season..
My winter one is already in the wash and ready to be starched and put away for the 
cooler months ahead...




I am now ready to sew the panels for my Window Bench
remember the Buffalo PLAID...well that is on 
my list for today...I have it all cut...
now to sew for a couple of hours, while he is resting...



Got my Valence done...now onto the panels....LOVE the look of the Buffalo Plaid as my topper!



Tea for Two, Mary is having a party....
so check in on our ladies today who are having 
a lovely display of needle arts.
They may wow you! 






Monday, March 30, 2015

Day 3 of Paper Ladies --April update



I am away but did find some time last evening to do a bit more to our April
lady, who has no name yet either...

I will be making her dress gingham....so what you do first is...

Choose a your darkest colour, do up 4 stitches, and leave 4 stitches in between...
As her skirt will be back stitched, I think in different threads of the gingham...
YOU will see soon enough...
Her Shawl I have decided I will use some variegated threads...

Cheerio, off I head to yet another meeting by end of day...


 I wanted to show an update
before I left for a couple of days..

I have it with me, so no doubt I will get even more done...
She is really coming to life...

Again with using less than 10 colours and colouring with FLOSS ( Presencia
and some Cashmere) She is SPRINGING to LIFE ...




I have my April Paper Lady outlined on her white MONACO, all the 
threads have been chosen....( sneak peak here)
I always begin with hair and face...She kinda of dictates where I go from there..

This lady will be done in shades of light blues and oranges....
Her hair is outlined with only 1 strand of floss ( Presencia brown)
I then outline her brow with the same colour.....

Her eyes I do with some AURIFUL thread, I used #40 for this....

Her lips were outlined first then filled in satin stitch in a rust pink lip colour..

Now the rest will all be done in X stitches....

I just colour with FLOSS....
( all of our patterns are now detailed with every step so you can copy the same
colours and x-stitch to get similar results)


And speaking of FLOSS...
We have our own collection of CASHMERE that will
give you the same results as January, February and March's Paper Ladies...
I will be adding a bit of Orange on our April Paper lady...

They come as a COLLECTION. 

8 colours with approximately 100 feet of each colour, enough 
for at least a dozen projects.

Let me know if you would like to order them.
Cost is $40.00 plus shipping.

madamesamm@me.com

all of these will be included in present and future Paper Ladies..
Wait till you see what we have store for the fall ones to winter...




And an update on my garden adventures.




Although -9 C today....the sun is finally shining... ( I actually had a fur hat and winter 
coat and boots today.....it was that cold) 

So my seedlings from last week, welllll they are POPPING...these are the MOONFLOWERS,
They are coming up everywhere....


and my cosmos although tiny, finally broke through the soil
and are happy to see sunlight....





and if they continue growing they will be as strong and as Healthy this beautiful pot
of Hydrangeas, my beloved picked up for me today...They are beautiful....

The rest of the afternoon will be preparing a warm meal for supper
and some more stitching with wishes of summer days...


In stitching warmth...



Ps. I actually forgot to show this....

I dropped into a local Antique store....
The sweet lady who owns it knows my taste...

Now I am not sure of the translation in English...
But it is called a SPOOL Cabinet.../Drawer...

Anyway, I remember my Nanny having one...a place to put all of her 
spools of thread beside her sewing machine....

WELLLLLLL I had to have it....
I have huge plans for it....First I will strip it down and I am not 
sure I if I will paint it just yet...but I am leaning towards that...
depending on how good it looks BARE...

It is quite heavy so there is no doubt it will see the next 100 years
somewhere else...but for now....

IT will be mine! 

Will keep you updated on HER Progress! 

I have to order a few things for her first..