August Under The Needle

It seems like I’ve not gotten much done lately. But I did finally finish my Elna Stitch Book.

Here are a few pages from the book.

This was easy to make, but took some time. I gathered up some plain fabric. That was difficult since most of my fabric has some type of pattern I’ve printed. I backed the pieces with Pellon 808. I also printed out the number of the cams on fabric.

After the pages were completed, I used Sobo Craft and Fabric Glue to add a little glue to the wrong sides and put them together. I ironed the pieces for a good bond, and then zigzagged the edges. For the cover I used fabric I had printed from the QSDS conference I attended back in May. I ended with adding a grommet to each page and adding a book ring to keep them together. Now I know what stitches I have and how they look when sewn. Seeing them printed out in a manual doesn’t show how they actually look.

My favorite of all of the cams is 148. I absolutely Love Love Love this stitch. But this picture doesn’t do it justice.

This stitch book is finished, unless I find more cams I want to add!!

I’m moving on to free motion stitching some of the pieces I printed at QSDS.  I printed these by placing some artificial flower petals on a screen, and pulling the thickened dye through it.

I’ve started on my least favorite piece just for practice. I already decided I didn’t like the dark thread. I want the thread to blend in.

Also I have worked a bit on my genealogy. The more I learn, the more questions I have. Here is a picture of my grandfather Heines’ harness shop back in the 1920s on Fulton Avenue in Evansville Indiana. Unfortunately, I never met him since he died before I was born. I assume the older guy in the picture is my granddfather, but I don’t know for sure.

And here is inside the shop. The shop was located just down the street from the brewery. In those days they used horses for transportation. Dad told the story about how the owner of the brewery told his father that they were going to have to change the name of the brewery to Heines Brewery since they were spending so much money at his shop!

Lastly a blank receipt.

I’m still trying to figure out if the shop was in his name. Over the first picture it shows Fulton Avenue, but I can’t read the remaining words. So it may have been named after the street.

The cats don’t seem to care about my ancestors. Here is Puddin doing her cat yoga.

Ally enjoys playing with an empty fabric tube.

Hope you are having a creative week. As always, I appreciate you stopping by.