Monday, April 20, 2015

Sandra in Wonderland

Sandra Arthur was here this weekend charming us with her Southern grace.

She had all sorts of fun tips and tricks for stitching The Queen and The Lady Hatter by Sandra Vargas.  It was truly a weekend of Sandras in Wonderland!

It's fun to hear from another designer that their minds work rather like mine.  There's the "Oh wow, I really want to stitch this area" moment, and then we're off and running stitching that area.  Yay!  Just how I envisioned it and then the reality hits.  We still have the rest of the canvas to stitch.  :-) Details, details.....

That's how Sandy's mind worked on the Queen.  She fell in love with the puffy sleeves and the wonderful ribbon to stitch them with.  The rest as they say was history.  Fluffy curls for her hair were super cute when made with Baby Fluffy Fleece.  Tack it in place and you are good to go.

Check out the trim on the bodice of her gown.  OMG, so cool and so easy.  Secure your ribbon to the canvas with two long ends on the front and then start tying knots.  Easy, peasy.  I'm seeing this on other canvases.

Here's the shocker about the Lady Hatter.....

The background was originally completely felted with silk roving!  What a riot!  Pretty cool.  Sandy changed her mind on it, pulled it out and used the same color thread in a pretty all over stitch.  Never be afraid.  Everything can be stitched over, ripped out or embellished into working.

What drew Sandy to The Lady Hatter?  The single peacock feather.  It reminded her of her pet peacock. Who knew?

It's always a fun time when Sandy comes to visit.  We've got a few things up our sleeve so stay tuned.

On another note, geisha thee from Row of Ladies II is complete.  We're waiting for some threads and then she will be shipping out.

In the meantime, I have plenty to do planning the last lesson of Emma's Bird.

See you soon.



Christine Norton said...

I didn't realize the Mad Hatter had a frog on her hat until I got my kit at home! I laid out all of the threads and just DROOLED. I love the knotted bodice on the queen.
And a pet peacock?! I think Sandra is magic! So. Much. Fun.!!!

Ruth Schmuff said...

Both Sandras are magic! Wish you could have been here.

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