Saturday, March 17, 2018

TUSAL for March!.......

It's that time again. My TUSAL jar. I've decided to start a new one for 2018 as the old one was a bit full.

What is TUSAL?

You can read all about it at Daffycat's

TUSAL is scheduled based on the new moons. I was curious so I went on line to inquire about new moons and discovered that....."The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon. It's the last Full Moon before the vernal equinox." You can go here and read more about why it's named after worms:) Who knew?

So where do some of those TUSAL threads come from? Well.....

I have been very good at keeping up with my TAST stitches. The latest stitch we had to do was the couching stitch. I just realized that it looks sorta wormy right? LOL

I tried to use the stitch on my doodle embroidery project. I took some cord and some chenille fiber and used them for the center of a flower. A bit boring but it worked.
I like to use the couching stitch when I do crazy quilting as it's a simple way of attaching fibers, trims and laces. Here is a sample of a piece of chunky chenille fiber that I used when I took a CQ online class with Kathy Shaw.
In this case it was a bit fiddly following the curves of the letter but I can see all kinds of lovely uses for this type of stitching.

That's it from me for TUSAL until the next new moon.

Take care:) 

Friday, March 2, 2018


I had started doing some doodling using all the bits of thread left over from various projects. To what end I don't know but I thought it would be interesting to see what happened.

This was how it looked the last time I posted about it.....

It evolved into this.....

Isn't that strange? I took out one bit then added another bit and voila I have something totally and completely different. Actually it's a good way to try out ideas and stitches.

I have also being doing TAST again just for the heck of it. Using cross stitch fabric is a real challenge and limiting but it keeps it nice and neat.

We were having such nice weather. I had such high hopes for the month of March. Then it snowed again last night. Drat!! But, it is nice to be making dinner in daylight now rather than pitch dark.

Take care:)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February 15th and a New Moon and.....

...time once again for A Totally Useless Stitch A Long  hosted by Sharon at It"s Daffycat. Use this link or click on this pic on my right hand sidebar to find out what's it's all about.

Here is my ORTS jar not quite as full as last time. I did a bit of housecleaning and threw away...yes...threw away some of the orts. It was a very traumatic thing to do but it was for the best.

What is an ORT you ask?

It's an Old Ragged Thread. They are all the end bits of embroidery thread that I keep just in case.

I've decided to use some of them on a piece of fabric to try out stitches. I was toying with idea of doing the One Year of Stitches thingy but decided to do my own thing. Actually it's quite nice just to randomly stitch something that's not structured. Just wandering about on a bit of cloth stitching until you run out of thread and then pick out another bit and keep going.

I've been trying my hand again at Crazy Quilting which of course means more orts. So it goes.

The ORT jar is very handy for propping stuff when you need to take a picture:)

The fabric is a very thin Japanese cotton in shades of tan, brown, grey with black here and there. It's lovely fine cotton fabric that I bought years ago at a quilt/craft show. Each piece is 10 inches by 23 inches so not a fat quarter. I have no idea what it would be called in quilting terminology.

I'm also redoing the first panel in the Pamela Kellogg's "Never Ending Sampler Stitch Along".  Here's the link if you're interested. I had done the first panel but decided I wanted to do all of them using the same fabric.

I discovered another sampler stitch along just by accident when Googling for something or other. It's hosted by Linen & Things. Here is the link for the 2017 and the beginning of the 2018 sampler here. 

It's been the coldest winter ever and maybe the snowiest in quite a few years. Perfect weather though for staying warm indoors and doing a bit of stitching. Well that's it from me. I hope you are all keeping well.

Take care:) 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

A Totally Useless Stitch A Long aka TUSAL

Below your will see a jar but not just any old's my ORTS jar.

What is an ORT you ask?

It's an Old Ragged Thread...however they aren't so ragged actually. They are all the end bits of embroidery thread, crochet thread, CQ silk ribbon bits etc that I cannot seem to throw away. I have been saving them for years and years. I'm not kidding.

I always think maybe I'll use them for something or other. Occasionally I do..... I made a book cover once.

 The jar is getting a bit stuffed so I need to get some ideas to use them up.

Anyway the point of this whole post is that I an joining A Totally Useless Stitch A Long aka TUSAL hosted by It's Daffycat. If you wish to learn more about this you can go to her post here. 

Or click on this pic on my right hand sidebar.

So I'm already behind on TUSAL for 2018 as I the full moon date was on January 17th. I have now put all the dates on my calendar.

Take care:) 


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