Sunday, January 24, 2010

A Cross Stitch Collage in Progress...

I have been working on this Cross Stitch project since Christmas. It is a small design with a quilt, trees, and a house. It reminds me of a cozy home and everything that a home means to me. I decided over the weekend to take a short break from stitching so I could start working on the base for the collage portion. This was very fun and relaxing to do especially after a busy, stressful work week!

I also decided not to paint the dryer sheet I was working with but to dye it in coffee. I actually used my French Press as the coffee grounds are right in the coffee as it is brewing. It was a little messy rinsing out the dryer sheet but wow did it take the color! I also dyed a piece of cotton muslin but that came out much lighter and not nearly as rich in color.

Hopefully, I will get the collage base finished this week. I'm also still working on the stitching too; there is something so peaceful about sitting quietly and doing handwork that I could never take more than about a 48 hour break from it. I don't know about you all but I get antsy and irritable when I've gone several days and haven't had my time to just "create". Even if it's only fifteen or twenty minutes a day, to myself, to just let my mind wander and get inspired, or to get engrossed in stitching, or blogging, or even playing with coffee and a used dryer sheet! My wish for everyone this week is that may we all find that time to do what we love...

5 comments:

softearthart said...

Hi, Many thanks for your kind words about new Grandson, your project, looks cool, like you I love to be busy and need to be "creating" Cheers Marie

Melly Testa said...

so that brown cloth like stuff is a dryer sheet?

Cassie Shella said...

Melanie - yes it's a used dryer sheet that spent about ten minutes in my coffee press. I'm on a tight budget so anything that is just lying around the house if fair game for experimenting.

Carolyn McNeil said...

The dryer sheet idea is a great one! We're all on a budget these days. I've been stitchin' on old clothing that I've cut up...
Happy Stitchin'...
Carolyn
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Anonymous said...

Cassie,
Do you want me to save my old coffee grounds? And what about your mothers used tea bags. Let me know.

Love you,
Dad.