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Monday, June 25, 2012

TAST ~ linked chain stitch

or profound fragmentation
half full
or half empty
and ye shall receive


last week (25) on PinTangle the stitch was the cable chain stitch.

a new stitch for me, so i attempted it on some aida as a sample first.

then, just for fun, i experimented with working it using a fine piece of copper wire. this was interesting although a bit problematic . . .

in the end i used a metallic (like) thread on a short seam within the wonderful husbands stocking.


this is the 'surprise applique' that i've been working on. i've given them as a gift and can finally show what i was doing.

55 very simple/primitive basket blocks with sweet curvy appliqued handles.

these were made for a friend's birthday.
she seemed delighted and i have to say that after working on them all this time i'm still quite happy with them myself. in fact, i'm making myself a few with the leftover bits that are hanging around in the studio.

LOVE those colors together~!

and of course there was a little party with flowers, and dark chocolate and a few other fun presents.


for the 15 minute challenge  during last week all went well on all seven days with work being added to my own baskets as they get handles, some experimental stitching on atc's, and of course, the TAST/christmas stocking project.

if you think adding a 15 minute sewing session to each day is something you would benefit from head over to Kate's at Life in Pieces.

15 minutes doesn't seem like a lot but this challenge has kept me puttering forward on many things this year. thank you Kate~!


recent gifts include:
  • a weekend visit from the wonderful daughter
  • the accomplishment of a really tasty pasta salad lunch
  • further work and even some planting on the pond rehab project 


  1. I so enjoy seeing your stitching projects! Those baskets are adorable and you are such a good friend to gift them. I admire your use of color, photographic talents and love reading about your recent gifts.

  2. Wow! Love the work with copper wire.
    Great pieced scrappy handle I see on a basket - great colors & a beautful gift.
    Those stockings are fabulous...great seeing them come together ;-)

  3. Lovely baskets and so cheery too. I noticed a basket handle with a striped piece ... a little whimsy never hurt anyone! LOL!!

  4. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  5. Hi LIbby Q!
    I really like that metallic thread!
    The gift for your friend is a masterpiece! I love it! I agree, the colors are fantastic together.

  6. What a lovely gift for a lucky friend! And who can go wrong with chocolate!

  7. Love your red and yellow baskets!! ever hear the rhyme, red & yellow, catch a fellow?
    I hope we'll get to see what is made with these. They are just great and it looks like you made a whole bunch of them!
    The chain stitch is very cool in the metallic thread.
    Looks like you had a fun party.

  8. So gorgeous!Love the metallic thread.You are a wonderful friend to the lucky lady.

  9. You are so generous! I'm sure your sweet basket blocks will become someone's treasure! Great stitches with fun results.

  10. Love your opening picture today. Very mysterious. The basket blocks are very cute. What a nice gift. Thanks for linking up each week, it's been fun seeing what every one is up too each week.

  11. Thank you for your two responses.You know,Your drink sounded so yummy-thank you-Denise


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