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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beltane Shawl on: May 03, 2015 04:10:48 PM
For LA-Fairy in the Beltane Merrymaking Swap.  I had been inspired by a picture from an old magazine of one of my crafty hero Ernest Thesiger’s projects he made for his house, and a technique he mentions in his book “Adventures in Embroidery” - that of stitching fabric motifs onto net or lace to use as a screen, and I wanted to try it.  I had also found a picture of a gorgeous embroidered lace shawl which I wanted to emulate, but I quickly realized I had not allowed myself nearly enough time.  

My small and simplified version:

Here are the inspiration pics:

Ernest’s screen in his house, from House and Garden, December, 1920:


Edwardian lace shawl, c. 1910:

Goddess by artsycandice.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tidbit on: April 16, 2015 06:41:24 PM
4.5 inches in diameter, inspired by a painting by Agnolo Bronzino.

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sauteed Baby Artichokes on: April 13, 2015 07:10:29 PM
I grew these artichokes from seed; they are the variety known as “Violetto.”

Sauteed Baby Artichokes Recipe

Some baby artichokes
Vinegar or lemon juice
Olive oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Parmesan cheese (optional)

Peel outer leaves from artichokes, cut off end of buds to remove spines, trim stems close to base.  Cut buds in half and place in cool water to which some vinegar or lemon juice has been added to prevent discoloration.

When ready to cook, remove buds from lemon water and blot dry with a towel.  Heat a little olive oil in a saute pan and place buds in cut side down.  Cook on medium to low temperature, turning a few times, until browning begins.  Add some garlic, saute a little more to cook garlic.  Add a little water and a tablespoon or two of balsamic vinegar, cover and let cook on low until tender.  Serve with a little grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Cardoon on: April 12, 2015 11:25:05 AM
Do any of you cook with Cardoon?  I am growing several, and would like to try eating them.  So if you have any favorite Cardoon recipes, please share.  Thanks!

It looks almost exactly like an Artichoke plant.  Here's one of mine:

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Dormouse on: April 07, 2015 09:26:53 AM
For mousee23 in the Little Alice Swap, embroidery stumpwork on faux fur and felt,  4 inches in diameter

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Spooky Little Pumpkin ornaments on: April 04, 2015 10:09:21 AM
Felt and embroidery, 2 inches in diameter:

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / "Stitching Out Stigma" on: March 31, 2015 07:04:53 AM
Collaborative project on Mr XStitch:  http://www.mrxstitch.com/stitching-out-stigma/
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Baroque Lovebird on: March 16, 2015 02:42:50 PM
For thisbirdsabsurd in the Awesome Redux Swap.  Embroidery, lace, wool.  Approximately 4.5 inches in diameter.

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leaf on: February 19, 2015 06:48:16 AM
For alteredmommy in the Fiber and Mixed media Jewelry Swap.  Embroidery on felt with snake bones and glass beads.

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Trees on: February 15, 2015 11:37:29 AM
For Sharalee in the TM Patch Swap:

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