Friday, June 21, 2013

Handicrafts ~ ICAD 2013

The Index-Card-A-Day 2013 Challenge
continues with 15-21.
This week I ended up with the theme
of 'handicrafts.'  My Webster's dictionary
defines it as "an occupation requiring skill
with the hands."  A broad definition.

Above, a sketch of a cookie form
made from cast iron.  Somehow my
bird ended up looking angry...

Above, a motif inspired by chintz fabric.
I love big old-fashioned cabbage rose images.

I decided to draw some of the many pin cushions
that I've made in the last year.  Above, the heart-shaped
pin cushion that I made in February, using traditional
cross-stitch sampler motifs.

This cross-stitch pincushion is a design by
Homespun Elegance, c. 2010.
They call it a 'Pin Poke.'
I really liked the gathered circular shape.
When I got the pattern home, I discovered
that the gathered fabric base was a pre-made
item, and there were no directions included for it.
So...a little trial and error, and I made my own.

As I've mentioned before, I have 
a hard time throwing away any small
scraps of even weave fabric, so here is
a drawing with watercolor of a book mark
that I made using sampler motifs
on 11 count Aida. I whip-stitched the
edge to prevent more raveling.  It's 
considered poor form to cut things 
this close, but the rebel artist in me
doesn't really care about that.

Hope your day is filled with
flowers and bird song.
Stop by Daisy Yellow to see more


  1. More gorgeous drawings. Love the pin cushions.

  2. Oh my gosh, you are so great at drawing. I love your cards too! I'm glad I've found your blog :)

  3. Your pin-cushions are adorable! I love them!

  4. Thanks so much for stopping over to my blog and making such kind comments:))) I really love your cards. I really like the floral you created! will be back! Fran T/We Three

  5. Oh, your drawings are wonderful!! What a great idea to sketch pincushions and embroidery!

  6. Oh these are wonderful! What a delight to see sketches of your work.

  7. One of those cross stitch bookmarks looks very familiar. Wonder why!! Of course, the one you gifted me had that cute little rabbit, too. Your cabbage rose is divine, too.

    I wish you would consider joining Summer of Color for the final three weeks of the challenge. You are so good with color and love bright colorful drawings so much, I know you would be good at the challenge. Consider this me twisting your arm (grin).


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