Monday, May 25, 2015

Cozy Day of the Dead

I got the sewing machine back out... I ended up not needing the FQs- so there may be another b/w project in my future. Woohoo!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Hippie Shirt Progress

 (I changed my mind about the stars, and inner-moon motifs as I embroidered)

Left front yoke

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Evolution of a Hippie Moon

Did I  mention that I wanted to embroider a blue denim Hippie Shirt? Did I also mention that I've tried every single transfer pen and pencil color, and none show on dark denim? And did I mention that I accidentally ordered a white pencil (well, it wasn't accidental- the silly thing was labeled as a transfer pencil, but it's just a white pencil), which ended up being the only thing that actually shows on the dark fabric?

If I haven't mentioned any of that, consider it mentioned now.

Anyway, I started working on the Hippie Shirt this weekend. Since I can't use a transfer pen or pencil, I decided to wing the design (this made me sad, because I had a whole slew of Urban Threads motifs that I wanted to transfer and embroider). Here's how that went:

All of the featured work was done on a very windy, rainy, dreary afternoon as I watched The Hobbit (#1) and a bunch of favorite X-Files episodes. I stopped to take a picture after each step. This is about 5 hours of work, all done with ordinary 6-strand embroidery floss (2 strands at a time). Note that the above picture is a more accurate representation of the shirt color.

Cool, no?

I'm going to embroider the front yokes, cuffs, collar, and down either side of the button bands.

Side Note: If I ever do this again (hint: probably), I'll get a light denim shirt. ALL of the transfer pens and pencils will show on that fabric

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Skulls Finished

I'm going to build these blocks (and the top banner) from the center out. It'll be all asymmetrical and jumbled, with black and white fabrics. Though now that I think on it, I might throw just a dash of red in, here and there. Hmmm....

Anyway, I finished the embroidery on the top banner last night, and I am thrilled with how it came out.

All of the motifs are from Urban Threads, which I recommend wholeheartedly.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Drum Roll Please!

It's been a long time coming, a very long time (because I just didn't get the file proofed), but Foreign Body, the 6th Tory Bauer Mystery, is finally available as an eBook from Amazon. The other platforms will be live soon, and I'll post links as I get them.

In the meantime, it's up at Amazon.

Edited to add that it's up on B&N for Nook too.

And Smashwords.

And at Kobo.

The wonderful new cover, as with all of the eBook covers for this series, was designed by an exceptionally talented artist, who also happens to be my oldest son, Curtis. I love this one as much as all of the others

I'm excited to have the whole series available as eBooks now.

And trust me, this, right here, never gets old. Ever.