The MS Ryndam is one of Holland America's smaller ships suitable for
cruising the Sea of Cortez.
I spent many pleasant hours in the Exploration Cafe sitting in comfortable leather sofas, drinking lattes, listening to my iPod, and knitting. Oh, and also using the computer.
We had a luxurious Deluxe Verandah Suite. More about this later.
Monday, November 3, 2008
The MS Ryndam is one of Holland America's smaller ships suitable for
Posted by Caroline Commins at 2:45 PM
We began our cruise in San Diego. I brought my daughter, my granddaughter, and my great granddaughter along on the cruise. We started out with the airlines losing Macyn's stroller. They gave us a loaner to take with us on the cruise. Because of my arthritic knee, I had a wheelchair at the airports in Oakland and in San Diego. We all got to go through security ahead of the waiting line. We also pre-boarded the plane because of my being in a wheelchair.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
I needed to do something fast so I made my piece for March on the Embellisher. There's a bit of magenta fabric paint on the yellow pieces (to tone them down a little), but otherwise the whole thing was put together using my Embellisher. I may still attach it to a larger piece of black felt with running stitches around the edge.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 3:04 PM
Thursday, February 28, 2008
This is the original image I started with after squaring it up with Photoshop. The background will remain the color of the felt (green), the heavy black lines will be black embroidery, and the rest of the spaces will be embroidered with colored silk thread. (See former post)
Posted by Caroline Commins at 11:52 AM
Vero, in answer to your question, these are the colors of silk thread that I've chosen to use on my Primitive piece. I will leave the green background as is and fill in the design spaces with the colors. I may do a "mock up" on paper, first, to see which way I want to go. The lines will be heavily embroidered over with black silk thread. As you can see, the thread is Splendor's 12 ply silk. The thread easily separates into 4 ply strands which is how I use the silk. I love the feel of pulling silk thread through wool felt - very satisfying.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 11:44 AM
I tore off the embroidery paper, and because I hadn't knotted the thread, some of the treads pulled out. If I were to do this again, I would use a thinner paper such as tissue paper. I would also use only one strand of thread instead of three as I intend to embroider over the outlines.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 11:41 AM
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
My new project is an embroidery on light green felt. The design is from a book on primitive art. I attached a piece of embroidery paper to freezer paper and ran it through my printer to come up with a design I could outline on my piece of felt. Now, I'll tear away the embroidery paper and begin the actual embroidery.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 8:43 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I've finished the stitching on my TIF February Challenge piece. I hand stitched the running stitch around all the pieces. I'm not happy with the way it looks -it needs something more, but I don't know what. I might try images printed on organza to add on. I'll see how it goes.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 2:28 PM
Monday, February 18, 2008
I've pinned my fabric together and it's ready for stitching. This little quilt is for the Take It Further Challenge for February. The concept is "What am I old enough to remember." I chose metal roller skates. The piece measures about ten inches square. I will use batting and another fabric to make this a "real" quilt. I will also leave raw edges on all the pieces. Scroll down to see my "Thoughts on Roller Skating" post.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 12:39 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2008
The challenge was to recycle materials to make a mini-quilt five inches square. I use a piece of raw canvas for the drying cloth to place just-painted Lutradur monoprints on. The paint is usually quite thick and a lot soaks through to the canvas. I cut out a 5" piece of this canvas, embellished it with beads, silk floss, and other threads leftover from finished projects. I used a scrap of white wool felt instead of regular batting and backed the quilt with a scrap piece of gold lame'. If the editor of the magazine likes my quilt, it might end up in the magazine (with others, of course)!
Posted by Caroline Commins at 4:30 PM
Saturday, February 2, 2008
I'm going to make a mini-art quilt for the February Challenge. These are the fabrics/colors I will start out with. From top to bottom the blue stripes are upholstery fabric, the next two are batiks, the next red is cotton, the dark blue on left is a Japanese cotton, and the bottom light blue is Japanese rayon chirimen crepe. I still have to figure out how to create the roller skate. I'm thinking appliqué.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:51 AM
Friday, February 1, 2008
I wonder how many pairs of shoes I ruined with my roller skates. The skates had these clamps that tightened onto the sole of the shoe. We used our skate key (which we carried on a ribbon around our necks) to tighten the clamps. The sidewalks where I grew up (the Mission District of San Francisco) were rough concrete; the asphalt streets were smoother, so we skated out in the street. A few blocks from my house was a small industrial area with train tracks, trains, and large buildings for businesses selling all kinds of large equipment. The brand new sidewalks in front of the buildings were smooth - almost as smooth as glass. This area was our favorite place to skate. We didn't have need pads or wear helmets then, so I had many scrapes on my knees and elbows. I still have a skate key in with my mementos. I like to think it is the same one I had as a youngster growing up on the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:30 AM
Sharon has posted a wonderful challenge for February. The concept is "What are we old enough to remember." There are so many things I remember: Shirley Temple dolls and paper dolls, my Schwinn bicycle, coloring books and Crayola crayons, my grandmother's summer cottage on the Pacific coast just south of San Francisco, driving there in my grandfather's Buick - passing the pig farms while holding our noses, reading fairy tales and the Book of Knowledge, street cars, and finally, the item I've chosen to work with: roller skates.
Photos are the Challenge colors.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:18 AM
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Finally, I have finished my fourth piece for the Challenge. The challenge was to pick someone we admire to inspire our piece. I chose Jean Littlejohn and her piece in which she uses the Embellisher. I did the first piece so quickly, I felt guilty and made a second piece. Then Sharon posted a link to some vintage samplers. I saw one I wanted to copy and ended up doing two more. Now I think I can make a wall hanging of the four pieces. Not sure how yet, but I'm thinking of a large piece of black felt for the background. I hope to get to that before the February challenge starts.
Well, here's the finished quilt. I just have to add another layer of black felt, embroider the edges together, and hang it. I'm going to miss working on this piece.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 8:36 PM
Sunday, January 20, 2008
I finished my third piece with the Kantha stitch background in two colors. The stitches should have been more random, but I didn't start out that way and had to finish the whole piece in nice neat lines. I'm not sure I'll use the Kantha stitch again. Now to do the fourth piece. I'm going to use the periwinkle felt but don't know yet how I will approach it.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 6:35 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
I switched to Firefox browser and am now able to upload my latest in-progress TIF challenge image. See my Flickr site for more description.
(I couldn't upload an image this morning so I put all the description on my Flickr page.)
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:11 AM
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I've reached a crossroads. What to do? I'm almost down to doing the background stitching. At this point I don't feel very creative. Following the piece of vintage embroidery I found on the Internet has been interesting; trying to stick to the colors and design has been challenging. However, doing the Kantha running stitch on the background will result in a piece not like the other two I've completed. I'm considering embellishing yarn onto the background. I started out emulating one of Jean Littlejohn's embellishment pieces for my "inspiration" in the TIF Challenge. With this piece I totally took off on a tangent not inspired by Jean at all. What it comes down to I think is that I don't feel I'm being creative. I'm choosing colors not by intuition but by solving the puzzle of which colors go where. I'll need to take off these handcuffs for my fourth piece.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:36 AM
Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
After doing two pieces on the Embellisher, I was craving some hand embroidery. Ahhhhhh! So satisfying. I'm keeping to the same colors and the spiral.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 10:34 AM
Monday, January 7, 2008
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
I'm amazed! I finished this piece in less than two hours. Now what do I do for the rest of the month? I don't feel the piece needs anything more done to it. Perhaps I should do a series of these. Hmmmmm? That sounds like a challenge.
Posted by Caroline Commins at 9:37 PM
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
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