knitting Paradise

I belong to a wonderful knitting and crochet group called

Knitting Paradise.

I hope you will drop by and check us out. Shirley

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Skating on the pond (continued)

I have the background all completed and the skaters ready to attach to the ice.  I 
will us invisible thread  for the little ones and steam a seam light to attach them.  It is looking 
pretty good.  I will be attaching a couple of similar scenes with less buildings and skaters so 
people can choose their degree of difficulty. 

Monday, March 29, 2010

New class

"Skating in the pond" is a class I promised last year but life got in the way. I just lost all my data on my computer
and my class was one of them . I decided to do another one so that I wouldn't have to cancel the class. I am having
a lot of fun with it. I plan on giving it away as a Christmas present. I have started with the snow, and buildings- having
all the buildings and skaters ready to be added. This is one of my favorite classes so I do hope the girls enjoy
doing it.

It is a lovely sunny day here in Calgary, we had a chilly spell for the past couple of weeks but it is nice and warm now - a real spring day.

I will show you more of my 'work in progress' as I complete each section. I still have to put in 2 more buildings, snow mounds and some shadows on my snow. I also have to do the edge of the pond. Then will work on the pond and also a
mound of snow with some birches at the front. Lots of fun.


Friday, March 26, 2010

My header picture

shows a bouquet I recently received from Rob's ( my son who passed away in December) former wife. I was so
pleased with them. She is a very fine person and it was so nice to have gotten back in touch with her recently.


I have been working all day in trying to find my class emails and other information after having my computer
'crash'. It has been a long day, but some of my dear friends on learningfa have sent me the classes they received
and it has made it much easier than having to re write the classes.


Our weather looks as if it is going to improve a great deal this next few days. We got a showering of light rain and
then a wee bit of snow today so I am looking forward to the nice weather.

Easter is next weekend -- time does fly by. Shirley

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Thread painting ...

has been a passion of mine for the last 4 years- I was going through some of my old discs - trying to find photos I can
use for my Thread painting classes, as I lost a lot of information and I discovered this one, which was one one of my first
real attempts of doing thread painting of an original drawing. I remember the feeling of satisfaction when I finished it and framed it. I gave it to my aunt and as she is in Newfoundland - I haven't seen it on her wall. I hope you like it.

Friday, March 19, 2010


not sure if it is the blog or me but I have no background

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I'm back

Everything was wiped off my computer and am I ever having fun trying to get it back . I finally got in tp my blog.

I have been working on a manipulated photo which I printed on fabric and then thread painted and did a small amount of beading. here it is.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


are finally up on my wall. The wall hanging was a Valentines present for
my husband -- I guess it will be a St. Patricks gift too!

I was concerned that I made the coyotes too much like the background but
we were for a drive the other day and there was one along the side of the
road and you could hardly see him.

This was my first major project since we lost our son and it was very
thereaputic. The main thing is - he loved it!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


I played with photo shop all day yesterday and learned quite a bit. I had no
problem manipulating the pictures, however I am having problems saving the changes to the photos - especially putting them on the blog. I finally put it in my iphotos and then transferred it to my desktop with a jpeg format.

I know there is a much easier way so I am going to read about transferring pictures as well as putting the manipulations into the photo shop library.

It was lots of fun and I hope to use what I am learning, on one of my challenges. The attached picture was the original for the header manipulated picture. I hope to have more soon! (after I figure more out)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Another pillow case #2

quilt carrier --- it is a work in progress and I am having fun doing it.It will be a Canadian winter
scene - I haven't decided what I will do with the
foreground but the back ground has the distant
trees attached to the background with a glue stick and I am starting to stitch them down.

The foreground is grey and will represent the water. I will do some white thread painting to show the frosty branches, and then will work forward to
ward the foreground.

I will put up more works in progress of this quilt, which will be quilted and attached to a pillow case to carry a quilt. Shirley