April 1, 2013

GIVEAWAY and backwards post!


The bird I'm working on this week is one that I've wanted to make since the beginning - but I didn't know how.  After having done the Fairy Wren, I sure know how to make a french knot -and realized that that was what I needed to know to make all the snow on those branches.  

More on the berries and the giveaway, after the jump!




Speaking of berries - I started with plain red fabric and then added oil pastels in orange, light orange, a pinky-beige and purple.  The pastels started rubbing off almost immediately as I worked, so re-applied and decided to seal  - but what to seal with - I had nothing in my stash.

I decided to paint on some transparent base extender for fabric (I also have one for paper but am not sure it would work) and see if it would seal the pastels; but the fabric version sure did!


And above, you can see where I had marked the placement of the berries in order to work on my knots in the car.

And now to the giveaway!



You may remember that back in the fall, I did a giveaway for Jennifer Chiaverini's book "The Giving Quilt".  Well, today is the day the paperback is released and I'm doing a giveaway for a copy of  - you guessed it - the paper back version, along with these two pins.




In fact, I have TWO copies of the book, along with two sets of the pins; so there will be two winners!

Leave a comment for the giveaway (sorry, Canada and the US only); and I'll send you a copy along with the pins.

Giveaway is open until the end of the week.

Good luck!

Kit 120

18 comments:

Living to work - working to live said...

How can you embroider in the car???? That would make me woozy, but I love the texture of the snow - and so topical at the moment in the rather un-spring like weather we are having here. Lovely machine quilting by the way. Mine has gone a bit awol of late - tension issues!!

HollyM said...

I love the books and so do my friends so it would be lovely to pass it around. Thanks!

Threadpainter said...

I absolutely am in awe of the amount of french knots ... and of the hands that do them !!

Nina Marie said...

ohhhh its this is a great give away! would love to win!

Mary Stori said...

Of course I'd enjoy reading Jennifer's book.....but I also wanted to tell you how interesting I'm finding the process photos and technicial solutions you've been posting for the bird series. Most of all...how fabulous the finished pieces are!!!

Margaret said...

I'm posting mainly about the berries and bird, rather than the book, though I have enjoyed Ms. Chiaverini's work and wouldn't be averse to winning! :-) I'm wondering what you used to apply oil paint stick to the berries...? And I love the French knots, with a sprinkling of beads, for snow. You and Monika K-W must be the French knot queens on the Canadian embroidery scene!

Kit Lang said...

posting my answer here, in case others are interested - I used oil pastels (for paper) not an oil stick; and I just stroked or splooched a spot directly on the fabric, and then blended it with my finger as you would on fabric. Hope that helps! :D

vwlady said...

So interesting to watch your work in progress! Would love to win this giveaway!

Beth said...

I am very excited about all the snow which looks fabulous. Base extender is exactly what I use to "secure" fugitive media. You can also use half Elmers white glue and half water which dries clear.

Kitchener Quilter said...

I'd love to win, too, so count me in! And thank you for the giveaway.

Kaynik said...

A wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

Karrie S said...

Thanks for the chance to win ;) I really want to read that book. I've read the other ones up until that one.

roadie said...

What a fun give-away! The pins look charming! Re: your snow - it adds so much texture to your quilt top, plus the berries look so real!

LynCC said...

Wow!! Those french knots for snow have turned out beautifully! You must be tickled, after waiting since the beginning to do this one. :) And what a fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

Mary Ann said...

The white french knots look visually wonderful with the red berries against the background you've chosen...Lovely:)

Linda Kittmer said...

I love the background! The french knots really are perfect...labour intensive, but perfect. Bill, my husband always kids me when I tell people I do hand stitching in the car. "Oh sure, it's okay to stitch while driving but no hand held electronics..." LOL

patti.cole said...

I love your fabulous work. Thanks for the giveaway, too! I think people who say they don't have the patience are really saying they don't have the talent and passion. I'm glad you do!

Kit Lang said...

Thanks Patti! So funny to see an FB conversation continued here, but really great. Thanks for following me there and good luck in the draw!

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