A Few Favorites

These are a few favorites of mine for this time of the year. A “Boo Bag” … “Halloween Pumpkin” … and “Halloween Fairy.” I have a couple more to post later.

Happy Autumn! Amities, Averyclaire

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Autumn Returns … and so do I

Some of my Autumn favorites! THANK YOU FOR RETURNING HERE to see what’s new!

Yes, it’s been nearly two months since I last posted! I have been in absentia! Sometimes life gets in the way of having fun! But I won’t bore you with details.

One thing I must announce to all is that I have ended my “finishing business.” It was creative and wonderful to help others with making their gorgeous stitching into lovely “finishes.” But it became so busy that there was no time left for my own stitching, gardening, quilting, boutis or even family time. My health was not perfect and life became stressful. So TY to all those who trusted me with their projects. I was happy to serve all of you for those two years.

With my free time I am feeling better and slowly getting back to normal. Here is a quilt I had in the works for some time now finally complete. You can zoom in on it to see details of the quilting and lovely batiks.  NOTE:  Yes, it is hand embroidered with a black/brown DMC thread.

And another one in the works:

My last stitching project begun 1-1/2 years ago remains undone:

But I have been working on some new Boutis designs seen here. Patterns soon to be available.

And a large white on white 24″x24″ piece for myself.

And last but not least are my patterns seen below that I sell on my Etsy page. I also have been teaching them to needlework and quilting groups.

Hand dyed batiste will soon be available for purchase on my Etsy page as well.

Amities, in friendship, Averyclaire

The 50th Celebration

Here we are celebrating our 50th Anniversary with our family after those 50 amazing years together!

Our 50th Anniversary!

My dear handsome, loving husband and I have been married for 50 years today! He is the light of my life, friend, soul mate, and true love! It has been an amazing journey together these past 50 years! We are truly blessed with a wonderful family and lots of friends!

And here is my lovely family!

Amities…Averyclaire

A New Tutorial and A Few New Finishes

Yes…now it’s been nearly two months since I have posted. Surely I need to take more photos and document more of our busy lives here! I did some finishing and some Boutis work, taught a couple of Boutis classes, took some time off from everything for a bit. We went on a vacation to Gettysburg and Lancaster, PA and then to Williamsburg, VA. It was lovely, relaxing and fun. I am not much for taking photos of vacations and not too much of a history buff, but I really enjoyed this one.

After I posted photos of my latest Boutis design and kit I created a tutorial to make the silk covered snap which I used for the scissor cases. I put the materials to make it into the kit along with everything else, but posted the tutorial on the blog above. It is “easy” and makes a lovely addition to anything that needs a really nice snapped finish. Check it out.

This banner was stitched by the dear husband of blogger “Love those Hands At Home.” You can read more about it at Kerry’s blog in her March 27th post. It is exquisitely stitched. The colors are beautiful.
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All ready for Halloween is this fun pillow done for Pat.

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And Christmas as well also done for Pat. I love the cross stitch fabric she used!

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A couple of Spring finishes…a chunky little Robin and an Easter Bunny couple. Since Easter is done and Spring is nearly over…it will be ready for next year!

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A pair of scissor holder/pinkeeps done for Carol who was giving these lovely little pieces as beautiful gifts.

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And another early Christmas finish for Southpaw Stitcher.

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Southpaw Stitcher also completed an early June piece.

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And Anne stitched one of my FAVORITE pieces from Prairie Schooler…R is for Rabbit! I hope someday I find enough time to do this one for myself!  Of course I absolutely fall in LOVE with every single piece I finish for others and now my list of wanna-stitches is NEVER ENDING!

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For myself I have completed a couple of more colored Boutis pieces but don’t want to post photos until I decide if I am making them into patterns.  I am also in the middle of stitching a larger 24″ square piece white on white. But it is nothing to look at until I begin to do the cotton cording, so until then no photos.

Thanks for always stopping into my blog.  I love when you leave comments for me, so please do if you like what you see!

Amities, Averyclaire

French Boutis Scissor Case

French Boutis is an ancient form of French quilted needlework. Traditionally it is all white on white, but I adore the bright Provencal colors and created this SCISSOR CASE to entice people to learn this art. It is done with a small running stitch and a back stitch on two pieces of batiste, then yarn is drawn through the channels to give it a raised relief. I am working VERY hard to bring this art to the USA. I teach classes for a minimal fee and sell beginner kits on my ETSY AVERYCLAIRE page. The kit is available in a variety of colors (8 different colors) and includes everything you need to complete one scissor case. Please tell your quilting and needlework groups!

UPDATE:  This pattern calls for a silk covered snap. I have provided the materials in the kit, but I put the tutorial at the top of this page for all to use.

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March Already and Halfway Over!

Hello Spring? Coming soon? It doesn’t seem like it the past couple of days.  At least not here in Chicago, nor all of those other lucky people who were blasted with FEET of snow! I am used to Mother Nature and her surprises for us in March and April sometimes. But I won’t show you photos of the mess!  I am thinking Spring today. This tiny little pillow was once a free pattern out there on the internet, but it seems to have disappeared. I love it because it not only had a Shamrock for March, but extends into May for Les Muguets Day (May 1st…in France) with the tiny little Lilies of the Valley. I believe it was by Danybrod.
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Finishes better late than never:

This one was stitched by Southpaw Stitcher and it is one of my favorites! I LOVE the lone deer and the quiet dusk-like feeling you get with the blue linen and barren trees!
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Southpaw also did this Winter Cardinal. She LOVES stitching birds and has quite a collection of them!
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These were gifts for the holiday each one done with the recipient in mind.  A project roll with a matching project bag! The project rolls open on the end and can hold thread, scissors, needles, patterns, etc. Fun to make and they include charm pulls on the bags dedicated to each person’s interests.DSC_1352

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Here is another winter cardinal.  This one is Little Red Bird from the Little Stitcher Shop on Etsy.  It is SO nice to just go on-line and be able to download a PDF pattern!  If you haven’t tried it…you need to! Instant gratification!IMG_4668

I do a LOT of pillows for my client Pat and this one is fun and amusing!  I love the fact that the dog has no eyes.  He/she could be ANYONE’S pet!  And that HUGE bone…why surely that is any dog’s dream!  I love the colorful fantasy flowers as well.  Fun just to look at!
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Here is another one done by Pat.  Brings me into Spring for sure. It is so soft and delicate and the purples and blues so pastel. I hand-dyed a silk ribbon to match. Beautiful.DSC_1409

This Lavender Needlebook was stitched by Lynn. I adore lavender (although I can NEVER seem to get it to grow in my garden). The inside has a lavender lining and wool lavender pages for needles.  I hand-dyed more silk ribbon for the closure. Lovely.DSC_1418

New Techniques and Stitchers Alive and Well…

It has been very busy the last couple of months stitching French Boutis needlework. I will be teaching a couple of classes in French Boutis coming up soon and I have been busy with stitching more patterns for other classes and kits. It is nice to know that there are adventurous women out there wanting to learn this ancient art. So often we look at our young people today and wonder if the Needle Arts will disappear. I don’t think so. We had this discussion just the other day at a needlework group with waning membership. One friend mentioned that she knows of a lot of young people doing stitching…they have lots of digital connections and just are not joiners of our “old” needle work groups! (So true Marj!)

So keep on stitching everyone and keep on learning new techniques and methods and pass them along to our young people everywhere!

Amities, Averyclaire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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