Monday, October 27, 2014

Un-Du Archival Safe.... Saved my Petit Point Canvas. THANK YOU MARK!


Un-Du is an adhesive remover that is archive safe. Scrapbookers use it a lot. It has been used on very valuable antique books to remove stickers and price tags.

This morning I telephoned the company and spoke to Mark. He developed the product. I asked him if it was safe to use on fabrics. He told me a story about a very valuable dress that had gotten some sort of sticky adhesive on it in London. The dress was pure satin and a rich red. Un-do took off the gluey substance without a stain or color change to the rich deep red dye.

He told me to try it on a scrap piece of my petit point canvas using a piece of the Velcro's glue smeared on it. Then he told me how to use it for that purpose.     KAPOOF it ltook it right off.  

So I used it on my petit point canvas. There is no more adhesive on it. It evaporates so fast there isn't even an odor now.

THANK YOU MARK for this WONDERFUL product. I am so glad I found it.

PHEW... What a nightmare that could have been.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Petit Point Carpet...OMG!...A GLUE SMEAR!

Today I had to take the petit point carpet off the frame. I wanted to turn it around to stitch the other  half looking at it right side up.  Doing that won't make any difference to the direction of the stitches.

The frame I bought to work it on uses hook and loop tape (commonly called Velcro). This is what holds the silk gauze on to the stretcher bars. I have kept the piece tight on the frame. Unfortunately, that caused the tape to move and got glue from the back of the tape on the remaining silk gauze I had rolled up. ( Could you hear me scream when I found that?) Grrrrrrrr 

I think the best idea to get the glue off  the un-stitched gauze is to sandwich those areas between pieces of paper towels and iron in those spots. Just those spots because I would be afraid to iron over the stitches. If anyone else has a better idea I would love to hear it.

I have no idea what the back of everyone else's petit point looks like. This is the back of mine (such as it is). There aren't any knotted up wads of thread I am proud to say. Now that I have it off the frame I can feel that it really is the same thickness too.



I was so excited to find this raspberry leather. It may not show it on this photo but it is a perfect match to the over all color in  tone of the carpet. I think I will make a child's tufted antique leather chair out of it. 


This is the back. I hope it looks as it should.





Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18, 2014 Carpet Progress


Minus the eight days Linda Master was here for a visit. I have worked on this carpet every day for exactly two months. Once I get started have trouble stopping. I usually have a section I want finished everyday.

Linda and I had never met in person before. Though we speak often on the phone and email. I loved having her here. I am kicking myself now because I didn't take any photos. She took a few so you may see them on her blog soon. http://miraclechicken.blogspot.com/

Her visit was perfectly timed to attend Repair Days at the National Ornamental Metals Museum. It is my favorite weekend of the year. What could be better then two hundred metalsmiths from all over the USA (many of which are old friends) working together to repair anything from garden tools to a genuine Georgian sterling silver teapot with a big dent in it. If it is metal, the public can bring it in to be repaired. All the metalsmiths donate their time to raise money for the museum.. 

There are huge tents on the grounds of the museum. Under one of the big tents they are cooking to feed all these people that have come to work. Three meals a day for three days! This year there was a iron pour. The public could sign up to create a mould and watch as metalsmiths cast the molten iron. In another tent children were making bracelets. Another tent had gorgeous metal work by artists for an auction. Also to raise money for the museum. I hope Linda's pictures of the iron pour came out OK. She forgot her camera and took them with her phone.

Thank you Linda for teaching me everything I needed to know about the Proxxon Fet Saw.. I was clueless!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Petite Point....September



Being invited to watch someone's petit point progress might be equated to watching paint dry.
I have kept a steady pace working on it because I have a finished by month in mind. The race is on so to speak, remembering the tortoise and the hare.
Next week will be all play as I am expecting a house guest I think most of you know. More about that later.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Smaller was better!


These two spice barrel jars arrived yesterday. When I ordered them I really didn't notice what size they were. I have some of Terry's barrel jars and they are 1 1/8 inch tall. I was thrilled when I opened the package to see how tiny they are. His work is getting very hard to find.
Kaneel is Dutch for cinnamon and safran is French for saffron.
It's a good thing I bought a bigger hutch.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Moving Beyond the Square

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I have to apologize for not having something more exciting to show you. I have only been working on this carpet lately. While it might not look like a lot of progress, you can't imagine how many hours have been put into this since you last saw it.

I continue to make mistakes (which I am told is called frogging). Those take so much time to correct. If not for those I would be much further along. Sadly enough!

The thing about atitching this carpet is, it is the luck of the draw!!! When you go to buy those variegated threads (made by Gentle Arts). The dye lots vary so much it is unbelievable. The "red" I first got for the body of the rug was 5 times lighter that the dusty pink. It was sort of a washed out orange! If you order the threads rather then get them in your local needle work shop, you have no idea what will arrive.
I think after 7 orders from 7 different places, I might have the variegated red I need (thought it is still very light).

Anyway.... I am happy to be getting out of this square and on to the other designs in the rug.
Hope you are all having a great weekend. Thank you for visiting.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Baby Blue Jay...Injured or Stupid?


I don't know if this fledged baby Blue jay is injured or stupid. I rescued it yesterday when one of the outdoor cats had his eye on him. I know he can fly because yesterday when I picked him up I put him in a five foot long planter tough (that is on my wall). When I came back outside to check on him  he was sitting on the back of my chair.
I was worried they had gotten him over night but no. He is out in my garden again. He took a piece of cat food from my hand. I wish his mother would tell him to stay on the high branch I put him on. I am scared every time I go out side what I might find. 

He just sat on this branch taking pieces of cat food from me. 


He really isn't afraid of me. I have picked him up 3 times and put him up in a tree.