Saturday, March 17, 2018

TUSAL for March!.......

It's that time again. My TUSAL jar. I've decided to start a new one for 2018 as the old one was a bit full.

What is TUSAL?

You can read all about it at Daffycat's

TUSAL is scheduled based on the new moons. I was curious so I went on line to inquire about new moons and discovered that....."The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon. It's the last Full Moon before the vernal equinox." You can go here and read more about why it's named after worms:) Who knew?

So where do some of those TUSAL threads come from? Well.....

I have been very good at keeping up with my TAST stitches. The latest stitch we had to do was the couching stitch. I just realized that it looks sorta wormy right? LOL

I tried to use the stitch on my doodle embroidery project. I took some cord and some chenille fiber and used them for the center of a flower. A bit boring but it worked.
I like to use the couching stitch when I do crazy quilting as it's a simple way of attaching fibers, trims and laces. Here is a sample of a piece of chunky chenille fiber that I used when I took a CQ online class with Kathy Shaw.
In this case it was a bit fiddly following the curves of the letter but I can see all kinds of lovely uses for this type of stitching.

That's it from me for TUSAL until the next new moon.

Take care:) 

Friday, March 2, 2018


I had started doing some doodling using all the bits of thread left over from various projects. To what end I don't know but I thought it would be interesting to see what happened.

This was how it looked the last time I posted about it.....

It evolved into this.....

Isn't that strange? I took out one bit then added another bit and voila I have something totally and completely different. Actually it's a good way to try out ideas and stitches.

I have also being doing TAST again just for the heck of it. Using cross stitch fabric is a real challenge and limiting but it keeps it nice and neat.

We were having such nice weather. I had such high hopes for the month of March. Then it snowed again last night. Drat!! But, it is nice to be making dinner in daylight now rather than pitch dark.

Take care:)