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Friday, 7 June 2013


In my search for Canadian suppliers, I came across Nell Burns.  She's in BC and had an Etsy shop where she sells fibres, fibre art, and CUSTOM embroidery supplies.  Custom!  What does that mean?  It means she's magic! ; )  Nell is one of my newest sponsors added to my sidebar and I have to brag about her.

You know when things are so damn pretty you get tears in your eyes?  She does it for me.  I ordered some 'custom' yarn/string/beads.  I described to her my dream of a WINTER DRESS.  I started it a year ago but the corset is still in panels.  I told her I need ice, crystals, white, snow, and even a weeee bit of blue to be the frozen seawater.  THIS is what landed in my hands today!

custom made arctic yarn

STUNNING.  Here in my hands now, it is more beautiful than this photograph could ever portray.  Now, in the hot summer sun, I am moving forward to finish this project thanks to her inspiration.

layers of snow and bones of fish

ice lace

I am so happy I found Nell's shop!  This is terrific.  THANK YOU NELL.  
Please scroll down my sidebar to link to her store.


an afterthought:  *** Imagine what the autumn dress could look like!? ***

In other news, next week I'm running another Hand Embroidery 101 class and it's full up already with plans for a second one!  That is so cool.  I've been stitching out even more crazy quilt border samplers for it and thinking up more projects to do.

Oh!  Our quilt guild's 'intent to enter' is due on Monday.  It's that time again for the BIG biennial Saskatoon quilt show.  It's one of the biggest shows in western Canada.  I have ideas... but do I have time?

I've sold and shipped a few more pieces of art from my post 2 days back.  THANK YOU!  Oddly, I've sold lots since the exhibit ended.  It's exciting to see all this year's art getting sent to new homes.  I also have a new commission for a field with a silo in it.  I am excited for that one!  Now if only I can get this sewing room de-cluttered.  WHAT A HUGE DISASTER.  Slowly but surely...

Did I mention?  I have a new mission.  I used to sell work in order to buy more stuff to make more art in order to sell it to buy more stuff to make more art.  You know the drill.  Now that I have all the supplies I need, my goal is to save up for some much needed renovations.  I know exactly how to expand my space AND (lucky me) it was my husband's suggestion.  He looked around my studio before I headed to Winnipeg and said in a very serious manner, 'wow.  you really need a bigger sewing room".  eeeek!  : )  Why - yes I do.  YES I DO!  In the mean time I will just keep workin' away.

Have a good weekend!  One more rain and the ditches will begin bloomin' full.


Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

Beautiful! I love the ice thread...amazing!
And I am so excited....I am in your class next week!! :)

Margaret said...

Okay...just had to look! That beaded perle cotton is exquisite!

Mary Ann said...

For some reason the link doesn't work for me and I can't find her on Etsy:(

Nells embroidery said...

Thank you! The winter dress is looking amazing, can't wait to see it done after you have worked your creative magic ;-)

mysweetprairie @gmail.com said...

Hi Mary Ann! The link is in the sidebar. CLick there instead of the post? Otherwise you can google "nells embroidery etsy".

Maybe you did link to there, but you've been blinded by the beauty of her creations! (hehehe) kidding...

You are so welcome Nell. : )

Jeito Mineiro de Ser said...

Neve, gelo, água... o fio é lindo e em suas mãos de fada se transformará em mais beleza.
Um abraço!

Heather M. said...

Hi Monika,

I'd like to see this link, too, but it's not working for me either. There isn't a link in the side bar, I'm afraid.

Thanks for telling us about her.

Heather M.

marsha said...

This is amazing Monika... I am working on a quilt where I need some narrow ribbon. So I went to her shop and just ordered some! Thank you so much. Her stuff is amazing.

I am glad your quilts are selling. I hope you come back to Winnipeg for more teaching....though I would be willing to come to you!

Monika Kinner-Whalen (MySweetPrairie) said...

*** ALL the images on the right hand sidebar are linked. The text is not. Clicking on the images will take you to each business's page.

Please try again!

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