Working on Projects – 1-29-17

Paragraph motif tinymagiahousemouse17-1It’s been a busy winter, so far. Mostly I’ve been working on pincushions as far as embroidery goes, although I’m about to start making some favors for the entrants of the Principality of the Summits Arts and Sciences Championship.

motif 2I’m still working on a kit that I’m *trying* to get finished for that weekend, but I’m not holding my breath that it will happen.

We have a lot of the misformatted Pattern Card Set #1 for sale. Those are going for $5 each. New sets are coming through at around $8, so this is a good buy! There’s nothing wrong with the patterns and info, but they couldn’t be cut down to 3×5 because of the way they printed, so they’re 4 1/4 x 5 1/2…..

motif flower sq001 halfMy biggest project is trying to get a new card set or three out there and to reprint Pattern Card Sets 3 & 4. My file cabinet has gotten buried in the recent move and that’s slowing that project down, so captureI’ve been setting up designs for Pattern Card Set on the Jane Bostocke Sampler, Nicholas Bassee’s Modelbuch from 1568 and some Mamluk era patterns. Those should be sets 25, 26 and 27…if I’m remembering my numbering right.

…and Spoonflower prints. I’m trying to get 25 of the not-for-sale prints together to do a sampler and then I’ll have that many for sale!

So, some pincushion pix….

Embroidered (yes, double-running work) Some pictures are duplicated between this and the next section

Calicos and prints (pinpillows)

A scissor bob (scissor keeper) & a same-fabrics pincushion

Some in-process pix


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Happy Stitching!


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Sewing Tools – 12-27-16

magiahousemouse17-1motif sewing Pin tomatoI lucked into a way to get some basic sewing tools, inexpensively. Some of them we’re making ourselves…or rather finishing….so’s to keep the costs down, but this new batch…. They’re not the high-quality tools that I *prefer*, but they work and they give folks with limited funds another option.

Wooden nee

Wooden nee

One of the tools that we make is our wooden needlecases that are dyed, sanded and then varnished. We finish them with a dab of cotton wool in the bottom, so that your needles don’t get dull. Some of the tops fit rather loosely and if you don’t want a loose one, the easy fix is a tiny ball of beeswax to make it stick together. (We also sell beeswax…) …and Loren is working on more bone needles and fids!

I haven’t been idle, even with the holidays. Various of the projects are progressing. Pincushions are still going and I’m experimenting with making a pear for myself. So far I’ve ended up with an apple and a lemon. 🙂

…and scissor bobs, since WDW#3 is all on Scissor Keepers and I had given away all of my samples…

I’ll be attending the Myrtleholt Hogmanay this coming weekend and teaching the 2nd half of the blackwork class that I did at their ARC tournament. Later in January I’ll be at Adiantum’s Mid-Winter Feast and have a display up of blackwork and spoons and balls and pincushions and do impromptu workshops for whoever is interested.

Happy Stitching!

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Well-Dressed Workbasket 12-14-16

magiahousemouse17-1120916-wdewWDW#4 – Pincushions is out! I got it printed in time for Summits Winter Investiture. I also made a happy discovery about WDW#2 – Making a Scroll Sampler. It turned out that the 3rd edition (revised) was within a couple of hours of editing time. I did that and it was re-published for the same day!

120316-plotz12There is a set of pages that go along with WDW#4 (working on #2) There are some examples of what I’m doing and step-by-step and process pix for each of the 4 types of pincushions included in the pamphlet. I’m retroactively working on more pages for each of the pamphlets as I find pictures or can make new ones.

...and more. Am I obsessed? :-)

…and more. Am I obsessed? 🙂

The associated kits for WDW#4 will likely come out in the spring and now that WDW#2 is re-printed, I’ll start making up some more of those.

I’ve also gotten a long way on both the Bassee and the Mamluk era patterns, so I’m hoping for a couple of new pattern card sets, soon!

Happy Stitching!


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News through 11-15-16

magiahousemouse17-1star-099I was concentrating so hard on Well-Dressed Workbasket#4’s re-write that I completely forgot that I hadn’t done the monthly post! The mundane weirdness that’s been eating most of my time is nearly done, thankfully, and that means my life will get back to just normally crazy. 🙂

My classes all went well and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the students again at Hogmany or Winter Investiture. (At ARC 10/1/16)

100116-arcSo, the text and formatting for WDW#4 is done! The cover still needs to be finished, but probably will be tonight. The patterns and the jumble sheet are in rough draft form, still needing tweaking. So, I’ve set the publication date for Summits Winter Investiture, aka December 10, 2016! Cost will be $8 per pamphlet.

Pre-orders are 10% off and always get some kind of a goodie with them and you can order by commenting here (nobody sees those unless I approve them), or nabbing me on Facebook (MaryAnne Anja Bues Bartlett) or by the e-mail that is currently working

So I can get back to finishing WDW#4, I’m going to dump in a gallery of recent pictures.

Happy Stitching!


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News up to 9-27-16

magiahousemouse17-1motif blackwork leafIt was a very long summer and I have a month of teaching a lot of classes to get through before I can settle back down to creating. I’ve been steadily working through getting WDW#4 finally together in the re-done version.

Paragraph motif tinyI’m teaching another embroidery class this weekend in the Grants Pass area and going back in December to do the 2nd half. I have a couple of students who are coming to the workshops in my shop to learn bargello and blackwork.

motif blackwork thingie 042113This is a lot of what I’ve been doing. The little tin goes everywhere with me. My snips, Fraychek, extra floss, needles and patterns all fit and a roll or two of the aida that is being used for these samples. All of these are biscornu, btw.

I’m working on redacting/adapting patterns from period sources. I found a Mamluk era sampler and then got a new copy of Nicholas Bassee’s Ein Neu Modelbuch to work from, as well.

Mamluk era – Can you find the original on the textile?


. My other big project at the moment is a bargello/flame stitch cover for my storage footstool. The top has been broken for years, and the hinges came off, so I’m thinking to cover a sturdier piece of plywood (instead of masonite) and use better hinges. It’s slow progress because the tugging irritates a thumb joint….

Happy Stitching!


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News 8-8-16

magiahousemouse17-1motif blackwork leafAnother why-was-it-so-long-between… <sigh> Summer in a tourist town is all that I can say! Well, and life… but….

The pincushion kits are well underway. The pamphlet (WDW#4) is not quite as far along, since I need to do up some samples of the odder ones. Some have been parceled out to other folks to work on, but here’s a step-by-step on one design of snails from Scholehouse of the Needle.

The Household that meets at my shop has been doing needlework, too.

There have been a number of classes this year. The most recent was in Kaldor Ness this past weekend.

Happy Stitching!


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News 12-29-15

magiahousemouse17-1I had no idea that it had been this long since I posted anything! I’ve been more than a little busy, and then ill, surgery, recovery and then a real surprise, and then the holidays! I’m not quite done with crazy, since 12th Night is coming and I’ll have the Mab’s Creations products there, but more on all that below.

I did finally finish that biscornu that I was working on awhile back. I need to get a better picture, though, since this is from when it was being stuffed. It’s actually finished, though!

I found something from when I was in middle school. I’ve been obsessed with Renaissance clothing for awhile! This is a clay statue that stands not quite a foot high. Yes, it cracked in the firing.

…and then I went down sick with gall bladder problems and ended up in surgery right before Thanksgiving! I’ve apparently been getting sicker and sicker with this for years because as soon as I started to recover my long-suffering husband laughing said that I was an LP that someone had turned up to 78!

…and then the surprise. I had entered the Alpine Scholar competition for the Summits and I actually won. I’m still amazed over that! First is a picture of the display (and the carving and balls display going on around the corner). I showed the transition from sampler to finished item. (…and that finished biscornu is in the little basket with the green scissor keeper…)

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…and then me, with the baldric….

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…in my two-nights-in-the-suitcase wrinkled surcote……

Since then I’ve been working on a new sampler that I started during the weekend of the competition with some patterns from an extant Mamluk sampler and one from a 1527 Modelbuch. …and I have a few new pins.

biscornu 7I’m trying really hard to get the WDW#4, Pincushions pamphlet done for 12th Night. That’s one of the new patterns to the left. Not sure I’m going to make it…. The evening is January 8-10. If you don’t know what the SCA is, comment on this post and I’ll get you more info.

Happy Stitching!

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