Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Following Orders

I don't always follow orders, but sometimes I do. Thus the photo.

Earlier in June I had my first opportunity to visit TNNA's market in Washington DC.
This is an open-only to the trade market, public not allowed. It's for retailers and wholesalers.

I attended wearing two hats - one as a shop employee and one as a product reviewer for Needlepointers magazine, the American Needlepoint Guild's magazine for members. I have a partner in the reviewing enterprise and she recently started working where I work so we road the Metro in together.

Not a huge show for needlepoint, I still walked my feet off. My favorite part was putting faces to names that I call at work. Plus seeing new canvases for the first time.

I apologize that I had absolutely no time to take photos other than my selfie.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Small Finish

Just got back from retreat and though I can't show my progress (top secret, etc.)
I did have a small finish I can share.

Mill Hill flamingo. I think I started this in 2011. Good to add it to the done pile.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Really Really

More than a month since I posted?

I think this means I posted something on the wrong blog.

No worries. All good.

I've been adventuring in bead embroidery. This is a design a friend did for our EGA chapter. Love it. Hers is a palomino, but I'm partial to bays.

May have become obsessed with this finish. Took 3 episodes of Rome and I think it's 9 o'clock and I missed supper.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Frankie

Woo-hoo! Yesterday my belated birthday present arrived at the shop.

Thanks to my terrific boss and co-worker.

He'll partner with my Mr. Bones. It's by Labors of Love. There's a witch and a pumpkin man, too.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cube It


I thought I'd share with you my new favorite thing to bring to stitching retreats.
  

First photo shows it folded up. This one shows the inside.
  

And here we have the assembled product:  a Poppin Cube from the Container Store. My friend and I each brought on to our retreat in January. A place to put your things. Store your varied projects inside. Strong enough for others to sit on while visiting with you. You can put your feet on it. I used mine as a table beside me. 

Never leaving for retreats without this. 

Don't think I'll bring it to classes though as it takes a certain amount of room. 

Comes in eight different colors. You can see them here:  Poppin Cube  

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Words Worth

https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/mark-my-words-the-subversive-history-of-women-using-thread-as-ink

My two favorites:  words and textiles. Worth reading.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

National Stitch in Public Day

The first Saturday in February is National Stitch in Public Day. That's because February is National Embroidery Month.

I'm doing my part today while traveling.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Blizzard's Away

And the snow began to fall. Quietly. Steadily.

Got several inches already. As of now, it's a dry, fluffy snow. Please stay that way.

Started off my blizzard stitching with Radishes, a class piece from ANG seminar.

Oh, and if you're curious at all about what an impending, major snowstorm does to stitchers, you should work in a needlepoint shop the day before the storm. Wow. We were busy! Came home exhausted. If anyone runs out of thread before Tuesday, it's not my fault!

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Wise Words

http://blog.lionbrand.com/2016/01/06/franklin-habits-friendly-three-point-message-to-journalists-who-seek-to-write-about-knitting-and-crochet/

Finally. Some good advice to those who write about what we do.

Thanks.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Color Play

I was bopping along yesterday stitching on my last hexagon. Then I heard the nagging call from the kitchen to wash the dishes as our dishwasher is officially broken and in need of replacement.

Of course I cut my index finger on the paring knife.

Not badly, but enough so that I couldn't continue.

I'm still intrigued looking at this piece and am hoping I can move on to framing soon.