Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Camp Wannastitch

Once a year 170 or so stitchers descend on Ocean City for a four day weekend.

This is the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Embroiderers' Guild of America retreat.

We arrive with a circle of friends that grows every year. We laugh, we talk, we eat, we stitch from the wee hours of the morning until the wee hours of the next morning. (Not everyone, of course) We walk on the beach, we go shopping. We share things new and old. We ring a bell for our Camp finishes and get showered with applause and cheers. We get asked for advice and we ask for advice. We have so much fun we want to stay longer!

My photos are of one Judy giving another Judy a quilt she won from the raffle at the Woodlawn Needlework Show. And a sunset because beach!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy New Year!

Not too much stitching today. I settled on making progress with the boring sky on this Cooper Oaks version of the Warren Kimble winter season.

Yes. I do have all four seasons. Not a priority. Just stitching now and then. But if I finish this one, I'll feel motivated to keep going and get them framed.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

This Just Won't Do

What? I haven't posted in a month?

So very wrong of me.

Easy to say I will do better in 2017.

Easy to improve on 2016 in terms of numbers.

What's wrong? Too much time sitting. Not enough time doing.

I am still stitching. Need more sharing. Need more moving. Need more motivation.

Here's a shot of Market Square in Portsmouth, NH, one very cold December night. And here's to more communication in the new year!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Time to Think about Woodlawn

It's that time to contemplate what to enter into the Woodlawn Needlework Show.

Of course, some of us already know what to submit.

This year I'll have two pieces - one original multi stitch canvas and one adaptation multi stitch canvas.

The show is in March, so it's not too late to think about submitting in 2017.

For info,  go here

If this link doesn't work, Google Woodlawn Needlework Show for details of deadlines and the form for submission.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Imari Collage

Here's something I haven't shared here in a while. I work on this one afternoon every two months on average.

It is Debbie Stiehler's Imari Collage.

I think it's incredibly beautiful when I look at what I've already stitched. The slow progress is me working on it at chapter workshop stitch ins which happen almost once a month.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Unfinished October Finish

Last month my ANG chapter had a program called Unfinished October - bring a past chapter project to work on. Lots of memories in a program like this as we all explained what we brought, and in some cases why it became a UFO.

I picked this poinsettia project that is from the 2009 Chapter Project book. Joni Stephenson is the designer. We began by painting our congress cloth. Then traced outlines of the petals on tissue paper. Then we basted the paper to the cloth and  now we basted outlines of the petals.

That's where I stopped. With less than half of my petals basted.

In October I finished the basting, ripped off the paper and began the real fun of stitching these laid filling patterns.

I had changed the thread colors years ago and decided to keep the blue. This is a mix of Kreinik and Anchor floss and a little bit of pearl cotton.

Worked up quickly once I got it into gear. Added a few gold beads and done. Now it's off to be made into an ornament.

Nice to clear an older project off the bars.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Star Spangled Indeed

Why attend a Seminar?

For the class. For the teacher. For the project.

Why do I love to attend? For the people.

I've had many wonderful encounters over the past few days.

First, the staff at the hotel have been supremely helpful and always cheerful.

Second, the people you meet here once a year who remember you and ask if you've finished "that" class. (Frequent answer:  sorry, no.)

Third, the people who you see more often than once a year at other stitching functions with whom you share a passion.

Fourth, the people in your chapter whom you see frequently whose support, kindness, talent, and friendship is paramount to your own well-being.

And fifth, your best friend who always has a smile for you when you need it.

It's an addictive experience, these needlework seminars. We'll be talking about Seminar 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina and plotting and planning our fun till we get to the Blue Ridge Rendezvous.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Star Spangled Seminar

Here we are in Alexandria, Virginia enjoying the EGA National Seminar. Today was the first day of classes and the opening banquet. Great food, great company, good times.

No classes for me. This is a working Seminar as I volunteered to be on the Seminar Committee. I won't bore you with details. Everyone is pulling together and working hard to make sure this event is a success. It has been more pleasure than pain. Though right now I will admit I'm completely exhausted.

I'll try to get back here with some photos and fun

Friday, October 28, 2016

Governor's Palace

I finished the stitching on this two weeks ago. Today I put it together. This is a design by Betsy Morgan of Willing Hands.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I have not abandoned my linen stitching. Example:  Willing Hands ornament of the Williamsburg Governor's Palace.

Last night I planted the grass and grew a tree. This morning, with a coffee assist, the tree grew all its leaves.

Now to plant the second tree and some shrubbery. Then I'll make the sun shine.
It's good to be in control...