Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekend Workshop

How to have a fun weekend? Have a needlepoint workshop with friends and colleagues.

And because I knew I was giving up weekend time with my honey, he and I went off adventuring on Friday. We visited the Green Valley Book Fair in Mt. Crawford for the first time. And yes I found beading books that I couldn't pass by. My stitching library has reached alarming proportions. But I just can't seem to help myself.

Then we drove a little further south to Verona and the Factory Antique Mall. I could have gone nuts in here, but restrained myself to one pickle dish for a friend and one bowl for me.

And because it had been a long time since breakfast at the Virginia Kitchen in the morning, we finally took a break for food. Back up to Harrisonburg for a lovely German meal at the Black Forest. German restaurants always start us to reminiscing about our three years in Hanau. Beer, schnitzel, and memories.

Which set me up for two days with Ann Strite-Kurz. Our ANG chapter had picked Br-rrr-rdbath for our workshop. We had some pre-work to do to create our wonderful circle. And we started our day with making a pedestal for our birdbath.

I've included photos of Ann's piece and my progress at the end of day one. We had two delightful days contemplating this Charley Harper design that Ann created twenty plus years ago. His work is so timeless. I'd love to write more but it's time to get to work!

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Bunny Finish

One splendid pink bunny driving a carrot car. I had so much fun stitching this that I will go back and purchase one or two more of this series from Melissa Shirley Designs. 

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Stitching and Flying

I flew to Europe working on a 13ct ornament. Nothing exciting. Just basketweave.

But then I started this Melissa Shirley bunny driving a carrot car. Too cute. I have everything I need in one gallon size plastic bag. Canvas mounted on bars. Appropriate magnet. A Walker bag with my threads. A Trish Vine fabric tray to contain my orts and threads and scissors. Just making it up as I go along. The only thing I don't have is my Bunka brush to fuzz up my bunny.

No problems at all flying international with my little scissors.

More progress coming as we cross the  Atlantic.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Last Night

We are about to go to our last dinner in Venice. Tomorrow we arise, have breakfast, and get on a boat to Marco Polo International.

It's been grand. And I mean grand. I've got a thousand photos on my large camera and three hundred more here on my phone. I have memories of games and hugs and kisses to last me until I see my little girls again.

Arrivederci.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Trip

We are fortunate to have two wonderful granddaughters and we are in the middle of our first visit with the littler bug. She's six months old and loves to smile. And jump. And roll. And the older bug hasn't forgotten us at all in the year and a half they've been gone. She's as brilliant as the sun.

Which brings us to Italy.

Where I've seen some interesting needlework in interesting places. But those photos aren't on my phone so we'll have to wait. Meanwhile enjoy the scenery.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bracelet with Bling

One more off to the finisher. This is an Ann Wheat bracelet with her stitch guide. I used my own threads and followed the stitches for the most part.

I originally intended to finish this myself until I saw a leather backed bracelet. Love that. So off it goes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ornaments

Two ornaments back from the finisher. One is an ANG Chapter Project Book of a poinsettia on congress cloth that we first painted. Design by Joni Stephenson. I added the blue. It's all laid fillings so I learned a lot.

The other one is a painted design by Mile High Princess called Nasal Congestion. Stitches and threads are all mine.

And if the photo shows up, it's Pierre. A French snowman from the Princess and Me. Stitch slightly modified.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Casalguidi

How many years have I had this Shining Needle Society class piece? I think this was the first or second class I took. It's by Jane Ellen Bauzelweit.

I had fun proving to myself that I could do this. I added the hem stitching. It was meant to be an Altoids tin topper. I don't know what I'll do with it, but it's done.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Dancing for a Finish

Finally. Finally finished my turtle canvas by Julie Pischke. And yes, I still need to attach it to the bag.

On this one I looked. I bought it in March of 2011. Only 6 years to stitch. What an idiot I am.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Finally Framing

I have a feeling that I could look back on this blog to find out when I stitched this piece. I'm going to guess 2005 or 2006. I just framed it this year.

It's no secret around here that some of us needleworkers love our framers at Total Framing. I've slowly been digging into my finished, but unframed box. And bringing things to them for their transformation. If you're in the area of northern Virginia, go see them at either location, Fairfax or Chantilly. I've been really  happy with everything they've framed for me and my friends.

I believe this is a Bent Creek piece that originally said Long Winter. Which just seemed like a bad idea to me so I changed the words. I may have freely substituted threads and fabric. I honestly don't remember.

And I love this reclaimed wood frame. Sets it off perfectly.