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...

Sunday, October 02, 2016

October Finishes

Two new finishes.

Kathy Shenkel's Lilies of the Valley - I kind of goofed on this one. I had picked out a light blue for the background. But when I started it, I used white.

I still like it. And it's my mom's favorite flower.

Second is my little JP Needlepoint penguin. She's a cutie all dressed up like Santa.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

EGA Region Meeting

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the EGA had a meeting this weekend in Gettysburg, PA.

I don't normally attend these meetings, but we had a 2016 Seminar Committee meeting, too.

But this meant I got the chance to take three mini-classes yesterday. First up was a half tila herringbone bracelet with Marie Campbell. And I finished my beading yesterday and attached my clasps today. Quite pretty. Easy, too. If you're interested the bracelet is taught in Italian on YouTube.

Then we got to play with spider web stitch  with Judy Jeroy. She designed a fun little piece for us to play on. And then Tricia Johnson shared her silk paper technique with us. Lots of fun. Great weekend.

We'll finish up with a birth announcement for our new granddaughter who was born today in Italy. She looks beautiful. Can't wait to meet her.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Off to the Finisher

I have some projects to send off to the finisher. The first one has been completed for ages - I think I thought I'd finish it myself, but the time has come to be realistic. It's a Northern Pine Designs called Forever in Blue Jeans. It will become a small purse made with denim.
Next up is a Kathy Shenkel mini-sock for the next grandbaby. She's due any day now.
Then we have Mile High Princess' Nasal Congestion. I loved this the moment I saw it. Happy to finally have worked over the hump of compensating my background stitch. 


It's just a Byzantine variation, but it creates sort of a lacy background. The finisher will put shiny fabric behind this to highlight those openings. 

 The reindeer is done the same, but over 3 three threads, I think.
And finally - here's a photo of my Kai scissors. I love these. I have several pair. Yesterday I was cutting my mock turkey work on the giraffe and cut right into my finger. Lucky me, I didn't bleed on that white stocking. But these are seriously sharp scissors.