Sunday, September 10, 2023

An Entire Month

Well I will be back. Currently under the covid curse.

A fabulous color study by painter Thomas Cole. One of the fun things we did in August. 

Friday, July 28, 2023

This Is It


Here we are. The night before our 40th Anniversary Luncheon and once again July literally takes the cake. Could it be any hotter tomorrow? Yes. It could be by a couple of degrees. But it's going to be pretty miserable and I've got a ton of stuff to carry in. 

Whatever. Let's party! 

Monday, July 17, 2023

Mid-month Madness

Here it is. The middle of July. Certain things still need doing and remain undone.

But I did finish two projects yesterday. 

First, Ruffled Feathers from Lindy Stitches. Next weekend, time for finishing. 

And in needlepoint, I finished creating a wall behind the Monster. This is a Liz canvas I found to pair with the Bride by Labors of Love. Happy to finally clear this from the unfinished pile. 

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Zoom Day

Today was my first class thru CyberStitchers, the online chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America. It was Lettering for Surface Embroidery with Canby Robertson. A lovely way to spend the day. Though the cats couldn't quite wrap their kitty brains around me sitting at the dining room table all day. They kept checking to see if I wouldn't give them some treats. Which I did at lunch.

First off this class has me wondering if I still have a fountain pen? It's been years since I practiced calligraphy. But having had some experience made this class easier to understand.

So theory, background, cut and paste (literally) and we were stitching by lunch time.

Where I ended. I thought about being snarky here, but in the end have chosen the name tag option. Good class! 
Remy gave up and went to sleep on the stairs. 

Rico chose the couch over my shoulder. 

Monday, July 03, 2023

Value your Joys


I think I started this sampler back 2020 after I had finished Catherine Agnes. This is the Wee Bit Sampler #3 by Scholehouse for the Needle. Copyright 2008. Anyway I put it down because I couldn't handle the over one stitching. At least not without a magnifier.

I'm resigned to using magnification. And I love this little piece. Changed the overdyed cottons to Gloriana. Made the fabric a touch darker. 

And I will continue my long weekend of stitching for my pleasure only. 

Sunday, July 02, 2023

Patriotic Samplers

 From 2003. I believe this is a Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin chart. I added an extra letter "L" to tranquility, but didn't notice until after it was framed. Makes me laugh. 

From 2005. And I've completely forgotten the designer.

And a Little House piece. I changed the date to when my hometown was incorporated. 

Sunday, June 18, 2023

Love Me Some Lindy Stitches

We did our first foray back into stitching in public on Tuesday. We're meeting at our Wegmans. But we have a new Barnes & Noble that may also work. 

So I started my rework for Ruffled Feathers from Lindy Stitches. Pretty colors. 

I've got till mid-July to stitch this. 


Saturday, June 10, 2023

Letters From Europe

 I am doing some virtual traveling this summer (and beyond because I have some obligation stitching) courtesy of Nicole Parkman and Hands Across the Sea.

Yes, I bought one of the 600 boxes. Love the thought, planning, and execution of this whole enterprise.

I started the first sample, Aglaia Shina, the Greek sampler on Tuesday, June 6th. I'm using one of precious pieces of Glenshee linen and AVAS silk. I'll try to remember to post which silk when I post more progress.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Wool Felt Fun

Look! we made grape hyacinths. I also have carrots that I'm making into a wreath. 

These were two classes through the Loudoun Sampler Guild at Primitive Homespuns Wool and Needlework in Frederick, MD.

What a charming shop! I even bought myself a piece of Jamestown glass to add to my collection of blue and teal glass. 


Sunday, May 07, 2023

Spring Meeting and a Finish

 Last week was the Friends of the Library book sale and because I am a Friend I went to the preview sale which is nuts. So many idiots scanning books looking for the special ones that are worth more money in the resale market.

But I still found my special bargain. 

I never even knew about this book. Don't know I missed it. Published in 1998. And it just so happened that this weekend I was taking a class with Judy that is a piece in this book! So now I have my book signed. Thanks, Judy!

Judy teaches a great class. She doesn't care how you or someone else does a stitch. She wants to show you her way. Then you can do what you want. 

The class was about shading without long and short. I chose the alternative colorway with purples, yellows, and greens. 

Then later, we had our Mid-Atlantic Region EGA meeting and I finished my Lindy Stitches piece. Horrible photo, but Yay, it's done!