Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Mystery Band Sampler

 From the vault. In this photo you can see the 10th band of a 9 year old project. And the backside of two other bands wrapped around my scroll frame.

This was a year long project with the Loudoun Sampler Guild we did in 2013. And I am trying to finish it before the end of 2022.

This band is a mash-up. It's based on a pattern that I found on the internet maybe 20 years ago. I apologize for not remembering the designer name. The quote was something about going to my grave a well-read woman. 

But I mixed this with a different quote by T. Kira Madden, which I shortened. And some design elements like the turkey from our November band. I am only going to have eleven bands because I did a mash-up already of two months.

I see the end... 

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting

 It was fall meeting time even though officially it's still summer. Certainly felt like summer.

Traveled north to Mount Laurel, NJ. Not a horrible drive except for construction on the Delaware bridge. Ugh.

I had an enjoyable evening to myself in the hotel. First, listening to jazz and stitching. Then watching the new episode of Rupaul's Celebrity Drag Race. We'll just call it a guilty pleasure and leave it at that.

In the morning, we finally had our long awaited class with Catherine Jordan on stitching blackwork on magnolia leaves.

Here's mine:

I have a few more leaves to expirement on. Definitely an interesting concept. 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Whitework Extravaganza

Weekend workshop with Catherine Theron at the Loudoun Sampler Guild.

It will be sometime before I make serious progress on this. Six and half inches by 17 on 32ct linen with silk thread, all single strands.

It's a beautiful piece. I hope I'm up for the challenge. 

Friday, September 09, 2022

The Count

Presenting the Count of Needlemania. 
Stitching done a few days after it should have been done, but somehow I misplaced a card of Frosty Rays. 

He'll be heading to the finisher to be made into a stand up. 

We were vacationing in a log cabin last week on a ridge above the Shenandoah River. So relaxing. And a great time for me to start my Blue Ridge Stitchery ornament. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2022


 I made two Terri Bay Ukrainian whitework pieces as gifts. I personalized the back with their initials.

28ct Picture This Plus Helix linen. I just had a small piece, but it was big enough to stitch two of these. A little bit of DMC floss for the black and Finca pearl cotton in gray. Finally some River Silks ribbon for the finishing.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Still Counting


Yesterday's progress. Once I finish the cloak collar on the right, I will stitch his ears and mouth. Just got to say this is a lot of black.

If you are interested, this is a class by Janet Zickler Casey. But it is also available as a painted canvas thru Danji Designs. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

And I'm Counting

 Progress photo on the Count of Needlemania. There's a lot of black to stitch. So I worked on the cloak collar. When I finish the right side, maybe I'll add his ears and mouth.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Next Up, The Count

 I have been organizing again. Literally have had my hands on every kitted canvas I own both counted and painted. And I documented them. So I know where they are.

Now if I want a new project I should just dip into the bin and get stitching.

Bonus. I found a canvas that I was ready to buy from our current trunk show. And it has all the threads.

Meanwhile, this canvas came out to play.

The Count of Needlemania by Janet Zickler Casey.

I remember stopping when I came to the black cloak. I think we did this as a guild project in 2011 or around then. 

Friday, August 05, 2022

August Finish

 I have not fallen off the earth. I am still here and still stitching. Just been working on gifts, etc.

I do have another JoAnn finish. This is the second of three British pub canvases designed by Trubey. JoAnn had barely begun the roof and I had a bag of threads. I changed a few. This was a fairly straightforward stitch. Lots of satin or gobelin stitching. A good amount of basketweave.

It'll be a box stand up.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Round and Round

 Have you seen the fantastic photos being produced by the James Webb space telescope?

I was wishing I had a space based WIP, but I don't. 

So I picked up this project from last summer.

This is Round and Round, a design by Jennifer Riefenberg. It was our July class last year for my EGA guild. I've changed the colors slightly. Kind of has a planetary vibe to it. Finishing this one soon.