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