Monday, July 18, 2016

Time flies ...

.... when you sit and stitch and forget to take pictures of things you complete. Guess, I'll have to do a photo shoot as I got a couple of things done since my last post.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Band No. 3

Pretty simple stitches on this one. Not much cutting, only two sections of drawn thread.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Too many scissors?

Never! I just can't walk past a cute pair. Granted, my favorites are Gingher, but I also have others, just as pretty, maybe not as sharp. I will not make recommendations, everyone has to find the pair they like best or suits the project best,  i.e. very slender and super sharp ones to do cut work in drawn thread or Hardanger. 

You might just fall in love with the little pink ones and will never need another.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hardanger, band 2

Not too keen on doing Greek crosses, but these came out ok.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tree of Stitches

What a fun piece to stitch. Took me just over a week. The pattern came from and I already ordered the Summer Tree for more stitchy fun.

Sunday, February 14, 2016


Only 5 more little squares to do before I can assemble the ball.

Valentine's Heart

Stitched this for David using varies threads I got in my January Broderi Box from Nordic Needle.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coming along

6 of 8 of the hexagon pieces that go into the Quaker Ball are done, working on No. 7 now. After that 12 small squares and I'll be ready to assemble the third and final version of it. 
Before I can up the fabric I might go ahead and stitch up a few smalls in the (rather large) gaps ... you know: waste not, want not.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy 2016

A brand new year, a new opportunity to do better on keeping my stitching blog up to date. Fingers crossed that I won't fall too far behind .... again :-)

Here's the current status of the third Quaker ball. The up side of putting it on a scroll frame is that I don't have to juggle tons of extra fabric while stitching on one segment. The down side: it's not so easy to stitch in my comfy chair so I end up balancing the frame on my arm.

For last year's Christmas ornament exchange(s) I stitched up a bunch of Hardanger Santas. Found the pattern in one of Janice Love's great books.

Amazing what one might find when one cleans up ones craft room ... 
These two where EGA program pieces I had signed up for a year or two ago. 

The bee pin was a gift from my son for Christmas.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Quaker No. 3

All ready to get the last Quaker Ball stitched. The first one was done on 40 count, the second one on 28 count fabric. This last one will be a 32 count linen, my favorite size fabric. 

After finishing Skeleton Crew I stitched Aley's wedding sampler to this point. As soon as I hear from her as to when the wedding is going to be I'll put in "the guts".

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Starting fresh ...

I really am a terrible blogger! Good thing I don't have people hanging on my every word (like some blogs I follow that have hundreds of subscribers and where there is a cool, funny, interesting or otherwise worthwhile entry about every other day).

Yes! I have stitched between February and now. I finished the Victorian Star - started, stitched, finished and got framed Winter Diamonds (companion piece to Quaker Diamonds) - found two finished Terrance Nolan bees that I finally got framed - stitched a flag for my niece who just started USMC boot camp a week ago - AND I just this morning completed this year's Halloween piece. I am sure there were misc. little pieces I did in between. As soon as I figure out what they were (and where they are at now) I will photograph them and add them to the blog.

But, without further ado: here is my latest finish: 

Skeleton Crew by Cricket Collection

The fabric is the same as I what I used in Christopher's piece and last year's banner. I barely had enough fabric left - there is about 1.5 inches between the top / bottom stitches and the edges. Again, I used some glow-in-the-dark threads ... the serpent, the foam on the waves and the scull in the pirate flag.

No promises that I will update on a more regular basis .... but, I will try.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Another Quaker Ball

It might look like it, just by the lack of posting here, that I have given up stitching. But, the truth is, I always forget to post pictures and updates.

My first finish of the year was Quaker Ball #2, this one done on 28 count linen - it is SO much bigger than the first one I did last year. ( It worked up really fast, mainly because I could stitch this without magnification (besides the green on blue; stitching on dark fabric is the pits ...)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Fair Entries

I completely forgot to post pictures of my ribbons that I won at the fair. I am very happy with it considering I had never entered anything before.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Victorian Star - Laura Perin

Yep, time to start something NEW - as if I don't have enough projects in the pipeline. But, in my defense ... I have nothing on canvas in the works. I like having something to turn to when my eyes get tired and 32 count linen is hard to see.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

DMC Color "Chart"

The latest version of DMC's color chart does not have real threads anymore but only pictures of threads.

I don't think those pics are true to the real thing, therefore finding the right shade of thread can be a little difficult.

They is why I am setting up new thread boxes in color schemes instead of in numerical order.

Berkshire revisited

Just back from the framer who has done a great job with the shadow box.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

On to the next project

I really didn't NEED to start yet another project, but I want to get this one done in time for this year's Halloween and since it looks like a quick stitch I figured I squeeze it in.

Friday, July 4, 2014

All Done!

Also found a porch light and house numbers to go with it. Next up: mounting and a trip to the framer's.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The door is back ...

I hadn't worked on this in a while because I didn't like the way the porch was coming together. So, in the back of the closet it went. 

In the meantime I had started a couple new projects (as if I really need more WIPs ...) and had almost forgotten about The Berkshire.

A couple nights of tedious, tiny stitches finally finished up the porch and now I get to move on to the ... bricks, which, from the look of the pattern, are going to be just as much work ... they require THREE passes in different threads.

On to brick laying ....

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

I get to show off my stuff

I had talked to the guy at the check-out at our library a couple of weeks back and I mentioned that I would be able to help them fill their display case should they ever need someone.

Wouldn't you know it ... 2 days ago I get a phone call "Could you bring your needlework and display it in April". Yep, on 3/31. Nothing like working under pressure figuring out which pieces would work and then fixing up some labels so people would know what the heck they are looking at.

I grabbed my son to help out and we fixed up the display yesterday afternoon. I must say, I'm a little proud to have my own "showing" ... as if I were some sort of artist LOL

Maybe it will inspire some folks in the community to get their own needles threaded up to "paint with thread".


Friday, February 28, 2014

All done ... BUT

This piece has been a lot of fun. So, I'm a little bummed, that it's not "usable". 

What happened was: I had it all done, just needed to sew on the paillettes when my water bottle tipped over and got part of the piece wet. Of course it had to be the one flower that would bleed like nothing else: the dark purple pansy ... It's a little hard to see in the picture, but there is a light pinkish purple shadow at the bottom of the flower petals. I rinsed and rinsed and tried OxyClean and rinsed some more and it DID get a little better with each rinse. BUT, now the fabric is ruined. No way I can get the wrinkles ironed out in between all that stitching.

But, I am glad I took the class and I know I will work something like this again in the future ... my (stitching) life is no longer just made up of counted techniques.