Monday, March 30, 2020

WIPocalpse Post for March

Well, I am sure everyone is stitching from their stash right now. I am trying to finish a few things before I start anything new!
Melissa over at   Measi's Musings   asked us if we ever adopted a piece from someone else. A dear friend who just passed gave me this piece when she was going through her stash.

It is an old hand painted needlepoint canvas. I love the colors but don't really want to continue doing the tent stitch. So it sits and waits for me. One day I will pull it out!
1. MH 1656
I am working on the pineapple band. Really close to the bottom of this piece, but I know the next section will be a huge challenge!
3. Art Quilt
I have totally lost my MOJO on this one, so I hung it up. I see places that need help, but I am not in the mood for this piece.
11. Enchanted Pumpkin
A little more stitching on this one.
12.Inchies
Finished the Red, White and Blue one! Now I need to wait until I can see my local guild and get started on the next one.
13. Angus Dei
I don't work on this much, but I am making a little progress. Won't be done for Easter!
16. Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler
March is done!

BTW, the numbers are from my original post 
Hope everyone is well and getting a lot of stitching time.






Monday, March 23, 2020

IHSW I Got a Little Bit Done

Well, I managed to get a little bit of stitching done this weekend.
Here is stitching for the weekend:
I managed to start on the March section of the Linen and Threads 2020 Mystery SAL 
 I did half a pineapple on MH 1656 and started the long diagonal for the vine:
 And I am working on the border for my Red, White and Blue Inchies:
I decided to concentrate on the Inchies piece since I am close to a finish on it. MH 1656 requires lots of concentration, and I just don't have it in me right now. The mystery sampler is a nice distraction when I don't feel like laying threads on the Inchies canvas.
Hope you are safe and getting a lot of stitching done. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Just Wanted to Say I'm Here

Life is a bit crazy lately. I am joining the IHSW where we try to stitch as much as possible on the third weekend of the month. There is a Facebook group, if you like Facebook or check out  Serendipitous Stitching

I really wanted to pop on here and share with you something I learned from Vonna , the Twisted Stitcher. If you follow the link above she will tell you about the clips she makes using supplies from Amazon.  I had bought the stuff to do it, but had not taken the time to see if it worked. With a little encouragement from a friend who was going to buy straps for the ironing board, I tried it.
Works like a charm!  Cheap and easy! My kind of craft supply. I  find it so much easier to stitch using my scroll rods now. I need to make another set for my Linen and Thread Mystery SAL2020.
      

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Did You Buy Anything From Nashville Market?

I have restrained myself so far. I will wait for the craziness of Market to die down and then I will make a few purchases. My list is relatively short, which is good. I have PLENTY to stitch!
I forgot about this little piece until I had to sit at the doctor's office with my  husband. (No big issues, just a quick visit.)
I have a long way to go on this piece, but I do like it. I'm trying not to buy any more Mill Hill Kits although I find them so addicting!

Thursday, March 5, 2020

February WIPocalypse Post

Well, I have been rather under the weather so this will be fairly quick. This SAL is the brainchild of  
Melissa     . Each month she asks us a question and this year it is about a time we took a leap with our stitching.  When I was a newly married and had just moved to the Great White North (as I called it), my husband and I went to the local state fair. He wanted to look at all the machines and I wanted to hang out with him-hey! we were newly weds! We stopped at one building and the St Paul Needleworkers of EGA had set up a demonstration of stitching. At that time I did some counted cross stitch and crewel work and I was intrigued. I picked up a brochure and took a deep breath and went to a meeting. Wow! Did they open my eyes to the possibilities in needlework. They signed me up for a group correspondence course which taught me to stitch on linen. I learned needlepoint and hardanger from these lovely ladies. It was well worth the risk. They are still an active guild and if you live close-by, you should check them out.
What have I done this month?
1. MH 1656
2. Dragonfly Art Quilt
3. Butterfly
FINISH!
4. L. Genders
5. Inchies




6. Agnus Dei I started this
7. Linen and Threads SAL 2020 I have finished January....


Ok. I need to go as my head is starting to hurt. Hope you have a great week!




 

Monday, February 24, 2020

IHSW Work for the Weekend

Well, it was a busy weekend. Thursday Gary Parr over at Fiber Talk asked me to join him and Vonna for their Fiber Talk Live. It was fun and if they ask you, do it! They are super nice and make you feel super comfortable.
Anyway, that shot Friday night stitching. And then my husband reminded me that I promised to mend his massage chair. It has been mended before and it is a pain to do.  We can't take the machine totally apart although I did warn him that soon we would have to totally replace the part that keeps ripping. Here is my bad mending job:
It took several hours and I am glad it is done!
I also worked on MH 1656
Inchies also was stitched.
And I worked on The Linen and Thread 2020 Mystery Sampler


  
Oh! And my art quilt, but I will show a photo of that for WIPocalypse.



Sunday, February 23, 2020

Time for the TUSAL

  What is the TUSAL? It is a time to post an image of your jar/container of the little bits that are leftover when stitching or sewing.  I love seeing everyone's containers and little bits of color.
No one is leading this that I know about. If you see a blog that has a link to other blogs, let me know!

Here are my bits for February:
Can you tell what I have been stitching lately?

Friday, February 21, 2020

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend

I'm not sure who started this lovely event, but it has a nickname of IHSW.
It is just the third weekend of the month where you try to take some extra time to stitch.
These are the pieces I hope to put some stitching on this weekend:
#dragonflyartquilt I'm trying to stitch on it for 30 minutes every day. Will post a photo of the whole thing soon.
 Inchies: I need to get this colorway done so I can teach it to my local guild.
 MH 1656: I actually like this band more than I thought I would. Will take a full photo of it soon too.


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness for February

We have had a bit of a chill here lately. Cold and a little bit of snow. The weather has been fairly nice here this winter so I am trying not to complain. But several of my friends and family members are where it is warm and I must admit I am a little jealous.
Today we celebrate Gifted Gorgeousness. Basically you post photos of projects that are gifts, were gifts, are going to be gifts....You get the idea! It is the brainchild of Jo over at  Serendipitous Stitching
I love it that she hosts all these as it forces me to post on my blog!  

2020 GG
I stitched a little on my butterfly since I last showed it at the end of January.
Here is where it was last time:
 And here I am today:
I am also plugging along on My Beloved. Here is the last photo I showed you:
 And here I am now:
I know that yellow looks very bright and it does in person too, but it looks fine with the whole piece. I think I am technically half-way through this, but the next band after this one is a pineapple with tiny little satin stitches. They will take a while.
Are you stitching anything that counts as a gift?



Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Our lovely friend across the pond   Jo  has a great blog hop for Valentine's Day. I sent her a  photo of a project that would be appropriate for a stitching friend   and Jo forwarded the photo to someone and then she sent this lovely photo to me to post for you today.
Aren't these too cool? Looks like they are made with wood.  Wonder who my Secret Stitching Sweetheart is? Will have to go to Serendipitous Stitching and hop around so I can guess.

I also received another stitching exchange gift. This was from Sassy Jacks Stitchery . She hosted a swap where we stitched a piece and then sent it to the shop and she swapped it and mailed it back out. The fee was $10, but well worth the price.
Here is what I received:
 Kim sent us a chart from her and one from Jeannette Douglas along with a needle nanny and some counting pins.
I received this adorable needle book and card from Patti Thomas. Need to place it next to my stitching spot and put my needles inside. How did she know that I am so horrible about storing my needles?
Hope you have a great weekend with lots of stitching time.
 

A Finish!

I was able to fully finish my little needle rolls from Brenda Gervais.

I took them to a guild meeting and we decided they would be great bookmarks. Now I have a gift for a certain someone!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

I Have to do Some Finishing

First, just to let everyone know, that penguin was stitched by my son when he was about 9 or 10. He is currently 23 and working on his PhD in electrical engineer. He no longer stitching but maybe some day.

Anyway, I was so excited when I put the last stitches in this last night:
The top one is done with PR126 Silks4u. The bottom one was done with Dinky Dyes Warratah.
Now I need to get them fully finished. I have an idea on what to do with the extra one. I would love to have them finished this month.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

People's Choice-Penguins

 

If you go over to   Jo's Blog you will see on the first Saturday of every month a post called People's Choice. She has a vote on a subject and then we are to find things we stitched (or want to stitch) and make a post about it. This month is Penguins. I didn't think I had anything with penguins, but then realized my son had stitched this Mill Hill Kit ages ago.
   
Isn't he cute? Love those Mill Hill kits!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

My Wipocalypse Post for Janurary 2020

Well, this was due last Friday, but I am late. But I have some stitching progress to share with you!
Here is the link to see what this SAL is all about- Measi Musings 2020-wipocalypse

Melissa always asks a question and this month's is what SALs are you participating in this year?
I hope to join the Linen and Thread SAL that has already started. Also plan on joining Vonna and Gary over at Fiber Talk for their Modern Folk Embroidery Lent SAL.

I will only post on those things that got some stitching love...
First up is MH 1656:
Here is the last photo I showed:
 And here she is today!
 My art quilt is getting a little stitching every day. First is what it looked like at the end of the year:
 I have been working in the upper corner. It needs beads!

Butterfly has gotten a little stitching most days:



L. Genders is close to a finish. I think if I concentrate on this, it would get done!



Enchanted Pumpkin got very little stitching:









 And I started a new piece called Inchies by Kathy Reese. It is for my guild which is why I am stitching it. I plan on doing one in red,white and blue threads: