Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A New Project and a Challenge

 Melissa over at Measi Musings 

is the host for the WIPocalpse SAL and this month she has challenged us to put at least one stitch on a piece. I decided to use Amber Waves of Grain by Gay Ann Rogers. Here is my starting point:

 I have been planning to start a Gay Ann piece all year and I finally have an excuse to start one. Let's see how much I can get done.

Fiber Talk on Wednesday

 We’re chatting once again on a Wednesday. This week Beth and Gary gush about Gay Ann Rogers and her designing talent and talk about meditative stitching, the Avlea Octokafe embroidery design, how history adds interest to needlework projects, and the Thistle Threads 17th Century Whitework Samplers course. Gay Ann Rogers will return for our next live show on Wednesday, Oct. 7, to introduce a new design.




WIPocalpse for September

 This will be brief, but I had to share some progress:

 Well, actually, finishes:

Enchanted Pumpkin by Mill Hill is stitched

And I started and finished Octokafe by Avlea Modern Folk Embroidery!

Are question by the lovely Melissa this month is:

Are you a seasonal stitcher, or can you stitch on any holiday/seasonal stitch at any time of year?

I normally am fairly seasonal. I am so in the mood for some fall stitching it is crazy. Maybe that is why my bead kit got finished!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Fiber Talk Live

 I really am excited about tonight's show. We get to talk to Gay Ann Rogers about her Patriotic Hearts!

It is the beginning of our Monday SAL,  #ftmondayhearts . You don't need to be stitching  a Gay Ann heart to join the fun. Any project that has a heart in it would be great. 

All I have done so far is frame my piece up. Anyway, if you can, join us tonight as we talk with Gay Ann.

Fiber Talk Live


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New Project

 I had started this a while ago. Dyed my own fabrics and was able to get wool from a friend who has a stash. I am currently appliqueing the circles onto the fabric.

There will be lots and lots of stitching on this piece.

Ariane Zurcher 

is the creator of the piece. I highly recommend her videos!

Monday, September 21, 2020


 I am still playing with fabric dyeing. Sometimes I do a thing that I really like. This is one:

I used a map stencil on the piece and I really like how it looks in person. Now I just need to start another project....

Friday, September 18, 2020

Inchies Progress

 I am slowly making progress on this piece. It isn't difficult, but I am making videos to help my guild stitch the piece. I cannot wait until we can meet in person!

I love the colors, but what should I put between the squares? Dark purple? Black? White?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

A Small Milestone for September

 I managed to get the September section done for the Linen and Threads 2020 Mystery SAL.

I have started adding initials as I think I will have an issue if I wait until the end of the year.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness for September

 This SAL is the brainchild of Jo over at    Serendipitous Stitching  . I have pulled my sampler back out and am fudging my way through the Montenegrin stitch.

Here is where it was last time I showed it:

And here is where I am now:
Not a ton of progress, but I am moving forward!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Working on Inchies

 I spent most of my stitching time yesterday working on Inchies so I can load videos for my local guild. This piece is very easy, but if you are totally new to counted canvas, a little help is nice.

It is a rainy, cloudy day here. Perfect stitching weather, but I have to run errands with my hubby.

Don't forget that tomorrow is Fiber Talk. A podcast with Gary and Jennifer and then a Live Show 8:00pm EST (on You Tube).  We have some fun things coming up at the end of the month.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Can I finish by October?

 I am so close to finishing this, that it would be a shame if I let it linger another year...

It needs the black floss and beads. It is the beads that will take the most time...

And for those that are interested:

Fiber Talk You Tube

Fiber Talk Podcast 

Gary is talking with Kimberly Jolly of Fat Quarter Shop.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fiber Talk Wednesday Podcast

 If you want to hear me blather on about dyeing, needlepoint and challenges, here are the links:

Fiber Talk Podcast

Fiber Talk Floss Tube


People's Choice for September

 Jo over at    Serendipitous Stitching   hosts this SAL for the first Saturday of the month.

This month it is Geometric. I love stitching something Geometric!

Here are a few that I have done over the years:

And of course I am working on Royal Garden:

Do you like stitching on things that are geometric?

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

National Needlepoint Month

 According to the American Needlepoint Guild, it is National Needlepoint Month. I will buy that! Any excuse to stitch on needlepoint. Well, lets be real. Any excuse to stitch PERIOD!

Here is my progress on Royal Garden:

Jessica Grimm 

had the brilliant idea of not doing the weaving stitch in the space between the crescents, but an alternating scotch stitch. Go check it out on her blog! 

And don't forget the Live Show on    Fiber Talk   tonight! I think it will be fascinating to talk to the artists who create this fabulous work.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

It's September 1!

 Ok, I know most of you are doing Sampler September and I had really planned on doing that too. After all, I do have a sampler to finish... But my friend Cheryl

encouraged me to do Sewing September Challenge. Since I really don't sew, this is quite the challenge!

I decided to tackle Ariane Zurcher's 

Rock Gardens: Japanese Rice Bag. Or at least, that is what I am calling it!

I am using some fabric that I dyed. My daughter's cat Gimpy is supervising. My plan is to stitch on it a little every day. Let's see how long that lasts!  

By the way, if you haven't seen Ariane's YouTube Channel, I would highly recommend them. She is a left-handed stitcher and gives a lot of helpful hints.