Friday, October 15, 2021

Fiber Talk at The Attic

 I try not to advertise too much, but I thought I would share this here:

Join us Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern for two hours of live shopping with Jean Lea, Gary, and Beth at the Attic Needlework shop in Mesa, AZ.
Some tips:
--Enter the shop phone number--888-94-ATTIC--in your phone for quick dialing.
--Call the shop ahead of time to put your credit card number on file to facilitate ordering.
--If you don't have a card number on file, have your credit card ready when you call for quick ordering.
--When you call during the show, do not leave a message. If your call goes to messages, hang up and call again. Messages will not be checked.
--Have pen and paper ready when the show starts so you can write down what you want to order.
We'll have lots of of items to buy throughout the show, all at discounted prices. This is your chance to get some great deals on some terrific samplers and other needlework items.

Gifted Gorgeousness October

 I finally fully finished this baby sampler!

And mailed it with a baby gift. Hope they like it. 

Check out Jo's blog for my Gifted Gorgeousness posts!.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Shall I Start Again?

 I started this project in January as a gift for my oldest son. 

I originally was stitching on white fabric, but thought it  was too stark. So I attempted to dye it. And made a mess. So, do I just start again? It was relatively fast and easy to stitch. Or should I try to fix it? 

I'm thinking seaweed in the background to cover up the lines of dye. And french knots in sand color up front...What do you think?

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Working On Springhill

 There is a challenge taking place on Instagram by @devotedquilter called #wipsbegone2021. The idea is there are 100 days left in 2021(or there were when the challenge started), so how many WIPS can you finish?

Well, if I worked on tiny ones, maybe quite a few. But as you know, I love large projects. So I am trying to make a concerted effort on a few of my WIPS. Will they get done before the end of the year? Doubtful. But a girl can try.

Here is the last time I showed you Springhill:

And here it is now:

Can you see my mistake? Not the one on the right side of photo where I miscounted somewhere on the vines and I am two stitches too high... 

No? Well, I did the Montenegrin stitch on the bands between the vine, but did not write what color I chose. So the bottom band is a different color. Oh well. Both are staying in as life is too short to go back and fix something like that. Too much stitching to do! And who wants to rip on  45 count linen?!?

Monday, October 4, 2021

October Already?

 Well, I fell off the blogging wagon big time! I do have an excuse. I was traveling with my husband in our tiny camper. 

We went along the Blue Ridge Parkway and places in between. I won't bore you with the details, but we did have loads of fun and saw some beautiful countryside.

I managed a finish:

I changed the letters in the bottom two rows to match the initials of my sister-in-laws family. This is a gift for her.

Then I broke my glasses. This made me sad as I had hoped for some serious stitching time in the evening. Sigh. Luckily, when we got to Gettysburg, PA my brother-in-law was able to fix them. I still need a new pair, but it isn't as dire.

So I was able to stitch on this piece:

Now, back to laundry and housework. And my cat who missed me terribly!

Sunday, September 12, 2021

And A Fully Finished Strawberry!

 So cute, I want to make more although I didn't like stuffing the thing!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

I have a Finish!

 When did I start this piece? Not sure but it was in August, so this was a quick stitch:

 Now just to fully finish it!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

I Can't Believe it is September!

 First, I spent the beginning of the month at the Embroidery Guild of America's National Seminar in Chicago.

Got to see my sweet daughter:

And I recorded a ton of shows with Gary Parr from Fiber Talk:

Here are two of the videos that I really think you will enjoy:

Natalie Dupuis Judging

And the 2022 Seminar Pieces: Broadway Bound.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Progress on Marion Lang

 I stitch on this piece on Sunday's when I visit my mother-in-law:

It is a fun stitch and I am relatively close to a finish. I'm using Victorian Motto Sampler Threads. I do have quite a stash.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Moving Right Along

 I have been enjoying spending time on this piece. I must admit, the crescents bother me, but I can't put my finger on why!

Where I started Sunday night:

Where I ended:
I must be in a purple phase....

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Another Finish for August!

 I was able to get Agnus Dei finished! Yipee!

I am debating on whether to hem stitch the edge or frame the piece. The easiest would be to frame it. Actually, I won't frame it. I will send it to my mom and let HER frame it. 

What do you think?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Thinking About a Start

 My online ANG group sponsored a workshop called Canvas Candy Bowl.

Isn't it lovely? Here is more info about it.

Anyway, I wanted to stitch it because it is something you make into a shape! How interesting! But the colors did not call to me. I have discovered that I truly dislike kitting stuff from my stash even if I don't like the colors. So I ordered the kit. Then I riffled through my stash and changed the colors!

Here are the original colors:

 And here are my choices:


I changed the photos to black and white to see if they will work:

I think it will. I have a little time this afternoon, so I think I will start my piece. Oh! And did I tell you that I don't get along well with bargello, which is the main part of this design? I must be nuts!

Monday, August 23, 2021

IHSW for August 2021

 Well, it was the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and I forgot to take before photos...

What is IHSW? Do you run away and stitch? No, it is just a weekend where you purposefully take time to stitch. It could be an extra hour, an extra 15 minutes, whatever. You are supposed to post before and after photos, but whatever!  It is the brainchild of the lovely Jo .

Here are my photos:

Agnus Dei is moving along:

I pulled Springhill out again. I figure if I get one or two threads on it a night, I will see progress.
And I started on my Lizard needlepoint canvas.

I need to figure out a background stitch so it may go back to the corner....

What did you work on this weekend?

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Royal Garden is Finished!

I am so happy to have a finish!

 Now I have to go get it framed. Unless I can sweet talk my husband into framing it from me.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Royal Garden is So Close to A Finish

 I have been plugging away on this in the evening.

The colors look washed out, but are gorgeous in person.

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness for August 2021

 Well, it is time for the SAL where we post our progress on things that are gifts, going to be gifts and/or were a gift... It is the brainchild of the wonder Jo from   Serendipitous Stitching    .

I have been plugging away at Agnus Dei.

I also made a peach pie for my my mother-in-law;

It was pretty good. I prefer jam to pie so I will be canning some soon.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

My Progress for World Cross Stitch Day

I so love the colors on this, but despair that I will ever get it done!

Where I was:

And where I stopped:

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Well, Fudge!

 I made a mistake on the right hand motif in the center section..

So I spent the morning stitching time, ripping...

Now I am ready to start again!

Just in time for World Cross Stitch Day August 13, 2021!

Monday, August 9, 2021

TUSAL August 2021

 It is the new moon and so it is time to show a photo of our orts...Or what is known as the Totally Useless Stitch a Long.

Lots of little white bits from Agnus Dei and quite a bit from Royal Garden:

One of the borders is incorrect and I will be adding more purple to the ort jar. Hopefully I will have plenty of the floss I am using.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Stitching Friends are Friends who Count-Summer Blog Hop 2021


This is another fun blog hop by Jo at  Serendipitous Stitching  .  Each person has been allocated a Blogger to visit and write about, introduce her to your followers and try to find some stitching she might like.  This can be something you've stitched yourself or a design you've seen online or at your LNS.


So here we go: my Blogger enjoys a wide variety of different crafts. Yes, she does cross stitch, but she also quilts and does  pyrography. (I had to look that up...) She often joins Jo in her blog hops and fun SAL's. It also seems she has a thing for dragons. Oh and check out her tab under Painted Eggs!  Intrigued? Well, here is a dragon that I would love to stitch and I think she might enjoy too!

(This is from Alison Cole's website, in case you are interested!)

Are you ready for your Blogger? 

It is :

Friday, August 6, 2021

I Have a Finish!

 Well, it is stitched at least!  I stitched this piece so I could have a strawberry to finish with my local guild next week. I finished it just in time.

Now I need to see what color of wool I have for a cap and leaves....

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Didn't Meet My July Goals

 I had hoped I would be able to finish Agnus Dei in July. No such luck.

Here is where I started on Agnus Dei:

And here is where I ended:

But I am getting closer!!!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

30 Minutes of Stitching

 I set a timer and worked on Springhill as Karen Kluba said her birthday was last week. 

Here is where I started:

And here is where I finished:
Not a ton of progress, but a little is better than nothing.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Royal Garden is Moving Forward

 Well, my husband went to spend time with my daughter so I had extra stitching time this weekend. 

So I watched a bad movie:

And stitched
All the sprats heads are done!!!

Monday, July 19, 2021

IHSW for July

 I was so lucky this month! Our church hosted a scrapbook event and I went and stitched all day! Well, not all day. I sat and chatted too. And ate. And did a few laps around the gym. But mainly I stitched!

So here is my starting spot for Agnus Dei:

And where I ended:

I took Royal Garden with me:

And I finished the sprats heads in one corner. (Hard to talk and count with them!)

And I ripped a bunch of stitches from my Bristol Squirrel (I made a mistake on some of my x's!)

Pretty orts, don't you think?
And where I ended:
I would like to get this stitched so I can learn how to make a berry with my local Embroidery Guild of America.....