I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Leap Year List - July Report

Hey Blog Buddies,

How's your July going?  We finally got some much-needed rain here overnight, and now it's really hot and steamy. Good weather to stay inside and stitch!

We've reached the halfway point of the year, and of the eleven pieces that I wanted to make progress on back in January, six are finished and two are active WIPs.  Here are the three that have been sadly neglected...

From the top:
Kindred Spirits by With My Needle;
Save the Stitches by Blackwork Journey;
Chicago Collage by Lynn Deininger.
Of these three, the top one, Kindred Spirits,
has been calling to me very softly.
I have five sides of the pin cube stitched,
so if I can finish that, maybe I can get going
 on the other small pieces in that group.
Notice I'm not saying anything about
the other two WIPs UFOs.

But, anyway, here's what's been going on since last month...

Tanya Berlin's Blackwork Horse looked like this last month.
I was hoping to finish it...

...and I did.  He's one of the 12 pieces I'll be taking
to the Lake County (IN) Fair this year.
Wish me luck.

I wanted to start (and finish) the "A"
in Prairie Schooler's Alphabet this month, too.

I didn't quite make it.
This block is about 40% finished.
Maybe next month.

I was working on another PS project,
so I can blame that for
my lack of progress on A is for Anchor.

This is where I was on A Farmer's Almanac
back in May.

Now, the barnyard has animals!
I'm doing this on 25-ct lugana over one,
and all that green just about did me in!
And yes, there is even more green to the left of the path.
The linen color is blue, similar to the first photo.

And I started and finished this, too:

La-D-Da's Summertime Roll-Up.
It will get finish-finished into a cute needleroll.

Last month I sketched out the pattern for 
The Missing Piece by Jennifer Riefenberg...

This month I got some outlining done...

And we have two additions(!) to the rotation...

This is another one by Needle Delights Originals.

This is my start.
I think I've done the only easy part.

And finally, last year I took a workshop
taught by Kay Stanis, Copper Illumination.

I haven't worked on this in over a year,
but the good ladies of my ANG chapter
chose this piece as my "challenge" for next year.
The vote was between
The Missing Piece (the smallest one),
Ripple Rotation 2 (probably too "easy"),
and Copper Illumination (the winner!).

This is where I'm at.
I have until the end of next June to finish it.
I forgot there were so many beads (all the flowers).
All I could think about was the blank piece of
copper that needs to be sculpted into a tulip.
If I don't finish in time, I'll owe the treasury $10.
I'd better start saving my pennies.

That's it for now.
Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Leap Year List - June Report

Hey Blog Buddies,

This month things got finished, moved along, and there were even a couple of new starts, too (no!!).  Make yourself comfortable and get ready for lots of photos.

Our old friend, Autumn Logs
by Needle Delights Originals.
This is where I was at last month.

Finally, it's finished!
We can bid this project a fond farewell,
but first a couple of close ups...

Onward!  Last month Dawn Chorus
by Long Dog Samplers looked like this...

I didn't think it would get finished this month,
but lo and behold!
Yes, my framer is really fast.

And the farewell close-ups...

Moving on, here's what Tanja Berlin's
Blackwork Horse, Haflinger Breed looked like
last month...

The clock is ticking on this one.  
My self-imposed deadline is the end of this month.
I'll make it if I stick with it.  Here's what he looks like now...

There'll be a little more definition in
the head once I do the stem stitch outline.
That will be done last.
The mane has a lot of dense stitching,
so that will probably take a while.

Way back at the beginning of the year
I showed this piece as part of my list,
and you haven't seen it since.
This is The Missing Piece by Jennifer Riefenberg.
Quite apropos, no?
It was last October's class at my local ANG chapter.
As you can see, there are rectangles
(each one a different stitch and a different thread)
and the puzzle piece outlines kind of overlay them.
The reason I hadn't started this piece
is because I had to draw all that on the canvas,
and I procrastinated because I thought it would be
a nightmare.

I finally took the plunge,
and the drawing of the canvas went a
lot more smoothly than I had anticipated.
This piece is designed to be an exercise in compensation.

Here is a small seasonal piece
which is not part of the Leap Year List.
I started and finished this piece in May.

Red White and Blue by Lizzie-Kate.
I finished it as a small picture,
instead of the pillow it was intended to be.
The fabric in the background was
included in the kit to be a pillow backing.

This past month, I also started my
EGA Chapter's mystery sampler.
The basting is completed,
and one of several borders is stitched.
The four sections will depict the four seasons.
That's I all know about it so far.

Finally, as a reward for finishing Dawn Chorus,
I started yet another piece this month.
Frequent readers of this blog will not
be surprised to learn that it is
The Prairie Schooler Alphabet.

I was fiddling around with the colors a lot.
I started out using the called-for DMC,
but most of my colors appear a lot darker
than the photo on the leaflet.

The color on the left is the "red" that was called for.
The color on the right is the red I ended up using.

As you can see, if I had used the called-for "red," 
the B would not have been distinguishable.
The gray-green on the pie pan is too dark as well.
You can't really see the design very well.
But I'm not ripping it out.
I substituted a lighter shade for the door.

This has been put away for now,
but I can't wait to start the A.
(I did the B first because it was in the middle of
my three-across row, and I like to start in the middle.)
The biggest difficulty so far has been
rolling the 70 inches of fabric onto my scroll bars!
It was a challenge getting it tight enough,
but now this project should be smooth, if lengthy, sailing.

That's it from here for this month.
Thanks, as always, for visiting.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Another Month, Another Trip

Just two weeks after returning from Pennsylvania, I went away again, this time on a girls' getaway to Spring Green, Wisconsin.  You may have read about the Country Sampler on other blogs, because they have a wonderful 3-bedroom apartment above their store that they rent out to groups of 7 or less.  It's set up so that you can either stitch or quilt (or both), with a large U-shaped work table, cutting tables, irons and ironing boards.  It's been used by many happy stitchers and quilters.

Here is the store, and you can see
the windows of the apartment above.

And here's a peek inside the store...

Lots of fabulous stuff for both
stitchers and quilters,
with a definite prim flavor.

While we were in Spring Green we visited Taliesin East,
the home and studio of the late
Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect.
It is a sprawling compound that
includes not only his house and studio
but also a school, theater and farm
on over 600 acres of lush rolling hills.
Here are "a couple" of the 
many photos I took.

The house wraps around a hillside.

He used a lot of limestone, both inside and out.

This land is all part of the estate.

You can peek into the dining room
from the upper floor.

This curtain in the theater was designed by Wright,
depicting the hilly landscape of
this area of Wisconsin.

I love the way the stairs are tucked away...

Looking into a multi-functional room:
a sitting area and dining table on one side,
and a long work bench with built-in shelves on the other.
Only a partial wall separates them.
He was doing "open concept" in the early 1900's.

I took a lot of ceiling photos; I love geometrics.

We were lucky to be able to take photos
of the interior of the buildings.
Prior to this year, they were prohibited.

Of course, in addition to Taliesin
and exploring the shops of Spring Green,
our main activity was stitching,
with some knitting and sewing, too.

Karen J was working on this
stunning French boutis piece,
one of many samples she plans to have
for an EGA regional class that
she will be teaching this fall.
She is also the person who
finishes my smaller stitched pieces
to perfection.

Karen P was working on this
lovely holiday runner.
It's actually a stamped cross stitch
design, but you would never know it
because her stitches are so perfect
they look just like counted cross stitch.

Anne had a good bit done on the
Prairie Schooler R is for Rabbit.
This chart is on my to-do list!
I will probably get to it around 2020
after I finish letters A through Q.
(No, I haven't started yet.)

She alternated between the rabbit
and this delicate knitted piece.

Joyce was working on a couple of cross stitch pieces.
This one is a cute Halloween design from The Primitive Hare...

...and she finished it, too!  (happy dance!)

Sue was cutting fabric for a tote bag 
that she plans to make and use 
on a trip around the world
coming up in just a couple of weeks!

She was also working on this
beautiful canvaswork piece
featuring a free-form tree
made from silk ribbon.

I worked on Autumn Logs, and came close 
to a finish, but not quite.
You guys have seen it so often,
I won't show it here until it's completed.

I also started this hardanger bookmark on the trip...
...and finished it after coming home.
It's from the 2011 Nordic Needle
Bookmark-of-the-Month Club.
I only have (ahem) six more to go now.
I should tackle a few more,
because they really don't take much time.

On the way home, we stopped at Lynn's
in Madison, Wisconsin.
It's a large store whose merchandise
consists of half needlework and half art supplies.
Here is my stash enhancement:

From top left:  a Permin miniature kit "Two Horses"--
they are hard to see in this photo;
a gold frame that I have in mind for a
Lizzie-Kate piece that's almost finished
(they had a wonderful selection of frames there);
a Mill Hill kit by Laurel Burch: "Fur-ever Friends;"
another PS chart "Happy Christmas" (really?!);
and finally two coloring books
featuring designs from one of my
all-time favorites, Charley Harper!
(I had to buy both because 
I couldn't decide which one I liked best.)
I might try transferring one or two designs
onto canvas to see how they stitch up.
DH has already expressed an interest
in the toucan!

It was a fun trip with good company.

That's it from here for now.
Hope you've had a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for visiting!