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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Rotation Recess

Hey Blog Buddies,

Yes, the title of this post says it all.  No new rotation photos this month because I've been ignoring the one new and three original projects in my rotation.  But some months I think of the rotation as merely a suggestion anyway, and this was one of them.

Which isn't to say that I haven't been stitching--I have.  I've been to two classes in the past few weeks.  First, I went to Shipshewana, Indiana.  It's an Amish community in the Northeast part of the state.  The class was With my Needle's Kindred Spirits, which was taught at the end of Inspired Needle's annual retreat.

We stayed at the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana.
Bucolic, no?

Cathy had a fabulous boutique set up
in the stitching room.
This is only part of it.

There was an optional exchange of smalls.
Some of the items weren't so small!

But on to the class...

Students each received this wonderful wooden carrier.
We are to stitch the linings for the sides
and all the accessories, including a needle roll, 
pipkin (squeezy thing), ruler holder,
pin cube and scissor case (not shown).
We got some lovely green Dupioni silk
with which to line our carrier.

This is my progress so far.
I have four sides of the pin cube done.
The sides are less than two inches long.
That big-looking needle you see
is a petite No. 28.
A lot of the stitching is over one
on 36-count!

Needless to say, this project will take me awhile.
I do want to give kudos to Ellen Chester;
she is a great teacher,
and her written materials are very comprehensive.

Next up was a Tanja Berlin needle painting
class hosted by the Indianapolis
chapter of the EGA.

This was our project.
Tanja's rendition of the bird is stunning.

I'm actually a bit farther on than this photo shows.
It was dreary and rained all day today,
so I didn't document my latest progress.
It's my every-morning-before-breakfast project.
What I don't care for is how
stripey the bottom of his little belly appears.
Perhaps some additional white stitches will do the trick?
I'm finding this project to be a little nerve-wracking,
but will try to stick with it until it's done.
It's the type of project that, once put away,
probably wouldn't get picked back up.

Tanja also is a great teacher,
with detailed step-by-step instructions
that leave nothing to the imagination.
I'm just not sure that needle painting is for me.

I started and finished this little ornie.
Yes, I finish-finished it myself!
It's Prairie Schooler's Winter's Eve, found
in the 2015 JCS Christmas Ornament issue.

Last but not least,
I started another smaller project.
(Really!?  Don't I have enough WIPs!?)

This is the right-hand side of
Plum Street Sampler's
Sampler Lesson No. 3.
The saying is:
"The daily labors of the bee
awake my soul to industry."
I have the other charts in the series,
but chose to start with No. 3.

Well, that's it from here.
Thanks for sticking with me
through this rather long post.
Hope you are having a grand November,
and a Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

That Was Quick!

Hey Blog Buddies,

I got so excited when I bought those Shaker boxes mentioned in my last post, that I pretty much dropped everything and went to work on BBD's Midnight Ride.  It was a very fast stitch, and now it is all done and finished just in time for Hallowe'en.

The smallest box was 7" in diameter (the pattern called for a 6" box), so I switched the fabric count from 30 to 28, and voila!  It's perfect!

This treasure was finished inside and out by the talented Averyclaire.  The top of the box is lined with the plaid fabric, too!   I had asked her to line the box, and was flabbergasted when I saw all that ruching!  It's pretty snazzy, as my mom would say.

In other stitchy news, I checked another project off of my rotation list.  This is my progress on Laura J. Perin's Nordic Panel as of April.  I was about two-thirds done.

Here it is now:
 All done!

But when one door closes, another opens, right?
 So here is the latest addition to
the rotation:

This is the start of Needle Delights Originals'
Autumn Logs.  It's my ANG chapter's 2015-16 SAL.
I've done Winter and Summer,
and I plan on doing Spring, too.

That's it from here.
I've got to start packing for
the Inspired Needle Retreat in Shipshewana
starting tomorrow.
It's going to be a fun weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Done and Done

Hi Blog Buddies,
How has October been treating you?  Today near the Big City we're experiencing some of "October's bright blue weather," with temps in the upper 70's.  I'm not complaining.

The big stitchy news here is my hardanger table topper.  Can you believe it's done?!  I got the woven bars finished a couple of weeks ago, and I've been futzing with the hemstitching since then.  There's a lot of prep work involving with hemstitching.  The instructions called for three rows of basting, but I got by with just two:

The basting lines perpendicular to the border were my idea.  I did them in each corner to help me count threads, but fat lot of good it did me.  Four threads were withdrawn for the hemstitching row.  I actually cut two (yes, two!) incorrect threads.  I then had to withdraw the threads cut in error, take a thread from the edge of the warp or weft of the fabric, depending on where I was, and reweave those in.  I didn't see any other way around it.  After those little episodes, DH started calling this piece the Devil Project.

 But all's well that ends well...

Cindy Valentine's Pristine
Started in April, 2006
Finished on October 4, 2015
(I didn't want to take it into the double digits, yearwise.)

I am glad that this is finally done!

This past weekend, we went to the Knox County Scenic Drive here in Illinois, as we normally do each year.  It takes place on the first and second weekends of October.  Most of the action takes place in and around Knoxville and Maquon.  There are folks selling crafts, flea market items and food.  A lot of the items are unusual:

I passed on this quirky lamp, but further down on the same table, three items did come home with me.

These wooden Shaker boxes are not quite as fancy as the very, very expensive ones that are for sale in my LNS, but I got all three for $8.  If there had been more of them, I believe I would have bought them.  I was ecstatic!  As soon as I got home, I went stash diving and pulled out this chart:

The piece will look fabulous
mounted on top of the smallest box!

Knox County is really pretty in the fall.
Here are some photos:

This is Wolf Covered Bridge.

And just north of Knox County is
 one of my very favorite Illinois two-lane roads,
Henry County 5.
It's a lovely stretch of rolling hills and farms.
That's it from here.
Thanks for dropping by.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rotation Revisited

It's been a while since my last rotation update, but I've been busily stitching away during these last few weeks.  Larger projects take more time to show any real progress, and everything takes longer to complete than one thinks.  Let's get to the photos:

First up is Long Dog Samplers' Dawn Chorus.  Here is where I left off in June:

And this is where it's at now:

Here's a close-up of some of the birds:

I love the dog standing in the "O"...

I've still been plugging away at my hardanger table topper, Cindy Valentine's Pristine.  Before-and-after photos just don't work with this project, so I'll give you some photos of what I've been up to with this BAP:

Woven bars...

 ...woven bars...

...and more woven bars.
But the good news is
that once I finish the woven bars,
whenever that will be,
then "all" I have left is the hemstitching!
I have some real momentum going here,
and the project is humming right along.

Finally, here is where I left
Carriage House Samplings' Frederika
in July:

And here she is now:
All finished!
Stitching the border took
way longer than I anticipated.

Here's a close-up:
As you can see, lots of stitches
and color changes.
I'm very happy she's done.
The colors are perfect for autumn.


I took her in to be framed
the day before yesterday.
I got a call late yesterday that
she was ready for pick-up.
Norm (my 91-year-old flying finger framing guy)
helped me pick out the frame, too.
And I just love it!

Here's a close-up.
I actually said "No, this isn't my type,"
when he pulled the frame.
Then I put it next to the piece.
I clearly need to think outside of my little box more often!

My next challenge will be
making a label (and sewing it on)
to a quilt that I've entered
into my quilt guild's show,
which is being held in nine days.
It's a requirement.
Just one little label for one little quilt.
(The quilt was finished a couple of years ago.)

I wonder if they'd reject my quilt
if I brought it in without a fabric label?
I may find out.

And Debbie Rowley's Angles.
It's been screaming at me all summer.
That's my ANG chapter's challenge piece:
finish it by the deadline and you get a tote bag;
miss the deadline and you
pay $10 to the Chapter's treasury.
Wanna see how far I've gotten?

But my deadline for this piece
is June 2016, so I guess
I should do the quilt label first.

That's it from here.
Enjoy your September,
and thanks so much for dropping by!