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

Monday, February 25, 2013

Blackwork Exhibition

Hey Blog Buddies,
I got the latest copy of NeedleArts magazine in the mail today, and, being the blackwork fan that I am, when I saw the cover, all I could say was "oooooooooo!"
The Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA)
is having a contemporary blackwork exhibition at their
headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky from now
through the end of June.
The cover features one of the prettier pieces on exhibit--
and there were a bunch of very "interesting" pieces
illustrating the story inside the magazine.
Now that I've seen selected photos of these beauties,
there may be a road trip to Louisville in my future!

In other news, I was the winner of Sharon's giveaway!
I got this cute Purple Heart chart
by Ewe and Eye and Friends,
and a bunch of limited edition GAST overdyed floss,
in an array of happy spring colors.
Can't wait to stitch the heart!
Thanks again, Sharon!

I've made some progress on
Variations on a Theme of Rhodes:

The sheaf stitches are new, as are the small squares.
I'm actually a little farther along than this photo shows,
but I stopped at a point where the elements were not symmetrical,
and didn't want to photograph the piece that way.
(I'm a little nutty in that regard.)

I went to a scissor holder class on Saturday.
It's my first painted canvas in almost forever.

Hey, I mounted it on the stretcher bars!
Does that count as a start?
This project should be a lot of fun.

Last but not least,
my right mitten and left hand are very happy
that I completed mitten #2.

I will be wearing these when I go out this evening.
They have already seen action at
the local home improvement warehouse store
earlier today.

Well, that's it for now.
Hope you had a fun, stitchy weekend.
Thanks for visiting!


Anne said...

Your Variations on a Rhode Stitch is coming along beautifully! And I'm most impressed with your scissors case.

Karen said...

The blackwork picture is gorgeous! If you do go, make sure you take lots of pics.

The Rhodes piece is really pretty. I love the colours!

Great job on the mitts too! :)

Lelia said...

what a fun post to read! I didn't get to the mail today - maybe tomorrow. lovely mittens + lovely stitching. Congrats on your giveaway win, too

Carol said...

Such a wide variety of pretty creations!! Love those orange mittens and the colors in the scissor holder are amazing... So glad you won such a nice giveaway, too. Enjoy!!

Julie said...

YAY.. congrats on the mittens, they look so cosy.

Love the cover design on your magazine, so inticate and delicate looking, but oh so effective.

The scissor holder is very vibrant and colourful.

Congrats on winning the giveaway.

cucki said...

Wow such sweet creations..everything is just so pretty..
Big hugs x

xstitchatoz said...

When I saw the blackwork rose, I went "Ooooooo!" too. Wish I could go to Kentucky (shouldn`t be THAT far from Scotland...?). Love the Rhodes and the mittens too - I`ve never tried to knit one yet but I`m sure I could make one `sans thumb`... xx

Moonsilk Stitches said...

A very similar project to that EGA cover picture is an ANG workshop by mail--peonies.
It's been calling to me for a few months now. Getting Needle Arts last night may have pushed me over the edge. I do love blackwork.

Emma/Itzy said...

Lovely stitching and great new additions to your stash x

Shaunterria said...

Congratulations on your win, and on finishing your mittens! They look nice and warm :)

Topcho said...

All of your projects look great! The combination if the Rhodes stitches and the colour effects of the thread is beautiful. And aww, so glad the mittens are happy, lol!

Siobhán said...

Wow, you go girl! Your canvaswork and knitting are all so pretty. Good for you on the win, too!

Carla said...

Congrats on finishing your mittens, they look great!

Variations is looking so the colors your using in this piece!