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Sunday, April 27, 2014

April Stitch-from-Stash, a Finish and a RAK

Hey Blog Buddies,
How are you all doing?  I'm kind of excited that I have my second finish in a month, but we'll get to that a little later.  First, my Stitch from Stash report.  I knew going into April that this would be my cheat month because of the Nordic Needle Retreat.  (Did you know that they maintain a rather comprehensive boutique and a wide range of snacks in the hotel conference room set up for stitching between classes?  How is a person supposed to stay strong?)

To refresh your memory, the items pictured above are what I purchased in Fargo.  For full disclosure, I bought a package of floss bags that didn't make it into the photo.  The book and the magnifier/light were a little pricey, but it could have been much worse!

But prior to going to Fargo, I stopped off at my LNS.
Because... Cheat Month! 
Here is a very large, very expensive piece of 28-count pewter Lugana.  The photo doesn't capture how nicely mottled the color is.  The fabric and the Kreinik will be used for the Save the Stitches blackwork freebie found on the Blackwork Journey blog.  I don't really want to start another large piece this year, but this project is calling me.

Then I started talking with Cathy (yes, the owner of my LNS and I are on a first-name basis) about the Prairie Schooler Alphabet charts, and she mentioned that she is having trouble getting one or two of the titles.  They are over ten years old, and I decided not to wait any longer and had her order the remaining five titles that I needed, plus another PS oldie.  Fortunately, she was able to get all of the titles I asked her to order...

I really love all of these charts!
So that's it stash-wise for the month of April.
I can't see that I'll need anything else this year
unless I run out of thread on a WIP or something.

Now for the exciting (to me) news--my finish:
Here is Libby Sturdy's Bejeweled Tree #3
from the pilot class I took earlier this year.
This was worked mostly in Kreinik
with a couple of cards of Neon Rays thrown in.
(Picture me standing up, shaking my hips and stirring a big pot.
Frightening, no?)

Last but not least, I received this groovy RAK
I love the creepy-crawly centipede fabric,
the nifty ribbon with witches and bats
and the cool skull, cat and skeleton embellishments.
What a fun package!
Thanks again, Moonsilk!
That's it for now.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!


Justine said...

Great stash! I had my cheat month this month as well...

Mouse said...

hahahah think that's why they do it lol
love the fabric and the stash haul too ... just think of it as an investment ;) and coool goodies :) love mouse xxxxx

Fidike said...

This tre is so lovely!

The PS alphabeth is one of my favorite patterns!

cucki said...

Pretty stash :)
Hugs x

Anonymous said...

Wow...I love stash additions! It is such fun! Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! The triad will be a beautiful piece. Love that pewter fabric and Kreinik. And the creepy crawlies are super! What fun!

Julie said...

Pretty finish, so colourful and shiny.
Nice new stash, a lot of ladies seem to be buying PS charts recently.

Linda said...

Love all your new stash. I have those PS charts and started the X several years ago.


Silverlotus said...

You made very good use of your cheat month. I'm trying to save mine until October. It will be hard.

I love your Bejeweled Tree. It is fabulous!

Faith... said...

I just LOVE the tree! Congrats on the finish. Great new stash you have there.

geeky Heather said...

Oooo, that tree is amazing! It looks like you were pretty darned restrained at NN...I'm sure I would have had to buy another suitcase!!

Carol said...

Looks like a good haul during cheat month :) I just love those PS Alphabet Charts. I have a few, but not all...

Your tree finish is such fun--you always stitch the most unique things, Pat :)

Chris said...

Love the class project finish! Such fun fibers and colors. That blackwork piece is going to be gorgeous too!
What fun fabric and charms from Moonsilk!