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

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Leap Year List - October Report

Hello Blog Buddies!

How did your September go?  Mine went very quickly!  We had a very warm month here, so my head is still in summer mode and it's hard to believe that there are only 79 days until Christmas!  (Somebody slap me...)

Rotation stitching took a small hit this past month, but I did OK considering I had a few distractions, as follows...

I started and finished this piece by
Plum Street Samplers, one of three patterns
from the Goodness and Plenty leaflet.
It will be made into a small pillow.

In September, I took an EGA French Boutis class,
taught by my good friend Averyclaire and
Elizabeth Janzen, the designer of the piece.

We were given a very detailed 10-page 
set of instructions to create this beautiful needle book.

Here is what I accomplished in class
on the wing of the cicada.
It's just a running stitch--
but there are a lot of them!
Then you take the provided yarn
and run it through the channels,
giving you a beautiful quilted look.
That is the short version.

This past weekend, I attended another EGA class
for Illinois State Day.
Kay Stanis was our teacher,
and Elegant Egg was our project.

We had three different colorways to choose from.
Most of us chose the purple.

First we had fun lacing up our canvas,
then we transferred the pattern onto the canvas
using the tissue paper method.
I didn't take a picture of that in class,
but it's similar to what I did
on Tanja Berlin's horse.

Here is my start on the
Milanese stitch background, 
done with metallic filament
right over all the lines that we basted!
The funky little flower in the lower right
corner was just for practice.
Hopefully, I'll do a better one
on the actual egg.

Speaking of Kay Stanis, I will segue right
into my rotation, and her
Copper Illumination piece.
You may recall this is my ANG challenge piece.

Here's what it looked like the last time we peeked at it.
Basically, this is what got done in the 2015 class.

Here it is now--all borders completed!
There's nothing like a little challenge to get
a project going again, eh?

A couple of close-ups.
I think this piece may go on hiatus
for a little while because
I don't need to have it finished
until next June...

For the past three years, my ANG chapter
has chosen one of the "log" designs
by Needle Delights Originals
as their ongoing project,
and this year is no different.

Here is my start on Spring Logs.

You can see that the logs
don't really line up on this piece.
This should be another fast, fun stitch.

Finally, one or two of you
may be wondering if I had any time
for my Prairie Schooler Alphabet piece.

I did.
My D isn't quite finished,
but I got a good start.
I love starting the day with this piece.
It's so easy, it's keeping me (somewhat) sane.

Well, that's it from here.
Thanks, as always, for dropping by.


Bea said...

Love the variety of projects and the colours you are using. You are definitely keeping your needles busy.

Von said...

Loved seeing your September projects! You've done some very interesting things!

Jackie said...

You've been stitching on beautiful projects! I love the diversity of the techniques. I love learning new things and it looks like September was a great month for you!

Rita JG said...

So much beautiful stitching!

Anonymous said...

I am in awe of all the projects you do and the fact that you continue to take on such a variety and so many challenging work. And with all of that you never give up on your old works in progress and somehow manage to finish all of those as well. I will have to use your stick-to-it attitude to encourage myself to get back to all of my work as well! Congrats on all of the lovely projects finished and in progress!

Tiffstitch said...

I so look forward to your monthly summaries. It's great to see the copper project again, and nice start on the new ones!

Pull the other thread said...

All of your projects are just stunning. Well done on getting so much done!!

Beth in IL said...

Very nice! good job with your projects.

Carol said...

I love the way you are always challenging yourself with new classes and techniques, Pat! Really inspiring (but I am too lazy--ha ha!! I just stick with those comfortable PS things!).

Your PSS finish is adorable and I love the muted fall colors and Spring Logs is just wonderful, too.

I hope your October is equally nice, but I think September already has it beat. We turned our heat on today for the first time :)

Julie said...

Such variety in your projects, all so lovely.

Anne said...

As always, Pat, your pieces are lovely, challenging and amazing! I love your blog and am always impressed!

Anonymous said...

Love the bird! Hope October is treating you well.

rosey175 said...

I wonder if I should look harder, I never here of classes like this around me! Not impossible though; I just found a bobbin lace class after five years lol. Copper Illumination is beautiful but those eggs are amazing!! Everything looks so fun.

Sally said...

You have a lovely variety of projects on the go.

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