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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nine Down, Eighteen to Go

Good Monday morning to you!  It's a beautiful, sunny day here (so far), so I took the opportunity to take a few photos outside, so that I can show you my latest stuff.  I'm not a "fancy" photographer--I just plop the items down on my front stoop and snap away.  My neighbors probably wonder about all my stoop shots, among other things (hehe).

So anyway, some of you may have guessed what I'm about to show you from the title of this post.  Yes, it's the Prairie Schooler alphabet.

The "I" was finally finished
at 6:40 this morning.
But it's not only a letter finish;
it's also a row finish 
and I'm done with the GHI leaflet, too!

Here's what it looks like so far.

And here's another smaller finish
that happened last night...

This is Little House Needleworks' Old Glory.
I did rip out those flower stems on the bottom
and use a darker shade.

Over the weekend, I took a workshop
with Tony Minieri that was hosted by
my ANG chapter.

Here is the model he brought to class.
It's called Austin Patch.

And here's my start.
The black canvas was slowing me down.
But.. a decent amount of stitching
for a 1.5 day workshop,
if I do say so myself.
On Day 2 I forgot my magnifier
and thought I'd really be in the soup.
But the two gals sitting at my end of the table
(neither of whom I knew, BTW)
each stepped up.
One offered an extra pair of reading glasses
and the other had an extra clip-on 
magnifier, which I wound up using.
Stitchers are the nicest people!

That's it for now.
Hope your day is going swimmingly.
Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Hey Blog Buddies,

I have a quartet of finishes to share with you today.  Some are brand new and one is so old it's new again.

First up...
Needle Delights Originals' Spring Logs.
I finished this slightly ahead of 
my ANG chapter's SAL schedule.
The colors are more muted in real life.

Next is a trio of smalls
adorably finish-finished by Averyclaire.

Lizzie-Kate's A Bit of June.
I love the rick rack that is reminiscent of sea waves,
and the ship's wheel charm that she added.

Next up, a pair of birds from
Prairie Schooler's Nordic Holiday leaflet.
This was stitched a couple of years ago, 
misplaced for a while,
and just now finished.
I love the addition of the pine cones!
I added the stork scissors in the photo
to give a sense of the scale of the piece.

Finally, a canvaswork sock,
stitched on "soft" Congress cloth;
the design is from Lois Caron.
It's lined with tiny Christmas tree fabric,
and the back of the sock is a
gorgeous red velvet.
Photos do not do these pieces justice.

I like to celebrate my finishes with a new start,
and I was in the mood for a
small patriotic piece.
I knew I had several such charts,
so I started rummaging through my stash.
This is usually not a good thing,
since I tend to find so many things there
that I really want to get started on ASAP.
As I did this time.
I did find a few (but not all) of my
patriotic charts, and I started
Little House Needleworks' Old Glory.

I'm not too fond of the drastic
color changes in the green.
As of this writing,
I don't think that I'll rip it out,
but the stem of the plant in the large pot
will be a DMC solid color.

Well, that's it from here.
Hope your May is going well.
Thanks for visiting!