Monday, August 19, 2019

What am I Stitching?

I just finished two more blocks on Satsuma Street’s 12 Days of Christmas!  Nine and ten are finished.

I’m going to try to stick with this one since I don’t have too much more to go.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Couple More Retreat Finishes

On our third day of class we fine-tuned our pillow finishing skills.  As you can see, our pillow has a pocket!

The back side of the pillow is finished with a wool flower and some leaves to cover the slit we made to stuff the pillow.

We also made a cute little needlebook to match the pillow.

And Cathy always has extra surprises in her classes - a fun scissor fob made out of a wool felt ball!

I forgot to include a picture of the scissor fob that we made to coordinate with the mattress finish that I posted on Thursday.

It was a great retreat and I enjoyed my classes with Cathy Habermann!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Another NGM Retreat Here and Gone

Hello Friends!

I was away at the Needlework Guild of Minnesota retreat last week which means I have stitchy photos to share.  The theme of this year’s retreat was “Finishing School”.  Many of the classes focused on finishing.  Our guild brings in three teachers, so you always have a choice of projects.  I was excited this year to have the opportunity to take classes with Cathy Habermann from Hands on Design!

Before we look at class projects, I want to share my name tag with you.  Every retreat, I stitch a name tag that reflects the theme.  I think I nailed it this year.  This is an old Mary Garry pattern.

My first class with Cathy was called Snow on the Ground.  My pre-work was complete and so that allowed me to start right in on the finishing.  Our first finish was a mattress style pincushion.  We made this cute little house complete with wool shingles!  It took most of the first day to complete.

On day two, we worked on the scissor fob and the name plate for our baskets.  These are the cutest little baskets from the Ohio Farm baskets shop on Etsy!

Cathy always has a few surprises up her sleeve.  On the first day, we made this cute tomato scissor fob/pincushion.  On day two, we practiced lacing and the ladder stitch and made this pin disk using coordinating fabrics.

Here’s the whole project!

Back tomorrow with more...

Sunday, August 04, 2019

The Mad Tatter Strikes Again!

The Mad Tatter has been busy.  She tatted these beautiful lace edgings to make votive candles out of these recycled yogurt jars.  All the different thread colors are so pretty!

I hope to be back with more stitchy news soon!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Oops I Did it Again

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Monday, July 15, 2019


Working on my pre-work for an upcoming finishing class with Cathy Habermann!

The linen color is more blue than it appears in the photo.

Thunderstorms and flooding here tonight!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lynn’s of Madison

We had fun shopping at Lynn’s.  She caters to artists who paint and draw, needleworkers, and does framing.  In addition to looking through her charts and excellent linen selection, there is always wonderful eye candy on the walls.  Here’s a tour of some of the framed needlework.