Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Final Leg of Our Journey

The Mad Tatter had such a great time yesterday.  So much fun that she couldn’t sleep last night.  She said that all she could think about was tatting!

We left our hotel at 9:30am and ventured north.  First stop was at Fiberworks in Waverly, IA.  No pictures of the shop.  The street in front is all torn up so we parked in the back and entered through a back door.  A few purchases were made and we continued north.  Along the way we admired the beauty of the corn fields and the beautiful farms along the way.

Second stop of the day - The Stitchery Nook in Osage, IA.  What a great shop.  Lots of models, patterns, kits, linen, fibers...a hidden treasure in small town Iowa!

In the back of the store they have scrapbooking supplies.  I found some great cardstock with which I will make some matchbook needle books.

This shop has a retreat center upstairs!  Can you imagine how cool it would be to spend a weekend above a needlework shop like that?  It’s a beautiful space.  If you live anywhere near Osage, check it out!

Took some pictures of the shop for you -enjoy!

Tomorrow...we return to reality.  Only two days left this week though.  Hurray!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today’s Travels

It’s day two of my adventure with the Mad Tatter.  We spent today on the Illinois tollway.

Okay, it’s not what you might think.  Technically we were above the tollway.  We spent the day at the Hinsdale Oasis with the Tollway Tatters!

This is something the Mad Tatter has wanted to do for years.  We decided there is no time like the present.  What a fun day we had.  The Mad Tatter was happy to meet these kindred spirits.  She also learned how to do a “Catherine Wheel Join”.  Apparently, this is a very difficult stitch in the tatting world.

Thank you Tollway Tatters for letting us crash your party today.

We headed west after the meet up ended.  Where are we tonight?  “Is this heaven?  No, it’s Iowa!”  Saw lots of rolling corn fields tonight before stopping at our hotel.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Off On Another Adventure

Good morning Doris!  Hope you are doing well!

Well, I’m off on another road trip.  I have another partner in crime with me this time - the Mad Tatter!  We didn’t leave too early this morning.  She needs her beauty sleep you know.

We headed east and managed to time it perfectly so that we could stop for lunch at the Norske Nook! These open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy remind me of road trips I used to take as a little girl with my Auntie Theresa. The Mad Tatter had turkey and I had pork.

We will have our pie in the hotel room tonight.

Wait until you see what we have in store for tomorrow!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Half a Pincushion

There is a lot of stitching in this pincushion!  This is just one half of it.  It will probably take me the rest of the week to finish the stitching on it.

Mary, you commented that I stitch fast.  I use the sewing method when I stitch.  That might account for some of my speed.  Mostly though, I’ve been able to dedicate a lot more time to stitching.  And for that I am grateful!

This project, by the way, was a kit offered a couple of years ago from Hands on Design and the Elegant Stitch.  It’s called My Stitcher’s Heart. 

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Fob Stitching Part II

And the other side of the fob is done!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my recent blog posts!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Fob Stitching

Just started stitching another Project from Hands on Design!  This is one side of the fob.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Secret Stitching

Happy day after the 4th of July!  Hope you had a wonderful day.

I didn’t want to share a picture of this until after it had been gifted.  For the past few weeks I’ve been working on some Hardanger.  This piece will be used as an insert on an apron to be worn with the tradtional Norwegian folk costume (which is called a Bunad).

My cousin is Norwegian and Swedish.  She dances with a Norwegian dance group in California.  She had a beautiful Norwegian Bunad which she assembled over the years collecting the appropriate fabrics and jewelry on trips she made to Norway.  The Mad Tatter even tatted the lace for the collar and cuffs on the white blouse.  All was lost when my cousin’s house burned to the ground last fall as a result of one of the California wildfires.

She asked my to provide her with a Hardanger refresher so that she would be able to stitch the apron insert herself.  I decided to stitch it and surprise her.  I gifted it to her yesterday during our visit.

We had a great time at the lake.  Despite rain and thunder in the morning, it ended up turning into a really nice day.  We went for a pontoon ride in the afternoon.  The Mad Tatter enjoyed the ride!