Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Day at the Fair

We woke up this morning and decided to go to the Minnesota State Fair. It was a beautiful day weather-wise, so I'm glad we went. We didn't stay too late though. It got more and more crowded as it got later in the day.



One of my favorite stops at the Fair is the Creative Activities building. That's where all the needlework is. Thought I'd share a few snapshots with you.

The chart for this piece from Jeanette Douglas is in my stash. I should really dig it out and stitch it up!



This is a beautiful piece of Japanese embroidery. The frame complements the design nicely.



Quilts, quilts, quilts!






A little bit of tatting.






Some Hardanger.












This is Ukrainian Embroidery.



Some wool appliqué...






It was a great day!

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Last of the Show and Tell

I'll just let the pictures do the talking!































Such a talented group of Needleworkers!


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Little More Show and Tell

Here are a few more pictures of some of the fabulous stitched treasures that were on display at retreat...
























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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Show and Tell Part One

I took quite a few pictures at The Show and Tell event at retreat. I may end up spreading this out over several posts. There are so many talented needleworkers in our guild; it was so much fun to see all of the beautiful finishes!

This is a Hardanger piece; it was one of the Nordic Needle club pieces. (Two different versions of it...)








The Shepherd's Fold...note that the top of the box was customized; it reminded the stitcher of Vermont!





Betsy Morgan's Toy Box with a couple of extra pieces...





Sampler of Stitches from the Drawn Thread...





A Scottish Sampler from Robin Laukuf...





This little heart was a collaboration between Sharon Cohen and Lauren Sauer...






More tomorrow!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stitching by the Lake

Last week I was in Buffalo, MN for the Needlework Guild of Minnesota's annual retreat. This was my third retreat with NGM and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

We had beautiful weather the entire week. The retreat center sits right on the edge of the lake.



Many of the classrooms have a view of the lake. This shot was taken while many stitchers were "asleep in bed while visions of stitching fun danced in their heads!"


I took three classes this time, all with Catherine Theron - the Wee Bunny Box, No Place Like Home Stitchery Book and Bless this Home Sampler. During the sampler class, Catherine drew us some road maps for the inside border.






All I can say is that Catherine is much friendlier than Mrs. Dash; she did not say "recalculating" even once! I look forward to stitching (and hopefully finishing) these three projects during the next year!

We had some fun at this retreat...the theme was Embrace the Pace and so we had a tortoise and the hare thing going on. Her's the hare delivering our secret stitcher gifts on Friday!


Stay tuned...my favorite part of retreat is the Show and Tell event where members exhibit their finishes during the previous year. Don't worry, I took lots of pictures!


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Stitcher's Envelope

Just finished up this set of smalls..



The set was designed by Catherine Theron; it's one of her teaching pieces. Looking forward to seeing her again this week at the Needlework Guild of Minnesota Retreat.






Speaking of retreat, the theme this year is "Embrace the Pace"...a tortoise and the hare kind of theme. Here's my name tag for the event:



Going to hit the road now. Will try to post from retreat. Looking forward to the show and tell!


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ukrainian Whitework

Our local EGA guild offered some classes this weekend with Terri Bay. Terri is an accomplished needleworker and designs Ukrainian Whitework patterns. Her charts are very detailed and easy to follow. I really like Ukrainian Whitework!

Here's my finished stitching...the design is called Ukrainian Star Ornament.



Now I just need to do the finishing!


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