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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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Lady's Worke Box

My mother commented this morning that I haven't updated my blog for awhile. Decided I better get busy and post something!

I'm excited to share these photos with you. I took the Lady's Worke Box class with Ellen Chester back in 2012. I was pretty diligent about finishing the stitching and soon after, I finished the smalls. Despite the excellent instructions provided by Ellen, I just couldn't bring myself to finish the box. I asked Tricia, the finisher from Crosse Stitchery in LaCrosse, WI if she would finish it and voila! It's all finished now!

The front of the box:

The inside of the box (finished in silk; note the pockets):

The top of the box could be reversed if you wanted the stitching on the outside:

The entire set:

Love it! Thanks Tricia for sharing your awesome finishing talents with me!

This morning I picked green beans from the garden. There are more out there waiting to be picked! I love fresh green beans!

Here's what I'm working on these days. It's A Stitcher's Pocket from Catherine Theron.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Monday, July 07, 2014

The Unplayed Piano Etui

Last November I was fortunate to travel to the Attic for the weekend with Jackie du Plessis. I took two of her classes, Attic Sampler of Dreams and The Unplayed Piano Etui. I finished Attic Sampler of Dreams some time ago. This past weekend I finished the piano.

I tend to be very critical of my finishing; always finding something that I could have done better. Regardless of the slight imperfections, I am thrilled with my finish. It was a challenge to put together. Thank you Jackie for providing me with an opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone!

The music on the front of the piano is a piece of scrimshaw; a threadwinder! The two gold circles on either side of it are magnetic needle minders.

Surprise! The piano opens up to reveal a keyboard also made from scrimshaw. Under the keyboard is a little tray with room for needles or maybe a bodkin. Behind the keyboard there is space for a pincushion or a ball of thread and a scissors!

Here's a final look at it. I think it's amazing!

Thank you for your visits and for your kind comments!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Reason for the Weekend

Finally, wrapping up last weekend's trip report. Our reason for traveling to the Chicago area was to take a Betsy Morgan class with the Lake Michigan Sampler Guild. The project was Betsy's Elizabethan Casket (google it or go to her blog for a picture.). We completed one of the smalls that goes in the casket. It's a little bag- you could put a thimble or some buttons in it. It was a great class and I look forward to working more on this project!

Since arriving home, I managed to finish the top for my Shepherd's Fold project. Yesterday, I "finished" finished it!

A couple of my friends and I found some coordinating fabric and decided to put a padded bottom in the box.

Now I'll need to get the fob finished. Looking forward to seeing what the next installment is going to be!

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Weekend Part II

I kind of disappeared on you...sorry about that. My week got busy once I returned to reality. Just didn't have time to update my blog! We left off last Friday, day two of our Illinois adventure. Our class wasn't until Saturday and so we had time to visit two more shops in the Chicago area.

Stop number one was at Tomorrow's Heirlooms in Glen Ellyn, IL. I had been to this shop before, but it was nice to visit again. They have been in business a long time and there are many treasures in this shop!

Our second stop was at the Inspired Needle in Lemont, IL.

It was nice to visit with shop owner, Cathy, again. Her displays of needlework are so creative. I really liked these two samplers. Christmas Garden was stitched over one-- it was gorgeous!

Have always liked this sampler from Hearts Ease Examplar Workes- it's called A Maryland Inspiration.

Bonus- the Plum Street Sample trunk show was there!

Paulette was coming to do a workshop with the Inspired Needle on Saturday. Too bad we couldn't be in two places at once!

Class with Betsy Morgan is up next...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

On the Road Again - AGAIN!

Just returned from another road trip. Couldn't update during the trip because we didn't have internet access at our hotel.

After last week's trip to Indy I spent two day s at home to catch up the laundry, restock the groceries, and then repacked the suitcase for another needlework weekend. I know, it seems kind of crazy - two needlework weekends in a row - but when some of your favorite designers are so close to home, you just have to do it!

We left early Thursday AM. No stop for pie at the Norske Nook this time (don't want to ruin a good thing!). The drive was shorter...we were only going to the Chicago area this time.

We arrived early enough on Thursday to take in two needlework shops. We stopped first in Geneva, IL to visit Designer's Desk. This shop has been in business for thirty years and they have some hidden treasures in their basement. Needlepoint is on the first floor; cross stitch is on the second floor. We made a little dent in the wallet here!

Check out this model of "Virtue Outshines the Stars" - it was huge. Must have been stitched on 28 ct linen...

On to Welcome Stitchery in Crystal Lake! If you're from this area you are probably wondering why we didn't stop here first since it is further north (and we were traveling south.) Our route was "very strategic," we saved Welcome Stitchery for our second stop because they were open later.

Then I remembered that there was a Vera Bradley outlet store in Aurora, IL which was near the hotel we were staying at.

We did a little damage...

Will share more tomorrow...more shop visits followed by a class with Betsy Morgan!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Making Progress

This is the next piece I would like to finish...

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