Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Morning at Galleria

I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the window displays at Galleria!

Some of the doors are decorated too.

We won’t be shopping today.  We are taking a class with Sue Hillis called “A Study in Red”.  It’s a red band sampler on a spool with a biscornu on top.

Will be back later!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

St. Charles - Galleria

Yes, you guessed right. I’m at Needlework Galleria. What a fun place to be!

Our day started out with a class from Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes. It’s a cute pumpkin themed pocket. I made good progress for just a couple of hours of stitching.

We spent the afternoon at an antique mall. Found a couple of things that had to come home with me.

Back at Galleria, the early bird shopping began at 6:00pm. Our first stop was Shakespeare’s Peddler. Got up close and personal with Ham Rock. The place to be tonight was in Beth Twist’s room - Heartstring Samplery! I made a few purchases which I’ll have to share on another post.

Tomorrow will be another day!

Road Trip!

It’s been awhile! The adventures of the Alphabet Stitcher and her Partner in Crime are back. They didn’t let us go out into the world alone this time though; we have supervision this trip.

We traveled all day yesterday. Our first and only stop was a new shop to me, my PIC had already been to this one. We stopped at Village Needlework in Marion, IA.  Sadly, they are going out of business. It was and still is a lovely shop with supplies for cross stitch, tatting, knitting and crochet and canvas.  We made a few purchases.

Arrived at our destination last night.  Here’s a clue on where we are:

Hope to have more posts for you throughout the weekend.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Seeing Red

Well, the pre-work won out. This is the beginning of a red band sampler designed by Sue Hillis.

The finished piece is about 24 inches long so I have a little more stitching to do. :)

Monday, August 26, 2019

Snooty Parrot Progress

I’m really enjoying stitching on Snooty, but I have to put it away. Some pre-work arrived which I need to finish for Needlework Galleria in three weeks. I’m really loving Snooty though...

Over the weekend I stitched the apple tree and Adam and Eve. I also stitched the urn of flowers to the left. Love it!

I also picked up some framing over the weekend. This design is called “Never Let You Go” and its from Heartstring Samplery. I thought the red frame complimented the red bricks in the house.

Tomorrow night...pre-work or more Snooty?

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Spring Fling WIPs

Stitchville has had a retreat every Spring for the past ten years. I was doing well at keeping up with the projects until about five years ago! I’ve got to get busy and get back on track.

2019 Project - Blackbird Designs - such a pretty set of stitchy goodness. I need to come back to this sooner rather than later!

2018 Project - Jeanette Douglas - Pity, only the scissors fob is stitched and finished.

2017 Project - Blackbird Designs - part of this project is complete, but I didn't finish the other parts.

2015 Project - With My Needle - I don’t have a picture of this one. Didn’t get into that box on Friday night! A group of us have made a pact that we are going to stitch and finish this one over the next year.

2014 Project - The Drawn Thread - I was so excited for this retreat. I think it’s the stiffness of the linen that has kept me from finishing this one. I don’t have much stitched. Maybe I should change my linen!

I’ll post a weekend stitching update tomorrow night. I need to add a few more stitches to the section I worked on.

Saturday, August 24, 2019


SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. Let’s continue with the WIP parade!

I love this project. I started it two years ago and made good progress on it. It is a kit from Hillside Samplings and will be a lovely Strawberry Bag with stitching accessories when finished.

This next WIP was started three or four years ago. It’s the Four Seasons Band Sampler from Sally Hesketh. I think I was worried about the over one stitching and that might be why I put it away.

One more. I’ve always loved this Prairie Schooler Christmas Village. I’ve made a good start on it!

Today I worked on Snooty Parrot. Made good progress. Adam and Eve are in!

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Friday, August 23, 2019

My Name is Cathy and I am a Stitchaholic

I’ve been cleaning through my stash (aka the needlework shop in my basement). Oy vey. I need to get a grip on things. Either I need to stitch faster or figure out a way to live until I’m 300. Please know, I still plan to stitch everything that is in this little shop of mine.  

Tonight, I went through my WIPs (Works in Progress) and took some pictures. I also took pictures of all the lovely samplers and other projects that are kitted up and ready to go, but not started. I thought maybe we could visit my stash for a few posts. I love it when the Flosstubers share their WIPs and their stash with us!

My first photo though is of my finishing pile. Such a sad state of affairs.  There are four or five projects with frames just waiting to be stretched and pinned. See that bucket?  There are two fully stitched Betsy Morgan projects that need to be assembled. I know that there is also a Chessie and Me class piece, a beautiful Pomegranate colored needlework pocket from Hands on Design, several ornaments ... and I could go on and on. Maybe I should call in sick at work next week?

Here are my first two WIPs.  WIP number one is the Snooty Parrot sampler.  It’s about time I get this done!

WIP number two is the Sojourner Sampler from Heart’s Ease Examplar Workes.  I love the colors of the linen and the silk fibers.  I need to get this one done too.

I think I better get busy and do some stitching!