Sunday, September 20, 2020

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Stitching For...

Stitching is going to be somewhat on hold for a little bit. We have a new family member! Her name is Lizzie and she is a Yellow Labrador Retriever, just seven weeks old. 

Our first day went well. She loves exploring the backyard and especially likes to chase leaves.

She and Maggie are becoming fast friends.

Her first night went better than expected.

Today she is all pooped out (or maybe she is bored with the football game!)

It’s fun having a little one around again!

Saturday, September 05, 2020


Today was a finishing day. This was a class that I took at the Needlework Guild of Minnesota Retreat last year. In the class we assembled all of the pieces needed to finish these Halloween ornaments. All I had to do was stitch them and put them together. I think they turned out great!

The class was with Cathy Habermann from Hands on Design. These charts are not available for purchase as this is still one of the classes she offers.

Tomorrow is the 400th anniversary of when the Mayflower set sail for America. With Thy Needle and Thread has commemorated this anniversary with a sampler that honors the women who were on the Mayflower. The idea is to stitch for the duration of the trip, 66 days, with the goal of having a completed sampler at the end. We shall see!

There may be more finishing on the agenda tomorrow. So happy for the long weekend!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Weekend Celebration

Very little stitching has been happening of late. Our highly anticipated weekend of the summer is now just a memory. We’re grateful that it happened, given all the twists and turns it took as a result of COVID.

On Friday evening, our daughter got married. It was a beautiful outdoor wedding and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes; a cocktail hour followed and then a sit-down dinner. The guest list was significantly less than originally planned, but we still had 100 people join us for the celebration. Another 300 watched the ceremony via live stream (what would we do without modern technology?) It was a perfect afternoon and evening!

I don’t have many pictures; the mother of the bride was too busy visiting with guests!

They are off on their honeymoon now and I continue to enjoy the bouquet; it smells wonderful.

We are also watching their puppy Nala!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Last Days of Summer

I switched up my display on the table in front of the window; it was time to put the patriotic themed stitching away and let some other designs be in the spotlight!

The sampler on the left is from Chessie and Me. It is called Scarlet’s Summer Sampler. Finishing smaller pieces like this on a board is so easy. There’s a piece of Weeks Dye Works wool behind it. Love it! The tomato is from Under the Woolen Willow on Etsy. Since I worked so hard on those pinwheels, I am going to enjoy the entire set displayed together for just a bit longer!

This sampler sits on my Martha Washington table. It is called This is the Day and it is a design from Hands to Work/Tracy Riffle. It was published in Just Cross Stitch back in February 2009. The red house and the verse are what attracted me to this sampler. It’s one of my favorites. Did you know that Tracy is designing again?

I’m kind of on a finishing/Hands on Design kick since finishing all of those pinwheels last week. All of the finishing pieces for three Halloween designs were assembled at last year’s Needlework Guild of MN retreat. All I need to do yet is the stitching (for all three pieces) and then I can put them together. Working on the first one. I should be able to finish this one up in another evening or two.

Thank you for stopping by; come back again. I picked up something fun last week and I’ll share it in my next post.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Spring Fling Weekend

As I mentioned in an earlier post, our original Stitchville Spring Fling weekend, scheduled in April, was canceled and rescheduled to this weekend as a Zoom meeting. While it wasn’t the same as gathering in person, it was still a lot of fun.

Linda Stolz from Erica Michaels was this year’s designer and she did a great job teaching via Zoom.

You might remember the unopened retreat box that I posted earlier this week (Anticipation). It was filled with goodies and our class project.

Friday night was the unveiling and the project is to die for. Linda found an old sampler in the attic of her childhood home and it served as the inspiration for the set of smalls that we will stitch.

We all received a lesson in stitching on silk gauze. This band, stitched on 30ct. gauze, will go around our ort jar. I still need to fill in the background.

Today we made these beautiful wool roses for the top of the ort jar.  So cute!

It was a great weekend and it really lifted my spirits!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Perennial Pinwheels Finished

Ta-da! They are finished! Pleased to share with you Well Rounded Perennial Pinwheels From Hands on Design. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Thank you for your kind words about our Josie. She will forever be in our hearts.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Farewell Faithful Friend

Today we said goodbye to our Josie. We adopted her when she was seven and enjoyed five and a half wonderful years with her. She was sweet, gentle, and so well-behaved. It was her time to go and she will forever be missed.