Sunday, October 23, 2016

Needlework is not Dead

So often, I hear the question, "How do we get young people interested in Needlework?" Very few young people come to our local guild meetings . There might be one or two thirty year-olds at our annual retreat, but the average age is probably closer to 60.

We'll, trust me, cross stitch is not dead and there are lots of young needleworkers out there! Guess where they are? They are on Flosstube!

I decided to check out Flosstube a few weeks ago after reading about it on some of my favorite blogs. I've been watching Flosstube for the past couple of weeks. All age groups are represented; I watched a video ("vlog") today that was recorded by a 70-year old! I must say though, I've been pleased to see many young stitchers in their 30's and 40's.

These stitchers are on Facebook participating in groups and in SALs that start a new project every day for one month or commit to finishing 15 - 20 WIPs over the next month. Some are "stitching dark" during the month of October. Others are participating in Hogwarts themed stitching groups. These stitchers are dyeing their own fabric and purchasing floss from vendors I've never heard of. They are very brave and are not afraid to swap floss colors and stitch something different than the designer intended. They are very respectful of copyright. In lieu of stitching get together they Skype with each other. They are excited about needlework as evidenced by their "haul" which they proudly share.

I am encouraged by what I have seen. This is a different approach to stitching than what I am used to, but it is so refreshing. I am glad to know that needlework is alive and well!

Here's where I am at with All Creatures Great and Small:

Hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Building a Lake

It doesn't look like much right now, but give me another night or two.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


The chicken family is complete!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 03, 2016

Weekend in Indy Part 2

Our second class with Sherri was "A Gift by Hand Conferred."

During the class we worked on the bodkin holder.

And started the finishing on the walnut shell pincushion.

All good things must come to an end and tomorrow I return to work. Before doing so I squeezed in a few minutes tonight with All Creatures Great and Small.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

An Afternoon Leisure Basket

Today we had a delightful class with Sherri Jones. The project was An Afternoon Leisure Basket. Love this little basket!

Progress made on All Creatures Great and Small.

More tomorrow!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Indianapolis or Bust

We made the obligatory stop at you know where...

Enjoyed a delicious open-faced pork sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.

We passed on pie. Later on though we found another treat which we enjoyed in our hotel room tonight.

We have been stitching away and will head to bed soon. Here's an update on All Creatures Great and Small. Top right corner is now done.

Signing off from somewhere between the Twin Cities and Indianapolis!