Yes, I'm starting to get things ready for the annual Needlework Guild of MN retreat. I have a bag set aside and I'm adding things to it as I get them ready. At the moment I have a bag of charts which will go in the "stash reallocation" basket.
As of today, I have all of my pre-work for classes ready. I'm taking three classes, two with Betsy Morgan and one with Michelle Roberts. The two Betsy classes had pre-stitching.
You've already seen this one, but I'm sharing it again for a reason. I want to show you two of my recent antique shop purchases. The pre-work is for Betsy's Helix Etui.
What do you think of my little pincushion? Saw a picture of one of these on Etsy. It's one of the smaller dolls from a set of Russian stacking dolls. Insert wool ball in the bottom and voila! Instant pincushion!
Underneath the stitching is a hand stitched placemat. The edges are hemstitched and there's a little bit of hardanger in each corner. One of my friends from guild always brings a white towel or dishcloth with her when she takes a class. One time she started working on her class project and the table hadn't been cleaned properly. She ended up getting oil or grease on her stitching. Never again! She now puts a towel down on the table where she is working. I might use this for that purpose. May as well do it in style, right?
Here's my pre-work for Betsy's Edinburgh Reticule. I believe this will be the needlebook when finished.
On to my next project. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!