Sunday, September 09, 2018

Chris Told Me So

Chris is hoping to visit Doris this week.  She said I better update my blog, otherwise Doris is going to ask about it.  Here we go...

I’ve been stitching several pieces from Hands on Design lately.  Will be seeing Cathy in two weeks and thought it would be fun to take some finishes with me.

This first project is called My Stitcher’s Heart.  It was a limited edition kit that was available a few years ago from Elegant Stitch. I still have one small (the waxer pocket) that needs to be finished, but the box, the pincushion and the scissor fob are done!

Then, I must share my cloche with you!  Bought it at Hobby Lobby a couple months ago. I can display smaller needlework pieces without them getting dusty.

My cloche currently houses two smalls from the project noted above plus another pincushion designed bt Hands on Design.

I’ll leave you with a picture of the Mad Tatter.  She was busy spreading her love of tatting again this year with fairgoers at the Minnesota State Fair!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

NGM Retreat

Right after returning from the Lauren Sauer class in Indy, I turned around and left for the Needlework Guild of Minnesota Retreat in Buffalo, MN.  Four days of stitching...I’ll have to share my stitching progress in another post.

The retreat center sits on Lake Buffalo.  There were some really beautiful sunsets.  I snapped these pictures a little bit earlier in the evening one night.  The sun just glistens on the lake.

The theme of retreat was Stitching in the Northwoods.  My placemat at my stitching spot fit the theme!

Here are just a few of the gifties I received.  Love that Hedgehog pincushion!

Eight of us share a stitching room.  My friend Chris made this stitching set for each of us.

That’s it for now.  I’ll be back soon with more pictures from show and tell night, my secret stitcher gifts, and vendor night.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

2018 Name Tag

I forgot to post a picture of this year’s name tag.  Our retreat theme this year is “Stitching in the Northwoods”.  I think my name tag fits the theme.  Do you agree?

The design is from Prairie Schooler.

While on reteat I have limited internet access, so you might not hear from me for a few days.  Try to behave yourself!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Return of the Name Tag

2017...Follow the S.U.N. (Stitchers Using Needles).  Yes, the 2017 retreat was all about sunflowers.  When we pulled up in front of the retreat center, there were big buckets of them waiting for us!

My name tag last year was stitched for me by my friend Chris.  It is one of my favorites!

This year’s name tag reveal will be tomorrow’s post.  I leave for Buffalo, MN in the morning.

Monday, August 06, 2018

It’s a Collection

I promised to share some of the rabbit stuff that I collected in preparation for this class.  Let me just say that “the hunt” was fun.  Etsy and I have become good friends.

This tin was a box of chocolates in another life.  It’s shaped like a book and has a hinged opening.  It’s metal, so needle minders stick to it!

The crazy thing is, I auditioned two others for this role.  One, slightly larger, was sold with tea in it, the other is lunchbox size and had been sold with Crabtree and Evelyn products. Maybe I can show these to you another time.

Next picture: some needleminders, a mini Peter Rabbit book, some carrot themed matchbooks for needles and my rabbit fob (Sherri Jones design from a few years back).

And last but not least, a little Wedgewood tray to hold my scissors and other little do-dads.  The Wedgewood egg cup is the perfect size for a pincushion.  The little carrot was found at the shop in Green Bay.  Finally, these two little wooden rabbits are tatting shuttles!

There were many rabbit themed gifts too.  I’ll have to snap a shot of them at home, they are all packed away.

We’re making our way home today.  Spent the night in Madison, WI.  It stormed during the night and is raining now.  Hopefully we’ll be driving away from the rain.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Visiting the Lakes District

No, we’re not in England.  We wish we were in England.  Instead, we are in Indy.  (Yes, Mad Tatter, your atlas is correct.  We first traveled east then north, before heading south to our final destination.)

Why are we in Indy?  To watch the Indy 500?  To attend the Gen Con gaming convention? No, we are here to take a class with Lauren Sauer!

I have always been a fan of Beatrix Potter.  I’m not sure how it started, but my mother, my Auntie Betty and me (and probably others) used to collect the small Beatrix Potter figurines made by Beswick.  When my children were small, we loved reading the books.  Both of my children’s birth samplers are stitched in Beatrix Potter designs.

When the Needlework Commander in Chief of Indianapolis announced that Lauren would be teaching her “Mrs. McGregor’s Garden - Wheelbarrow, Scissor’s Keep and Pincushion” I responded immediately and said “Sign me up!”  Partner in Crime was not far behind me.

Flash forward to this weekend and here we are.  Yesterday we learned how to make the wheelbarrow and today we will work on the smalls.

Of course, I was so excited about the weekend, I had to gather up all the Beatrix Potter related items I could find.  Maybe in another post, I will show you this collection that I have assembled in more detail.

We’re heading off to class now....

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Sharing Our Wisdom

2016...the theme was Owls, so I needed a nametag with an Owl on it!  This might have been a freebie on Pinterest.

Did I mention that we stopped in Racine, WI?  We needed to gas up. The sign on the gas station drew me in.  It said something like “We have O & H Danish Kringle.”  I figured we might like a treat.  Lots of options:  apple, blueberry, pecan.  The one that called my name was the Wisconsin Kringle: cream cheese, cherries and cranberries.  We finally dug into it today.  Delicious!

On tomorrow’s post I’ll share with you what we’re up to!

Friday, August 03, 2018

We Interrupt this Name Tag Parade....

Doris just joined Art at the breakfast table.  He’s reading the paper, drinking a cup of coffee.

Art: “Did you check out Cathy’s blog yet?”

Doris: “No, not yet.  Did she post another name tag?”

Art: “No, not a name tag.  She left the state again.”

Doris:  “Uh-oh.  Is she traveling with the Mad Tatter?”

Art:  “No, she’s with her Partner in Crime this time.”

Doris:  “Oh my, what are those two girls up to now?”

Yes, we sprung loose again; at oh-seven hundred hours yesterday morning we headed east.  The car was quite surprised when just past Eau Claire we left the normal route and started traveling northeast. That put our GPS into a tizzy.  We have never gone this direction before.

When we were last were together, you might recall that my Partner in Crime had visited her 94th cross stitch shop.  We were on a mission to push that number higher.

First stop:  The Needle Workshop in Wausau, Wisconsin.  It’s a quilting/needlework shop combined.  They have been around for 30 years, so it was fun digging through the patterns.  Shop #95.

Next stop:  The Stitching Bee in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Minnesotans have to be very careful in Green Bay around all those Packer fans.  We managed to behave and got in and out without incident.  The Sewing Bee is located in a small house and the owner is a delight.  Lots of models, cute shop. Shop #96.

Before heading out of town we stopped at an A&W for lunch.  Don’t have many of these left back in our neck of the woods.

Realized we were not very far away from Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop in Manasha, WI, so we figured, “Why not?”  Off we went.  Great quilt shop with beautiful fabrics and lots of wool.  We understand why our quilting friends like coming here.  While there we had a “star” sighting - Jenny from Missouri Star Quilts was at Primitive Gatherings!

Fun day, and it was time to get serious and start making our way to our final destination.  Can you imagine where that might be?

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Stitching the Fabric of Community

2015...this was a tough theme to come up with a nametag for, but I think this one fit the bill.  It’s a Prairie Schooler pattern.

I have a special treat for you tomorrow.  My partner in crime and I have left the state of Minnesota!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Embrace the Pace

2014...some of us stitch like turtles and some of us stitch like hares!

I think this design was from Handblessings.  Perfectly fit the theme!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sisters of the Heart second retreat.  The theme was “Sisters of the Heart”.  I used an old Birds of a Feather pattern to create this name tag.  I thought it fit the theme perfectly!

My favorite part was the old buttons that I attached at the bottom of the name tag!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

From Acorns to Oak Trees first retreat with Needlework Guild of MN. The retreat theme that year was “From Acorns to Oak Trees...Growing with the Guild” and this was my name tag:

Each year that I’ve attended retreat I’ve made myself a nametag to correspond with the theme.  This year’s retreat starts next week, so this week we’re going to take a trip down memory lane with a parade of name tags!

Hope you had a great weekend!  Will be back tomorrow with another name tag!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Weekend Stitching

I pulled out an older WIP this weekend and added a few more bands on Mistress L.  This was a class piece in Indy a few years ago.  It was designed by Lauren Sauer.

I have a long way to go on this one.  It will be about 36 inches long when finished.

Are you familiar with Fiber Talk?  It’s a podcast about needlework.  Today’s episode was particularly good.  Gary Parr interviewed Theresa Venette from Shakespeare’s Peddler.  They talked about Samplers.

Thank you for your kind comments.  I’m trying to post more often.  Keeps my fan club - the Mad Tatter, Doris, and Art- happy!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Final Leg of Our Journey

The Mad Tatter had such a great time yesterday.  So much fun that she couldn’t sleep last night.  She said that all she could think about was tatting!

We left our hotel at 9:30am and ventured north.  First stop was at Fiberworks in Waverly, IA.  No pictures of the shop.  The street in front is all torn up so we parked in the back and entered through a back door.  A few purchases were made and we continued north.  Along the way we admired the beauty of the corn fields and the beautiful farms along the way.

Second stop of the day - The Stitchery Nook in Osage, IA.  What a great shop.  Lots of models, patterns, kits, linen, fibers...a hidden treasure in small town Iowa!

In the back of the store they have scrapbooking supplies.  I found some great cardstock with which I will make some matchbook needle books.

This shop has a retreat center upstairs!  Can you imagine how cool it would be to spend a weekend above a needlework shop like that?  It’s a beautiful space.  If you live anywhere near Osage, check it out!

Took some pictures of the shop for you -enjoy!

Tomorrow...we return to reality.  Only two days left this week though.  Hurray!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Today’s Travels

It’s day two of my adventure with the Mad Tatter.  We spent today on the Illinois tollway.

Okay, it’s not what you might think.  Technically we were above the tollway.  We spent the day at the Hinsdale Oasis with the Tollway Tatters!

This is something the Mad Tatter has wanted to do for years.  We decided there is no time like the present.  What a fun day we had.  The Mad Tatter was happy to meet these kindred spirits.  She also learned how to do a “Catherine Wheel Join”.  Apparently, this is a very difficult stitch in the tatting world.

Thank you Tollway Tatters for letting us crash your party today.

We headed west after the meet up ended.  Where are we tonight?  “Is this heaven?  No, it’s Iowa!”  Saw lots of rolling corn fields tonight before stopping at our hotel.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Off On Another Adventure

Good morning Doris!  Hope you are doing well!

Well, I’m off on another road trip.  I have another partner in crime with me this time - the Mad Tatter!  We didn’t leave too early this morning.  She needs her beauty sleep you know.

We headed east and managed to time it perfectly so that we could stop for lunch at the Norske Nook! These open-faced sandwiches with mashed potatoes and gravy remind me of road trips I used to take as a little girl with my Auntie Theresa. The Mad Tatter had turkey and I had pork.

We will have our pie in the hotel room tonight.

Wait until you see what we have in store for tomorrow!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Half a Pincushion

There is a lot of stitching in this pincushion!  This is just one half of it.  It will probably take me the rest of the week to finish the stitching on it.

Mary, you commented that I stitch fast.  I use the sewing method when I stitch.  That might account for some of my speed.  Mostly though, I’ve been able to dedicate a lot more time to stitching.  And for that I am grateful!

This project, by the way, was a kit offered a couple of years ago from Hands on Design and the Elegant Stitch.  It’s called My Stitcher’s Heart. 

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Fob Stitching Part II

And the other side of the fob is done!

Thank you all for your kind comments on my recent blog posts!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Fob Stitching

Just started stitching another Project from Hands on Design!  This is one side of the fob.