Sunday, April 28, 2019

Long Time, No Stitch

Where did April go?  It’s been such a long time.  I’ve been stitching some, but not nearly as much as I would like.

I’m happy to report that I have two more finishes, both from Blackbird Designs!  Looks like I’m going to need to schedule a finishing day real soon!

First - Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer Day...this was the companion piece to a class I took at Country Sampler two summers ago.



Next - Kindred Spirits...this was a club piece from the Country Sampler.  It’s been in my stash for awhile.  (Mad Tatter - look closely at the letters used, can you figure out what they stand for?)



Look at this awesome Etsy find!  It’s in pristine condition and now resides in my china cabinet!



Thanks for stopping by!



Saturday, April 13, 2019

Spring Fling 2019

Last weekend was Stitchville’s Spring Fling with Blackbird Designs.  I’ll let the pictures do the talking!






Thursday, April 04, 2019

One More Thing

Last weekend I took a class with Diane Fitzgerald during which we made these fun Whimsy Dolls.  We were supposed to bring ribbons or fabric to incorporate in the design.  I brought tatting!

Here are my dolls!



Thay can be worn on a necklace or perhaps made into a scissors fob.  Fun!

It’s April!

My how time flies!  I’m about to embark on an adventure but I didn’t tell you about my last adventure!

Two weeks ago, I spent the weekend in Madison, WI and took a class with the uncomparable Amy Mitten!  It was great to see her again.  It was great to see good friends again too.


The project we worked on was “Tour Van Holland.”



Amy brings a lot of models with her when she teaches, so there was lots of eye candy.









And the weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a little shopping at two of my favorite needlework stores!



What will my next adventure be?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Two Finishes!

It’s been a great stitchy weekend.

Cherry Hollow Farm Sampler from Stacy Nash is finished.  Per the instructions in the kit, I used walnut crystals to antique the sampler after I finished stitching it.


I also finished Le Poulet from Blackbird Designs.  This kit has been in my stash for a long time!


Sadly, the weekend is over...

Friday, March 15, 2019

Poor Neglected Blog

My Mother will be happy that I am posting.  I have stitched quite a bit since I last visited with you.  Of course it helped that I had two stitching retreats two weekends in a row.

This is a finish!  It’s called Hannah’s Brownstone and its from The Scarlett House.  This was a limited edition kit from Norden Crafts a few years ago.



This is an almost finished finish!  I’m saving the house for my upcoming stotching day at Stitchville. I can do the mindless filling in while visiting with friends.  This one is called Cherry Hollow Farm Sampler from Stacy Nash.  This was also a limited edition kit from Norden Crafts a few years ago.



And a WIP...Brick House Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I’m not a big fan of over one stitching, so I am stitching mine over two on 36 ct. Oaken.



And another WIP...well, not quite yet, but hopefully I will have progress to show very soon!


Friday, February 15, 2019

Carriage House Samplings Wild Roses

I’m shocked.  I have another finish and it’s only February 15th.  I started this piece last October.  It’s the second time I’ve stitched this design.  The first time, I stitched it for a friend and personalized it with her family’s initials and birthdates.  I loved the color of the linen and the threads and knew that I had to stitch it for myself.  Here it is:


The linen is 40ct Golden Promise and I think it is from Silkweaver.  The fibers are DMC (except for the black; I like to use Anchor black).  I personalized this in remembrance of my mother’s family.  Fischer was my grandmother’s maiden name; Nikosch was my grandfather’s name.  The first letter of their first names can be found at the top left and right.  Then down the left and right sides of the sampler are the initials for their ten children.  My mom’s initials are bottom right since she was the baby of the family.  I can’t wait to get this piece framed.

Check out this awesome find that I purchased on Etsy.  I just happened to do a random search and this finished piece popped up for a sweet price.  It is beautifully stitched Hardanger doily on Hardanger fabric.  I love the lacy edge!  I’m sure it was an estate sale find; the seller was here in Minnesota.


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Something Different

I’ve been itching to do some crocheting!  I learned how to crochet when I was very young - maybe 10 or 11 years old.  My mother and her sisters and a few neighbor ladies used to get together every Monday night.  They called themselves “The Crochet Club”.  My brothers and I liked it when they got together because they had the best desserts and we always got to enjoy some!

Last fall, I had grand plans that I was going to teach myself how to knit.  I bought some needles and some Sugar and Cream cotton yarn to make dishcloths.  Never followed through, but I still had the yarn and figured I could crochet washcloths!  Found a simple pattern online and voila!  I’ve crocheted three of them already.  It takes me about an hour to crochet one.  It’s really quite relaxing and much easier on tired eyes.



Happy that tomorrow is Friday.  Winter has finally come to Minnesota.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

This Poor Neglected Blog...and a FinIsh

When was the last time you heard that from me?  Yes, I have a finish! A F-I-N-I-S-H!

I started this last month when I was on the weekend retreat at the Ranch.  And voila, it’s done!



The design is from Prairie Schooler and it is called January.  Stitched on Picture This Plus 36ct Fog with DMC.

It feels good.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Retreat Day 2

Every morning we start with a delicious breakfast.  The bacon is to die for.  Yesterday we had french toast.



I focused on Wild Roses from Carriage House Samplings yesterday.  All I have left is the personalization.



Today I will be working on a Prairie Schooler piece that I started during Friday night’s “starty party”. The fun ends at noon.  :(


Saturday, January 19, 2019

Prairie Schooler Christmas Samplers

This is challenge piece #4...Christmas Samplers from Prairie Schooler.  I’m participating in the #Stitch9Challenge with a group of stitchers on Instagram.  The goal is to try to finish nine pieces by the end of the year.



I’ve really been getting a lot of stitching done this weekend.  I’ll come back later with an update for you.  It’s a cold morning in Wisconsin.  Not much snow on the ground.  The bacon is cooking and we’ll be eating breakfast soon.  Then I will settle into my chair for the day.

Friday, January 18, 2019

On Retreat

Today’s stitching progress...

Satsuma Street’s 12 Days of Christmas.  I stitched “My True Love” and outlined the last row of boxes.


This is going back in the bag now...


Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Strawberry Patch

This is challenge piece number three - The Strawberry Patch from Homespun Samplar.


This is a delicious stitch.  I’m not quite sure why I sopped working on it!

Monday, January 07, 2019

12 Days of Christmas

Yep, you probably figured you would see this one in the mix.  I should be able to finish it, right?  I’ve already stitched seven of the days!


It’s been fun looking at everyone’s picks for the #stitch9challenge!  I hope we are all successful in finishing them!

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Wild Roses

I’ve been working steadily on this piece and will continue stitching on it until It is finished.


I’ve also joined the “Stitch 9 Challenge” on Instagram and have selected nine projects which I would like to finish this year.  Wild Roses is number one.  I’ll show the other eight projects to you over the next few days.

Hope the New Year is going well for you.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Happy New Year!

Happy 2019!

I opted not to start a new project today.  Instead, I decided to continue stitching on a piece I started back in October.  It’s called Wild Roses and it is from Carriage House Samplings.


I stitched this once before as a gift for a friend.  This time, I’m stitching it for me.  It will be personalized, but I have to work all of that out yet.

The linen is a pretty golden yellow with very subtle hints of an orangey pink here and there.  It is very pretty.

Wishing you peace and many hours of stitching in the new year!