Friday, August 23, 2019

My Name is Cathy and I am a Stitchaholic

I’ve been cleaning through my stash (aka the needlework shop in my basement). Oy vey. I need to get a grip on things. Either I need to stitch faster or figure out a way to live until I’m 300. Please know, I still plan to stitch everything that is in this little shop of mine.  

Tonight, I went through my WIPs (Works in Progress) and took some pictures. I also took pictures of all the lovely samplers and other projects that are kitted up and ready to go, but not started. I thought maybe we could visit my stash for a few posts. I love it when the Flosstubers share their WIPs and their stash with us!

My first photo though is of my finishing pile. Such a sad state of affairs.  There are four or five projects with frames just waiting to be stretched and pinned. See that bucket?  There are two fully stitched Betsy Morgan projects that need to be assembled. I know that there is also a Chessie and Me class piece, a beautiful Pomegranate colored needlework pocket from Hands on Design, several ornaments ... and I could go on and on. Maybe I should call in sick at work next week?

Here are my first two WIPs.  WIP number one is the Snooty Parrot sampler.  It’s about time I get this done!

WIP number two is the Sojourner Sampler from Heart’s Ease Examplar Workes.  I love the colors of the linen and the silk fibers.  I need to get this one done too.

I think I better get busy and do some stitching!

Monday, August 19, 2019

What am I Stitching?

I just finished two more blocks on Satsuma Street’s 12 Days of Christmas!  Nine and ten are finished.

I’m going to try to stick with this one since I don’t have too much more to go.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

A Couple More Retreat Finishes

On our third day of class we fine-tuned our pillow finishing skills.  As you can see, our pillow has a pocket!

The back side of the pillow is finished with a wool flower and some leaves to cover the slit we made to stuff the pillow.

We also made a cute little needlebook to match the pillow.

And Cathy always has extra surprises in her classes - a fun scissor fob made out of a wool felt ball!

I forgot to include a picture of the scissor fob that we made to coordinate with the mattress finish that I posted on Thursday.

It was a great retreat and I enjoyed my classes with Cathy Habermann!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Another NGM Retreat Here and Gone

Hello Friends!

I was away at the Needlework Guild of Minnesota retreat last week which means I have stitchy photos to share.  The theme of this year’s retreat was “Finishing School”.  Many of the classes focused on finishing.  Our guild brings in three teachers, so you always have a choice of projects.  I was excited this year to have the opportunity to take classes with Cathy Habermann from Hands on Design!

Before we look at class projects, I want to share my name tag with you.  Every retreat, I stitch a name tag that reflects the theme.  I think I nailed it this year.  This is an old Mary Garry pattern.

My first class with Cathy was called Snow on the Ground.  My pre-work was complete and so that allowed me to start right in on the finishing.  Our first finish was a mattress style pincushion.  We made this cute little house complete with wool shingles!  It took most of the first day to complete.

On day two, we worked on the scissor fob and the name plate for our baskets.  These are the cutest little baskets from the Ohio Farm baskets shop on Etsy!

Cathy always has a few surprises up her sleeve.  On the first day, we made this cute tomato scissor fob/pincushion.  On day two, we practiced lacing and the ladder stitch and made this pin disk using coordinating fabrics.

Here’s the whole project!

Back tomorrow with more...

Sunday, August 04, 2019

The Mad Tatter Strikes Again!

The Mad Tatter has been busy.  She tatted these beautiful lace edgings to make votive candles out of these recycled yogurt jars.  All the different thread colors are so pretty!

I hope to be back with more stitchy news soon!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Oops I Did it Again

Facebook Marketplace is addicting...

Monday, July 15, 2019


Working on my pre-work for an upcoming finishing class with Cathy Habermann!

The linen color is more blue than it appears in the photo.

Thunderstorms and flooding here tonight!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lynn’s of Madison

We had fun shopping at Lynn’s.  She caters to artists who paint and draw, needleworkers, and does framing.  In addition to looking through her charts and excellent linen selection, there is always wonderful eye candy on the walls.  Here’s a tour of some of the framed needlework.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Bee Pincushion

Today we are in Madison with many old (and a few new) friends.  We are taking the Bee Contained class with Betsy Morgan.  We finished the pincushion today.

We went shopping at Lynn’s after class.  Saving that post for tomorrow.  See ya!

Friday, July 12, 2019

On the Road Again.

Up and out the door at 7:30am!  Heading south to Iowa then east to Wisconsin.  Crazy, I know, but that’s how we roll.

First stop - Osage, IA at the Stitchery Nook.  Very friendly owner, large shop, lots of beautiful models, patterns, wall of fabric and as a bonus, there are scrapbook supplies in the back!

We made a few purchases and then traveled to Fiberworks in Waverly, IA.  A few more purchases and then we headed east to Madison.

Met up with some friends from Indy tonight.  Looking forward to tomorrow!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Three Pines Sampler

The following exchange took place this morning between my Partner in Crime and the Mad Tatter:

Partner in Crime:  "Who is this blogger?  And what did you do with Cathy?"

Mad Tatter:  "Isn't it like the Resurrection of the Dead???"

Ah, those two think they are so funny.

Tonight's post is another one of those stitchy projects that has been languishing away in the "to be framed" pile.

This is a Stitchville Spring Fling project from the Jeannette Douglas retreat in 2011.  I dated the sampler 2011, but I'm quite certain that it wasn't finished until a few years later.  And then it patiently waited to be framed.  2019 was a very good year for this lonely sampler!

Three Pines Sampler from Jeannette Douglas

That's all I have for you tonight!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Drive by Post

I’m short on time tonight.  This is Brick House Sampler from With Thy Needle and Thread stitched on 36ct Oaken with the called for fibers.

Stitched and framed in 2019!

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

What’s the Buzz?

This is what happens when you don’t blog for a long time - you end up with a lot of things to post!  I sure hope the Mad Tatter and Doris and Art are happy. (When I don’t post I hear about it from them!)

This lovely design was stitched this spring and finished three weeks ago.  It’s called Bee Pincushion and it’s from SubRosa on Etsy.

The beads on the edging remind me of little droplets of honey!

Here’s my lovely basket of stitchy goodness!

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Another Frame Job

No stitching tonight so I’ll share with you another piece that I recently had framed.  This is a Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers piece from 2011 titled Summer, Autumn, Winter.  Mine was stitched in 2012 and framed in 2019!

I love it!

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Saturday’s Goings On

Yesterday, I met up with an old college friend; we went to some antique shops in the area.  I scored some perfect tatting shuttles for the Mad Tatter.  She already has them in her possession, so no pictures!  I also scored some Duchess hoops.  Both are in great condition and the best part of all - they were only $2 each.  Also bought this darning egg and tomato pincushion.  Not pictured are the Tom and Jerry glasses I snatched up.  Remember when you could by grape jelly in a jar and use it as a glass later?  The glasses would have cartoon characters on them.  Fun day, fun purchases.

My friend reminded me of a piece that I stitched for her a long time ago.  Even after seeing it I didn’t remember stitching it, but sure enough, I had signed the back of it and dated it “2001.”  I don’t have any recollection who designed this piece!

Tonight I’m going to start some prework for some upcoming classes I will be taking with Cathy Habermann at our guild retreat in August.  Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Tonight’s Stitching

You’ll have to check back in a few weeks and then I’ll tell you more about tonight’s stitching!

Friday, July 05, 2019

The Mermaid

I took advantage of a framing sale recently and got some older stitching finishes framed.  Tonight’s post is one of those pieces!

Back in 2011, I attended the Dyeing to Stitch retreat in Virginia Beach.  One of my classes was with Theresa Venette (Kitten Stitcher) from Shakespeare’s Peddler.  This piece is called “The Mermaid” and I think it might have been the first time I stitched on colored linen!  Plus, she had us stitch on some smaller pieces of linen and then we attached them like patches.  I remember really enjoying stitching this!

The frame seemed perfect; kind of old and wormy looking!  

I know this pattern later became available, but it might be OOP now...

Thursday, July 04, 2019

America + Buffalo

This seemed like an appropriate post for today and I finished stitching it last night!  This was Little House Needlework’s first chart and it’s called America.

The Mad Tatter and I visited one of my cousins at her lake cabin today.  While there, we visited the local buffalo herd.  Can you find the two little ones in the herd?

Happy July 4th!