Sunday, June 10, 2018

Stitchy Update

I thought maybe I would try to blog a little each day in June.  So much for that idea!  I haven't been traveling very much lately, so I've had more time, but I really enjoy spending that extra time stitching.  Please forgive me!

There are three primary projects that I have been working on.  One of them is a gift, so I won't be able to share progress with you until it is finished and gifted.

The second project that I have been working on is one of those FOMO deals!  Yes, FOMO = Fear of Missing Out.  Several Flosstubers and stitchers on Instagram started this project in May.  I've always wanted to stitch it; I had the pattern, the linen and the fibers in my stash, so I figured that I may as well jump on the bandwagon.

The design is from Birds of a Feather. The pattern is still available.  I stitched it on 40 ct PTP Legacy using the called for fibers (only one switcheroo - I switched the GAST Buttermilk to WDW Whitewash.)

As you can see, it's mostly finished.  I just have to add the personalization.  I will likely follow some of the Flosstubers and stitch the initials of the other stitchers who were working on this design with me.

The color of the linen looks pretty good on my iPad.  This was a fun stitch!

The other project I am working on is the Red Band Sampler from iStitch designs.  You might recall that I stitched their Blue Band Sampler last year. Since Blue isn't really my favorite color, I stitched the Blue Band Sampler in RED.  So when it came time to stitch the Red Band Sampler, some of my friends asked me if I was going to stitch it in BLUE.  No to blue...I didn't really want another Red Band Sampler either.  I remembered that Sassy Jack's had posted some banding earlier this year.  They had this beautiful light purple banding that was perfect for this design.  I called and ordered it up and so now my Red Band Sampler is PURPLE.

I'm quite far behind.  Most of the group is on week 25 or 26 or something like that.  I am working on week 5, but I will get it done eventually.  I usually work on this project on the airplane.

As noted above, my third project is kind of a super secret project.  I'll share it with you eventually.

That's all folks.  I'll try to come back sooner rather than later!

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Time for an Update

Since Stitchville's Spring Fling (the record breaking snowfall and class with Jeanette Douglas), I have been on the road constantly which makes updating this blog regularly somewhat of a challenge!

When I last left you, I was telling you about Spring Fling and Jeanette's class project.  The project, My Stitching Box, was awesome and one that I look forward to stitching and finishing.  Of course, I haven't put a single stitch in it since that weekend.  My dear friend Chris has finished her project though and hopefully she won't mind that I am sharing the picture of her finish here!

Isn't she an amazing stitcher and finisher?  Someday I hope I am able to accomplish as much as she does.

The Monday after Spring Fling I left for Paris.  Arrived Tuesday and was there until Thursday.  Despite the fact that I was there for work, I still was able to take in some familiar landmarks.

Arc de Triomphe - after record breaking snow in Minnesota, the beautiful weather was a welcome relief!

Eiffel Tower - this is at 9pm when the lights were twinkling up and down the monument.

Did you know that the city of Paris has their own Statue of Liberty?  It is a much smaller version than the one that France gifted to the United States.  It sits at one end of the Seine River and faces West, toward the United States.

Notre Dame.  Aren't those flowering shrubs beautiful?

Of course, the highlight of the trip for me was the very last day.  My flight was delayed five hours.  Normally this would not be a happy situation, but the delay provided me with just enough time to visit a needleworker's favorite place - Sajou!

It's not a large shop, but it is jam-packed with stuff! I only had about 30 minutes to shop and could have easily spent three hours!  Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to visit again some day. 

Arrived home from Paris, spent a week in Atlanta, traveled to Wisconsin for a family wedding on the weekend, and then last week, spent the week in Miami.  Had never been to Miami before.  Since I'm not really a beach person, I don't know that I would ever go back, but it's fun to be able to say that I was there.

This was the view from my hotel room:

After one of our evening events, I did walk down to the beach and contemplated putting my toes in the water and then chickened out.

I've enjoyed a delightful weekend at home (doing laundry and vacuuming), but tomorrow I travel back to Atlanta again.  After this week, my traveling should be done for awhile (I hope). 

Yes, I have stitched a little bit these past few weeks, but not nearly as much as I would have liked to.  Have enjoyed seeing all of the Stitch Maynia posts on Instagram and Flosstube!

If you made it this far, I hope that you enjoy the week ahead.  Happy Stitching!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Spring Fling

Last weekend was Stitchville’s annual Spring Fling (#9).  Our guest teacher was Jeanette Douglas.  She is such a delight.  She designed a wonderful project for us (which I will share in my next post).

One of the best things about Spring Fling is the opportunity to see stitched models and finishes from some of the stitchers in attendance.  Here’s a sampling of the many projects that were on display.

It was a great weekend to be inside stitching!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

It’s All About the Weather

I’m at Stitchville’s Spring Fling this weekend.  Jeanette Douglas is our guest teacher.  We’re working on a wonderful project which I will share more about later.  For now though, I must tell you that the big topic of conversation is the weather.  We are in the midst of a blizzard!

At last year’s Spring Fling, we were painting and waxing frames on this patio!  Hard to believe it is Spring, right?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One More Tatting Post

Just keeping the Mad Tatter happy! Here’s one more post with a few more doilies.  The two round ones are called Spinning Wheel from Konior.  The other four are from a Korean tatting designer and are called Tatting Lace with Your Life.

The Mad Tatter Loves Robin Perfetti

The designs below are all from Tatting designer Robin Perfetti, Tatting by the Bay.  In the center, the large doily is the Bouquet Doily.  The hearts on either side are Robin’s Classic Heart.  The blue doily on the right is Kaleidoscope Coaster.  The multi-colored doily on the left is the Floral Coaster.

The Mad Tatter Has Been Busy

She’s been watching basketball and now baseball and keeping out of trouble.

The ice drops on the right and left are patterns designed from Lace Lovin Librarian.  I’ve got some closeups of the doilies and the hearts.  Stay tuned....

Sunday, April 08, 2018