Saturday, September 28, 2013

Stitching at Rosebuds

Our group of stitchers gathered today for some fellowship and stitching. It was a rainy day here in the Twin Cities, so a good day to be inside. I didn't take many pictures, but here are a couple of finishes I thought you might enjoy seeing.

Pat brought her finished Hardanger doily. She's been working on this on and off for about a year and a half. Isn't it gorgeous?

And Joyce recently finished this needlebook; it's a Chessie and Me design.

Joyce is a prolific stitcher - she also recently finished this design from Blackbird Designs and mounted it in the box from Lone Elm Lane. I took this picture at Stitchville the last time we were there and forgot to share it with you.

Wish I had some of my own stitching to show you, but sadly I don't! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Scraps of Beauty

Last weekend, I made a quick trip to our church festival. Normally I would have spent the entire afternoon there, but I had a plane to catch.

I popped my head in the craft room and this beauty came home with me.

I think it is large enough for a full size bed, but I have it on a twin size bed. The lady that made the quilt also made the quilt that I bought last year at our church festival.

Hoping to spend some time in my stitching chair this evening. Here's to the week ahead!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Another Critter Stitched

I just finished attaching the beads to the bunny. Another one for the finishing pile.

I broke down and purchased the owl; he was just too darn cute!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hornbooks a Plenty

This past Tuesday at our guild meeting we worked on finishing our Quaker Hornbooks from Ellen Chester.

A few stitchers were still stitching...that's okay!

We had the matboard and batting ready, and each stitcher worked on mounting their piece, taking care to mitre the corners and then lace the backs.

We then mounted our pieces on the wooden hornbook and finished them off with coordinating cording.

A few of the stitchers who didn't finish on Tuesday night, were able to finish their hornbooks at Stitchville where some of us were gathered on Saturday morning.

Here are the nine finished hornbooks (the green one still needs its cording). We have a few more that we will be finishing at next month's guild meeting.

We all really enjoyed this project. Thank you Ellen Chester!

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

No More Frogs

I sent Mr. Frog back to his lily pad and was able to finish the stitching on Barnabee in Bloom. I think there is going to be a finishing day in my near future.

And I had time to finish up this little needlebook that I had purchased from Patrick's Woods earlier this year. No stitching involved, just a little hand sewing.

So sad that the weekend is over already...

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Thursday, September 05, 2013

No Stitching Update Today

Because of this little guy, I don't have an update for you today!

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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Attacking the Basket of Smalls

With the hornbook finished I decided to take a few days to work Oma couple of smalls from that infamous bottomless basket of smalls!

Recognize either of these two pieces? I have one more in the basket.

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Quaker Hornbook Finish

Hope you enjoyed seeing those State Fair pictures yesterday. Today we are enjoying a relaxing day at home. The temperatures are cooler and the windows are wide open....fresh air!

I finished the stitching on my Quaker Hornbook last night and today I did the finishing. I needed to get mine done so that I would be able to walk others through the process at our guild meeting in two weeks. I'm very pleased with how it turned out!

With My Needle - Quaker Hornbook
(available as a group project)
Stitched over one on 32 ct LL Vintage Light Exampler
Belle Soie Cranberry
I love it!
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Needlework at the State Fair

We went to the Minnesota State Fair today. Thank goodness it was a cooler day!

One of my first stops at the Fair is the Creative Activities building where all the needlework is displayed. A few of these pictures are from the Senior Building; there is needlework on display there too. Lots to see; this is just a small sampling!

Some Hardanger...

Some handmade lace...most of these pieces are tatted...

And a few other pieces that I thought were especially nice...

Of course, one of my favorite needle artists can also be found at the Fair. Recognize her?

My mom demonstrated tatting 9 out of the last 11 days! She loves the Fair!

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