Saturday, July 26, 2014

Ukrainian Whitework

Our local EGA guild offered some classes this weekend with Terri Bay. Terri is an accomplished needleworker and designs Ukrainian Whitework patterns. Her charts are very detailed and easy to follow. I really like Ukrainian Whitework!

Here's my finished stitching...the design is called Ukrainian Star Ornament.

Now I just need to do the finishing!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Lady's Worke Box

My mother commented this morning that I haven't updated my blog for awhile. Decided I better get busy and post something!

I'm excited to share these photos with you. I took the Lady's Worke Box class with Ellen Chester back in 2012. I was pretty diligent about finishing the stitching and soon after, I finished the smalls. Despite the excellent instructions provided by Ellen, I just couldn't bring myself to finish the box. I asked Tricia, the finisher from Crosse Stitchery in LaCrosse, WI if she would finish it and voila! It's all finished now!

The front of the box:

The inside of the box (finished in silk; note the pockets):

The top of the box could be reversed if you wanted the stitching on the outside:

The entire set:

Love it! Thanks Tricia for sharing your awesome finishing talents with me!

This morning I picked green beans from the garden. There are more out there waiting to be picked! I love fresh green beans!

Here's what I'm working on these days. It's A Stitcher's Pocket from Catherine Theron.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Monday, July 07, 2014

The Unplayed Piano Etui

Last November I was fortunate to travel to the Attic for the weekend with Jackie du Plessis. I took two of her classes, Attic Sampler of Dreams and The Unplayed Piano Etui. I finished Attic Sampler of Dreams some time ago. This past weekend I finished the piano.

I tend to be very critical of my finishing; always finding something that I could have done better. Regardless of the slight imperfections, I am thrilled with my finish. It was a challenge to put together. Thank you Jackie for providing me with an opportunity to go outside of my comfort zone!

The music on the front of the piano is a piece of scrimshaw; a threadwinder! The two gold circles on either side of it are magnetic needle minders.

Surprise! The piano opens up to reveal a keyboard also made from scrimshaw. Under the keyboard is a little tray with room for needles or maybe a bodkin. Behind the keyboard there is space for a pincushion or a ball of thread and a scissors!

Here's a final look at it. I think it's amazing!

Thank you for your visits and for your kind comments!

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