Two easy rows. Took about an hour last night.
What a fabulous weekend. Am so glad to have had the opportunity to take this class with Amy Mitten. Many thanks to the Mississippi River Valley Sampler Guild for hosting.
Yes, the murder was solved by a very astute Royal Canadian Mountie. Let's just say that he really knows his linen. Ha!
Our project for the weekend was a sampler named "Ten". Amy shared many details about the symbolism in this design as well as other samplers. This sampler is not for the faint of heart. I counted over 35 different specialty stitches throughout the design. There are exactly 102 steps in the instructions. Wow.
With Amy's permission, I was able to take a picture of the model...
When I finish this sampler I will feel quite a sense of accomplishment!
If you have ever taken a class with Amy Mitten then you know that there is always a mystery to be solved. The sampler guild ladies in our story are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their guild and are on retreat and the vey bossy president of the guild has been murdered - with a scissors no less!
My friend Chris and I are here in Bettendorf, IA with the ladies from the Mississippi River Valley Sampler Guild for Amy Mitten's class. We are working on her sampler "Ten". What a delightful lady she is. Amy hails from Calgary, Alberta. I have enjoyed listening to her - I love how Canadians say their "o's" and every once in awhile she will slip in an "eh".
The sampler is filled with a multitude of specialty stitches. Amy takes time to explain them all in detail. Note the crime scene in the background!
There are about 20 of us taking the class; she breaks us down into smaller groups to explain the stitches.
Amy brought all of her teaching pieces along plus the models for the projects that are offered as online tutorials via her website. What a feast for the eyes!
Well, that's all for now. I need to get moving. I have a murder to solve.
Typical spring day in these parts. It's cooler today and overcast; we had some rain overnight. I think it is supposed to rain on and off all day. The trees and bushes now have buds on them and the air smells fresh and clean. Finally, I think we can say farewell to winter.
I didn't get much stitching done this week, only a little bit here and there. I've got a number of projects that I "should" be working on and then there are those that I "want" to work on.
The project I would really like to finish is this one - Winter Strawberries Needleroll from Catherine Theron. This was her guild project this year. I know some guilds are still waiting for their kits due to a backup on the linen. We must have been one of the first guilds to place our order.
I've been somewhat counting challenged with this piece, but I have really enjoyed stitching it. I still have a little bit more to do on the front of the needleroll- some over one filling in around the word "needles". I also need to stitch the top and the sides for the mattress pincushion. Not too much more to go, but when it is over one it takes me twice as long!
If you are on Facebook have you seen the announcement that Cathy from The Inspired Needle is going to keep "Celebrations" going in St. Charles? Under a new name of course - Needlework Galleria. It seems like many of the opportunities are on the East coast; I think we need to support this event to ensure its success. We have a wedding to attend that weekend for a friend of my daughters. I'm trying to figure out how I can be in two places at once.
Enjoy your day.
Last night I took time to finish the last two smalls - the strawberry and the mattress pincushion. The strawberry proved to be a little bit of a challenge. In fact, I wasn't quite satisfied with it and so I took it apart this morning and re-did it. I am happy with it now.
Tulip needlebook, pin tower, strawberry, and mattress pincushion. Here's another picture of the backside.
Great project! It feels so good to have something finished.
Heading out now for our guild's annual brunch and meeting. Hope to connect with some friends at Stitchville afterwards.