Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My Heartland




My Heartland by Sharon of the Purple Thread is my small for June. It's intended to be finished as a needlebook but I am considering a mattress pin cushion. When I decide on the final finishing I will attach the buttons.
My HeartLand
The Purple Thread

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Gwen

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness-June 2015

It's been sometime since I pulled this out of the sewing basket. Houses always seem to take forever to stitch and this one is no different. But I am pleased with the progress I have made and will be super thrilled when I get the next side done.
Before

Current progress on 
Christmas at Hollyberry Farm
Stacy Nash Primitives

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Gwen

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Double Duty


Smalls SAL 2015

My Smalls Check-In is late. I've shown my first finish the tuck-away pillow earlier, 


My second finish is a hedgehog pincushion. This pincushion is from a class I took at A Stitcher's Gathering over the weekend. The other parts of the set is a needle book and a gaming purse.





Since I shared these pictures I've started on the needle case cover. I haven't gotten very far so I haven't taken any pictures yet. Hopefully by next check-in I will have more to show.



And my final update. The apron for my pincushion doll is growing.


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Gwen
















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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness - May 2015


The GG project that has had the most progress thus far is Strawberry Lace by Diane Clements. This past week we received the very sad news that Diane passed away. She will be sorely missed by the needlework community. I had the opportunity to take a class with Diane and it was a pleasure to meet her and see her exquisite execution of her stitching especially her Reticello work. RIP

I have the needlebook cover almost done. I need to add two eyelets at the top. Then in the photo there are 4-sided stitches along the outer edge but they are not in the instructions. I will re-read that section again to see if I missed something. Either way I will be adding some 4-sided stitches because I think it ties the cover together with the pages. I just need to decide how far out to stitch them. The last piece that needs to be tackled is the sewing case cover.

Strawberry Lace 
needlebook cover

Strawberry Lace
my progress so far

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Gwen

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 2015: WIPocalypse Check-in

A few changes to my WIPocalypse list. I can't seem to get going on Josephine:Porcelain Doll Pincushion. I think it's because of the over one. I stitch mostly after work and it's sometimes a chore to stay focused, so working over one becomes very tedious. I would like to get at least one doll finished so, I have added A Christmas Doll Pincushion and Thimble Purse by Giulia Manfredini to my WIPocalypse list. The stitching is over 2 and all color changes are from the overdyed fibers. Gorgeous colors, very little mental challenge after a long day at work.
A Christmas Doll Pincushion
Fabric:35ct off white linen 
Waterlillies: Cherry, Fir

I have found 2 FB groups that focus on half dolls. One is  Pincushion Doll SAL: working on pincushion dolls, from various designers and the other a group of half doll enthusiasts, Hall Doll Connections: displaying their collections and offering advise on origins, starting, adding to a collection, etc. While both groups are listed as closed (to prevent spammers), a request to join is welcomed by the moderators Robin and Reen. If you are on FB check them out.

Part 2 of The Finely Finished Folio has been released; this portion has a pinkeep and needle minder. I received my kit last week and started the pinkeep. Here is my progress so far.

Finely Finished Folio Part 2
It's Fine-ally Finished/Needle in a Haystack

My latest almost finish is a God Bless America Tuck-A-Way pillow. I just need to stitch down the candle button, then pop it into the pillow in the back of the picture. I bought this at my guild's first Stash-2-Stash sale. I needed to support the guild, I needed some new red, white and blue. Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I have several other good excuses for the other stuff I bought, but we will talk about those later. ;-)


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Gwen