Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Strawberry Harvest

 I didn't get much stitching done over the weekend, but I have a finish to share. Using the hints and tips from our last Guild meeting, I finished my strawberries. While our group leader cover the wrapped spider web and the gathered felt top, I took another route for the tops. I decided to follow the technique from the project instructions, my notes and this tutorial by Sandy to come up with three different toppers. I discovered several other ways to finishing the tops, and realized that deciding how to finish the top may be as much fun as deciding what materials to use and what to stitch on the strawberries.

Christmas Strawberry
Nikyscreations
DMC 3777




On Monday night, I met with some friends at Panera's and, I finished my first pair of knitted socks. Yeah! Back in March my friend offered to teach me how to knit a pair of socks. I was skeptical that a pair of socks could be made by these hands. My knitting skills that I learned back in elementary school days are just that, basic. She challenged me to teach her to tat a split ring and she would teach me how to knit a pair of socks. While I told her she had the harder end of the deal, she was confident, and we agreed. It took several weeks and some hand holding, knitting and tinking (un-knitting my mistakes) to get to this week. My lesson for her on the split ring took all of about 20 minutes. Now she just needs to practice to become proficient, and I have a wonderful pair of socks. A great deal around.
Premier Yarns
Serenity Sock Weight
Color: Chili

Thanks for stopping by,

  Gwen

Thursday, July 10, 2014

3 Stitched Strawberries

Thank Jo. In February I was fortunate enough to post the 5000th post on Jo's blog. I recently received the giveaway prize she offered; and it is just wonderful. Despite all of her personal stitching, blog management and hop hostess with the mostest ;-), Jo stitched me a wonderful parrot bookmark! She also included some wonderful thread, some fabric and a UK cross stitch magazine. Lucky, lucky me. Thanks Jo!

Meanwhile I've stitched Nikysceations, Christmas Strawberry.
Nikyscreatiosns
Christmas Strawberry
DMC 3777

Now to get them stuffed and decide how I will finish the tops.

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen


Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth

My Civil War Needlebook is done. I did the finishing today.




Civil War Needlebook
Nan Lewis
Threadwork Primitives

Happy Fourth!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Buttons and Pins

I was fortunate to be able to made my annual trip to Arizona to attend A Stitcher's Gathering.This year's project was A Lovely Garden, A Lovely Life.  The bee skep was the pre-stitching for the class. It is the the lid cover for my mini Shaker Box. The mini box is destined to be a Button box, for now it is holding some charms that I plan to use somewhere on another part of the project. the other pieces of the project are a Shaker Sewing Box, needle book and a Victorian Pin Ball. The pinball was my first attempt at English paper piecing. We used 3/4 inch pentagons to construct the pinball. The templates from Paper Pieces made the piecing easy.

Civil War Needlebook Kit
Threadwork Primitives
I have made some more progress on this, but don't have a current picture. I only have a few more days if I am to have this done before the Fourth. 

Thanks for stopping by,


Gwen



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May is Pinned

Hi All, I haven't got much to show this month. I have been working on pre-stitching for 2 upcoming classes. One will be this weekend, hope to share the in class project with you in my next post. The second class will be next month and I have a long way to go before I have anything worth sharing. I really need to get busy.

What I did manage to complete since my last post was this pincushion. 
It is a freebie from The Primitive Hare. I coffee dyed some fabric from my stash and stitched it with DMC 815. I used some Coats and Clark Button Craft thread for the blanket stitching. 

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Spring and Lavender

Spring is finally here and April is almost over. We have had lots of rain here. Hope everyone had a good Easter.

It's hard to believe that Easter has come and gone. At first it seemed to be so late that I could be so much  Spring/Easter stitching done. The only project I was able to complete was a few tatted crosses. I encluded the in a few Easter cards that I sent out. I wore the small green one to church on Palm Sunday.
sz20 Lizbeth White and sz80 DMC tatting cotton green
I had to tweak the pattern and instructions a bit to match the model but, this was a nice, quick pattern.

My other finish so far this month is another set of smalls, French Lavenders by Jackie du Plessis. This was a gift that I received for Christmas, and I am so excited to have it stitched and assembled.

Thanks for stopping by,
Gwen


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ta Da

Late on Monday, I put the last bullion stitches in the pin cushion. Yeah!! I was able to meet my goal and the final product looked pretty much like the model. I was very happy to be finished making bullion stitches, they are not on my list of favorites. A stitching friend has offered to show me how she makes her bullion stitches. She does beautiful work and I know that I will be able to get a few tips to improve my stitches. Maybe in time I will get better at making them. In the mean time this is what I was able to accomplish.

Merry's Heirloom 
Sewing Case I & Accessories
Designed by Merry Cox
Stitched by Chris Ellis
Finished by me.

April , was International Tatting Day. I didn't have much time to devote to tatting on Tuesday but I did manage to tat the wings and halo for this angel.

Tassel Angel
Big Book of Tatting
Designs by Darlene Polachic
Lizbeth sz20 white for wings and halo
DMC pc5 for tassel

Thanks for stopping by,

Gwen