Wednesday, June 16, 2010


As I mentioned i the last post, I stitched up the other Sue Hllis exclusive kit from the 2008 memorial day stitch-in, and made both it and the one from this year into my first needle books:

2 needlebook

Of course after i did them I thought I *could* of done a tutorial. But all they are really are flat fold finishes like this, created with the "hinge" on the side instead of at the top. For the inside I did 2 different things, on the red and blue,just a simple folded piece of felt stitched to the spine.  On the pink and green I attached a thread ring and a piece of felt on the other side.  not sure which one i like better:

Inside of the needlebooks

Back to the WIPs

Friday, June 11, 2010

Whim stitching

I know I have a lot of WIPs in the works, and obligation stitching to do. But after getting back from the stitch-in over Memorial day Weekend I just have project after project yelling at me to stitch them and ignore the others.  First up is a kit I purchased at the stitch-in from Catherine Jordan who had a booth there: the Quaker Necklace.  This is the first time I have worked on 40 ct. (over one at that!) The instructions said to do half stitches over the denser areas, but I did not read that till I was already half way done. So the whole thing is full stitches.  I also changed some of the color choices because there was no blue on the one side and I wanted it to be more colorful and balanced.
Side 1 of quaker necklace
Side 2 of Quaker necklace

and as i mentioned before we got a kit made epecially for us.  Sara was asked to stitch it over one to model it for the stitch in and it looked I stitched on that this past week and will create a needle book out of it too:
Stitchin 2010 kit

This was so easy I pulled out the kit we got 2 years ago and am stitching it over one, that should be done in another few days.
In other news my baby girl is three years old., we had a great birthday party in our backyard this past saturday, the best one so far!

Those of you on blogger, have you noticed all the new design options?  I love so many of them  i may be switching around my blog all the time!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Memorial Day Stitch-in

I am back and it is taking a bit to get into the swing of things.  A. turned 3 on Tuesday and her party is planned for Saturday.  She has been having big tantrums for the past few days. Best case scenario-she missed me, worst case- she has begun the terrible 2s, which would not be a surprise since she has only recently been able to assert her independence. I guess terrible 2s is a bad name for this lovely phase, it should be called the I-want-to-do-everything-on-my-own-but-am-to-small-to phase.  Example, yesterday I asked her to go to the potty before we watched a DVD, she walked into the bathroom and began to take her potty apart and throw it around the bathroom while crying and screaming.  Yeah--I left and made some phone calls till it was over.

But that is totally off subject.  I had a great time at the retreat, 3 of us drove up together to the Marriott in Richmond, and we stitched from friday afternoon until monday morning. There was also great shopping involved. We had a BBQ at Sue's Sat afternoon,  a visit to Cross Stitch Station in Waynesboro, VA where I got some stuff, and a visit Feathernester's for Tea on Sunday.  Cross stitch station was way to small for the 70+ folks who visited so I couldn't get the fabric i wanted. But the other 2 ladies I was with agreed to make a side trip on the way home to Haus Tirol in Williamsburg, VA where they have fabric coming out their ears!

I took my camera but did not take many pictures...I never do it seems.  But here is my purchased haul:
Bought goodies

A short list : 3 pairs of scissors (I know!) 2 decorative (squirrel and a witch) and 1 gingher (my first), a lot of fabric, some really nice felt and wool for needlebooks and finishing, Catherine Jordan Designs: Animals rule, and Quaker necklace. Prarie Schooler: Tortoise and the Hare, Tristan Brooks Designs: Elizabethan stitching accessories, Bent Creek: the Littles-Santa, and The Branch-Birdhouse, Olde Colonial Designs: Turtle Needlebook, and Homespun Slegance: Snow much Joy.    I bought 5 of these patterns BECAUSE i saw the models stitched up on site, I know I am preaching to the choir here, but i love shopping in person SOO much better than online.

But Folks that is not all!  Here is the stuff I got for free!: Free goodies

 and that pic doesn't include stuff I did not want!  Some came from the goodie bag that Sue gave us,  better this year that last time (in 08).   Lots of charts, full kits, and even had the peacock needle minder you can see in the photo by the floss.  The rest I acquired from the swap table, including  several  Crossstitch and Needlework mags which i was very impressed with.   I have let my JCS subscription run out and now just get Sampler and Antique Needlework quarterly, now i may have another to add .  No classes this time, we did get an exclusive kit (pink kit top center) that i will stitch someday ;)

I know you are wondering what I stitched, well I did a tiny bit on Quaker Turtles, but mostly I worked on the Alphabet Blocks that I got halfway done and stalled on about a year ago.  I finished the stitching there and assembled them last night:

assembling blocks

here they are with the recipients name in variegated floss, and the other sides (8 blocks total)
look what they spell!the other sides

I was also able to start the Catherine Jordan necklace (my first over 40 count!), I hope to have that finished within the next 2 days. It is being offered as a class at Stitching Jubilee.   So I should be posting again soon.
Happy Stitching!