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Friday, April 24, 2015


Thanks Linda for letting me know I misspoke when I said that I might use "comic book" in the GPA needlebook finishing.  I goofed.  I meant to write comic board.  I first heard about comic board from Pam Reed of Olde Colonial Designs.

She used it in a project that I took at the Dyeing to Stitch retreat. It works really well as a stiffener in needlework projects.  It's easier to cut than mat board and not as thick.  It is an alternative to skirtex which is not easy to find sometimes.  It is meant to be used to keep comic books in good condition if you are a connoisseur of comic books and like to preserve them in pristine condition for posterity.  It inexpensive and the size of a comic book.  I bought some comic board through Amazon and I am pretty certain that I have a lifetime supply.

Everybody always over estimates how much they can get done.  I thought I could finish the Folio Part two piece yesterday.  Well, it didn't get done.  I am close though.  Maybe today.

I did cut the skirtex for the GPA needlebook.

 I also found some silk that I want to use.  This silk is so gorgeous.

 I got it at Delectable Mountain Fabrics a couple of years ago.  It is kind a nondescript color.  I love the embroidered design on it.

I was a bit discouraged working on the Quaker Bag.  I keep making mistakes!  ARGH  And having to take out over one stitching. ARGH

Claire, when she is frustrated says "GRRRR" like Daniel Tiger.  It is so cute.
How can it be Friday again???

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Folio Part Two

I worked on the Folio Part 2 yesterday and got farther than I expected.  And I like it!

I think I can finish this today - and maybe even put it together.

There are eight pockets forming an octogon for Friesland and I am working on number two.  It seems to be going well (knock on wood).

The Quaker Bag is going slowly but that's always true for things stitched over one.  At least I have corrected the mistakes I've found (so far).  I want to put a "string" or two in this everyday so I can see some progress.

I still have the GPA needlebook to put together.  I ironed it so next I have to interfaced it and cut some skirtex or comic book to go inside it.  I'll go through my dupioni silk pieces to see if I have something that is a good color for the lining.

It was below freezing this morning but the wind was calm.  I'm trying to envision myself walking in shorts.  Not happening any time soon.  I'm going to go looking for my cross stitch picture of poppies.  I think it is in the Behind the Couch gallery.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Yes, the weatherman was right, it is snowing.  Rats.  But at least the grass is green and there is hope for warmer weather.  I was back to wearing my winter coat for walking this morning.  I remember the summer days when I didn't need to wear any coat or even a sweater.  Oh well.  All the better to be snug in my sewing room stitching.

Love Letters is now ironed.

I'm a little embarrassed as I have several Drawn Thread alphabets that are just laying around not finish-finished.  I should do something interesting with them.  Put them all in a quilt.  Frame them.  Something.

I finished up the little pin disk.

I like the back.  I tried to center a fabric motif on it.

Nice ribbon around the edge.  Now if I just had some black pins to stick in the sides.

I am nearly finished with the scissors fob from Folio part 2.

 I sewed it all together, added the lace, made the twisted cording(s) and the tassel.  I'm just not sure how to add the tassel.  I have to fiddle with it a bit.  The back is just plain, I should put my initial there.

I also started the backstitch around the other thing in Folio part 2.  I guess you could call it a pin cushion.  It is small and I like the design.  Although I reserve the right to make some changes here and there.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


I got the next part of The Folio from Needle in a Haystack yesterday.

Still waiting for my Drawn Thread order.  So what did I work on?  I started on the Quaker Bag.
Yes, Grace, I changed the linen to star sapphire.  I also changed some of the floss colors too.  I'm not a green person.  I took out where I was off and put it back in.  Then I realized I have even more frogging to do of over one stitching. The whole left side of that green motif is wrong.   ARGH.  So I put it down.

I went looking for the first part of the Folio.

 I decided I wanted to change the linen to sandstone.  Inside the Folio kit was a little pin disk kit that came with it.  I started stitching it. It is so much harder to stitch on dark linen.  I changed a few things.

 I got it all stitched so now I have to put it together.
Then I started the scissors fob that is in part two of the Folio.  It was quick to stitch (even during Dancing with the Stars!).

I am whip stitching the edges together.  It has lace along the top and some twisted cording.  I can finish it today.  Maybe I'll start the pin pouch of part two.  It looks interesting.
I started reading a good book.  It is The Goldfinch.  I tried starting it a while back but couldn't get into it.  This time I read further and now I'm hooked.  I want to find out what happens.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Not a Flap

I realized as I was stitching that the Friesland piece I'm working on is not the flap.  It is the bottom medallion.  I got it done.

I have found when working on Friesland, that has many pages of charts, it works best for me to tape the pieces of a chart together for each part.  So I found all the charts pieces for the pocket.  They were spread over four pages.  I taped them together and that is what I'm going to work on next.

I also decided that I should work on Amy Mitten's Quaker Bag.  It's very challenging because it is over one.  But the good part is that you can stitch it in half cross.  That way it goes a little faster.  I am working on a large motif on the first page of charts.  When I get most of the green motif stitched, I will be done with the first page.  I have to frog some as I am one thread off. UGH.

I am anticipating Amy Mitten coming out with another Casket Keepsake.  I think I know what it is.  I sent her a photo from the Ashmolean of a pomander and I think that is what she is working on.  We'll see.

The bathrooms are clean and I have to go make some chili and put it in the crockpot.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Let's Be Done

I have a couple of finishes.  Not finish-finished, just finished when it comes to the stitching.
First up, I am done with GPA's needlebook.
I added my initials in the corners on the back.  I'm happy with it.  The back is way more interesting with this design than just 2015.
Then I finished Love Letters.

I didn't even mean to buy this chart, I wanted Love Birds instead (which I ordered and finished a while ago).  But I got the bug to finish this one.  I enjoyed it and it went fast.
The mailman didn't bring me anything yesterday so I'm still waiting.
I didn't get very much done on the Friesland flap so that's what I'll work on today.

It was lovely walking this morning but it is supposed to rain this afternoon.  It was warm enough to open a window yesterday.  I loved the fresh air and hearing the birds.  The weather man has warned us of the dreaded "s" word this week.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that any snow will miss us entirely.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cut and Paste

I got down to the letter "O" on Love Letters.  I'm off one thread on the right side.  But I don't think it is noticeable and I'm just leaving it.  Besides, I can't find the error.  So let's pretend that all is perfect.  I meant to be one thread off.  Whatever.  That is a big O, but don't worry, a design goes inside it.

I made a copy of the GPS chart and cut it all up trying to figure out what to put on the back of the needlebook.  I love a crown so the crown goes on top.  Then I put a part of the design from the box under the crown.  It's going pretty well.

 The design didn't quite fit like I had planned (famous last words) so I had to alter it just a bit on the fly.  One side is done and I think it looks fine.  I have to replicate the design on the right side and the stitching will be complete.

So the plan today is to finish GPA needlebook stitching, get several more letters done on Love Letters and I want to work on the flap for Friesland.

 I'm hoping to get the Drawn Thread order in the mail.  She always sends the orders quickly.  The next part of Jackie's folio from Needle in a Haystack has been sent so I'm looking for that too.  Although I haven't even started on the first part.  Good grief.  But I know where it is.