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Thursday, January 19, 2017


I am almost finished with the Queen's Ruff.  My pleater board worked great. and I was able to take the ruff out of the hoop and cut out the rest of the parts and begin to put them together.
I sewed her head on and added her earrings.  I put in the feather and comb and pearl on the top of her head.

I laced the four pieces together leaving pockets for the thread winders.
I am very happy how it turned out.

  I have two minor problems.  I found this:
It is a piece of batting.

I don't know where it goes.  Oh well.  Pitch it.

Then I am missing one thread winder.  It is here somewhere, I just have to find it.  I still have to wind thread around the thread winders.  I haven't checked out the 15th lesson so there may be a few minor things left.  But I can certainly finish  it today.  Happy dance!!

I walked outside again today.  How lucky am I?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I was able to walk outside today!  And it is January.  It was a nice change from the Y which involves walking an oval about 48 times.

I got all the stitching done on the collar of the Queen's Ruff.

Now I am on to other things.  First up is pleating the ribbon that goes around her neck.  You are supposed to do it by hand.  I thought I would try my little pleating board.

  It is a board for making pleats nice and even.  I rarely use it.  I am going to iron down one side of the ribbon's pleats and then see how it looks.  After that is a feather.  It will be fun to sew this all together.  Soon!

I put in a few stitches into Final Soliloquy.

I can't believe how much it is taking shape with just a few stitches every day.  I should do this with several WIPs that I have.

I signed up for two guild classes with Linda Vinson.  They are in April.  I have two other events in April too.  Am I crazy?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

I've Got It!

I got all the way around on the first row of detached buttonhole.  Then when I started the second row, I knew I would have to figure out the Picot stitch.  I reread the directions.  I looked up a couple of YouTube videos.  I tried a few picots.  I didn't have it quite right - yet.

  One more YouTube video for a twisted picot.  Aha!  That's the kind of picot I was looking for!  I went back and reread the directions and the light dawned.  I figured it out.

 This stitch reminds me of a buillion (another stitch that I used to be afraid of).  You have to hold on to the wraps.  I made a few picots I think are perfect.
I got it!

I looked at the pictures in the Home Sweet Home book.

 I wanted to see which edge was on the outside.  Okay, I got it now, the long sides are outside of the short sides.

Then I went to see what I had done on my lining.  That was part of the problem.  I'm glad I had only taped the sides together rather than stitched them.

 So I tried putting the tray in once I had reconfigued it so the long sides were outside of the short sides.

 I was able to put the tray into the lining - but just barely.  It fits very snugly.

  I think things are going to work but I have to be very careful as I put this together.  A commenter wanted to know the blog of the lady who stitched Home Sweet Home.  It is  Her advise has helped me.  Thank you Janet Granger!

It's a warm rainy day.  I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get my favorite coffee, Dark Hazelnut and it was on sale.  Yeah!  I'm anxious to finish up the last row of the ruff.

Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Going to be a Good Week

Having a positive attitude makes everything go better.  I am going to finish the Queen's Ruff this week!  I started the last row of the Ruff.  It isn't really hedebo stitches but detached buttonhole stitch.
I am loving how it looks.

 It is the perfect touch for the bottom of the ruff.  I was worried about the points from the last row not being very "pointy" until I saw what comes next.  You don't even see the messy points.  There are about 48 loops around the bottom edge.  And you have to do them twice.

I know when this project is done I will look at it and wonder how I did it.  Amy Mitten is a genius - again.
Then I decided to face my fears.  I picked up the end side of Home Sweet Home and decided since this is my WIP that I am determined to finish this year, I need to get started.  I had to figure out where I was and get that darn leaf finished.  I am not good at long and short stitching.  But I finished two leaves.  Next is the caterpillar.  I couldn't find the thread for the base of the caterpillar.  Then I looked at a blog by someone who finished it.  She substituted many of the threads and even showed a list of her substitutions.  That gave me courage to just go looking for something caterpillary.  I think this will be fun to make.  In fact, I'm going to add some flowers as I go along.

The bathrooms are clean.  It is going to be warm this week.  Maybe even warm enough to walk outside.  Yeah!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Close But No Cigar

This is the OpArt that I wanted to show you:
It is the back of the Queen's Ruff.  I know, it is a bit messy.  Luckily no one will see it when I'm done.
I got almost all the way around on this row:
I think it looks good. There is one more row that will go around the edge with hedebo stitches.  They have picots on them.  I can't do picots! I tried when I was working on Harmony but they didn't turn out.  But I will learn.  I saw a slightly different way to do them when I was in class at Winterthur.  The girl next to me was using a pin to hold out the thread and that seem to work well.  I understood the directions for picots on the sampler we were working on then.  So now I have to look up those directions.  I remember thinking at the time, hey, I can do this.  

I got the guy's head all done.  He looks much better with an eyebrow.  Much more intelligent anyway.
I really have to use magnification when working over one on 40 count linen.

Wouldn't it be great if I could get the Queen's Ruff done this week?  It could happen.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Almost Half

I'm loving how the ruff is developing.  I'm almost half way around.  This is going to be very cool when it is done.

I put a few stitches in the Final Soliloquy.

I like getting to a point where I can add another color.
I'd love to finish his head today.  We'll see.  This 17 stitches a day thing might be working out.

My friend Janet Brandt is featured on two blogs today.  She really is amazing.  Check out

The candied orange peel is drying out.  I have to give it a couple of days and it will be yummy.

I tried sprinkling it with Grand Marinier and sugar.  I want to see if I can taste the liquor.

I want to show you the back of the Queen's Ruff tomorrow.  It's Op Art!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Plugging Away

I got the final circle done on the Queen's Ruff.  Whew.  Next is filling in between the circles.  Still not hard.  The first one is messy but I'll get better at it as I go along.

I also discovered a few mistakes as I was going along.  I had worked two wrapped bars to the wrong little white dot.  Ugh.  So I had to take them out and do it again.  But I am very near the last row of stitching.  Wow.  Up close it looks a little messy but farther away and squinting, it looks pretty good.

I am making more candied orange peel.

I haven't eaten all of the last batch but I had some very nice orange peel left that I just had to use instead of throw away.  Plus it drives DH nuts when I make it.  He says "just buy it".  It is very expensive to buy!
I ordered some linen and a chart last weekend.  Both are out of stock.   Just my luck.
Please let the sun shine today.