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Thursday, October 19, 2017


This week is whizzing by.  I got the Fraktur pin cushion all stitched.  I don't get to open the stand until next week but I wanted to see how it might look so I cut it out and serged the edges.  I did a running stitch around the edge.  I like it.

 There will be a piece of cardboard that goes into the bottom.  The directions say to sew the top to the cardboard (?) and then glue it to the stand.  We'll see. . .

I still have one more piece of the Fraktur Sewing Set II to stitch.  It is a biscornu.  It will be easier than the one I just finished.  But I need a break for a few days. 

I got my monthly Colour and Cotton floss.  Nice colors.

I get to go see Mary Chapin Carpenter tomorrow.  I was a big folk music fan in my youth so this is very cool. 
The walking is done and it looks like a very nice day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I am so almost done with the Fraktur pin cushion that goes on a stand.

I think I can finish it today.

I got a book I ordered from France. 
 It shows four designs using the DMC Coloris threads.   There is a heart for each season:

I think they are very sweet.  I think an Italian lady designed them and the book isn't available in the US.  So when I saw if on a Facebook post, I ordered it.  It isn't cross stitch.  It looks to be pretty easy embroidery.  Now where did I put those Coloris threads?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day Two

We had our second day of the Sue Spargo class on Sunday.  Today we are working on stitches.  Half of me time was spent trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do.  I put some rick rack on the side of the alligator for some texture.  But I decided I liked what was recommended in the pattern better, double cast-on stitch.  So I took off the rick rack and looked up in Sue's book how to do the stitch.  I chose a variegated thread in green and I liked how it turned out.  I happened to sew on the alligator with it's mouth open.  So I thought I would put something in it's mouth.  BFF#2 thought I should put a snake in his mouth but I liked the idea of a red circle that could be an apple or a cherry. 

By the end of the day this is what I had accomplished. 

Everybody laid our their work and we got to see what everyone had done.  It was great to see everybody's ideas.  One person was working on a backpack.  How cool!

I bought a bunch of embellishments and threads.

I also bought a cute kit.

I started the kit yesterday and I'm ready to stitch on the birds.

It was a fun class and I'm glad we went.  However, I have a lot more work to do!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sue Spargo Class

BFF#2 and I drove to a class with Sue Spargo on Saturday.  The weather was awful.  Rain, rain and more rain.  We ended up getting nearly 5 inches of rain on Saturday.  We found the place without too much trouble and were just a few minutes late but the class hadn't started yet.  It was a class where we were working on a section of Sue's Folktales quilt.

I expected it to be more structured than it was.  I thought Sue would have us work on a certain section.  But she just let us choose which animals we wanted to put on it and where we felt like putting them.  That is very freeing.  I wanted to put on the alligator and she showed me how she does it:  what needle, what thread, what technique and how to do points.

She had a whole boutique of her stuff there.  The pact to not buy anything stitchy until next year is so dead and broken.  How could I resist?  Look at all those goodies. 

Once you have the animals on, you embellish the heck out of them.  That is where your individuality takes over.  The quilt can't help but reflect your personality as you put on stuff that speaks to you.

Some people planned out their whole quilt arranging all the elements they plan to put on.  Me?  I just started stitching.  I put on the things I liked.  I saw a technique where you emboss velvet using a rubber stamp.  So I tried it out putting dots on gold velvet to become a fish.  I didn't do it very well. (Push harder, spritz with water, don't touch it too much, etc.)  So you can't see the dots now that I have stitched it on.  But I learned a lot!

I got a good start on my little piece of quilt.  We will work on stitches and embellishments tomorrow.  It was a fun day of doing something different from cross stitching.

Friday, October 13, 2017


Friday has come around so quickly - again.  I was hoping for the pin cushion stand for the Fraktur Sewing Set II to get here yesterday but it didn't.  Maybe today.  I may not be able to show it to you anyway as DH will save it until my birthday which is a little over a week away. 
I did make some progress on the animals that will go on the pre-stitching.  I traced some of the designs onto freezer paper, ironed them on the wool and cut them out.  Now you can start to see the whimsical design. 

I worked a bit on the Mystery Project.  It takes forever!  So far:

Still more confetti to do.
I didn't get around to starting the peacock on the Sassenach Sampler.  Maybe today.

Since I have class this weekend.  I'll be back next week to tell you all about it.  Can I refrain from buying anything this weekend?  Or is my pact with BFF#2 going to be broken?  We'll see.  You are right  Rebecca, I wouldn't bet on me either.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Card

We got a new credit card in the mail.  So my job was to go test it out and see if it worked.  Boy, did I test it out!  I was going to go to Talbots but I was 8 minutes early, they don't open until 10.  So I walked around a bit waiting for 10:00.  Right next door to Talbots was a J Jill.  I had gotten their catalog and liked a couple of things in it but I don't usually shop there.  The clothes they have look very good on tall people.  I'm not at all tall.  They happened to put out their sale sign at 9:57.  So when I saw that the door was open, I went to J Jill.  I was happy to find they had a petite section.  I even tried some clothes on and I hate to try on clothes.  I came home with two tops, a pair of pants, a blouse, a dress and a necklace.  Yes, my credit card works very well.  They had a special deal where if you take in some gently used clothing which they donate to charity, you get 30% off a full price item.  Even better!  The lady that waited on me was very nice too.  So no stitching got done this morning.

This is where I am on the Sassenach Sampler.

 Beautiful design and beautiful colors.  There are a few errors in the chart but it is going well.  I'm almost ready to start the next section above what I have stitched.  I hope to stitch some acorns and a peacock.  We'll see how far I get today. 

I got the rest of my pre-stitching done for this weekend's class.  Yeah!  I really hope I get to sew on the alligator.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Here is my progress on the pincushion that is on a stand in Theresa Baird's Fraktur Sewing Set II.
I'd say I'm about half done.

I got several pieces of the pre-stitching sewn on yesterday.  Some of the pieces are a little wonky.  I like to think it adds to the charm.

Today I want to finish the rest of the pieces.  Then I want to iron on freezer paper with a few of the animals on it and cut them out.  It would be fun to see how they look.

It was raining this morning so I walked at the Y. 
This not-buying-any-stitching-stuff-for-the-rest-of-year thing is hard!  I keep finding things I want to buy.  Like the new DMC colors.  I guess I'm learning patience and it is a hard lesson.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Trying to Figure Out

I finished stitching this pin cushion, sort of.  I put the top and the side together.

I can't figure out what to put on the back.  It would be so easy to just leave it more or less blank, but do I want to do that?

If I was really ambitious, I would repeat the front.  I'm not that ambitious.  An initial?  Maybe.  The date?  Maybe.  Still trying to decide.  I feel like I should stitch something.

Monday, October 9, 2017


I didn't blog yesterday.  Things just got away from me.  I couldn't find what I wanted to show you anyway.  In the course of the day, I found it.  It had fallen into a bag and I happened to go through the bag and find it.  It's a miracle of sorts.
I finished-finished the Nancy's Accessories strawberry from Erica Micheal.  I kind of made up the top and added a bead that happened to be handy (from a Stitchy Box).  I like how it turned out.

I am getting ready for my last class of the year.  It is a class with Sue Spargo that isn't too far from here.  BFF#2 and I can drive up for the two day class.  We are supposed to do some pre-stitching.  I wasn't sure about what to do so I reread the directions and tried to do what it said. 

Hand stitching takes so long, I procrastinate doing it.  But I made myself start.  It looks kind of weird at the moment.  I think it will be very cool when I'm done.

The walking is done.  The bathrooms are clean and I'm going shopping.  I have to test out a new credit card that came in the mail.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Little This, A Little That

I have again been helped by a thoughtful reader.  She directed me to where I could find the pin cushion stand for my Fraktur Sewing Set pin cushion.  Thanks. Lynn!  I've ordered one.  But I know yesterday I said I wasn't buying any stitchy stuff for the rest of the year.  Well, this will be a gift from DH for either my birthday or Christmas.  This not-buying-stuff is going to be harder than I thought!
Now I am re-energized to work on the pin cushion.

I thought I would just read the directions for the Dogface Butterfly kit. 

It looks straight forward but the thread in the kit doesn't like me.  It is that Piper's Silk. 

It snags on my fingers, it unthreads itself.  ARGH.  I put the wings pattern in a hoop but the silk fabric it is printed on is very light and thin.

 I will have to wrap the hoop to get it to be "drum tight".  There is long and short stitch involved which I am not very good at.  I hope this turns out.  I have these two butterflies that I would like to reproduce in needlework for somewhere on my casket.  (Actual butterflies)

It was raining this morning so I walked at the Y.  Then I went to the Farmer's Market.  I had a long list and wasn't sure I could still find all the things I was looking for.  But I got lucky and got everything and a few more things to boot.  Right now the sun is shining.  It is going to be a nice day!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fun Visit

BFF#2 and I went on another short jaunt up the road to Stitching Bits and Bobs.  I wan't sure if I had an order there or not as I accidentally touched a button on my computer and what I had been compiling in my cart disappeared!  It turns our that I did have an order and they had everything but one chart.  So I was able to get everything else.

I got a bunch of (expensive) threads:

 Stitching Bits and Bobs had "Sojourner" by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes. 

That was one last chart on my radar.  What a big project it will be!
I got a few small charts:

They also had everything 20% off - even better.

 I was talking to BFF#2 and said that I thought I could refrain from buying any more stitchy stuff for the rest of the year. I couldn't go a whole year but three months seems doable.  She said she thought she could do that too.  So we are going to try.  We both have enough stash for a couple of lifetimes.  I told DH about our pact and he said I would lose.  We were talking about our pact in Stitching Bits and Bobs and the owner just said "Happy New Year!"

Thursday, October 5, 2017


BFF#2 and I took a short trip to House of Stitches yesterday.

 I got a couple of threads that I needed to work on this strawberry.

I am almost done. 

I want to make the needlebook too. 

On the way home we stopped at The Chocolate Garden. It is a cute little shop in the middle of no where.

 They make truffles.  I don't usually like truffles but these were very yummy.  You really can't eat a whole one at a time, they are just too rich. 

You have to nibble and savor each bite.  Maybe I'll see if DH wants one.