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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Surprise Package

I was surprised the other day when I got tracking for a package I didn't remember having ordered.  A while ago (the end of June?) Mary Corbet talked about some metallic threads that were easier to work with.  They were available from Needle in a Haystack.  I ordered some.  It took a while because some of the threads were out of stock.  I had totally forgotten about them until I got the tracking number.  I got them this week.
They look like lovely threads.

There are several different sizes of braids, from 4 to 32.


  I haven't tried them out yet so I don't know how they are to work with but the colors are very nice.

Speaking of metallic threads, I found the metallic braid from the Amy Mitten kit that I had misplaced.  So I was able to finish up the rose with stumpwork petals.  Now I can start the next step which is the top row.  I need to iron (carefully!) the petals so they lay nicely.

We are expecting rain today but I was able to walk outside this morning.  It was 71 degrees.  Warm!
A

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I Dream of the Sea

I was so happy when the border matched up yesterday.  It is done!

It was really easy to finish.  It was laced on a board that was included in the kit.  I used Stitcher's Tape to stick it onto the tray.
Only one more piece to go in this kit, the corner gauge holder.  It has a wreath stitched on the front.  Cool.

BFF#2 came over and stitched yesterday afternoon.  What fun to talk!  I'm not sure we got much stitching done.  Just her visit motivated me to clean up the floor of my sewing room.  These summer days are going too fast!
Yesterday was Claire's first day of kindergarten.  She is growing up too fast.
A


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A Little Birdie

I is quite rare when I find something I want to stitch in the cross stitch magazine that I subscribe to.  In the last issue I found a cute bird.  I have a thing for birds.  I even like ugly birds.  This one stitched up in about a day.  I think he turned out cute.

I'm not sure how to finish him off.  Frame?  Pin cushion?  Bag?  Ornament?  Don't know.

I have a dentist appointment this morning.  I am so almost done with the I Dream of the Sea main tray.  That is my goal today, get that all done.
A

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Name Is

  When I was in 4th grade, I liked imaging that my name was "Amelia Josephine". It sounded fancier. But now I really like having a short name. I finished this up in July.

 It is a Cricket Collection chart for "May"  but I changed things around to make it say "Amy".  I left off the two girls on the end.

 I think it turned out fine; there were times I wasn't sure it would look okay.
I'll probably frame it and hang with my other "Amys".

The bathrooms are clean, the walking is done.  The goal for today is to clean off the old stitching chair as BFF#2 might come over to stitch tomorrow.  I'm also expecting a package from Needle in a Haystack today.  It is always so fun to get a package.
A

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday

It is such a joy to have friends.  I met friends last night at our favorite little hole-in-the-wall.  It is so fun to find out what is happening with them and to show them stuff I'm working on.  Sometimes I'm a bit isolated in my sewing room.
Marilyn asked what fabric I used for the strawberry I finished yesterday.  It was a piece of linen that I got at Stitchville called Chestnut, 32 count.

 This was not the called for fabric, it was just what I happen to have at the moment.  The pattern used 32 count Pear from Lakeside Linens.  I used the called for thread, Gloriana's Old Red Barn.  The chart also gave additional information for stitching the strawberry in several colors rather than just one.

I got several pdf patterns from Casa Cenina.  They asked designers to donate patterns that you can buy for 10 Euros each to raise money for Greek earthquake victim relief.  These are some of the patterns I bought:



You can just barely see the pattern in this one by Nora Corbett.
I accidentally bought the same pattern twice.  Oh, well, it is for charity.
A


Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Strawberry Finish

The walking is done.  I've been to the Farmer's Market.  It was crazy today as a run is supposed to go right through the middle of the market.  I got what I needed and got out of there fast.  The only bad thing I got was a cinnamon roll.

I started this strawberry when I was in Minneapolis.

 I bought the pattern at Stitchville and got the thread and a piece of fabric at the same time.  So why not start it?  It worked up quickly and I am happy to say that it is done.

I have another Erica Michaels Strawberry but I was trying to do it on gauze.

 I should just scrap that and do it on linen.  It is infinitely easier and you don't have to do the background.  Win win.

I started altering the sundress for Claire.  The goal for today is to put the straps back on.  If I do a little each day, it will be done in no time.
A

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's Friday!

I was reminded yesterday just how much I depend and am entertained by electricity.  Our electricity went out unexpectedly right in the middle of The Young and the Restless.  It stayed out until after 6:30.  Argh.  No light, no internet, no nothing.  I couldn't even vacuum.  I had planned to, really.  It was like Little House on the Prairie.  Awful.  How's a person supposed to survive?  I still stitched but carefully since the lighting was not so good.  So today I am going to appreciate every single minute of electricity that I have.  Like right now on the computer.

I finished up a project that I got last Friday when BFF#2 and I went to House of Stitches.

It is so cute!  I love it.

  It was easy to stitch and not too bad to finish.  The paint job could use a few touch ups.



 If you look closely, there are a few places that need some paint in the crevices.  I think I would like to put a cardboard piece in the bottom of the basket since it is supposed to be an Ort container.  I had to buy paint and the paper to finish the lid.
A

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Stalking

I'm a stalker.  I stalk Amy Mitten's website.  I check it many times a day hoping for something new to be offered.  Wouldn't it be nice if the next Queen Attire project was offered?  Or that pillow thing with storage inside?  I realize that it is silly to keep looking for something new when I have plenty of Amy Mitten projects to stitch already.  I bought a very interesting kit on ebay that was a stitch along in 2003 with Shepherd's Bush.  It is called "Tudor Rose" and is still available on Amy Mitten's website.  The first lesson begins with the bottom row of the project.

 I think it must be the hardest part.  I started it a while back and put it aside when other things came along.  But when I realized that if I wanted a challenging project from Amy Mitten, all I need to do is pull out what I already have.  So I found the kit (that's half the battle right there).  I read through and figured out where I was and what I needed to do next.  It was the over one animals.  No wonder I put it down.  I finished those up.


The next part was to complete the roses with stumpwork petals added to two of them.  Sounds hard.  But I trust Amy so I took it step by skeptical step.  I decided to work on the right side rose as it only has the white stumpwork petals to do.  I couldn't believe that I did it.  They don't look too bad.

The left rose is supposed to have two sets of stumpwork petals, red and white.  Not going to happen.  I'm just going to do the white petals and make it match the right side rose.  I'm hoping I can find enough of the gold braid.  I've misplaced it.


BFF#2 also reminded me that I have another very challenging Amy Mitten kit, Final Soliloquy.  Oh yeah, I forgot about that one.  Maybe I don't need to stalk Amy Mitten's website at least for a while.
A

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colour and Cotton

FlossTube got me into more trouble.  I heard flosstubers talk about Colour and Cotton and the monthly fabric and overdyed floss clubs.  So I thought I would try it.  I like the clubs already because they didn't make me wait forever.  I got my first fabric of the month.
Now I don't usually like overdyed fabric.  I stitch in hand and it is usually too floppy and I can't see the holes.  But this club lets you choose what kind of fabric.  I think I requested evenweave in neutral colors.  I think I can stitch on this.  Some people got blue so I was a bit envious.  This color will go with a number of designs.
This week I got the floss club colors.  Very interesting.  I used to get monthly floss from HDF Vikki Clayton.  I really liked her silks but, alas, she doesn't do that anymore.  I got some nice colors that I think I can use.
I did two hard things yesterday.  I took apart the sundress for Claire to alter it.  Ugh.  Then I stitched something I was scared that I would mess up.  But it turned out alright.  I'll show you tomorrow.
A

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Limited Edition

I found another Limited Edition kit offered by Down Sunshine Lane and designed by Hands On Designs.  I liked the sea theme and knew it would be easy to stitch.


  So I ordered it.  The tray is such a pretty color and the spool is already painted.  Win-win.  I love a block pin cushion.  You also get the pins, scissors and the corner measure too.  I took the spool part as my plane project on the way to Minneapolis and got it all stitched.


Yesterday I was able to finish the block pin cushion.


Cute!
I've started the tray.  If I don't get distracted, I could finish this off this week.
A

Monday, August 7, 2017

MN

Later in July DH and I flew to Minneapolis to visit DS#1 and DIL.  DH was going to hlep DS#1 with some improvements to his house.  Of course I wanted to go because the best needlework store in the whole wide world is Stitchville USA.  We had a great trip.  BFF lives in the area and while DS#1 and DH were slaving in the hot sun, she and I went to Stitchville.  Lucky me!  It was just heaven looking for all the stuff I had seen on the internet.  I got charts, fabric, threads, charms and scissors and other stuff too.  Hog heaven.






The state fish of Minnesota is walleye.  While we were there, I was in a hunt for walleye fingers.  I had them at Doolittle's last year and loved them.  This year we went to a fancy steakhouse, Porterhouse.  They were the best!  Loved them.  We also went back to Dolittle's.  This is what their walleye fingers look like.
DIL and I went to see a movie.  (We didn't want to see Dunkirk with the guys.)  We saw "The Big Sick" and it was very good.  I really enjoyed it.
BFF took me to some places I hadn't been before.  Mill Fleet Farms.  I bought as much candy as I could carry.  Really.  We went to a great gift shop and cafe where I had some berry stuffed French toast that was fabulous.  Thank you BFF!  Thank you DS#1 and DIL!
A



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Matchy Matchy

When we went to visit Claire, I had the opportunity to ask her what she wanted for Christmas.  I know, it's a little early to be thinking about Christmas but it was an opportunity to talk to her in person and ask questions.  She said she would like a matching outfit for her and Natalie, her American Girl doll.  So we looked through the American Girl catalog but didn't really find anything.  Actually, she would have been happy with any set of outfits.  I didn't see anything I liked especially.  Then my DIL suggested I make matching outfits.  I hadn't even thought of that.  I could do that.

When I got home I looked at patterns and there were several cute ones.  DIL had suggested maybe a sundress.  I found two patterns that I wanted to try.  With help from DIL with measurements I made Claire and Natalie matching dresses.  DIL sent me the most wonderful photo.
I just love this photo.
I am in the middle of making the second set of dresses.  The doll's dress is almost done but Claire's dress needs to be taken apart and remade.  The straps are over 4 inches too long and the bodice is about 4 inches too wide.  Claire is thin.  Ugh.   Good thing that I have a lot of time until Christmas.
A

Saturday, August 5, 2017

House

Yesterday BFF#2 and I went to House of Stitches in LaPorte. Indiana.  It also happened to be BFF#2's birthday.  What better way to celebrate than go shopping?  It was a nice chance to talk even though it was cloudy and raining on the way down.  When we got to House of Stitches, two of BFF#2's friends were there.  We got to see one of Amy Mitten's samplers (the Mexican one) all framed up.  Needlework always looks more fantastic in person than in photos.  It was beautiful.  I found some great things to buy.  There was even one of those With Thy Needle and Thread market kits.

 It will be so cute made up.  It was much smaller than I had imagined.

I had decided that if House had the Schoolhouse Summer series in stock, I would get it.  They did.  So I got both parts that are out and some mushroom lugana to stitch it on.  Of course, I had to get the called for threads too.

I got some threads for a Threadworks Primitive chart, Quaker Pinwheel.  I found this chart and liked it.

Another market kit.

It was so fun to shop and shop.

We took the recommendation of the House of Stitches crew on where to have lunch.  We went to T-Berry's.  The perfect lunch:  Chicago dog, chicken noodle soup (their specialty) and a rootbeer float.  Hog heaven.

When we got back to BFF2's house, we had some birthday cake that was delicious.  I love angel food cake with chocolate icing.

It is so fun to have some more things to stitch.
A