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Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Finish

The Colly Bird is all done except for a hanging loop.  I need to go digging for a good string or ribbon.  I am getting antsy to make some new starts!  Like the peacock!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, May 22, 2020

Putting the Pieces Together

I've been putting the pieces of the Colly Bird together.  I think I can finish him (her?) up today. It is turning out better than the heart but then I am not doing the embroidery freehand this time.
I took out the chain stitch that was around the edge.  I wasn't quite done and I couldn't find the floss color I was using, So I took it out. It is all finished except for a hanging loop of some kind. A ribbon hanger would be easiest. Easier than making cording.
So this is where I am on Colly Bird.
I think I would like to make the dancing lady next.

Thursday, May 21, 2020


I spend too much time looking at FaceBook. I was tempted by an ad on FaceBook to buy some magnifiers as I am trying to work on silk gauze and having a hard time seeing it and thus making many mistakes. So I ordered a pair.  They took longer than expected to arrive.  It was expected to be 8-15 days but was 3 weeks already. I even emailed the company to ask where they were.  The company said they were stuck in customs! From China! I should have known. I probably wouldn't have ordered them if had known they were coming from China in a pandemic. Well, they finally came and I wore gloves to wipe them down with Lysol. 
Another reason I ordered them was they came with 5 different strengths. 

I love my Gels glasses that I get at Stitchville but I wanted a 3.5 and they don't come that high. The magnifiers do come with a 3.5. So I put them together and tried them out.

The lens was great for seeing the silk gauze.  I could see it very clearly. but the rubber covered metal nose thing was down right painful.
I will call this a learning experience.  So what to do? I googled 3.5 reading glasses and found some and ordered them. By the way, they are way cheaper than the ones from China.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


I finished-finished my Susan O'Connor project!  Here is the front:

Here is the edge:  My coral stitch sucks.  It's a simple stitch but my brain just couldn't get it right.  The knots are more like twists but I kept going and you can't tell much with the pins in.

 The back is a nice smooth satin.

It turned out better than I thought it would!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Colly Bird

I started and felt ornament and it is looking much better than my heart which,by the way, isn't put together yet.

I'm almost done with the embroidery.  Then I have to soak away the Solvy.
I may not be able to post tomorrow due to a doctor's appointment. 

Monday, May 18, 2020


I decided to tackle the cross hatching on the Susan O'Connor project.  I was not happy with one of the bands.  It was awful. Uneven, not the right angle, too close together.

  So I took it out (for the second time!). I have to find a strategy that works for me.  I tried the tiger tape two ways but still wasn't satisfied on how it turned out.  So I turned my work so the lines were straight vertically and could just aim to make parallel lines.  Things went better.

Then there was one more element to add, daisies.

Guess what?  I'm done stitching.  I wasn't sure I could do this. I started out with a blank piece of satin and did all of this embroidery. It is not perfect by any stretch but I'm proud of trying and getting it to a point where it looks okay.  It was a practice for the needlebook and scissors holder in the set. 
Now to finish!

I cut it out. I need a three inch circle shape. Won't this be nice all done?

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Jane Nicholas Kit

My BFF gave me this Jane Nicholas kit. It sat around for a while until I decided to tackle it.  I had to buy Jane's book with the directions in it. I had some other Jane Nicholas kits that I needed the book for as well. I was happy with how it turned out and I learned a lot.
I did a name tag kit from her too.

  I started a mirror kit that I should get back to. I only have the grapes at the top done.

I have her butterfly book and I like to try one of those as well.

I was hoping to go to Beating Around the Bush and take a class from her.  Not this year!