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Saturday, May 8, 2021

French Knots

 I should be getting good at french knots since I'm having to make millions of them on this redwork piece.

But then again it is easy stitching. I like working with the coton a broder thread. I have more than a quarter of this project done.

It is a very sunny but cool Saturday here. It will be very nice for walking. The farmer's market starts here tomorrow. It will be interesting to see what they have. 

Mother's Day is tomorrow. DH has a very special gift for me!


Friday, May 7, 2021

Fish on Friday

 I got the fish done on Hampton Court!

you can't see it very well but the fish has a fresh water pearl for an eye. Next is the sun. Making progress.

I've been trying to organize my threads. It is a disaster. I wanted to get them off the floor. But I have them in about six different places. I'm consolidating and sorting. What a mess!

Thursday, May 6, 2021


 When I went looking for something stitched to be the doll's apron, I found several stitched projects that I wanted to finish. This is one of them.

I wanted to frame it but it is too little to get a frame from American Frame. Its minimum size is 5 inches a side. I didn't want to add a mat to make it bigger. In a normal world, I would have gone to Hobby Lobby to see if they had something. I looked on their website but didn't find anything. So I just laced it to a piece of comic board. Then I thought about the real housewives of cross stitch. Priscilla would put this on a fabric covered board. I have to find just the right fabric that won't distract from the stitching. 

I also found another Drawn Thread that I want to finish into a bookmark. 


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

 I have wanted to knit a pair of socks for the longest time. I saw Pam Reed's flosstube (Pam's Crafty Corner) where she was knitting with yarn that makes stripes as you knit, Loops and Threads Pick a Pair. So I ordered some of that yarn from Michael's. Unfortunately the minimum order is three skeins. This color is called Walk Like a Man. Pretty funny. Then I needed some help from YouTube to figure out how to knit with double pointed needles. I love that I am getting stripes without having to change colors. I've messed up already but this is a learning sock and I'm not starting over.

I plan to start the fish on Hampton Court today. I've read through the directions once but I need to read them again.


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Redwork Sachet

I started my Redwork Sachet kit.

 I was happy with the transfer with my new pen. Si I had to try out working with coton a broder in DM 815. This is where I was last Friday. Now it looks like this:

This is an easy stitch. I messed up a little. One is supposed to do herringbone on the small leaves before doing the reverse chain around the outside. I did it backwards. I'm going to try it the right way and see if there will be any frogging. (Probably no frogging)

I found out Celebration os Needlework is happening in Nashua New Hampshire this weekend. They are having some virtual classes too. I have to pass on this one. But there is hope that retreats can happen again. BFF and I always had a great time going to retreats.

May the fourth be with you DS#2.

Monday, May 3, 2021


 I'm late posting because I had an infusion today. I got this kit by Barbara Jackson through Shining Needle Society last week. I couldn't resist starting one of the three roundels.

It  was an easy stitch. It seems like the designer tried to make it more challenging by having a lot of mosaic stitch. Forget that. I just stitched it. I finished it onto a cardboard circle. Now I need to make some twisted cording for the edge.

I finished the second porcelain doll.

It's not perfect but I was working through pain. Here they are together.
I attended the Kindred Sampler Guild meeting on Sunday afternoon. It was so nice to see familiar faces and to talk stitching. (Hi Tori). 
I ordered some smooth purl off of Etsy. There was a place that carries it here in my state. But the great thing is the next step on Hampton Court is the fish! 

Friday, April 30, 2021

I'm Short

 I am short, 4' 11". But I am also short about half an inch of silver smooth purl metal thread!

I worked diligently on Hampton Court, telling myself I could quit when I got all the castle down. But I didn't have enough silver smooth purl to finish the last tower top. Rats. I went looking through my old kits from Jenny Adin Christie looking for just a scrap of the silver purl. Nope. None. Where could I get some? I could email Jenny and she could send me some but ordering from the UK when all I need is a bit? I found some gold purl I bought from Hedgehog Needleworks a while ago. They are out of business now. So maybe I'll go looking for a needlework store that carries it.

On another subject, I ordered a protective case for my vaccine card from Amazon. It took forever to get here. I didn't know it was coming from the UAE. Then it was the wrong size for my card. So I tried again after measuring carefully this time. Two days later, I got them. 10 of them. So be careful. The 3 inch by 4 inch was too small and I didn't want to cut my card.