Thursday, January 27, 2022


 While I was working on cleaning up my sewing room I came across a WIP that is full coverage. I looked at it and decided it was done. Is it really done? No, but it is too much to do to get it completely done. I liked the page I had completed so I will frame it and be done with it. 

I had just started the second page. Those few stitches won't show after I have framed it. This design is from a painting. This isn't very big, I would guess it is about 5 by 7 inches. Hey, I can call it a finish if I want to!
I went walking inside again. Part of my motivation is that when I reach a little over a mile I can go eat breakfast. That's what motivates me, food.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022


 I have been trying to organize (clean up!) my sewing room. I've made progress and discoveries. I've found things I didn't remember having. I've found many WIPs. I ran across a project that was mostly done so I decided to see if I could finish it up. A year ago (maybe two years) I couldn't get myself to work on this. I was wondering how things would go this time around. I am happy to say that I finished the stitching.

This is a William Morris design. I have done two similar William Morris designs. I think they are meant to be bookmarks. I was wondering if I had a place in or on my caskets for them. They don't really fit anywhere on my caskets. I wanted to frame them individually but haven't found the picture frame moulding I want. I wish I could see what Stitchville has in the way of choices of moulding. It would be expensive to frame them.
I was so excited to see a new Jenny Adin-Christie design yesterday. It is called the Elizabethan Mitten and Gauntlet. Jenny is teaching it at the Lady Anne Needlework Retreat in May on Zoom. I had heard that sign up was last night but I kept checking and never got passed the "coming soon" button.  Then this morning it says all the spaces (there were only 15!) were booked. Rats. I didn't think I could actually get in anyway. I'll have to see if I can get on a waiting list for the kit. I love the design. 

I had to walk inside again as it is very cold today, 12 degrees.


Tuesday, January 25, 2022


 I finished the Just Nan Mouse that goes with the pyramid. 

These are the two mice I've made lately. I think the first one actually goes better with the pyramid house. 

Then I got to thinking, how many mice to I have? I gave one to my grandkids so these are the ones I have in my curio. Well, two of them are actually strawberries that look the same. Did I stitch the strawberry twice?
The cutest one is the Santa. 

I got the latest Just Nan mouse chart in the mail yesterday. It is a limited edition.
I walked around my house today for 1.2 miles. Before breakfast. I've found listening to NPR makes the walking inside less boring. DH is off the to grocery store. It's Tuesday and he is a creature of habit. 
But I am a creature of habit too, My habit is stitching!

Monday, January 24, 2022


 This will be a week of finishes. The first finish I have for you is the Just Nan pyramid.

The mouse in this photo is not the mouse that goes with this house. I'll show you the companion mouse tomorrow.
if you look closely at the corners you will see that two of the sides are longer than the base they are stitched to. It isn't really a big deal buy I wish it fit perfectly. I am happy that this is done. It could be an ornament on the tree.

We woke up to a few inches of snow yesterday and a few more inches of snow today. Snow is pretty if you don't have to go out in it - or shovel it.


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Bargello Strawberry

 I have made some progress on the strawberry pin cushion by Victoria Laine from the Inspirations design collection.

The pattern calls for a black outline around all the parts of the strawberry but I thought that was a bit harsh. I started with a dark red outline around the berry instead and I like that better. I am still deciding whether to put a dark green outline around the big leaf. I wish I were better at shading the four green colors on the sepal.

I went through some of my stitchy stuff and was amazed at all the stuff that I didn't remember having. I am not into ribbon embroidery anymore and decided to donate my ribbon embroidery books to the library.

It is cold and snowy today so I made myself walk half a mile inside my house before breakfast. I will walk more later as I want to get at least up to a mile. That's my goal for today.


Friday, January 21, 2022


 It is really cold today. It started out at 6 degrees and has doubled that but it is still too cold for walking. 

In my quest for the perfect way to transfer a design I ordered some heat erasable pens from Love Sew. I didn't realize that I was ordering so many!

There are ten in this package. I was surprised that the ink refills and the pen cartridges were not put together but whatever. It is nice that you have several different colors of pens to work with. I have to get used to how much pressure is needed to get the kind of line I want. And I haven't tried making the line disappear with ironing yet. I did some marking for putting the Forget-Me-Not pin cushion together. All ten flowers are done! Yay!
One third of winter is done today. 

Thursday, January 20, 2022

More Snowmen

 I saw this pattern being stitched by someone on Facebook and it was so cute. 

This is a small booklet by Brend Gervais.
I like the little individual snowmen, I think they would be very sweet Christmas ornaments . They look like they would be quick to stitch too. I might stitch a couple for the grandkids.

Today is an infusion day. It's too cold to go walking. I hope to finish stitching the forget-me-not pincushion, I only have one bee wing to go.