Friday, June 23, 2017

Page 3 is Finished!

 I started La grill mystere du Gand Marquoir at the beginning of last year.  I love stitching on it, but so many other things have needed my attention.  I pulled it out again and finished page three today. 

This is being stitched on 25 count antique white Lugana, over one fabric thread with one strand of Gloriana. 
I am now officially half done!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

Stopped in at JoAnn Fabrics because I had heard a rumor that they got in lots of new buttons. 

There were wonderful new buttons!  Mickey and Minnie, Winnie the Pooh, Beauty and the Beast, and many, many more......I wanted them all, but then wondered what I would do with them.

I just couldn't resist the gnome buttons!  They are too cute.  Don't know what I will do with them, but they followed me home.............  The only problem is the shank in the back of the button.  I will need to find  way to take that off and then perhaps I will find a use for the buttons.

The fox buttons are for Miss Marguerite who will make needleminders out of them once I pick up the rare earth magnets for her. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joyfull World Stitch-a-long Fin-ee!



Just a few months late, but it is finished!  That border just about did me in....but it is done.  How will I finish it?  I will probably turn it into a wall hanging and hang it in my office or a classroom at German School.  (after I get my sewing machine serviced)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A New Start

A challenge on one of my facebook stitching groups calls for a new start on the 17th of each month.  So I started this......

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Wedding Gift Stitched by Me!

I can finally show you this finish!  It is Bent Creek's Wedding Row.  I stitched this as a wedding gift for a young lady that was one of my students and also worked for me for a few years.  I changed the colors a bit, and picked it up from the framer's just in time to present to the happy couple at their wedding this past Saturday.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Mini Embelishments 1 Completely Finished!

 I started this Nancy Cucci piece over a year ago, and finished the stitching and beading rather quickly.  The finishing on the other hand, just didn't happen!  I took it along on the retreat and made a point of working on it. 
I got it all done and ornamentified!  I am rather happy with the results!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Mini Embelishments 2 Finished

I have been wanting to finish stitching this fun piece for a long time, but the chart and the beads were MIA.  I tore my stitching room apart, and searched all over the house but couldn't find it.  A few weeks ago, my daughter found it!  It had slid down between the cushions of her chair while I was visiting.  She mailed it back to me, but the mail from Carbondale is incredibly slow.  It took over a week to get to me.  Only one long twisted bugle bead was broken, but it was an extra one, so all was good.  I need to order more beads so that I can make more of this ornament. 

Ornamentation will happen on a future date.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Another Wonderful Weekend in Galena





It is time for the annual needlepoint retreat in Galena Illinois! 
















We always hold it at the De Soto House Hotel right in downtown Galena.  Although others go out to various restaurants and shop up and down the street, I never leave the hotel.  Lots of stitching and
laughter! 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Joyful World Finish

I finished stitching the last square of the Joyful World Stitch-a-long. 

I have started on the border so I will show you the entire piece when that is done.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Two Down, Seven to go....

Finished up Sunny Day from the SamSarah perpetual calendar yesterday.  These pieces take longer than I thought, but I will get them all done!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Biscornu Finish, Finished!

This cute biscornu was one of our EGA Guild projects.  It is the Valentine Biscornu by Cindy Valentine, and can be found under petite projects on the EGA webside. 

It is listed as a beginning hardanger project, but I would argue that it is not for beginners, but probably should be listed as an intermediate or at least advanced beginner. 

Nevertheless, I stitched it (with a few minor changes) and then did the finishing yesterday. 

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Pumpkin Fob Finished, Finished!

Well, here it is!  I got this pair of black cat scissors a few years ago and the Black Cat Stitchery retreat, and they have been nakid ever since.....until now. 

I stitched up this little pumpkin a few days ago, and today we had a Saturday Session at our EGA guild where I helped other stitchers construct their own scissor fobs. 

Thursday, June 01, 2017

May Progress and June Goals

Well, May went by very quickly and now it's June!  May was a pretty good stitching month.  Just a few minutes short of 6 hours of stitching per day!  And lots of good progress.  I finished the last two pieces of the Crazy January Challenge!  I started 16  new pieces for the 'May'nia challenge and finished 9 of those!  Not sure I will be able to carve out as much stitching time in June, but I will try!

May
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project 
French Alphabet Sampler page 3  worked on it
April flower of the month  worked on it
Landon’s Stocking
Valentine Biscornu  finished
Pacific Heart
Mini Embellishment 2 

Crazy January Starts
Afternoon in Rome  finished
Stitch-a-long sampler finished

Maynia Starts
Stephanie’s Wedding Sampler finished
Shamrock scissor fob finished
Pumpkin scissor fob  finished
A Fall Heart  finished
December Joyful World worked on it
Border Joyful World worked on it
Spring Banner worked on it
Afternoon in London  worked on it
Frank ‘n Boo Photobooth  finished
Gingerbread House #1 -2 finished
Gingerbread House #2 -2 finished
Emerald Patch   finished
Perpetual Calendar
 #1 finished
#2  worked on it
#3 worked on it
#4 worked on it

Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge
 
June
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Mini Embellishment Project 
French Alphabet Sampler page 3 
April flower of the month  
Landon’s Stocking
Pacific Heart
Mini Embellishment 2 

Maynia Starts
December Joyful World
Border Joyful World
Spring Banner
Afternoon in London 
Perpetual Calendar
#2
#3
#4
 
Future New starts
Afternoon in New York
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Perpetual Calendar
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
Ladybug pin
Patriotic Heart
Candy Corn Heart
Gingerbread Heart
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
                Logan
                Natalie
                Owen
                Peter
                Justin
                Nathan
Spring
Summer
Winter
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Carnival
Walking on Water’s Edge