Saturday, February 29, 2020

One More February Finish

I finished Circle of Hearts by Margaret Bendig this evening.  It truly was a fun stitch!  I just loved doin those hearts!

This will be an ornament some day.

Friday, February 28, 2020

A Gift

John, my gentleman friend, recently returned from the Holy Land and Egypt.

He has traveled before, but never brought me a gift.  And I didn't expect one.  But this time he did!  He has also never given me jewelry before.

The necklace is an olive tree.  He found a local artesian that was highly recommended, and picked this one because it was patterned after a specific tree in the garden of Gethsemane, and he saw the tree.

The bracelet is Garnet and he got it in a Bedouin village from another local craftsman.

He seemed really excited to give it to me.  I don't know if this a new development in our relationship or if he is just being his nerdy little self.  Either way, I won't look a gift John in the mouth, I said thank you and will wear them often!  

Thursday, February 27, 2020

First Crochet Finish since 1982!

I made a hat!  I think it needs a pompom or something on the top, but I am not sure yet.

The crochet class instructor said the stitches were very even, and she was impressed with my finish!  This evening was the last class.  We were to come with all the crocheting finished so we could put the hat together.

I must tell you that over the course of the week, I took all the stitches out and started over twice!  And many other rows were taken out as I went along because I didn't like how it looked.  But I got it done!  And I was the only one who completed the assignment!  I think the stitches are a little tight, though.  Must work on that.

There is a Beyond Basics in Crochet class being planned in the near future.  I think I will take that class to learn some other stitches besides the basics.

My Oma would be so proud!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WIP Wednesday 2-26-2020

I am working on a crochet project for the crochet class I am taking.  I started this ribbed hat on Thursday, and I want to have the crocheting done by tomorrow, so that we can crochet it together on the last class.  Actually, I could have had it finished already, but I keep taking it out and starting over because I didn't like how it looked or I dropped some stitches, but I will keep going!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020

Another Stitching Finish

This is the beaded sampler I was working on, but I ran out of beads, so I had to wait until I picked up some more....then I spilled them all....then I had to gather them up off the floor....and it is finally stitched.

Our ANG Chapter is giving incentive point and a charm for doing some beading.  I needed 5 more stitches to earn the charm so I finished them in the knick of time.

This will become an ornament someday.....

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Finally finished

When you lasts saw this piece I was waiting for the fibres to finish the stitching.....that was Sunday.  I ordered the fibres on Monday morning and asked that they be mailed out to me right away.  I should have them by Wednesday at the latest...right?   Well, I found out Wednesday that they hadn't been mailed yet.  I don't know why.  I jumped in the car and drove the 45 minutes in each direction to pick them up myself.

And when I got home, I saw down and finished the stitching.

Ornamentification will happen at a later date.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

WIP Wednesday 2-19-2020

I am working on a beaded project today.  This is a sampler of beaded stitches for my ANG Chapter.  Almost done!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Stitching Happily and then.......

I ran out of fibres!   I suppose I shouldn't complain as I won this kit at our ANG meeting a few months ago.....but darn it!

I really wanted to just start and complete it in one day, but as you can see, there weren't nearly enough fibres in the kit.  I did have the white and red ribbon at home, but not the blue and all the shops were closed since it was late afternoon on a Sunday.  And I have too much going on to take a run to any shop on Monday or Tuesday!

I have ordered the fibre and it will be here in a few days.....but darn, I hate waiting!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Another Hospice Heart Finish

I finished my second Hospice Heart for this year.  I committed to 2, and now have them both finished.....but if the guild is short, I will stitch one or two more....

A shout out to Marguerite Harrington who designed this one!

Thursday, February 13, 2020

WIP Wednesday 2-12-2020

Just started Circle of Hearts by Margaret Bendig.  I am doing the red hearts.  Didn't get too far, but it is a fun stitch!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Beaded Christmas Present Ornament Finish

Finished this beaded and stitched ornament late last night.  It was given to us at our Needlepoint guild Holiday Party, and we get credit for two beaded stitches for our yearly challenge.   It was designed by Handblessings Designs.  Ornamentification will happen at a later date.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

First Hospice Heart of the Year

Our ANG Chapter (American Needlepoint Guild) is again doing this Hospice Heart project this year.  We stitch the hearts and they are distributed at a camp for children that have lost a parent or sibling to cancer.

I committed to at least 2 hearts this year, and this is the first one stitched.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Trying to Remember

Many, many years ago, my Oma taught me to crochet.  But she taught me in German, and never taught me to read a pattern.

I used to crochet a lot, when I was in high school, I made vests and hats, and sold them.  When the kids were little, I crochet them scarves every year to match their winter jackets.  Over time, I stopped crocheting.  Oma was gone, and I couldn't ask her questions anymore.

I was determined to try it again.  I tried picking up a pattern and some yarn, but I didn't get very far.  The pattern might as well have been written in was all Greek to me.  You Tube didn't help because I didn't know what to look up!

The local yarn shop had beginner classes, but they weren't offered when I was available, and the classes were rather expensive.  I saw an e-mail from 2 Needle Chicks that offered beginner crochet classes at a time that worked for me and they were rather inexpensive, too!  I had met the crochet teacher at the county fair last summer and liked her, so I thought I would give it a try.  I called and was told I was the first person to register, and they needed a minimum of 3 to hold the class.  I wasn't hopeful that two more people would sign up in the next day or two, but they did!  The class was now set!  I had my first class a few days ago, and my fingers remembered what to do once I saw Susan doing the stitches, and now I know what they are called in English!  

I sat down last night to practice, and my brain forgot!  But I read the notes, and looked at You tube and tried it again, and it worked.  I do find that I will have to practice a bit each day, and now the You Tube videos even made sense!   Another class later this week...…….

Friday, February 07, 2020

My New Roommates

House sitting for my son for a few days....the house comes with these two exciting fellows....

Murphy   and JoJo

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Foxy Fob Finish!

And another WIP bites the dust!  (down to 13 now)   A beaded piece by Nancy Cucci that was taught at our Guild about a year ago, I think....could be longer.....

Final finishing will happen at a later date, once I figure out what I want to do with it.....ornament, scissors fob, something else?

This one is all beaded and was hard to work on holding the stretcher bars and picking up the beads, but since I got my Lowrey stand, stitching on canvas has been much easier!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

WIP Wednesday 2-5-2020

It's Wednesday again, blogging buddies!  Today I am working on a beading project:  Foxy Fob by Nancy Cucci.  I started this one last May and it is high time it gets completed!

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Second Finish of the Evening!

 Here is the square I finished last evening.  This makes the 5th finish of the year, and brings the number of WIPs down to 14!
Here are the 5 flowers that I have done so far.  Only 7 more to go!

Monday, February 03, 2020

A New Start and a Finish!

Our Chapter of EGA (Needle's Nest) is celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year.  We are stitching this band sampler, and will be receiving 1 part each month all year long.  Here is my part 1.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Super Bowl Sale Stash Shopping 02-02-2020

Today, I went to Welcome Stitchery with my friend Marguerite, for their annual Super Bowl Sale.  Met lots of friends and fellow stitchers at the shop and got a bag full of goodies!

If you have never been to Welcome Stitchery, you really should stop in!  Monica and her staff are very welcoming and will help you find lots of goodies you just can't live without!

oh...and Monica and her husband are hoping to retire so the shop is for sale.....we need someone to buy it so it stays open....

Saturday, February 01, 2020

January Progress, February Goals

Three finishes last month!  and another WIP that is very nearly finished!  So right now, it brings the WIP count down to 15.  Hopefully, after the eye doctor appointment later this month, my eyes will be better, and I can stitch longer each day!  Stay tuned!

January 2020
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Merry Bells #1 
Diamond City Lights
Butterfly banner   finished
Walking on Water’s Edge 
One Nation finished

Maynia Starts
1.       Stocking for Eleanor
2.       Fine Wine 
3.       Pumpkin Harvest 
4.       Sweet Watermelon 
5.       Photobooth 
6.       Candy Corn #2 finished
7.       Foxy Fob 
8.       May flower of the month worked on it
9.       Snow Sampler
10.   Hope of Spring 

Future New starts
Eileen’s new ornament
Large Bargello Ball #2
Small Bargello Ball #2
Winds of Grace (6 of them)
Towmater x 2
Lightning McQueen x2
Cupcake ornaments:
Crystal Violets
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
Ambrosia Honey
Scissors case
June flower of the month
July flower of the month
French alphabet page
Hardanger ornament
Snowman Heart
Marnee Ritter Heart
Marnee Ritter Gold Heart
Gingerbread heart
Pretty Little Chicago
A Stitcher by Cherrywood designs
Twisted Band Sampler
Tree of Ornaments
Redwork heart
Flower patch
Hex Symbol