My blog for needlework, books, and my frequent visits to local exhibits + events.
I tend to pick up souvenier pins where ever I go, and my button collection is overflowing!
Never met a button I didn't adore.
I chose different fibers. I used GAST Dried Thyme, Week's Baked Apple; Needle Necessities 1342; Week's Onyx; and Simply Shaker Sampler Threads Cidermill Brown. There is another motif in the pattern folder that I'd like to stitch ... and change the colors ; ) The HE patterns are wonderful to stitch while gathering with good friends.
And new bead stash ... to string or tat ... meanwhile,
Beautiful beaded necklace and earrings made by GF Candy S. They are dazzling! Too pretty for a box - have them hanging on the wall near my desk. Thx Candy! Check out her etsy, Beads + Crochet, oodles of lovely patterns, kits + treasures to see!
Have you visited Marcia DeCoster's Blog? The earring pattern can be found there - Link HERE. With a lot of help from Candy, I was able to get a pair of earrings started. The beading is like puzzle building!
And, GF Debbie L enhanced my stitchy stash, from The Sweetheart Tree: Baby Bluebells Fob. So pretty! And, I do have unadorned scissors which could use an embellished fob! This is wonderful to have with me in my bag. Thx Deb ; )
A few more stitches added to Homespun Elegance pattern: Pin Pokes I
With patterns in hand, there are options for linen sizes [size of sampler] and I couldn't help notice, the original Jane Ogle sampler was on 50-count ivory linen. Imagine, 50 count!! Elizabeth Norris 45 count. Each graph is wonderful & they seem to use THREE colors of fibers. Red, Green + Blue.
have A Pastoralout - need to finish edge of linen and was planning to use q-snap. This is surface stitching. I thing would be fun to do a band sampler and alternate with surface embroidery.
After holidays, I spent time getting organized with my stash. Seemed I was spending too much time looking for things and needed to have a better way to have projects ready. Last night, I put my beads into two boxes. All together. The only thing I didn't really need to organize was tatting supplies. They are pretty ok as is.
Not sure if people follow their resolutions each year. Mine was to accomplish more and enjoy all these wonderful things I've accumulated and never found time to enjoy. Happy New Year!!!