Wednesday, July 30, 2014

news ...

Facebook seems to be easier / quicker; however, the blog space is GREAT for photos and ingredients ... helps keep me organized.

Some progress on Mary Hannah Gipson [sampler researched and charted by Ruth Ann Russell]
SAN-Q Magazine, Winter 2010.  

Everytime I pull this out, I am irritated and frustrated.  Tho, some progress made.  I have silks from my stash pulled out.  I think the rest is over-one, so will do just a little at a time.     ~ Mini Flower Basket Sampler ~  .... A Reproduction from the EGA.   

 The Thimble Purse is ready for finishing - as is the Just Nan's Christmas Secret (insert for needle slide). 
Birds + Berries Thimble Purse, designed by Brenda Gervais:   Chart/design calls for 40-ct parchment linen.   I'm not sure what this linen is - must be from my stash.   I used GAST Pebble [flowers], Mulberry [berries], Apple Cider [Bird], and nutmeg [Bird beak, legs, floral centers].  Valdani #P2 Olive Green for the leaves/vine.   Week's Cinnabar for bird necklace.  

Stitched over one on 32 ct Opalesc Belfast W/Simply Shaker Geranium #7036.   Pattern and needle slide come with finishing instructions, red overdye wool + fusible interfacing.  

 So, how do you like my new bag???   Thx GF Kay, w/o blog!    It is a great tote with matching water bottle holder.   Please note the card - with buttons + stitching ; )     it is clipped to my calendar + cheers up the whole desk area.    Back to the bag - has outside fabric pockets - and is done over blue mesh.  
 let me tell you, the mesh is wonderful for hot/humid days.   All my travel gear went with me in style during recent trip.   The water bottle keeps the water COLD and is marvelous in the holder w/pocket and adjustable strap.   Thank you Kay.  I adore it!!!

Lastly, new stash from House of Stitches.   Which was ON SALE - and I was delighted to get my hands on it.   Strawberries by Hollis Sullivan.   I wanted the small motif for needlebook front - but may [ over-one ] stitch the larger pattern without border instead.   

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Needlebook has felt piece sewn inside.   After I added herringbone border, french knots, I put some material inside the cover.   Final detail - inserted felt --- it is ready to use!

Designed by Sandra Sullivan of Homespun Elegance, Ltd.

The pattern has two very charming strawberry samplers.   Will be fun to stitch!

Folk Art IX
 c. 1984 Homespun Elegance, Ltd.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Received in the post ...

What fun - Halloween designs in July..... a recent prize from Sandra Sullivan's giveaway via her web site + Facebook page.     I am so lucky!!!!     I went thru my fibers and HE charms and think I have most of the colors.   I may need to invest in a couple star/pumpkin charms.   

AND, if you like bunny things, you might enjoy seeing the hand made shuttles from Carollyn.   They are so lovely.   Not sure I want to use them for tatting - may just enjoy looking at them!!!   Carollyn blogs at Carollyn's Tatting Blog.  

Wonderful package - such an artist!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Needlebook cover

Folk Art IX

 c. 1984 homespun Elegance, Ltd.

This is one of those patterns ... that I purchased 2nd hand.   I knew it existed, couldn't locate it anyplace.  I saw the sampler stitched and kept looking.   There are 2 samplers of berries and I still want to stitch them!

Meanwhile, I stitched the small pincushion [photo shows design on wooden stand].   When I started on light pink aida cloth, the yellow/blue didn't show up - needed to reverse those two colors in the 'pot'.    I used GAST Cherry Wine, Buttercrunch on the berries; Weeks Ivy for the leaves/stems; Needle Necessities 1342 + GAST Buttercrunch for the strawberry pot.   

These are photos of the pattern leaflet front:

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

... while the storm was carrying on outside ...

I had some needlework in hand.    Kept one eye on weather info.  And, yep, power went out.

I think this is all I will stitch on this piece.   It is "Simply Red, Plus" designed by Sandra Sullivan - Homespun Elegance, Ltd.    c.2010.    The pattern calls for Mountain Mist, which I have, I just liked this blue better with the linen.   It is about 3 1/4 x 2 1/4"    The button from my stash, I had an amber pearl button, liked this one better.

I was looking thru my finished pieces and realize I have a couple for Independence Day.   I will have to flip thru patterns as I thought I had more.


Land of the Free
c.2008 Teri Richards
Shepherd's Bush 

Tiny Stuff II
c.2001 Homespun Elegance. Ltd.

Finished into a pin - which I enjoy wearing or adding to a bag'

Saturday, June 28, 2014

.... misc ....

I have 50 things on my "to do" list + then started talking on the phone, + then it started to rain.    DH and DS going to the movies.    So, pulled out my bag, nearby, + had my HE project in hand.

"Simply Red, Plus"
Designed by Sandra Sullivan

The pattern + red fiber were a gift from GF Karol.   As I had the blue fiber close at hand, I started with the blue.   [Needle Necessities, Inc. #1342].    I'm using a piece of 30-count Lt. Espresso, from the House of Stitches fabric bin!   

The pattern has a small pincushion in yellow fiber w/MOP button.   The letters are backwards - quite charming; however, I'm going back to the traditional.    Stitching over one thread.   Should be pretty.

Earlier this week, I managed to sew the bottom part of the the pre-made pieces, to form additional pockets for tools and fibers.   Nice to use the outside pockets as well as the inside pockets.     From the time I purchased these (even before stitched), I've been using them.    Quite handy + a nice size.   : )

Earlier this week, I finished Chipmunk, by Prairie Schooler into a needlebook.   I used aida cloth - which I like for something that gets a lot of use. In the Woods, The Prairie Schooler, c.1994, Book No. 46

  Also, completed the wooden piece by Bucilla.   They have a series called Bucilla Handmade Wooden Stitchables.   Link here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Before moving along to the next project ....

how about finishing one?  Needlework/stitching is completed.   I changed it a little bit from the pattern.   And added color to the project.   Photo from pattern on the left of the actual stitched rollup.   I put the scissors charm on the scissors keeper.   The pre-finished pieces are really fun to embellish.     I've been using the pieces while they were in progress for needles, scissors, fibers, thread winders, etc.  
 Almost -- I have a few tatting patterns out.   I'd like to edge the brown felt piece with some tatting.   The needlework is probably completed.   When I sew the tatted edge on, I will also sew the bottom of the stitched part - to create a pocket.  

 The Scissors pocket - fits inside the lowest pocket on the roll.   The back has a nice magnet for a book of needles, a needle rest - or just to keep the scissors inside.   The fancy pins were a gift from   Vickie    , who blogs at A Stitcher's Story.  
This set is STITCHED - just not finished.   I need to sew the bottom of the front panels [to form a pockets] and sew the small piece into a pincushion.   I may use some tatted trim.   Not sure how I'll embellish the pincushion - it seems so small.      
The stitched initials are from BBD A Stitcher's Journey.   The patterns, by Sandra Sullivan Homespun Elegance, Ltd.,  are pictured below.    I used Week's Baked Apple on the roll.   Simply Shaker Cidermill Brown for scissors, couple initials.   Also used Simply Shaker Heirloom Gold for the initial on the roll.   Dried Thyme [GAST] for all the green.   Crescent Colours Used Brick on scissor pocket, fold over + soon to be pincushion.   All the Blue from skein of Needle Necessities, Inc. #1342.   Amber Pearl Buttons, Scissors Charm, safety pins.   And, will add tatting this or next week.   

While hunting down my amber pearl buttons ... I found my HE ABC ornament/fob pattern + supplies AND my Bent Creek snapper project.  They had been hiding from me -- I knew I put them someplace, and at last unearthed them.  I pulled out some fibers for the BBD Her Sampler.   
 I have mixed a few silk and cotton fibers.   I have linen, too.   It is hiding!   I want to finished the Homespun Elegance pieces first - then will pick up the alphabet sampler.   If you have not seen the sampler - visit the Blackbird Design blog and follow the link to the free pattern.           

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Roll Up ... continues

Have a little more completed.  Now that I have
made a few changes to the pattern + added
color and Initial, it should be finished soon.
 This needlework project is
which I started awhile back.
I'm using more overdye colors than
Plus, changed the motifs a little bit, different alphabet, too.

I have some tatting to do around the pin area - found the scissors charm
and button last night.
And, think I know what I want to do with the "over one" stitched piece.

And, final request for donations to the National Kidney Foundation.
 Any amount is welcome.   Our team, Kidney Trotters, will walk together in Indianapolis on Saturday.    DD, DH + I will participate.   Please consider a donation.   You may click on THIS LINK, or in SIDEBAR to donate.   Thank you for your support.

Saturday, May 31, 2014


I am enjoying this book - 1/4 thru ... 

Please consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation.   Any small amounts are appreciated.   DD, DH, and I will be participating in the Indianapolis walk.    Our team is called Kidney Trotters - link here:

We appreciate your support!!!
Link in the side bar, or here.

These wooden pieces are really fun to stitch.   The kits have needle, thread, wooden pieces [with holes for threads].   Funness.   

Monday, May 19, 2014

2014 National Kidney Foundation

DD, DH, & I are participating in the
National Kidney Foundation walk in Indianapolis, IN.

Please consider a donation and support our team

ANY amount is appreciated.  The 2014 team goal is to raise $1,000 by June 14th.

We are participating in this year's Kidney Walk to improve the lives of all people affected by kidney disease and to increase awareness of this disease.

Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk.

Please consider a donation, which helps make a difference for millions of people.  

Thank you in advance.

Link HERE - or click logo in sidebar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

2014 Walk - National Kidney Foundation

2014 National Kidney Foundation Walk

I’m participating in this year's Kidney Walk to improve the lives of all people affected by kidney disease and to increase awareness of this disease.

Kidney Walk is the nation's largest walk to fight kidney disease. Held in nearly 100 communities, the event raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients, their families and those at risk.

Please consider a donation, Your donation helps make a difference for millions of people.  


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monday's Mail .....

My beautiful sister sent me - Gay Swift's book:
paging thru for a couple hours!!!

I picked this up 2nd hand - I confess, I liked the front cover.
Then read the first story - and bought the book.   Simply written and
quite easy to read.   I look forward to more short stories!   

Monday, April 14, 2014

books ...

I am enjoying this book by Betsy Franco.  It is, so far about a college student, Jesse, touching Rodin's sculpture, Meditation ... and, Camille Claudel comes to life!   This was a win from Goodreads.    It is easy to read and so far - very interesting.   

Visited 2nd hand book store ... and picked up:
as it had photograph of Camille and information about how her presence changed the way he looked at women.   Per this book.

Of course, while browsing shelves - found this book about Virginia Gautreau, the woman in John Singer Sargent's portrait.  it is on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 

Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau).


Oh, and I found Francine Prose!   I had  read a book review about this + was happy to get this hardcover one for $3.50.

What is your current book-in-hand?


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