Sunday, August 31, 2008

Help, I need a recipe or two

Our EGA chapter is in the process of putting together a cook book. Anybody have any recipe ideas? Or mouth watering, tempting recipes I could submit? Most of the stuff I make is on the fresh fruit - on the grill - steamed -- and, not really of much interest to most people. I don't bake (desserts). I have a couple of ideas ... which seem too boring. You know where I can be e-mailed!!


Have you seen this? Check out his link!

yeah, just check it out: OPEN THIS LINK

Or translated version (copy & paste):

Is that fabulously interesting or what???

-------------- Many thanks for all your kind remarks on my fair ribbons. I enjoy the local fairs & love cheering for my stitching friends ... who scored far better ribbons than I!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Stash Sale finds ...

I had a wonderful day in LaPorte, Indiana ... The Stash Sale was awesome. For those who attended, there were great finds!! CiCi was parting with some of her incredible books. This one was $2.00. Some of the motifs inside knock my socks off!

And, just when I thought I'd wear blinders for the entire day, I came accross this design from the sampler collection of The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center:Per the pattern: "This design is an adaptation of a motif found on a seventeenth century English band sampler in the collection of Vassar College." I thought it was so pretty & was delighted GF Ruth Ann was paring down her stash!

I found a nice book with doll patterns -- and, a wonderful doll kit at Sue's table -- and she was mighty generous handing me a giant shopping bag of LACE. Thank you so much! More about those items HERE.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Hidden In Plain Sight

Not sure if any readers here get the New York Times on-line; however, they have been showing portions of (art objects) paintings each day & then reveal the entire painting, artist & location at the Met. (in the Arts Section -- or, Arts & Design Section)

Topics include animals -- and tabletops -- and patterns. There are also slide shows. What fun : )

Which got me to thinking ... maybe that is why needlework is so enjoyable. We get a close-up of each section of our projects & eventually our linen (or evenweave, or aida) reveals a masterpiece!

I think they are great fun -- and hope the NYTimes continues!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mark Your Calendars!!!

On November 15th
Sycamore Ridge Chapter of EGA
Eileen Bennett (Peru, Indiana)
Project: The Legend of the Underground Railroad Quilts
(I think Sharon said 10am to 3pm)

More Information on The Sampler House Web Page - HERE Or Contact Sharon Henderson via e-mail: hendson at home dot ffni dot com

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

silk cord, my back yard

Alex stepped outside & noticed a few visitors:Once they knew they were spotted, they ran off quickly (photos by Alex)

I made mention on the LHN/CCN Yahoo group about silk cords -- and, received a few e-mails w/questions. I soon realized more information was needed. These are a few pendants that use beading cords. Each of the necklaces have a different cord - cut on the end & knotted. Elastic cord is about $1.00 for 90". The one at the bottom of the picture is on silk cord. Click on the photo to enlarge. These cords are available at craft stores & bead stores. ie., Michael's, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby - to name a few.
These are silk cords I recently purchased (on sale) from Hobby Lobby. They are 2 yards / 1.82 m regular price $3.99 -- on sale for $1.43. There are a variety of colors to choose from. IMO - inexpensive.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lake County Fair: Sewing & Collectibles

Home Decorating (1376) Living/Family Room Item
First Place
More pictures & information HERE.

Home Decorating (1378) Home Decorating Pillow
Second Place
More Information & pictures HERE

I thought it would be fun to try this section. Only one ribbon awarded. Maybe I'll do better next year!

(221) Doll/Stand
Clothespin Dolls, made by my Mom

(243) Buttons 9x12 display
Third Place!

(244) Cookie Cutters (6)
These were used by my Brothers & Sister while we were growing up

(263) Not Specified Above
Thread winders

Monday, August 25, 2008

Lake County Fair: Needlecraft II

Counted Cross Misc. (1117) Miniature Item
Second Place
N.Hinde 1778; A Miniature Sampler
c.1991 The Scarlet Letter; Historic Needlework Reproduction

Counted Cross Misc. (1119) Pillow
Second Place
c.2006 JBW Designs
#154 Designed by Judy Whitman

UPDATED TO ADD: I used 2 strands of fibers, combined ... DMC 3826 and Sampler Thread Burnt Orange on 32-count creme Belfast Linen from Zweigart

Counted Cross Misc. (1122) Not Specified Above
First Place
In My Garden (NR & Fob Set)
C.2000 Teri Richards
Shepherd's Bush Printworks (kits)

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Thank You!

Eva and Dawn gave my blog this wonderful award:

How very kind! There are many blogs I visit & "love". Eva's blog is Stitching the Night Away in Illinois. Thank You Eva : ) Dawn's blog is Golden Angels Work . Thank you Dawn : )

The rules of the award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of those you’ve nominated.

Receiving this awesome award, I'd like to pass it along to NANI bloggers:

World Embroideries
Sunflower Crossing
Moonsilk Stitches
Rosebud's Stitching
Stash Queen

And, a couple bloggers who were at the Stash Sale in LaPorte!!:
Linen Stitcher
Spinster Stitcher
Stitchin' Post

Enjoy the award, enjoy the award -- stitch well today!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lake County Fair: Handicrafts I + II

Holiday Decoration, Ornaments (713) Counted Cross Stitch
Third Place
Swedish Christmas Star, Hearts, & Reindeer
Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin
Just Cross Stitch / Ornaments 1998

Jewelry (868) Bead Glass
Second Place
Mill Hill Jeweled Bar Pin (kit)
Filigree Victorian Rose

Friday, August 22, 2008

Porter County Fair: Counted Thread Work

Section 506 (i.) Other
Tea Cup Pulled Thread Sampler
Designed by Michelle Perry & Mylinda Cane
for the Needle Artisans of Northwest Indiana State Day 1998
Second Place

Comments:Wonderful Job.

Section 507 (a.) Combination of Techniques
c.1993 DJV Designs
Designed by Dorothy Van Kalsbeek
Second Place
Comments: Really well done! Excellent stitching. Finished very well.
Porter County Fair, Valparaiso, Indiana
July 18-27, 2008

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Porter County Fair: Counted Thread Work

Section 506 (a.) Up to 8" x 10" Cross Stitched - Framed
The Gilded Cage
Kathy Barrick-Dieter c.2000
Second Place
Comments: Very nice. Wonderful colors. Well stitched.

Section 506 (e.) Sampler (Note: A sampler is needlework which contains a letter(s), number(s) and/or statement or saying)
Soweth Sampler
c.Birds of a Feather, SAM202
Fourth Place

Comments: Cute. Perfect frame for the work. Very well done.

Section 506 (f.) Counted Cross Stitch - Other (not suitable for framing)
Needlebook pattern is based on Two Pinkeeps by Anne Brown, The Goode Huswife
Third Place
Comments: Cute. Nice stitching. Finished well.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Porter County Fair, Arts & Crafts

Section 101: Special Occasion (any Holiday, Special Event)
b. Tree Ornament
Mill Hill Woodland Santa, Counted Gass Bead Kit.
Bell Ringer Santa
Second Place
Comments:Great craftsmanship. Good finish on back. Keep up the great work

e. Wearable Art
Mill Hill Bloomin' Garden Pins, counted Glass Bead Kit. Garden Bunny
Fourth Place
Comments:Nice details. Good craftsmanship. Nice color choice.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Good Mail Day:

If you like parrots -- this is a must-have issue. Lovely sampler patterns inside, too!!

Porter Couty Fair: Home Decorating Articles

Section 110 (c.) Pillows
My Original Design
Third Place
Comments: Beautiful Craftsmanship. Good Color and pattern choice

SECTION 110 (e.) Other
Buzz My Grapes Tabletopper and Bellpull
Designed by Claudia Dutcher, Dutch Treat Designs, c.2000,
First Place

Comments:Very beautiful!! Thank you for all the extra effort on the back of your piece. The bee buttons are just adorable.

Monday, August 18, 2008


To My Mom for being awarded TWO Sweepstakes Rosettes at the Lake County Fair.
Her awards were for a stitched ornament and for her teacups!

Nicholas was awarded FIRST PLACE at the Porter County Fair for his L&L Fairie

Nicholas was awarded FIFTH PLACE on his ornament

More Fair Results in the next few days ...

Monday, August 11, 2008

Camp Quality

On Friday morning, Sue D & I visited Camp Quality .

If you are not familiar with this organization, please visit their web site, link HERE. I would like to share this coupon! Please print it out & take it with you to Jewel/Osco August 18, 19, or 20th. A great way to gather your groceries with a percentage of your sale being donated : )

We were greeted by a "red shirt" and our GF Tina was paged. Tina was in charge of the craft room for the entire week. She introduced us to many friendly Camp volunteers ("blue shirts".)
We had an excellent breakfast! Following breakfast, we met up with some of our GF's from NANI.
Our stitching group gathered together in the crafts area & taught the campers how to stitch.
We had an excellent time & were invited to stay for a picnic lunch.
Yep, I'll be back next year!

A BIG THX to Marjorie, for being our Coordinator and creating this marvelous Eiffel Tower bookmark. I just don't know how she continues to come up with a stitching-friendly project each year. The campers have themes - Friday was "A Day in France". The campers seemed to enjoy picking up the needle and floss and embellishing the Eiffel Tower shape. Marjorie took pictures & I hope she puts up a post soon.

There are a couple of nice articles about NANI's Outreach Program. A very nice article in EGA's publication NeedleArts, June 2006 ... AND Kreinik's newsletter Reflections, November 2005.
Tina, see that bag of tabs? They are yours! See you on SATURDAY.
And, GF, how about updating your blog??? ... LOL

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Garage Sale for Stitchers!!!

The 2nd annual

In celebration of 21 years in business, host Linda Rinkel at House of Stitches, LaPorte Indiana, invites you to shop, swap, and sell your stash . . . all for charity! You’ve finished your Spring Cleaning and are now ready for some great new summer projects. Why not come to the event and sell, swap, or donate your unwanted items to fellow stitchers? Think of it as the world’s best yard sale . . . all dedicated to stitching!
Saturday, August 16, 2008
House of Stitches parking lot (map here)
LaPorte, Indiana
The money made from sales is kept by the seller. Table rental and admission fees go to The American Heart Association.

Specifics: HERE

Friday, August 08, 2008

Milkpaint Sampler (kit)

I have had comments, questions, e-mails re. this kit.

I went on-line and found links for those wanting to purchase this item: HERE and HERE. There were more links that popped up; however, I didn't list them all here.

As for other questions, this kit came with NINE skeins of Kreinik Silk Mori & the chart. The suggested linen is 10" x 14" piece of 32-ct linen. In the photo above, you can see how much silk I have after stitching the flatfold. I planned to use Anchor floss for the fob cord - and will use silks for the inside pocket. As I continue the FINISHING, yes smartie pants - you know who you are that doubt me - I'll put up pictures.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Fun at the Fair : )

Earlier today, GF Sue D (w/o blog) & I visited the Lake County Fair. In the Family Arts & Crafts Building, Deanna Bassett was demonstrating. I learned how to make a lanyard (I think spelled correctly) using beading wire, crimping tool (crimp the beads to hold the whole thing in place), and lanyard. We chose a charm, beads, spacer beads, and woo-la ... A nifty purse decoration : ) I like the way it turned out!
Friday, there are knitting & crocheting demos. Saturday, Quilting demos. Sunday, Locker Hooking + Quilting. I looked up Locker Hooking on-line. Is this interesting or what???

More progress on Forest Song. And, yes, this design has birds in the corners & a beautiful bird's nest charm in the center.

Ha Ha. And, yes, I have made small progress on my M.Garry Flatfold. I made the small scissors fob! I hope to get the cording made tonight & start stitching the inside pocket.

Friday, August 01, 2008


Forest Song
c.2000 Elizabeth's Designs
Flowers & Friends Stitching Club

Found another of those older WIPs. This is such an awesome design. I HAVE to finish it

And, the Milkpaint Sampler by Mary Garry is available. I found a few (on-line) places selling the kits. I made a sketch of what I'm planning to do with the inside, selected some material, felt, etc. & will get moving on the finishing.


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