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Monday, October 5, 2015
Jackie's classes were over a couple of weeks ago now and I was thrilled to have her pre-stitch done at the time and when I saw the completed piece which she finished, I knew all the work will be well worth the time. I also found there were other, like Debbie Liming, who received her kit about 2 weeks before the class and she had hers finished and loved every stitch. Because of her work schedule, Debbie usually can't complete all of the pre-stitch on classes where there are multiple numbers of pieces involved or the design is really involved. But here she waltzed in with her 95% done after only 2 weeks...she couldn't say enough about how much she loved the stitch. But the one point we do agree on is the finished project, fabulous! So, I don't have to love every single stitch to take the class, I just have to love the finished project. And what we learn from classes is invaluable for future finishing. If you have never taken a class before, treat yourself, you will enjoy the journey, and get such useful information and great techniques. Every teacher shares endlessly and we've had wonderful teachers here, including Jackie, Sherri Jones, and Betsy Morgan just this year. Most shops today offer classes and events, so check out events at your local needlework shop. You will never regret it! For stitchers, the designers are our rock stars, unfortunately we don't have any academy awards for them. Perhaps we should! Anyway, the weekend started out early with Ginny, Betsy Morgan and Jackie arriving on Wednesday, Debbie and the other students arriving on Thursday and Friday morning the fun began with September Morning and Jackie's new finishing stitch. Such a beautiful project with several beautiful scrims. Oh, My, my wallet was hurting after the weekend, but the scrims are a must have and sooo worth it. Several regulars were here for the classes and it's always good to reconnect with stitchers and see their works in progress. It's inspirational to see what others are creating with linen or canvas and thread, plus we got a sneak preview of Jackie's next piece which is unbelievable. A designer's mind works in mysterious ways. I don't know how they keep coming up with the projects they come up with for class. But I'm so thankful to all designers who work so hard and invest so much of their time to help us develop our skills to a higher degree. You make the world a better place for us to live in, to say nothing of the beauty you add to a stitcher's world. Anyway, we had a great time here at Salty Yarns that weekend. However, I'm so out of practice working it darn near killed me physically. (let's not discuss the weight issue and what that is doing to me, right now it's about the weekend rush) On The Saturday night when I finally closed (because Sara told me to close and go home), I stumbled over to the lobby and joined Jackie, Stacy, Sara and Debbie in the lobby. Sara kept looking at me and whispering "Go Home" because she knew I was exhausted, but I just smiled and sat and joined the discussions (one of which got a little heated, but I still sat even though Sara glared and said, "I need you to leave", and yet I sat on. I finally left around 11:15 and when I got home I text Sara and said, I couldn't leave earlier because to tell you the truth I was too tired to get up and leave. It's really a wonder I didn't just lay down on a sofa and let Mary wake me up in the morning when she came to work. Wouldn't that be a lovely sight as tenants came down in the morning to get their coffee and English muffin. Well, even I knew that wasn't a solid plan which is why I dragged myself home. I was too tired to stitch when I got there and just went to sleep, but got up the next morning to stitch and ended up miscounting and having to take the stitching out. Damn! I hate when that happens. We also had Dana Spernal not only taking the classes but cutting fabric so that was really a bonus for me...since that is not my favorite thing to do. Thank you Dana. I love you and Stasi Buhrman because you two always help out in that department, with smiles on your faces. What a help!So if you are in the shop and I shout "Cut your own fabric" please don't be offended, it just means I too darn tired to get up and do it. stitching I thought I was going to do, but I also haven't been working as hard as Judy and now Dana Spernal who came down for the weekend to cut fabric so I wouldn't have to (cutting linen drives me nuts anytime, There were events during which I've spent 6-8 hours doing nothing but cutting fabric with no breaks because at some point people were just piling the fabric with notes about the cut they needed and their name. But for some reason, I haven't figured out, Stasi Buhrman and Dana both offer to cut for us. Bless their hearts! Sara and I are so blessed to have such friends, we truly know we are. That's one of the reasons I love this industry....we have made wonderful friends through it. Well, I shall post this now since it's been sitting here for 2 weeks waiting. Have a great day now that the rain has stopped!
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Another Halloween ornament. I'm really getting in the hang of stitching on perforated paper and not pulling so hard I tear it. It took a little getting use to with the stitching of all the background....definitely don't have to do that on linen, but these are fast enough and small enough it's not proving to be too much of a problem. This is Val's Stuff Spook of the Month, for June..."Kiss Me." The chart comes with the specialty buttons, perforated paper, the backing, and the cording. You just supply the Weeks Dye Works or DMC and you are ready to go. They take on a personality once you put their eyes on. I'm kind of lovin' the stitch. Three down and 5 more to catch up on. Speaking of catching up, Serenity Harbor has now had to take a back seat to Jackie's class project. She will be here next month and I'm struggling with this one. I thought the spiral flowers would hang me up, but they are quite easy just tedious. The leaves threw me for a loop but I took it into work and asked Sara just to show me. She got on You Tube and 3 seconds later I was stitching them with no problem. The problem for me is there is no relief, no easy part since the entire project are the flowers and the leaves. So I really have to concentrate on this for a couple of weeks to make sure it's done in time. I've also been working more in the shop this past week due to a health crisis for one of the ladies. Actually it isn't her health crisis as it is her husbands, as he is the one who got the diagnosis. So please keep Judy Brunclik and her family in your prayers as they go on the warpath with the big C. Needless to say she will be out of the shop as she helps him get to his appointments and gives him much needed support as they travel down this road. You would think with added time in the shop I would get a lot of stitching done. Wrong, I barely pick up a needle when I'm there. Don't know why that is, but I believe it's the constant interruption that makes me feel it's not worth it to get everything out, start to stitch and after 2 stitches have to stop to do my job. (jobs so often get in the way of pleasure, don't they?) We have a few stitchers staying at the hotel this week. Betsy Cole and her niece Sara decided to have a stitch in and since Julia Whitesel was in town they invited her over to stitch in the lobby. Glad to know someone is stitching here. We are expecting a load of new designs and "things" in next week from the on-line show....can't wait! It's so exciting....a lot of designs, some specialty kits...oh, I know I'll be going through the racks for more stash. At this point I start searching for Christmas gifts to make. I've already got one in the bag to start as soon as Jamboree is over. I've already got 2 to stitch for that....oh,my God, my work is never done. I need to get busy. Have a great week...hope your needles are moving.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Thank you Diane Austin for the stitching, and for starting my thinking and stitching for Halloween. This has always been a fun event to stitch for, at lease for me. I love a lot of the Halloween designs and the stitching is always fun and funky. But in this case, it was simply a finish as Diane did all the hard word, the stitching. Diane didn't like the fabric she chose which is a Picture This Plus overdyed fabric, and a really popular fabric choice for Halloween projects. But after stitching she asked Sara is she would want it for a sampler as she was going to restitch it on a different fabric and Sara and I have the same philosophy, "My Names Jimmy, I'll take all you give me." So then Sara handed it over to me and asked if I would make it into the mini pillow pin cushion. While this whole process has taken months, I finally sat down and got it done. I used Dames of the Needle Pom Pom trim in black to showcase it and this is a cute little pin cushion. Looks a little wonky in the photo but isn't wonky in person, although wonky makes it even better for Halloween, now that I think about it. Anyway, 2 finishes (I'm taking credit for Diane's even though I didn't stitch it) and you know what that means. I get to pick another new project, although today I have to start Jackie Duplessis "The Gift" for class next month. I did pull out another of Val's Halloween ornaments to take to work. I have to have small projects while at work since I have the attention span of a gnat at this point and too much activity and I can't function enough to stay on track with stitching. Small Projects while working is better. Of course, normally all my projects get when I'm working is a pleasant trip to the shop and a fast trip home at the end of the shift.. I hate even going outside at this point. The heat and humidity are deadly to "fat" people and old people and since I fit into the 2 categories I figure I'm in twice the trouble out. Thank God I have a/c at the shop and home. Well, I've got to get ready to go, so I'll end here. Have a great day and perhaps I'll have something to talk about tomorrow.
Monday, August 3, 2015
Treasure box, and while I had some of it finished, well, I fell short on the sides of the box and the needlebook. But it's all finished now and ready to show. Sara ordered more boxes so we could actually sell the kits in the shop. Anyway, thrilled to have this finished. Of course things went too smoothly so I just couldn't help myself and decided I didn't want the inside lid blank, but space was restricted as you had to make sure the magnetic closure didn't get covered. We were looking at it in the shop and I was struggling with what to do when it occurred to me that everything should be attached to the box. So I added earth magnets inside the needlebook and on the back of the needle vial and voila, with the magnetic sheet applied to the inside lid the needlebook and vial are now able to rest on the lid and because I made sure they fit inside the opening of the box when the lid is closed, everything worked out perfectly. In the end the magnetic sheet was not quite strong enough so I also glued earth magnets on the sheet to hold the book and the vial. But the sheet holds individual needles or a needle nanny so I'm still glad I put it on. But so busy trying to figure this out it never occurred to me that the magnet on the back of the vial band would also attract the needles. When I went to put them in the vial the magnet pulled them out of the hand and into the vial, but to get them out I actually have to take the vial out of the band. Hummm design flaw to say the least, but I can get the vial out of it's band easily so I'm still good to go. Then yesterday I decided to stitch the last of our Rusty Bucket Series designs (the other 2, Patriotic Pail and Bunny Pail are already done). These are fast projects so I got it stitched yesterday and waited until today to put it together with the pail. I then finished it with Dames of the Needle chenille trim. Fun project and when I get to the shop tomorrow I'll be filling it with shells for display. Since I was finishing I decided to finish Lizzie Kate's Halloween pillow from 2014. I can't take credit for the stitching (although I originally had it in my stash) but I can say Thank You to Diane Austin who stitched it, decided she didn't like the fabric and gave it to us to use. Sorry she had to restitch but thrilled to have a model I didn't have to stitch. Win Win!!! Hopefully I will be able to show this tomorrow. Good day at home.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Not a big finish, but a finish none the less. Lizzie Kate's latest mystery sampler, "A Little Mystery" part 1. As you can see it's an easy stitch so it was fun and fast (just what I needed). It was suppose to be stitched on 30 ct. tea dyed sand linen, but of course I changed it to Lakeside Linens, 28 ct. Mourning Dove, which is such a gorgeous color. Before choosing my fabric, I put the overdyed flosses on a few colors but Mourning Dove definitely won out for me. I didn't even realize we had the tea dyed sand but after seeing it I would have still picked the Lakeside Mourning Dove. But that's just me, you pick out your favorite linen or aida. That's the fun of working with charts instead of kits. You get to change everything, floss and linen, so it's really geared toward your taste. Anyway, I also chose to use the embellishment pack and put the beads on it. I love a few beads on a piece to give it a little dimension. Can't wait for part 2. Oh, the scissor fob designs, front and back, included with this design is so cute. While I may like the bonus patterns, I seldom stitch them as I always feel the need to move on to the next shop sample. But I'm actually going to stitch the fob...so cute. In fact, I'm looking at the design differently and wondering if I could finish it as a type of huswife to hold the bonus pieces instead of a sampler....hummmm..my mind is twirling. It would mean a lot more work invested thought wise and I'm not sure I'm up to it, but I've got a couple of weeks to go before Part 2 is here so I have a little time to decide. Good job Linda, as usual, Lizzie Kate has done it again. Of course, as I've been working on smaller finishes, my obsession is still in the pile but isn't getting the time it should. I try to work on it a couple of times each week and I was certainly hoping to get part 6 done before I got part 8, but I'm not sure that's going to happen. But I still love the stitch and know I will at least finish this one and not stuff it in a bag for eternity. Sara handed me the Jackie DuPlessis class kit so I've got to start on that next week. I pray it's an easy stitch, although I know it's not going to be that easy, and I'm certainly distracted with so many other things I want to stitch. By now you are all aware that Prairie Schooler is closing down as of the first of 2016. Sad day for us all. They gave us so many wonderful designs and their yearly Santa was a must have. This is a company that will be missed by us all. Thanks for the many years of exceptional designs loved by so many.