So many of you know and love Renee as much as I do, so I felt compelled to reach out to ask you to keep her in your hearts and your prayers. She has suffered a devastating loss. Her husband of over 50 years died suddenly in his sleep yesterday leaving a massive hole in her heart and the hearts of his two daughters and his granddaughters. He will be missed by us all. But right now Renee needs your prayers. As many of you are aware she is not in the best of health and I am afraid for her. While Renee is one of the strongest and bravest women I know, who has faced disabling illness since she was in her 20's valiantly and unwaveringly, I'm afraid this is one more blow than she can take. So we must all work together to show her life will still be worth living if she can just give it some time. Thank you for your prayers.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
With the sun shining and temperatures rising, spring isn't too far behind so my thoughts and stitching are now fully focused on spring and Easter. Since I showed you my first Easter finish last week, this week I'm showing my first spring finish. This is from a series called "Festive Little Fobs" from Heartstring Samplery. And just as it says in the title there are a variety of small designs for fobs, needlebooks, etc. When I first opened the first chart, I saw a sampler as Beth didn't separate the designs individually but shows them all together. I loved how the chart looked so much that's how I've shown them ever since. I usually finish these as a pincushion done over 1 on 32 ct., and add a scissor fob, with the design I like the most so it matches, and in the end, I have a small set. Others I finish to hang on a hornbook as I did with the latest, This is "Springtime Edition"
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Spring brings many images to mind, flowers blooming, sunshine days which are becoming warmer and warmer, Easter, and for us Jackie DuPlessis classes and Spring Retreat. But also for stitchers, it brings new projects featuring all those things. I started already with a cute little ornament for the Easter tree. It's called Jelly Bean Delivery from Brenda Gervais' latest booklet, "Jelly Bean Jubilee." The book is fabulous and has 7 Easter-related designs. All shown using DMC colors. Linen colors aren't specified so pick your favorite linen and have fun. I stitched on 28 ct. linen which happened to be a mint shade of Colorscapes collection from Wichelt. I stitched using the recommended fibers, however, I did use a couple of specialty stitches. The satin stitch for the jelly beans and the chick's wing, a Smyrna stitch for the chick's cheek, and straight stitches on the wheel. I used rick rack in the finishing. The overall finished size of the ornament is 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". Fun to stitch!
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Continuing with my "all things green" needed for March, I was going through charts and ran across this by, who else, Brenda Gervais. It's really a chart I'd already told Sara I wouldn't be stitching, although I do fudge a lot, but it's a green frog so was put into rotation. To keep it completely green I changed the lettering from black to WDW Juniper, which is a black-green. I stitched over 1 on 28 ct. Antique White linen, just to make it cuter...everything done over 1 on any count makes it smaller and cuter don't you think? Anyway, definitely a one-day stitch, easy and fast..now that is my motto. I used a real needle under the frog, although the needle is charted for you. I used the called for threads, WDW Scuppernong, and GA Cornhusk for the frog and the crown which is charted for you I replaced with a crown shank button I had (didn't even remove the shank just make a hole big enough to shove it through). The needle I didn't attach but slide it under 1 thread on the left and one thread on the right. Then called Sara and after making a few snide remarks regarding my statement of not ever stitching it, she had a frame made to the correct measurements and it's done and will be in the shop tomorrow. Now I'm done with St. Patrick's Day stitching (unless something else pops up), because I have several pieces already done in the shop.
Friday, February 26, 2021
Yes, I finally finished 'I See Red" by The Scarlett House which I stitched on 28 ct. Antique White linen using Gentle Arts Endive. When I realized I had enough February display pieces, but not enough March pieces I made the decision to switch to a green and use it for St. Patrick's Day. As it turns out I do like stitching alphabets and I figured it didn't make any difference what color this piece was stitched in. While there is a little over one done, most of it was over two...another selling point. Since the total design measures approx. 7" x 5". when complete it works up pretty quickly so in just a few days it was finished. When you've struggled to stitch getting pieces done quickly helps get you going again. After it was finished I faced the dilemma of how to finish it for display. Initially, I had thought I'd be hanging it on a hornbook (one of my favorite finishes). But it's a little too big as we didn't have a big enough hornbook to use and of course I didn't want to wait to get one in. So then it's a pillow or frame, which just didn't inspire me, but then I decided to make it into a drum. Usually, my drums are larger in diameter than this as it would be less than 2" in diameter, but I decided to ignore that and move ahead. The top went fine, but after stuffing it and then starting to attach the bottom my circle of mat board was a lforittle to large, so I cut it down a little and began the process. I used WDW wool on the bottom and began the attachment and a little voice in my head kept saying, take it apart and cut a little more off, but I refused to listen to that voice kept attaching, and when I was on the last 1/2" I was kicking myself for not listing to that little voice. This became a pain because the round was still a little too large but I finished it anyway and made it work. Because of that, I had to use something to cover the join. I didn't have any Lady Dot Chenille in the color I wanted (and of course I wouldn't go to the shop and get it), but I did have a dark green pom-pom trim that did look fine. Because the drum was already finished I had to cut the edging off the pom-poms and I then attached it to the drum. Then, of course, I wanted pins to put in the drum for the presentation. (presentation is everything, right?) I got out all my bead cases and my green beads were too bright and shiny and the wrong color green. Then I realized the beads I purchased for fall (which didn't work out for fall) were perfect for this. Their color is similar to camouflage colors, greens, browns, and rust. So now the drum and pins are together and look like they go together beautifully. I learn something with each finish. With this, I learned the size of the mat board I use is extremely important and needs to be the right size rather than fudging it. But a great project my first sampler drum...but I have a feeling it won't be my last.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
I've talked about my "stitching mojo" constantly since March 2020 when it up and left me sitting on my sofa unable to stitch. I tried many different things trying to get it back, but it refused to return. Now it wasn't as if I got no stitching done, but I got very little done. Since I'm the model stitcher for Salty Yarns this was devastating to me as well as to Sara, who in 2021 starting doing models herself to help me out. I was able to stitch very few projects, one which I loved dearly and couldn't put down, so I thought my mojo was back, but the minute it was done my mojo was as well. So Coming to America by Brenda Gervais which I stitched over 1 on 28 ct. linen was done on time in November and I loved every second of that stitch. Unfortunately I still haven't decided whether to frame it or make it a bellpull. I quickly tried to start another project after that but to no avail. I kept starting different projects but just couldn't get interested in anything. It was such a depressing time for me. Especially since my job in Sea Trader was over when they (Sara and Mary) rented out my space to Jessica's Candies. (Yikes, the last thing I need to be near is a candy/ice cream store). To be precise, Sara called me and said I had the rest of the winter off and they moved all the displays and merchandise from Sea Trader downstairs to Sbell Stocked. Sweet Jesus thank God Vernon called me for fear I'd show up to see what was happening and told me to stay away from the hotel as they were doing it in one day. I went in on Sunday and darn if they hadn't done it in one day. Amazing, but sad for me as it was my space to sit and talk to customers and just be part of the action. Oh, yes I also sold giftware when I wasn't talking. I always complained about wanting to be home, but when it happens with no warning it was shocking. But I do love not having to go in and now dread spring when I'll have to go back to the new location downstairs next to Shell Stocked. Hopefully, we will be able to get some of the J1 students into work so I don't have to work 7 days a week. Anyway, being home and with nothing to do but stitch, but not being able to stitch was a pain. I did manage to stitch "Reindeer Games" by Erica Michaels before the holidays. I made the drum and the strawberry and enjoyed them but they took me longer than normal so that drove me crazy, but I did enjoy the stitch and didn't mind the finishing so that was a win-win. I used the colors suggested but not in the same place Linda did. For instance her garland was red but I switched it to the green. I also stitched the blocks around the lettering using red with white floss wrapped around the red back stitch to give the candy cane effect. That's the biggest thing and then I did the lettering in the same green. I used Weeks Dye Works green wool for the top and bottom of the drum as well as the holly leaves on the top of the strawberry.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Haven't blogged in a while, although I've started several, but felt I must start showing what we will be seeing in the upcoming needlework show. Today's show is all about Theresa Kogut and she's got quite a few. If you are interested in any just let Sara know and she'll put you on the list.