THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Aren't stitching friends the best?

A lovely, thoughtful gift awaited me on my last visit to Salty Yarns!

 One of the perks of being able to attend stitching events, is meeting others who share your love for needlework. I'm not sure this term best describes what we do, because it isn't work...it is joy, passion, fulfillment! But I diverse........I have met many lovely ladies from all over the country and oceans, friendships are formed and we all look forward to seeing each other at various retreats and seminars. For me, this is so important since I live in a rural area, without a needlework shop close by, and  am given the opportunity to share with other like minded souls. We literally "feed" off each others projects, ideas, suggestions, sources etc.. How did you do that stitch? Where did you get that button?  What is your source for that dupioni silk? And so on and so on. Of course, these very same reasons apply to social media and the friends I've made through my blog and stitch related groups on Facebook. There are ladies I've met on line and had the opportunity to then meet in person at an event; there are others I look forward to meeting one day face to face. Bottom line, stitchers are kind, creative and interesting people!

Now back to my gift! It's no secret I like "bee" related items and am always on the prowl for them. So, what a wonderful surprise to find an adorable bee needle rest waiting for me on my recent trip to Ocean City. It is covered in "bling" and therefore, very "queenly" and has found a home in My Regal Bee box.Turns out it has been waiting for me for quite some time--I hadn't been down to Salty Yarns in months. A BIG thank you to Ginny---I love it and appreciate your thinking of me!!!  Hope to see you soon!



Then, there was another surprise waiting for me!!! My friend, Syd (who also knows I love bee stuff) had messaged me to see if I was interested in a bee themed kit she had gotten from one of the prim stitching clubs. Needless to say I was! In fact, I had seen this design and fallen in love with it, only to find it was limited to club members. So, thanks to another thoughtful stitch buddy, I now have this in my possession. Isn't it great when we all look out for each other? Thank you Syd--can't wait to start this!!! And, thanks to Sara at Salty Yarns for being the 'go between' for my treasures! I am a lucky girl!!!!



Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!
Stasi

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My Mermaid Finishing Weekend

Since hubby was away for a few days, I took the opportunity for a weekend of binge TV (Salem and 6 Feet Under) and project finishing. I only managed to get one project finished however. There was a lot of hand sewing involved and my "push" finger got so sore, I had to take breaks. I don't know how many times the eye of the needle poked its way in!!! Waa-Waa!!! I find thimbles way to clumsy and the needle I like to use is very thin...I think it's a beading needle. It works for me since it "bends" for the whip stitching, and I can't seem to master a curved needle. But I persevered and here are the results of my labor!

The Mermaid's Two Tales

by Sherri Jones of Patrick's Woods

Tempest Mermaid side of purse
The purse has magnets at the top to hold closed

Calming Mermaid side of purse

Bottom

Inside of purse
There is a set of 3 fish thread bobbins under the flap
Note the pearl--came with the kit--such a cute idea!

Scissor fob, pynn pillow and needle compact (front)

Scissor fob, pynn pillow and needle compact (back)

Inside of needle compact
There is a fish from "mermaid tears" and a tiny vial of Ocean city sand

That's it for now!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Catching Up

A lot has happened since my last post; this is always a busy time of year. Let me start with my sewing machine saga. After visiting three different repair places, it was unanimous they couldn't get the parts to repair the Viking. At least the last person ordered what he thought was the part needed in for me, but alas, it didn't do the job. So, I had to break down and get a new one!! I chose a Baby Lock Melody and so far, so good. I don't do a lot of sewing anymore, so I didn't need all the bells and whistles that are out there today, just a machine to fit my basic needs. The best feature, by far, on the new machine is a self threader--I don't have to fumble, even with my glasses, to thread the needle. Yippee!! Then I can choose not to use the foot pedal and just push a button to start and stop! It is very user friendly with clear guidelines how to thread the needle and bobbin. I'm still mourning my Viking 990--- sadly the feet and bobbins don't fit the Baby Lock but I hate to get rid of them. I do have a glimpse of hope but am trying not to get too excited. My daughter, in Richmond, just had to have her machine repaired and the guy told her "there isn't a machine I can't fix"! Maybe, just maybe, we'll see if he can fix mine!!!
Here is a photo of my first project on the new machine- a Frozen pillow case for a dear friends granddaughter and my new "Baby".



So amidst all the comparison shopping, I managed a long weekend at Salty Yarns. It was Halloween weekend, better known as the CA weekend. The back story is that CA Wells cancelled out on a class weekend about 6-7 years ago, but the ladies still got together to stitch and have a "wake" in CA's absence. They continue to do this every year and since I was signed up for those original classes, I try to go when I can. This was a go to year!!!!

I drove down the Thursday before Halloween and upon my arrival found our apartment had been decorated, to the hilt, by my roomie Deb. Halloween is her favorite time of year so we had lights, haunted house displays with sound and movement..... Halloween towels! Here are some photos of what awaited me:






What fun--thanks Debbie for making this a special treat...and no tricks!!!!

We stitched and gabbed and stitched and ate and stitched and shopped and stitched and even slept!!! The lobby of the Lankford was also decked out in Halloween finery and everyone had little special treats they brought for each other. (I forgot to take a picture of what I brought but it was a "bottle cap" that had a Halloween design in the center. I added cording and a magnet to make it a combo scissor/needle holder). My treats ranged from candy to an adorable tote bag to a "gianormous" candy apple to a hand painted votive candle holder and more. It was a "spooktacular" time!!! (sorry couldn't help myself) Here are a couple shots of the lobby, which don't do it justice.


I have been stitching!!! While in OCean City we celebrated Deb's birthday. Here is gift I made her. It is a design by Marie Suarez called My Dear Bobbin. I was lucky to have found a bunch of these bobbins at a craft show a few years back and snatched them up. They work perfectly for this design!!! The scissors are a pair of Sullivans that I thought fit well with the piece.  


I also made a few "koozie" covers and beaded spiders as gifts. The covers are from a pattern called Charm Pack Koozie Covers  by Buttons and Bees. The spiders are from a you tube video I stumbled across. I also made one for me to stick in Scraps the Mummy's ( see a couple posts back) casket--pretty cute huh???



That's more catching up to do, but that will have to be it for now. Hubby was away a few days this past week and I hope to have some finishing to share soon.

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi


Monday, September 29, 2014

Our "throw away" Society

Need a little venting space!!!

My beloved Husqvarna machine, which has served me so well, is on the fritz!!! It won't feed the material and so I have taken it to 2 repair shops.... so far. I am on a mission!!!

The first said they wouldn't even look at it, that it's TOO old and they can't get parts. The owner actually said I was lucky it lasted as long as it has and at my age, if I buy a new one, it will last me the rest of my life!!!  The second guy, very nice, said it's a circuit board issue and he's old school and hasn't been trained in that. He was very apologetic and understanding. Of course, he doesn't SELL sewing machines and didn't have ulterior motives. I've now called 3 different people today, one won't even look at it, one will but said it's doubtful he can get parts and I'm probably looking at a new machine ( he also sells machines) and I'm waiting to hear back from the repair guy at my local JoAnns, but not feeling very hopeful.

The long and short of it is...  I don't want a new machine..thank you very much. I am extremely comfortable with my old machine; it has been my sewing companion for 28 years and I know all its ins and outs. Is 28 years old really that old in sewing machine years? I have a Featherweight from 1952 and it still purrs!!! In fact, I have been using it while my Viking has been ill. I know the newer machines are made with plastic, not metal, and the computer features are wonderful but evidently don't hold up. It just seems that everything today is made for planned obsolescence. Now truth be told, this wouldn't bother me as much if it was a vacuum cleaner or dishwasher but it's my Viking..my good ole buddy, ole pal!!!

So, I will continue on my mission to save my friend. Please keep your fingers crossed for me... and thanks for allowing me to vent! Will keep you posted!

Stasi

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mums the Word.............

So, I said I'd be back with a cute Halloween piece, so here I am!!!

I have had this chart in my stash since 1997...always wanted to stitch it..never did! Then, last year I found this adorable "coffin" at Hobby Lobby after Halloween (80 % off) and succumbed to it. It's been ruminating (yes my 12 years of Catholic school has paid off) around in my mind for awhile as to what to do with it. Then, the proverbial "light bulb" went off a few weeks ago and I remembered Scary Scraps-the Mummy from Mosey N Me.  I did some figuring and knew I had to stitch over one to make it fit. The original was stitched on a  27 count hot pink fabric, but I didn't like the way that looked with the orange ribbons on the box. So, I had a piece of 28 count lime green R&R (don't know the exact name) that would work perfectly. I changed the overdyes and used ones I had on hand and totally left out the metallics that were called for. I also added an inch of stitching to his legs so he would taller and fill the coffin better--he's about 2 1/2" X 5 1/2 ". I made a mattress style liner for the coffin with some black dupioni silk and teeny orange buttons. I also added a moon button to the mattress and a bat on Scraps head, both from JABCO. I am so tickled with how it all turned out--he's so darn stinkin' cute!!!!
Here's the original on pink















Outside of coffin

Inside of coffin


Scraps

backside of Scraps

Scraps in his "bed"
Scraps will definitely be part of my Halloween decorating from now on!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Quaker Sewing Roll Finish

 I did manage to get the Travel-sized Quaker Sewing Roll  by Catherine Theron put together. However, the fabric was so stiff, it didn't want to "roll", so I've just folded it and tied together with the cording. I love the colors on this--very traditional Williamsburg colors. This was a kit you could get as a group from a Guild and came with the tiny Bohin scissors. 

outside of roll


inside of roll with needlecase and pocket at the bottom

Needlecase opened and back side of scissor fob

Closed roll and front side of scissor fob



Since this blog was to include my "grandblessings", here are photos of the first day of school.
Our toothless boy

future fashion model...perhaps????


I should be back in the next day or so with so my Halloween project, so be on the lookout!!!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Monday, September 22, 2014

North to Alaska........

I know I have been away for a bit, but I do have good reason!!!  My hubby and I took off for a trip of a lifetime to Alaska for our 40th anniversary. It was a fabulous and memorable trip from start to finish (about 2 weeks) with dear friends of ours. Karen (who I've been friends since grade school, well over 50 years) and her hubby were the perfect travelling companions ...and yes we're still friends!!!! I won't bore you with a ton of photos but did want to post a few of my favorites.

First stop--Anchorage...and as luck would have it, we parked right across the street from this shop!!!
 
We got to visit with the sled dogs at a lodge where we stayed-they were so sweet!!!

Did a little hiking in Girdwood one day and had to hand pull ourselves across that gorge in this little cage!!!

A beautiful backdrop!

Glacier

Out on a whale watching boat and we did see quite a few along with seals. porpoises and bald eagles.

Our new friend!
 
Mt. McKinley is behind that left puff of clouds! It's hard to tell from the picture but we could see it.

The tundra with mountains in the distance.

A special thank you to a fellow blogger (Cathy from With Needle and Thread) who helped us navigate the MSP airport when we only had a 25 minute layover. Stitchers are the best!!!!

Now on to some stitching related news. I did take a small project to work on while away, the Samsarah calendar, and I got two more pieces (well almost) done----very easy to see and portable!!!


I had also made my friend, who loves turtles, this little necklace to take on our trip.
This was a little freebie design I found on line...don't ask me where!!!

Then, since I've been home, I finished up the Catherine Theron class piece I've been working on. I added my hubby and daughters initials and instead of stitching something on the underside of the needlebook, I added a tiny doilly with a button in the middle. Think I'll start putting it together tonight and hopefully be able to share in the next few days. 
Outside of piece

scissor fob at top...needlebook at bottom
I've also been working on a special box for Halloween. I finished it up today and am so tickled with it. I'll share in the next day or so and see what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!!!

Stasi