THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Stitch Stroll (24) and a little finishing

Todays stroll is one of the breast cancer pieces from Elegant Stitch....not sure what year. It is by Blackbird Designs and was made into a pincushion. I'm pretty sure the bag came with it. 


As for some finishing, I completed the stitching on Let it Bee by The Drawn Thread. Such a sweet piece and, of course, means a lot since my favorite band was the Beatles. I think it can also be a reminder to let things "go" and not dwell on things that are disturbing and/or upsetting. Many comments, from both sides on FB, recently tend to get my Irish "ire" up....me thinks this is not good for my blood pressure. This doesn't mean I don't care or aren't interested, it just means I don't want to allow myself to travel to the "dark" side. On to a brighter note............



I completed the finishing for the January challenge for the All About Smalls page on FB. The name is Sew Scissors by iStitch. I decided to go with a "less is more" finish and didn't put cording around the piece. I plan to use this as a fob for my dressmaker shears. It is stitched over one on 58 count linen with threads I had in my stash. I had some scraps of the backing fabric and, since I didn't need much, it worked perfectly.






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

Monday, January 23, 2017

Vicorian Needle Fan (23)


Today's little ditty, from 2006,  is the Victorian Needle Fan. This was designed by Wendy White for the Kreinik Remember the Ladies series and is stitched on perforated paper shapes from Tokens and Trifles. Needles are kept on the reverse sides and can accommodate size 22, 24, 26, and 28. If I remember correctly, the mini kit came with the chart and Kreinik silk fibers, but you had to buy the Tokens and Trifles.







It is a dreary, rainy Monday and I have no where I have to be. So, I can happily stay home and, hopefully, get some finishing done. Now that hubby has installed a ceiling light/fan in my craft room, I can actually see to work play on a day like today.

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Swirly Winter (22)

No snow here at the moment...but I'm ever hopeful!!! Here's a little wintry piece by Heart in Hand called Winter Swirl. It was a class in 1999 and we got all four "swirly" seasons. (I'll post the others as their appropriate time frame is upon us.) I had this made into a cube by our  "twisted" finisher, Joann; I can turn the cube to highlight the current season. 


No stitching getting done this weekend.  Been watching the grandkiddies since Thursday. They'll get picked up today and, hopefully, this week I'll be able to finish my teeny scissor fob to meet the deadline.

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Stitch Stroll (21)

Today I share Williamsburg Sewing Case by Merry Cox. This was a class I took in 2008.

front 
Back
Inside
 I got a little more stitched on Let it Bee at my guild meeting on Thursday.


Not too much more to do...just the bees wings at the top and the lattice work. Now, do I frame or make into a pillow? 

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

Friday, January 20, 2017

Home Town (20)

 Today we have a cute little project from Whiskey Creek Designs, Home Town Box. This was done on 14 count perforated paper and formed into a box. I had bought this, along with a few others, years ago but didn't stitch until 2013. I'm not sure they are still around or not. I love the colors, very true to the Amish color palette.


Top of Box
Bottom of Box



Side of Box
 I wish you all the best in your home town today and everyday.

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

 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stitch Stroll (19)

 Today we have Shepherds Purse by Shepherds Bush. This is one of the first smalls I ever stitched back in 1996. I'm showing my original piece and one I did as a gift last year. The original was a kit with fabric (I think), silks and embellishments included.  The newer version I used mystery fabric and silks to complete. Luckily I had enough beads from the original to use on the newer version.
Original front


Original Back  


Newer Version- front


Newer Version- back
I'm also sharing the joining technique...I've come a long way baby!!!!

Original whipped stitch join

Newer version  using Betsy Morgan's joining technique
 Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!
Stasi

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stitch Stroll (18)

Up today is My Beekeeper by Jackie du Plessis. This was an online class through Elegant Stitch back in 2006.The whole outside is stitched solid making a silky honeycomb effect (I sure wish I had known Betsy Morgan's way of doing cording when I did this piece). Note the tiny bee "slide" for closure- the ribbon poking out is actually looped onto my scissors. 



Outside


Inside
I got the red band on Beekeeper's Cottage Etui completed last night and started on the windows/doors. 
 





Have a good one and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship.
Stasi