Friday, August 21, 2015

Stitching by the Sea.................. definitely where I wish to be!!!! But alas, it will have to wait until October. Then I'll be attending Stitcher's Jamboree at Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD. I just got my pre-stitch kit in the mail today and love it!!! I won't share, as this will be premiered at the retreat, but will definitely show you the finished result...hopefully soon after that weekend. I will be taking three classes, the pre-stitch is for a class by Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design, then there are two classes with Cecile and her daughter from JABCO. We are going to learn how their buttons are made and actually get to make some ourselves. I have been curious about this for a LONG time!

To start getting in the mood, I have been working on ....SURPRISE...Stitching by the Sea by Hands On Design. Here is the chart:

and here is what I've gotten done so far:

This is a little holder (basket) for the pincushion.  I used a lighter fabric I had on hand, 30 count Hog Wild Blue from R&R. It isn't blue at all, but had lots of "distressed" areas and looked sand-like to me.

My hubby , handy dude that he is, was able to fix my collapsed bookshelf but I still think I need to lighten the load a bit. 

Grand kids are coming Sunday and spending 5 days with us, so not much stitching will be accomplished next week. We are planning a day trip to Baltimore to visit their great grandparents (and sneak in a haircut for me by my sister). We're also heading to a resort/water park in Massanutten,VA for an overnighter. Should be lots of fun but I'm sure I'll be needing a recuperative few days when we get back.

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


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Message Received...............

So, my hubby and I heard an unexplained noise the other night while stitching/watching the boob tube, went to investigate and found nothing. Chalked it up to "hearing" things while distracted by the TV show we were watching. Lo and behold, I visited my sewing room yesterday and found this:

My IKEA shelf unit had "separated" under the weight of my stitching books!!! Oh-No
(as Mr. Bill might say)!!!!!  Hopefully we can fix it with a major gluing, but now I feel I have to consider if I should get rid of some of the books---not something I want to think about as I have a really nice collection. But, do I really need them all? How many stitch diagram books do I need? Will I ever stitch anything from the annual Vanessa Ann books I've been holding on to for years? I know .....need vs want/covet!!! Guess I've got some pondering to do!!!!

On to some stitching news! I did find some thin black velvet ribbon and encased the edges of my Alphabet Primer Pocket. I like it so much better now that I can't see the linen showing through the black joining stitches.

I also managed to get an accompanying small stitched and finished to go with the pocket and another small stitched. Here they are:

Village Scene Needlcase

Inside with needle pages

All tied up with ribbon and a bow

Village Scene Scisssor Minder and Sheath

I just need to finish up some nun stitch on the scissor minder and put it all together--set complete. Will share when finished!

I have started on a stocking for my new granddaughter, Anna's Stocking by Shepherds Bush. I think I'll be doing Oliver's Stocking for the grandson. I'm not sure they will be here by Christmas but want to be prepared in case they are. I want them to feel part of the family from the get go!!!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Primer Pocket Completed

Here is my completed Alphabet Primer Pocket by Catherine Theron. I worked on the pocket yesterday and got the alphabet stitched and "glued" on to the horn book today while watching a couple episodes of Outlander. I love this piece, though I'm not totally happy about the joining. The instructions called for a chain stitch outline in black that you were to use to join the piece using each "side" of the chain stitch. Well, even with my glasses and Dazor, I had a lot of trouble seeing the black on black "loops". So I feel the joining is a little "wonky"!!! I am not fretting about it, but will give it time and see if I can come up with a finished edge that works for me. If I could find some narrow black velvet ribbon, that might be nice..or something along those lines. Anyway, here it is---ta-da!!!!

By the way, my grandson's team did not win the championship game, but lessons have been learned and his love for the game continues!!!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

In the Peaceful Valley

This will be a quick update on my Alphabet Primer Pocket by Catherine Theron. I have completed stitching the back, front pocket and moved on to the hornbook piece. I just LOVE this piece and it has quickly become one of my favorites...ever!!! I could look at the pastoral scene all day--it somehow mesmerizes me! Now on to the finishing...we'll see how that goes! 

On a side note, my grandson's baseball team (coached by my SIL) has made it to the all-star championship game for the 7-9 year old bracket. Here he is at his first game "under the lights" The game is tonight and we can't be there, but will be rooting long distance!

Saturday, July 25, 2015


I know it's been way too long since my last post; I do have the best of intentions, but somehow the blog is always put on the back burner. Our business has been crazy busy and that has been tying up my week days. The weekends seem to fill up quickly with trips to see the kids and ....oh my...stitching related events!!! I was away every weekend except one since the beginning of June!!! Now, I'm not complaining as these have been quite enjoyable trips, but I think I need to stay home for awhile!!! So, since I'm home this weekend, I'm seizing the opportunity to do an update.

Since we last met, I went to Cincinnati, along with my travel companion Debbie, for a class with Merry Cox. It was a wonderful weekend, as usual, and so nice to see Merry healthy and back teaching. It was a shorter trip than usual so a lot was "squeezed" into 2 days. Thursday after arriving, we were off to Skyline for some Cincinnati style chili and to meet up with an old neighbor. Friday we went to Keepsakes Stitching ( a great needlework shop in the area) and then to Lebanon for lunch at The Golden Lamb ( a historic hotel/restaurant that boasts visits by the likes of Charles Dickens and many presidents). That night we met up with my 'twisted sisters' from my days working at Twisted Threads and  spent an enjoyable evening catching up. I wanted to make something for the girls and came up with this idea: I had an old sampler that I had started years ago at the shop. It was a monthly SAL from The Irish Hare. Somewhere along the line, she stopped designing and it was never finished. I decided to put it to good use by cutting....yes I said cutting.... it up and framing small sections in a Tim Holtz pocket watch. I tried to use their initials if possible and added a little embellishment. I think they turned out pretty darn cute..what do you think? Sorry the picture isn't clearer!

 I even got to pick up my framed And They Sinned!  I had mailed it to my framer there; he did a fantastic job and I was able to bring it home with me safe and sound in my car.  Shout out to Ken!!!!

Saturday was class day with Merry; I took A Young Lady's Workbox. It was an all day class with a lunch break--no prestitching involved so mainly we walked through the stitching and finishing. It was nice to see old friends and familiar faces!

Box that came with the class
 Sunday, we headed home with a stop at the midway point in Wheeling, WV. We also stopped there on the way out. There is an exit that has a ton of restaurants, Russell Stover outlet (though we didn't find any tins) and a Cabela's that has the best fudge in the world....I counted 50 different flavors...needless to say, we succumbed!!!

Now on to what I've been stitching lately! With so much traveling in the car, I managed to get a few more of my calendar pieces done..... of course that was when I was a passenger....not driver!!! I did have a friend ask me once how I managed to stitch while I drove!!! :) Almost done all of March, just have the kite to finish.

Then, at home, I've been working on the Alphabet Primer Pocket by Catherine Theron. I am almost done the back of the pocket, all stitched over 1 with a tent and/or basketweave stitch. I love this piece and the photo doesn't do it justice. The sky is so subtle in it's shading, blue to grey, that it looks very real!!! I'm happy to have a lot of that color left over to hopefully put to good use in a future project.

I should be home now for awhile so, hopefully, I'll get my mojo going and post more often. 

Now to the personal news I had alluded to in my last post. I am going to be a grandmother again, times two, in about 6 months!!!! No, twins aren't daughter is adopting two children from Sierra Leone, Africa. There will be a boy and girl roughly the same ages as my grandkids now...7 and 5. My daughter went over there in June to meet them and now has to wait 6 months before she can go back and bring them home. I can't post photos but they are adorable and we can't wait!!! I am so proud of my daughter and her husband for opening their hearts and lives to these children. They have been praying for this and working through the process for the last three years. Asher and Cora are very curious and excited about their new siblings. Awhile ago Asher was asked by a friend if they were adopting a puppy and Asher replied : "No, a human!" So.......I have two Christmas stockings to make...just in case they are here by Christmas. We already have them picked out... two from the Shepherds Bush series. I will keep you posted on their journey.

That's it for now--hope you are enjoying your weekend wherever you are!

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


Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Sorry...couldn't resist that line from a favorite musical, The King and I.

So, to continue with my last post.As you can see, I had a fabulous time at Salty Yarns. Betsy is a wonderful teacher and the gang at The Lankford/Salty Yarns are most hospitable!

While there, Sally was celebrating her birthday and I try to gift her with a stitched piece. This year was no different and I actually managed to get two pieces completed. They are both from Tools of the Trade Part 1 by Blackberry Lane Designs. She has done a series of (I think it's up to 5) charts with coordinating smalls. I stitched the pin keeper on 28 count Light Mocha cashel (over one) with Gloranna silk (cranberry).


I also stitched the pin cushion but instead of finishing it in a salt cellar, I had found an adorable chick egg cup. Since Sally is always calling us her "peeps", I thought it was quite fitting! I stitched that on 30 count R&R 18th Century Red with Kreinik Silk Mori 8000. I had to be a little creative with the finishing since the cup was deeper than a salt cellar. I came up with the idea to fill the cup with cranberry seed beads.
top of pincushion


Next up is my gift from my roomie, Debbie. She gave me a very fitting box filled with all manner of goodies: L'Occitane soap and hand cream, a beeswax beehive, antique spool, sea shell candy, fun sticky notes, decorative Kleenex and paper clips shaped like glasses!!!How fun!!! Thanks Deb!

Contents of gift box

Since my dear friend , Paola, was coming to this event, we usually exchange a gift..or two. I had gotten her a lovely wood turned, acorn shaped needle holder from a guy selling on Facebook and a sweet needle book from In the Company of Friends; sadly I forgot to photograph them.  This is what I made her. I had seen some wonderful "bee" fabric on line that was just calling to be made into a project bag. I used a pattern from a kit I had bought years ago from Merry Cox called A Token of Friendship. I substituted my fabric and stitched the little friendship saying to go on the flap.  

My gift from Paola was stunning!!! She stitched a Jeanette Douglas design on 40 count linen, then attached it to a completely hand sewn pouch. The colors, trim/ribbon, charm, and fabric choices are absolutely PERFECT and so ME!!! Her stitching is divine and precise--I wish you could all see it up close and personal! I know it was stitched with love and it is a true treasure!!! Inside was an adorable pincushion with a beautiful counting pin and wooden needle case (great minds think alike). Thank you Paola!

So now I must madly prepare for my trip to Cincinnati. I leave early Thursday morning with my travel buddy, Debbie. It's a bout a 7 1/2- 8 hour drive but we'll stop along the way--sadly no needlework stores I'm aware of along the route. Skyline Chili will definitely be our dinner choice when we get in! Friday is a play day and Friday night I'll meet up with my fellow "Twisted Sisters". Saturday is a full day class with Merry Cox, then heading home Sunday morning. Will update when I get home, though probably not right away---I feel I'll need a recuperative few days....maybe more at that point!!! Big news coming of a personal nature, so please check in next time.

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! Hopefully, you haven't been too bored by my ramblings.


Monday, June 22, 2015

A Quick Catch Up Before I'm Off Again.......

Okay...I really shouldn't be doing this, as I have tons to do to get ready for my trip to Cincinnati on Thursday, but have been feeling guilty about not posting after my class earlier this month. It's not as if I've been slacking, it's just that our business has been in full swing and I've been away every weekend. The ole "bod" just doesn't bounce back like it used to and I'm tired!!!! 

Here's a quick synopsis of my visit to Salty Yarns in Ocean City, MD ( June 2-7):
Arrived Thursday, checked into my room at The Lankford,got my goodie bag, caught up with my roomie, Debbie, in the lobby, ordered carry out Chinese for dinner, stitched the evening away in the lobby.

The Lankford Hotel

Room at The Lankford

antique dressers/tables in every room
Goodie bag consisted of this fabulous box of finishing fillings--emery, ground nut shells(with and w/o lavender scent) and poly pellets...and a 15% discount on purchases that weekend

Friday was a finishing class with Betsy that I didn't sign up for so I worked all morning on business related matters, ate my leftover lunch from Thursday, browsed Salty Yarns, met up with friends, dinner at Fagers Island and a reception at Salty Yarns for all attendees. 

Saturday had class with Betsy, Can't see the Forest, accomplished goal of getting "drawer" put together, lunch provided, carry out dinner from Chipotle, reception for attendees and more stitching/gabbing in the lobby.

Drawer for class piece

Sunday I was free again as I had already taken the class, This One's for Betty, so I hung out in Salty Yarns (hoping I was keeping Sally company and not being a pest) and managed to get some stitching in on a piece I had brought to work on. Most people started to head home but those of us that were staying over gathered in the lobby again to stitch..and oh..dinner at Sunset Grille!
Pin Money Pocket

My finished stitching--now to put it together!

Monday, spent the day with Paola, went to Serendipity quilt shop in Dagsboro, DE, lunch at local restaurant there, back to purchase my stash and then a lovely dinner to celebrate Sally's birthday!!!
Fabric purchases (I was soooo good)

Close up--love the x's

Stash purchase

stash purchase

Tuesday-- on the road home early with a quick stop at Anthony's for pit beef sandwiches to take home to hubby for dinner.

So there you have it; I'm sure I've overlooked some things but the days do go by in such a blur. So much to share, learn, catch up on  and chat about. 

Since this is taking longer than I anticipated, I'll follow up tomorrow with another post so you aren't totally bored to death! I have some gifts I made to share and some gifts I received.

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