Tuesday, November 17, 2015

One More Finish .......

Betsy was very quick getting me a new piece of lining fabric and I was able to finish Can't See the Forest. Such a sweet piece with a drawer that opens. I stitched as called for.

box top

box bottom

right panel of box

back panel of box

left panel of box

box and scissor fob

This is probably the last of the finishing for awhile , as I have to focus on Christmas presents. Posts may be a little lean too, since I can't show these things until after they are gifted.

 Happy Thanksgiving to all and thanks for your "twisted threads" of friendship!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

When the hubby's away, Stasi will play...............

Hubby was away for three days at his annual meeting and I had a full three days to myself. I had asked friends to join me but they couldn't, so I locked myself into my house (only venturing out for for groceries and to get mail) and finished....finished...finished. I sewed and stitched until my "pushing" finger hurt!!! I have never felt comfortable with a thimble (and usually have a callous formed on the top of "tall man"), but did break down and resort to using a leather thimble towards the end of the weekend. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit while binge watching  Reign, but also kept getting distracted by FB, Feedly, etc..

I started by finishing some projects from Jamboree (Salty Yarns) in October. Here is the second piece form A Perfect Pairing.   I din't have much to do on these, so they went pretty fast.

We were also given a sweet little accompanying piece called The Pear-fect Additon--how clever! Note the cute "pear" button! Now to see if there are "fruity" scissors and pins somewhere!

Next, I started a class piece from Betsy Morgan, but will have to show that later. I didn't have enough silk lining fabric to finish the interior, so Betsy is graciously sending me some, and I'll share that when it's complete.

Then, I tackled A Fine and Fancy Tulip Tray  by Sherri Jones of Patrick's Woods. I had taken this class in April of 2014. This is such a lovely piece, very delicate and not my normal color palette of choice. But I love it and how it all went together. It's so "girly"!!! All the stitching was complete, and we had put the pyn tower and one pocket together in class. Luckily, we had made a paper mock up of how to lace the wooden tray, which helped tremendously when assembling it. 

Note swan scrim in bottom of tray (RIP Marcy)

The top petal on the tulip pulls out and is a needlebook

A dear friend had given me some wonderful buttons and I found two pale pink flowers among them that I used on the top of the  velvet berry and on the ruler above.

In the evenings, I took a break from finishing and got a little stitching in. Here is bumble from Hands on Design/JABCO, part of their Square*ology series. 

And I started the Shepherd's Bush fold series, A Full Heart, last night as I waited for hubby to return home. I've seen different versions of this where people have changed the lettering, moved motifs around and such. We'll see where I end up!!!  BTW, I made it up until he got  home at 1:00AM, then we got caught up for an hour, so bed at 2:00. We'll see if I'll be crashing later today!!!!

All in all, a very fruitful 3 days--pun intended!!! :)

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


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Another Stocking Stitched

Well, I've been working like crazy and got the adoptive grandson's stocking stitched. I do love these Shepherds Bush stockings as they stitch up pretty quickly (18 count over 2) and are a good size for filling (wish mine was this big)!!!  I did Oliver's Stocking for him and used fibers I had on hand including #5 perle cotton, Impressions and Tweedie. I substituted some stitched "gifts" with JABCO buttons that fit perfectly and added other embellishments/beads where needed. 

I did venture up to Discount Fabrics USA and found a nice backing fabric for the boy; I'm using some from my stash for the girl. I even managed to snag a couple  dupioni silks that will , hopefully, come in handy some day. The one on the left is a dark forest green plaid, and on the right, a pale blue stripe on cream.

 I had shared a sewing stand I recently bought in my last post and was asked to show a photo of it opened. Cathy B--this is for you!

For curious minds, the stand is 29 " tall (from floor to top of barrel) and the barrel measurement is 12" wide by 9" high.

Now, hopefully stitchers will understand the following and why I'm tickled--non-stitchers, not so much.  I have a tale of woe, possibly not for the weak of stomach, to share:  I had a lump (lypoma) removed from my upper left thigh 12 days ago. On day ten I was able to remove the stitches, which I did myself. (Okay stitchers, I used a pair of those inexpensive "rainbow" scissors to cut the stitches and they worked great--very fine tips!!!) All went well until today when I went to change the band-aid and saw the incision had split open about 1/2 inch. So, off to Urgent Care and two more sutures. Here's the happy part--the doctor gave me the suture scissors (note the cute purple protective tip-it's hard to see) and tweezers! The scissors are really sharp and will certainly come in handy. However,I think I'll be letting the professionals remove these stitches when the time comes. So much for my little saga--all is well now!!!

I'm on to stitching Christmas gifts, so probably won't be sharing much of that until after they are given to their respective recipients. But I might do sneak peeks--who knows!!!

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



Thursday, October 29, 2015

Stocking Stitchin'

Christmas is starting to bear down on us and I wanted to get the two adoptive grandchildren's stockings done. Sadly, it's not looking like we'll have them for Christmas but I thought if my daughter could hang their stockings, a little piece of them would be with us. I'm not allowed to share their names but here is what I have so far. 

For the little girl, I did Anna's Stocking by Shepherds Bush. I used embellishments I had on hand ---a lot of JABCO buttons---these were fresh on my mind after the recent class with them.

For the little boy, I'm stitching Oliver's Stocking by Shepherds Bush. I've switched out some fibers and am using some pretty Tweedies from Rainbow Gallery. You can't see the "tweediness" in the photo (the green in his jacket), but it is there and gives a "wool" effect.  Here is what I've accomplished so far.

A trip is in the works to Discount Fabrics in Thurmont, MD soon to pick out the backing fabrics for these. It helps they're having a  25% off sale starting Nov. 2nd! They sell decorator fabrics that I like to use for the backing...... a little more substance than cotton quilt fabric. It doesn't hurt that they sell Dupioni silk too, so I always take a gander at that.

Up until I started working on the stockings, I had been moving along nicely on the Needlewoman's Pocketbook by Amy Mitten. Here's my status on that--sorry it's a little subdued but I was trying to get all of it in one shot.

And now....drum roll please..... a fabulous find I got at an online auction!!! We live down the street from a lovely historic home (circa 1762) and it recently went on the market. Fortunately my husband was asked to do the home inspection for the buyer and I offered to help him (definitely had ulterior motives). It was an amazing place!!! They built a "new" house around the original 3 story log home --totally encapsulated it. Old, original flooring, beams, fireplaces, etc. in the living room, dining room and 4 bedrooms. Even had a long hallway running down the entire length of the "log" home  so you could see the actual exterior logs. New master bedroom, bath, kitchen and family room but blended very nicely. It was truly something out of Homes and Gardens magazine!!! Well, while doing my inspecting, I noticed a lovely old sewing stand that I had to bid on and won!!! I am thrilled with it...can't find any info on it... such as age   ( I googled and came up empty handed) but I love it and have never seen one shaped like this. I have to say these on line auctions are pretty cool and I may have to start checking more out. So, without further ado, here is the stand!

Last, but not least, is a shot of the grand kids in some Halloween PJ's I found for them at Target.

As always, thanks for stopping by and your "twisted Threads" of friendship! I do appreciate everyone who takes the time to read my blog and let me share my loves!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jammin' at Jamboree

No..not the musical kind of jammin'...but the fruit variety..mainly pears!!! That was the theme of our classes this past weekend at Salty Yarns and even though no actual "jam" was made, we did create some wonderful "pear" treats. 

I was able to travel down a day early, peruse Salty Yarns, enjoy dinner with friends  then settle in for an evening of stitching in the lobby with the other early birds. Upon arrival, we received our "goodie" bucket and boy were they full of "goodies". Lots of fun stuff including a kit from Jackie DuPlessis.We got scissors/sheath, Bohin needles, a purple "thang" , walnut shells for stuffing, JABCO pins, lotion, a Salty Yarns gift card and more. 

Sally also designed a couple pieces for us, a "shoe" pincushion and a "spool" scissor keeper kit. Thanks Sal!!!

Friday morning I awoke to this beautiful scene....

...then an early walk on the boardwalk before the "cruisers" parade started.

So, with the "cruisers"  in town,  every morning we were treated to an hour and a half  parade of cars down the boardwalk. Engines revved, horns blew and music blasted as the "boys (and some gals) with their toys" preened their way down the boardwalk.

Friday evening the festivities officially began with a homemade lasagne dinner followed by an hors d'oeuvres and dessert reception. We met the teachers and found out what out what our projects would be. More stitching in the lobby that evening.

Saturday morning my first class was A Perfect Pairing with Cathy from Hands On Design. We took our pre-stitching and made a needlebook. Cathy was a fantastic teacher and took us step by step through the process. Most ladies left the weekend with a finished piece. Here's mine:

A delicious lunch awaited us, then it was on to the afternoon class with Rachel from JABCO. Rachel taught us how to make a 3-D pear out of felted wool  and I think everyone left class with theirs completed. It's adorable and sits on my mantle. We got the little bee tag and "gather" pin as part of the class. We also had a special visitor to class, Rachel's 4 month old baby, who was good as gold throughout the whole weekend!

Do you like the beach back drop?

Saturday evening we were on our own for dinner so a group of us went to Panera's for dinner. It was a chilly/dreary day and everyone was in the mood for soup! I had a craving for potato soup but had to settle for creamy tomato. Then back to the Lankford for a dessert bar and lobby stitching.

Sunday morning was my last class and it was with Cecile from JABCO. We learned how they make their fabulous buttons and I definitely have a new appreciation for them.We were given cubes of clay and Cecile walked us through making pear buttons. There were also instructions on how to make a variety of different shaped buttons and the makings for two cute little projects--a tag for a basket and a ribbon stating "I made buttons".  I gave it the good ole college try, but this is definitely NOT for me. I'm not a 3-D person and even though I can shape a single button, making the canes of dough and pulling them out to make millions of tiny buttons was beyond me. I enjoyed the experience and stretching (pun intended) myself, but will definitely leave the button making process to the professionals! I did leave with some buttons however!!!

I helped with cutting fabric during the down times from class and I so enjoy talking to everyone, seeing their projects and helping them with their fabric selection. It takes me back to my old TT days!!!

This was such a great weekend. Thanks to Cathy, Cecile and Rachel for the fabulous classes and a special thanks to Sara, Sally, Mary and gang for taking such good care of us and providing us with this wonderful opportunity.  It is always so nice to hook up with old friends, meet new friends (shout out to Robin) and share our passion. Needle and thread truly binds us!

 So, sadly I had to leave Monday morning but with a lovely memory to tide me until the next time.

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Progress Report before I'm Off............

I am in the throes of preparing to travel to Salty Yarns in  Ocean City, MD for their annual Jamboree-- a weekend of classes and fun with fellow stitch addicts. Trying to decide on what to take to stitch (notice that's first on the list), class supplies, what to wear (weather is looking very nice), what food to bring ( think I'll wing that one this trip--- I never go hungry), etc.. The lists are flying!!!! I'll try to post while I'm there, but I never seem to get around to it once I start gabbiing with the ladies or shopping in Salty Yarns. So, if I don't, look for something when I get home.

As for my progress report, I have been working diligently on A Needleworkers Pocketbook by Amy Mitten. These are my colors and I'm loving it!!!
Here is what I've done so far:

This is my first foray into Amy Mitten territory and so far.... so good.
Amy's instructions for the stitching are wonderful and I'm assuming they will also be for the finishing. Will keep you posted!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

A Cuppa to Go.............

Not a stitchy post today..... but a few great finds I thought I'd share that do relate to my stitching. Hubby and I went to a craft festival last weekend in Boonsboro, MD and I stumbled across some wonderful items. First up is some wonderful hand lotion in a bar by Millhouse Candles. I have bought beeswax from them in the past, but this was something new. I got Green Tea for a gift and Almond for me. It comes in a cute little tin and look how it's molded.....yep...that's a bee!!! Too darn cute!!!

 Next, we found a booth selling magnetic bracelets. Now I'm not sure I buy into the whole magnetic thing but thought the bracelets were beautiful and if it could work as a preventative for all the repetitive stitching motions, I'd go for it! Hubby got one too....and I'm still getting over that (his is dark midnight blue)! The little "balls" are the magnets spaced between the beads.

Last up I saw an adorable tea bag wallet (hence the cuppa to go title). I looked at it and realized I could make it myself with fabric I would love more. So, here is my version! It holds 6 tea bags and/or sweetener packs. It will be great to travel with me; the only problem is I like honey in my tea, but I'll have to work on that. Finished size (folded) is about 3 X 3 1/2.

 Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!