THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

200 Days in and still Strolling Strong......(200)

Today marks the 200th day of my Stitch Stroll and to celebrate I'm going to have a Christmas in July giveaway. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on my blog with the word "Noel" in it to have a chance to win the framed Bent Creek piece I posted yesterday (July 18). I'll pick a name on July 25th and announce the winner. One entry a day starting today through July 24th--good luck all! Feel free to spread the word. 

Today's Stroll piece is a UFO from the JCS Ornament issue from 1998. It is called Home for the Holly days by Ruth Sparrow at Twisted Threads. One of these days I'll finish it into an ornament!


I got a little more stitched on my Schoolhouse piece..mainly the bird and top of a strawberry! Okay, that red door is bothering me... but I don't want to take out the over one. I changed the colors and am using a red from the Prim collection of VMSS threads. I think I'll wait until I get the rest stitched and see how I feel then.


Today I am off to the Williamsburg outlets with my granddaughter. Her brother is at camp this week and she asked for a sleepover at our house. I'm squeaking in a stop at Haus Tirol to pick up Anchor floss for the Christmas stocking.

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

Stasi

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Noel.......(199)

Greetings fellow stitchers.....have you noticed when I can't come up with a clever post title I fall back on the piece title? Well today is one of those days...I'm feeling brain dead. Hubby and I have spent the last three nights staying up late watching TV. The good thing is I'm stitching while watching; the bad thing is daylight still comes around at it's usual time. Maybe a nap will be in order today!

The Stroll piece today is Noel from Bent Creek and stitched in 2002. 

  
My accomplishment last night was the next section of my SAL, the bottom three rows of letters. I think we may have only one more week of part 1, then we move on to part 2. I can't show the whole piece any more without taking it off the scroll bars, so can only share a small section at a time for now.


I have been "de-stashing" recently and selling some items on the FB Stash Unload page. However, I have just as quickly been "re-stashing" because I keep seeing things I "need"!!! I feel like I'm defeating the whole purpose of down-sizing the 'collection' but can't seem to help myself. And then I remember something Betsy Stinner once said....and I paraphrase...people collect stamps they never mail, people collect coins they never spend...why can't we collect charts we never stitch???? Words to live by???

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

Stasi

Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas in July...(198)

Today I'm going to try to cool things down a bit and start a little Christmas Strolling....after all, there's only 161 days until Christmas! First up is Baa..Humbug by Ewe and Eye and Friends, stitched in 2000. E&E&F often did whimsical designs and this is definitely one of them! Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but 99% of my framed pieces are glassed and that presents a problem with glare, no matter where I try to take the shot.



I didn't get any stitching done yesterday as I was on a quest. I had promised my grandson we'd go searching for a Jackson Storm Matchbox car, never realizing that after 2 Wal-Marts, Target, Five Below, Kohls and Toys R Us, we'd come out empty handed. We succumbed to ordering from E-bay and paying twice what it sells for in the stores, but he was paying for it himself and wanted it THAT bad. Funny thing is I told him I could totally understand his fixation.......how many times have I obsessed over a certain chart/kit and spent hours trying to hunt it down!!! Hopefully we both learned a bit of a lesson!!!

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

Stasi

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The house that Stasi built.....(197)

I'm starting off today with a shot of the progress on my WTNT Schoolhouse piece. The house is built and I can move on to other sections. Yea!!!


The Stroll piece today is an older Bent Creek called All in a Row, stitched in 1996. I love alphabets; I've stitched so many my family used to ask me if I'd learned it yet? I incorporated a freebie, also by Bent Creek, with numbers below the letters. Sorry about the flash glare; I had trouble with this shot.


I'm so happy about the following "share". My 6 year old granddaughter went to a camp this past week on fiber arts,  held at Hobby Lobby. She learned some sewing, stitching, weaving and needle felting. She gifted me her needle felted project, so sweet! I am tickled to death she has an interest in this art and am going to do my best to keep promoting it. Maybe I will have someone to leave my stash and legacy to after all !!!


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

Stasi

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am a Stitcher.....(196)

Today's Stroll piece pretty much sums up my love for stitching and I will let it speak for itself. 


This is called I am a Stitcher by Cherrywood Designs, stitched in 2012. I did change the colors up ....again, I'm trying to stitch from stash as much as I can, and added a couple related charms--scissors and a sewing basket. It's difficult to see from the photo but I stitched this on overdyed 28 count gingham check fabric---to be honest it's hard to tell in person! 

I spent some time this week organizing/thinning my sewing room. I came across this cute little "person" who is also is a stitcher. Her name is Juliet Valentine and she's a Lizzie Hi doll. I used to collect these dolls when I lived in PA, even "dressed" them for awhile to earn some extra spending money. When we moved last September I donated all the dolls to Goodwill...except this one...for obvious reasons.


 Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by with your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Friday, July 14, 2017

A Summer Pixie.....(195)

Today's stroll piece is from Bent Creek, stitched in 1998. There were a series of four seasonal charts called A Pixie for all Seasons....this is the summer one. There was an actual "pixie' design and a "saying"; I did the sayings only and change them out every season.


I got a little more done on the Schoolhouse piece, but not much. I am substituting fibers and started to do the roof in a dark brown, similar to DMC 3371, but it was too dark. So, I had to take out about 4 rows of the over one...yea I know...not easy....and switched to a grey. I like it much better!






I'm hoping to get some errands run this morning and then sit all afternoon with my foot propped up and ice on it. I had a little mishap a week ago but didn't think much of it. It didn't really hurt, just a little tender to the touch.  But as the week progressed (and I didn't stay off it) the top of my foot has become totally bruised! So, me thinks it's time for a little "babying"......any excuse to sit and stitch you know!!! :)

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!
Stasi

 
 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Up for a Bar-B-Q? ......(194)


 

Strolling through summer with A Year in Chalk-July by Hands on Design. I don't have a photo of the finished piece and it resides at my daughter's house. I did this series for her birthday last year and she changes them out every month. This was a fun set to do and I'm glad she is enjoying it.




We're just starting up our grilling this summer; we had to get a new grill after our move. Bring on the burgers, steaks and salmon! Our son-in-law cooked us some corn on the cob on the grill Memorial Day and we're anxious to try that out too! 





Okay, so I had to break down and start the Summer Schoolhouse-Lessons in Abecedarian #1.  I'm doing it, over one (as called for), on 28 count lambswool (I had a big enough piece on hand) and substituting fibers from The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. I had bought a set of her primitive colors and have been saving them for the perfect project.....I think I found it!!! Not much excitement too far as I started on the tan house!





I promised a finish today and here it is! I stitched this for the challenge at All About Smalls on FB. Deadline was the end of July, so I wanted to push it through. It is a freebie chart from Hands on Design called To the Beach. I finished it as a tin topper after seeing Lisa's version at The Inspired Stitcher. If you want to check out hers, here's a link: http://theinspiredstitcher.blogspot.com/2016/11/to-beach-freebie-finish.html    It is stitched on a 40 count mystery linen over two. I changed the threads to use ones from my stash and added "whitecaps" to the waves. I also added the whale charm and seashell counting pin. The stitched piece is glued onto the lid and some tiny cording, also glued, around the perimeter.


 
I had the perfect fabric to line the bottom and cushion my scissors, and put a piece of magnetic sheeting in the top to hold needles.







I used the decorative tape you find in the scrapbooking aisles to cover the edge of the Altoid box. 


And there you have it!!! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! Keep cool.....upper 90's here today with heat index of 105!!!!!!!

Stasi

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1776....(193)

Today will be the last day for a patriotic piece. It's something I stitched for my Dad many, many moons ago; it's a crewel piece so definitely from the 70's. I fear I probably mounted it on sticky board.....I know....I know....but that's before I was "educated"!!! LOL


I worked a little on a small finishing piece yesterday and will share as soon as it's complete.

I succumbed and signed up for the Summer Schoolhouse Lessons  from Brenda Gervais, after all, they are smalls!!! I love the first one in the series and can't wait to see what follows. 



 I also did a little stash enhancing on FB.

Feathered Nest Pin Book by Stacy Nash (club piece) and A Bee C by Lizzie Kate


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

Stasi

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A cute Pair....(192)

Strolling today is a cute pair of hand towel I stitched back in 1992. I'm pretty sure they were in a magazine but didn't keep track back then. 




I remember being concerned that the towels wouldn't hold up well through many washings and wondering if it was worth the effort to make them. I'm posting a photo of the back today...looks as good as the day it came off the needle! I guess I did a good job burying all those threads! LOL 


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

Stasi
 
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Stars and Stripes......(191)

It seems a number o my patriotic pieces were designed by Shepherd's Bush and today is no different. My Stroll piece today is called Stripes and was stitched in 2003. Showing the overall piece and a couple close ups..... mats from Jill Rensel. I enjoyed all the bands of various stitches!




Here's my weekend stitching...most of another band on the stocking and week 12 of the Blue Band SAL.



 Hoping to get a haircut today; I'm feeling like a shaggy dog! Enjoy your start of a new week!

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

Stasi

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Pop.......(190)

Still Strolling with a patriotic theme. Up today is a little freebie design from Lizzie Kate called Pop!, stitched in 1997 ......wow, that's 20 years ago!!! I stitched it on a red fabric, but can't recall if that is what was called for, and made it into a small needleroll. 


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

Stasi

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Patriotic Alphabet...(189)

We survived our scorching day in Williamsburg thanks to lots of shady trees. We had a nice lunch at the King's Arms Tavern and strolled Duke of Gloucester Street. We took the ferry over to Jamestown from Surrey. Here's the hubbies on the deck!


 My Stroll piece today is another Shepherd's Bush, from 2001, called  Americana Alphabet. This is one of the small kits that comes with the hand painted mat from Jill Rensel.


Our friends have just left and I'm off to rest....maybe nap! :)

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

Stasi


 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Baby, it's HOT......(188)

We are attempting a trip to Williamsburg today with our friends and are hoping we don't meeeeeelt away! Planning to take a ferry over to Jamestown which I've never done so that should be fun.

Today's Stroll piece is July from a Shepherd's Bush Fold series, stitched in 2001.





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

Stasi

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Inch by Inch, Row by Row.....(187)...........

......I'm gonna make this stocking grow .....do you know the Garden Song? It was a favorite when my girls were little! Another "band on the run" ....sorry, couldn't help myself. 😊


Today's Stroll piece is Liberty House by Ewe and Eye and Friends. This was another Black Sheep Night kit and stitched in 1998.


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

Stasi
 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Shared Stitches.....(186)

 Hope you enjoyed your holiday yesterday. Hubby and I went to see The Mummy in a nice cool movie theater. Not a big fan of Tom Cruise, but he still looks pretty darn buff!

Today's Stroll piece was from a retreat I attended that was hosted by In Stitches in Alexandria, VA. It was a month after 9/11 and a pretty tense time for flying and being so close to DC.  It was the first time I ever saw soldiers with guns patrolling the airports and security guards randomly "wanding" people to see if they were hiding weapons. Pretty scary and the start of 'not so fun' travel times. But, you can't keep a dogged stitcher down and my friends and I from Cincinnati were determined to go..... and go we did! 

This was an extra little class called Shared Stitches. The Shepherd's Bush ladies did the designing and Merry Cox the finishing instructions. I think Shepherd's Bush may have released this later as a kit, but don't know what they called it. 




I got another band, and a bit more, on the stocking completed; it's an enjoyable stitch!






That's it for today; I have a busy day getting ready for some visiting friends.

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

Stasi

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!....(185)

Happy Fourth of July to all my US friends....a great day to contemplate our freedoms. I hope you are celebrating with cook outs, family and fireworks!

I did a last minute substitution on my Stroll piece for today. I'm putting up my most recent finish, Flag Needlekeep by Jeanette Douglas Designs, hot off the needles yesterday. It turned out so sweet and just in time for the 4th. I stitched as called for and added the blue JABCO star button. I really liked working with the GAST wool; since you only use one strand, it lays very nicely. I tried my hand at a triple color cord but the colors got kind of muted..... anyone ever try this?






I'm almost finished the top for for My Stitcher's Heart  box....just a wee bit at the bottom.





In closing, I wanted  to share a piece my daughter Kristin stitched for me when she was 14 years old. She stitched it totally in secret and, with help from her grandmother, had it framed.  Right before she was going to give it to me, somehow it fell and the glass broke....I've left as is. One of my treasures and very appropriate for today!!!


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

Stasi






 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hip Hip Hooray! ...... (184)

Happy day before the 4th!!! I hope most of you are enjoying a long holiday weekend! I really missed going to Antietam battlefield this year (it's the first Saturday in July) and hearing the MD Symphony Orchestra followed by fireworks! It was always a wonderful evening!!!

My Stroll piece today is Hip Hip Hooray by Bent Creek. It was one of their Zipper kits and a car project since it's on 18 count linen. I've yet to finish it after 15 years but hope springs eternal!!!


I finished the stitching on the Jeanette Douglas piece 





and the weekly update on the Blue Band Sample SAL. 


 Today will be spent tidying and readying for a visit from dear friends on Thursday.
 
Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Americana Needleroll.... (183)

Today's Stroll piece is Americana Needleroll by Shepherd's Bush, stitched in 2002. You will start to see a pattern here, in that a lot of these USA/flag pieces were stitched in 2001-2002. There was a plethora of patriotic designs that came out after 9-11...understandably so...but I also had an Americana themed master bedroom and bath at the time. These needlerolls are always a quick and fun stitch!


 I did pull out a patriotic piece to work on, Flag Needlekeep by Jeanette Douglas. This was a little mini kit that came with GAST wool fibers. It also came with embellishments and felted wool; I only needed to supply the linen, which is a 32 count mystery linen from my stash. Aiming to get it done by the 4th!


Hope you are enjoying a long holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Stitch Strolling Away......(182)

As I begin my Stitch Stroll into July I'm realizing I've been posting every day for 1/2 a year and still at it!!! It's a challenge to keep up with this but I am enjoying revisiting some old pieces and  creating new ones to share. There are often special memories attached to certain projects and it's been nice to recollect them. If you've been following from the beginning, thanks for sticking with me. If you're a newcomer, rest assured, there is lots more to come........ Hello, my name is Stasi and I'm addicted to needlework!!!  LOL

For July, I'm starting out with some patriotic pieces in honor of our Independence Day here in the US. First up is The Courtship by Merry Cox. This was a class I took in 2001 at In Stitches in Alexandria, VA but didn't stitch until 2007-2008. The scrimshaw piece was something I ordered from Marcy Wharton to commemorate my 30th anniversary and I pinned it on the front of this. The two silver "people" are needle holders that fit in the two pockets on the inside.



     
I received the next installment on the Blue Band Sampler SAL yesterday..it comes every Friday like clockwork....and got one band and part of another done last night. 



I'm feeling like a little patriotic stitching, so I'm off to find something in my stash.

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

Stasi