Thursday, September 6, 2018

A little bee......(472)

Still HOT here....when is fall actually making an appearance? I am sooooo ready for some cooler temps!!! Because of that however, I am still hanging indoors more than outside and getting some stitching done. 

I'm starting off today by adding a new finish to my Stitch Stroll....a little bee stitched on a bamboo thread palette. This was gifted to me from a friend awhile ago ( thanks MA) and I laid it down in my sewing room and it slipped my mind. Someone posted theirs recently on FB and I scrambled to find it....success!!! It was pre-drilled on the wood piece and then you could fill in the "bee" however you wanted. They had suggested all one color but I wanted a "real" bee effect, so went with the black, yellow and white. It really is cute and a very quick stitch/finish! The company that makes these is called Red Gate Stitchery.

Last weekend I went to JoAnn's and saw this wonderful Harry Potter fabric. I HAD to buy some , came home and made myself a new project bag. It has the four houses of Hogwarts on it!!! I didn't care for any of the coordinating fabrics for a lining, so I went with some 'eyes' that will glow in the dark. I had a HP bookmark and took the Sorting Hat charm off of it to use as a zipper pull. I'm a BIG Harry Potter fan and this year is his 20th anniversary..I'm figuring that's why I saw special HP displays in Target with clothes, backpacks, mugs, books, etc..

On the stitching front, I've finished up the pre-stitch for my Heartstring Samplery class in October. This was quite a bit of stitching and I ran out of numerous threads (luckily could match up from my stash), but the result is so sweet. I'm pretty sure the one piece will be a strawberry.... not sure of the round one. Darn--I can see hoops marks on the triangular one!!! I don't use a hoop normally but this was 40 count and I like the fabric as taut as possible to help open up the holes. The piece of fabric was not large enough to use anything else--only had about 1.5 ' on each side.
I'll try again to get them out!!!

Now it'll be back to my Scary Berry piece on gauze...lots of background stitching awaits! I'll be heading to the RVA Stitchers group on Saturday and look forward to seeing what everyone is working on. Keep cool!!!

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




  1. What a fun filled post to read, Stasi! I like your bee thread keep. I have stitched several of those bees and a few of her other wooden pieces. They are fun and super quick to stitch. Wow, I hadn't realized it has been 20 years since Harry Potter started. Your new project bag looks good. I really like both of your pre stitch pieces for your class with Beth. The class (and retreat) will be hear before you know it. I hope you have an enjoyable Saturday with the RVA stitchers.

  2. Love, love, love your Heartstring Samplery pieces so much!!

  3. Stasi, I love your little bee thread keep. It is adorable and I love how you stitched your bee in the three colors. Your new project bag is really neat. Love your charm on the zipper. Love how your stitches are coming along. That retreat will be so much fun. Can't wait to hear all about it. Thank you too for all of your stitching advice email. It helped greatly. RJ

  4. Your Heartstring Samplery pieces are so pretty, anything with a bird gets my attention. Looking forward to seeing what goes with the strawberry. 20 years since Harry Potter came out?? I never read any of the book but a friend just told me they are not just for kids! Neat project bags and the perfect fabric!
    The red gate bee is such a neat idea. I tried stitching on paper awhile back without success, this looks fast and easy.
    Enjoy the retreat, looking forward to hearing all about it!

  5. It's inspiring to see what others are working on and finishing so thank you for taking the time to post pics of your work. I need to finish up a spool so it was good to see a picture of the back of yours. I can't wait to see how the Heartstring Samplery pieces come out. One question - for your Summer Schoolhouse pieces, did you use an evenweave fabric? Thanks in advance.

  6. Such a cute little bee, Stasi--like how you changed the one color to more bee-like shades! And your HP bag is darling--the inner fabric is perfect.

    Love your pre-class stitching! You must be an A+ to be done so early. I don't use a hoop either for that exact reason. Good luck in getting the hoop marks out :)

    Hope you enjoyed your fellow stitchers on Saturday and I do hope your area doesn't get hit with the hurricane. Sounds pretty scary for the east coast...

  7. Hi, Stasi. Your work on the silk gauze piece is beautiful!. Very cute piece. I have finished the larger piece of the pre-stitch for Jamboree. Just started on the smaller piece. I also bought a few of the Festive Little Fobs charts, and again you and I have the same taste! Love the little bee thread keep. I'm not really a Harry Potter fan, but the project bag is so pretty. Love the lovely colors. See you in October!