Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Off to a Good Start in 2020.... (534-537)

Winter has finally arrived in the Richmond area....but not for long. So, I will take what I can and enjoy some hot tea after a brisk walk.

 I have been a busy bee and have quite a bit of stitching/finishing to share today. I spent last Wednesday to Monday up in OCMD helping cut fabric at Salty Yarns. There were 204 stitchers at Camp Wannastitch, an event put on by the Mid-Atlantic there was a LOT of fabric to be cut!!! In the evenings I worked on the Silk Sampler by Birds of a Feather. I stitched this on 46 count Vintage Buttercream linen with Silk N Colors Tapestry Green, Glorianna Arctic Ice and Lacquered Gold.  Thanks to my friend, Tracie, for loaning me this chart.

I did not do much stash enhancement this weekend as I will be going back to OCMD for Super Bowl weekend and take advantage of Salty Yarns sale. But I couldn't resist this chart....Rack Stack by Plum Street.

While there, I gifted my friends their belated Christmas gift....a project bag I made from a kit sold by With Thy Needle and Thread. I made four total...this one is mine. Note the cute little strawberry zipper pull!

I received some wonderful birthday and Christmas gifts too...lots of bee related fun! Sadly I didn't think to take a photo before I put everything in its place. :(   But here are two I could put my fingers on easily....A scissor display with a stitched bee in the center and a tape measure that you rewind by hand. Thanks Sara and Debbie!!!

Now on to some finishes.....First up is my completed Amethyst Band Sampler SAL by iStitch Designs...stitched over one on 27 count banding with Glorianna Blue Grass and Avonlea Green. It's been attached to an antique spool as have my other three.

Next is Sweater Weather by October House Fiber Arts. This was stitched on 20 count linen with Tweedie fibers from Rainbow Gallery. I felted an old wool sweater of mine,  attached the stitching to it, and made it into a pillow. I'm really tickled with how it turned out! I sewed the stitching to the back of the sweater and used the front, with buttons, for the back of the pillow. This will help remind me of chillier temps!!!

Then we have a project I started in 1995 (had the upper right hand corner done) and finished in 2020. It is Home Sweet Homes by Homespun Elegance...also made into a pillow. This was done with called for fibers on a panel of Home Sweet Home fabric.

My last finish-finish is a freebie offered by Sassy Jacks to help our friends in Australia. They made the chart available  Aussie Friends and if you stitch and post on their FB page or website, they will make a donation to the fire relief.

Now a new start....the Burgandy Sampler Band SAL by iStitch it possible to be addicted to alphabets???? I'm doing this on an antique 27 count white banding with Glorianna Bellagio and various solid colors when I get the urge. Here's a funny little story...I bought my fiber (Bellagio) last March for this next SAL. Three other ladies I know have also picked the same color..great minds think alike!!! It will be interesting to see how we all do it. I'm going to try to not look at the iStitch FB page so I'm not influenced by them...we'll see what develops!!! :)

 I am not off to a good start with this. First, I had been sold the wrong cut size for the piece. The seller made it good lengthwise but sent the wrong banding the second time around...sigh! I then ordered it from the Netherlands (where I'd ordered it for all the others) and was sent the wrong color....that's now being taken care of. In the mean time, I found a piece in my stash that would work and got cracking. So, after having to rip out the first line not once, but twice...I evidently can't count anymore.... I have the start of the first line placed correctly!!!

I've also gotten back to Bee Contained by Betsy Morgan...I really want to get this done but keep getting distracted. Concentrate Stasi...concentrate!!!

I'll close out with a shot of my snowman display. I recently had my hubby mount our TV on the wall had been sitting on the furniture I could put displays there...worked out great!!!

Well that's it until next time. Keep stitching and thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of frieindship!





  1. Stasi: Wow you have been very busy, I do love the fact that you used the sweater and felted it for the finish of your stitched design.
    The Birds Of A Feather design is beautiful, I am looking forward to seeing how you finally finish it.
    Your gifts are lovely.
    I had to giggle when you said you finished a piece from 1995, better late then never.
    I have stitched my Betsy Morgan Be Contained, now need to assemble the pieces.
    Your Snowman collection is adorable.
    I am curious what kind of frame are you using to hold your stitching on this post, can you show us sometime on a post?


  2. Congrats on all the beautiful finishes! What a great way start to the new year!

    I ove seeing your perpetual calendar. I purchased everything to begin and then promptly forgot about it about 3 years ago. I wanted to know if you remember how many strands you used on those - two or three? I began it with two per the instructions but didn't like the coverage and went back and tried it with three. You're one of the few I have seen who have finished it so I wondered which way you went. It's so adorable!

  3. Lots of eye candy to see and drool over in your post, Stasi! Your sweater stitch is precious and love how you backed it with an old sweater of yours. Your Silk Sampler is stunning. I hope you have smooth sailing with your iStitch SAL now. Enjoy your week!

  4. I love your Sweater Weather Stasi, what a brilliant idea, it looks fabulous front and back.

  5. Silk Sampler turned out so pretty, love you sweater finish.
    Cute gifts & Snowman display.
    Those Homespun Elegance designs are timeless.

  6. Piękne prace, szczególnie podobaja mi sie projekty Brenda Gervais.

  7. I'm always amazed at all you get done!! Sweater weather is such a fun stitch and I just love how you finished it!! The Homes Sweet Homes pillow is gorgeous. I'm quite surprised you had something sitting for so long unfinished. I love Queen of the Needle, I'm more than impressed you stitched it 4 times!! I'm sure they were well received by your friends.
    The band sampler is beautiful. I think this is the same one Country Stitchers were stitching.
    Love your Snowman display, I used to collect them too! Always nice to have more room for display.