Saturday, July 14, 2012


No...not Toyota..but our perfectly miserable weather. It has been hot and steamy for weeks now with no real break. The house is closed up tighter than an oyster shell and the A/C is running non- stop.We had been doing so well with being able to leave the windows open and enjoy the fresh air...then June 18th hit...and the electric meter has been spinning like a top ever since. The positive in all this is it's been a perfect time for stitching (funny though, I still need an afghan on my legs no matter what the weather) and I have managed to get a bit accomplished.

I've completed the stitching on the This One's for Betty  piece. I've already posted pics of some of the stitched pieces in my 6/19/blog but here are the rest: 

Etui Side Panel
I think this is my favorite section--I just love the colors, especially the little berries

Etui side panel
The whitework in this section almost did me in. The little "squiggles" are twisted buttonhole stitches. I thought "that'll be easy, my hedebos always twist whether I want them to or not". But, not the case here! I couldn't get these little buggers to twist no matter what! So, I pulled out a bunch of my stitch guides and finally found a diagram with explanation that I "got"!!!  In the end, it was such an easy thing, I think I just had a case of "tunnel vision". They have such interest and texture--I love them! (By the way, motif on left is all queen stitches!)

Etui bottom panel

Final piece I stitched, kind of sad to see it end.But, now it's on to the finishing. I just have to get myself in the mood as I'm in "stitching" mode right now. And why is that you might ask.......because I've discovered Brothers and Sisters on Netflix and I'm hooked. Only 109 episodes to watch and I'm on #15. I am absolutely in love with this family!!!

Last Sunday our power went out for about 3 hours and I was trying to keep busy. Lucky for me, my sewing room has a huge window in the front and I could see in there. So, I pulled out this adorable little kit from JABCO and the result was Betty Bee.  Isn't she cute??? And so easy. She sits on a large black button as her base and has a tiny "stinger" on the back. 
Not sure how much stitching will be getting done after this week. The grandkids are coming for a week on Friday while their Mommy and Daddy get a much deserved break. However, I do have stitching cards ready for case!!! Have lots planned--Monkey Joes, swimming, and Christmas in July!!! Should be loads of fun!!!

Thanks for visiting and your "twisted threads' of friendship!


  1. Hi Stasi
    A quick hello from torrid Italy....
    to say that your finished piece is absolutely precious.
    Love Paola

  2. Love your pieces. Can't wait to see them "finished". You always do such a beautiful job. I watched Brothers and Sisters last year - I was sad when I'd watched the last episode.