Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Little Strolling Before it Gets Too Crazy ...(523-525)

Before I start my stitchy news, I just want to say that I had the opportunity to see Hamilton last night as part of the Richmond Broadway series and was totally captivated for 2 hours and 45 minutes. I can only imagine what it was like to see on Broadway in NYC because this cast was spectacular!!! This has been on my wish list for awhile and I was totally blown I want to find out more about Alexander, Eliza and Angelica. If you ever get the opportunity...go for it!!!

I've been feverishly working to get my pilgrims done for Thanksgiving and  made it in the nick of time. I've been struggling with to "bow" to or not to "bow" and a friend has convinced me not to, as she felt they distracted from the stitching. I am usually a "less is more" person, so I'm not sure why I thought adding bows was a good thing except they were shown on the pattern with ones made from straw and ribbon. What is your opinion? Here is A Pair of Pilgrims by Lizzie Kate...stitched on 28 count Lambswool Jobelan wth a combo of GAST, WDW and Anchor flosses. The buttons are from JABCO. 

Fabric on back of Miles and Priscilla

I've been working on my annual ornaments for the Grands and decided on needlepoint ones for this year. I was at a 'new to me' store here in Richmond called RVA Scraps and they had some very reasonable needlepoint canvases...reasonable being 50 cents a piece...that I couldn't resist, especially since one had a soccer theme for James. I have his stitched and am working on the one for Cora, an ice skate.

Here are the other two for Asher and Esther...yet to be started.

The Santa canvas came with the stitch guide and had a price tag of $58 on it

 I need to get moving on these, but my fingers are hurting from pulling the needle through the canvas. I've tried a larger eye needle...still hurts after awhile. Suck it up buttercup!!!

I finished my Pumpkns for Sale on the top of the tin box provided us at Jamboree. Sally was kind enough to already have the tape and charm attached to the box. I added the pop-pom trim and cording.

I finally got my Inspirations book of Betsy Morgan designs. It is so beautifully done, but I haven't had time to really peruse it yet.....may have to wait until after the holidays when things calm down. It has eight of Betsy's previous designs/class pieces in it and one brand new one. Love, love , love it...maybe a Christmas gift idea???

 Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving with friends and/or loved ones. I know I have a lot to be thankful for and will be celebrating in NC with my daughters and their families. Luckily for me my SIL is a chef and he has volunteered to make our dinner. I'm sure the rest of us will be helping out....I need to pull some recipes...okay...just added to my ever growing list to pack. 

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



  1. I especially love your pilgrims, Stasi
    Have a great Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones

  2. The ornaments are adorable. Sorry you are having problems with the needle and your fingers. I haven't had that happen when I've done needlepoint...I use a 22,20 or if it's truly large an 18. But the ornaments are so cute. The children are going to have the most fabulous trees when they get their own homes. Job well done and always a memory of you.

  3. Stasi: I do like the ornaments they are lovely.
    The pilgrims are adorable, I like both with and without the bows.
    So sad to hear you fingers hurt doing the needlepoint, I have never done needlepoint.
    I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving.


  4. Love your Pilgrims! As for me, definitely without
    the bows. Happy Thanksgiving!!

    1. Thanks Denise...definitely leaning that way!

  5. I like the Pilgrims both ways.
    The kids will love those ornaments.
    I'm contemplating that book.
    I never took a class of hers, but love her designs.

  6. Stasi, Your pilgrims are so charming. I like the addition of the bows but I think I would prefer the bows to be a little smaller. I like the pop of color on top. They are beautiful either way though.
    What a bargain you found for the needlework patterns. I'll be more than impressed if you get them all done for Christmas!!
    That house on the book is so charming, reminds me of a Williamsburgh house.
    I am so glad you enjoyed Hamilton, I know numerous people that saw it in NYC and loved it. I would love to go to Broadway shows but unfortunately I'm highly allergic to perfume and can't go.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Stasi, Nice job on the pilgrims. My vote is for no bows. What a great deal on the canvases! Who could resist? I wish you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  8. Stasi, Nice job on the pilgrims. My vote is for no bows. What a great deal on the canvases! Who could resist? I wish you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

  9. Well, you know how envious I am that you got to see Hamilton!! There is a (very slight) chance that I may get to see it in Indianapolis in December--we'll see if that works out.

    Your Pilgrims are so sweet! I actually like the bows--maybe make them smaller. Or just pin them on and then you can take them off and put them on as the mood strikes :)

    Good luck with the needlepoint ornaments--have never attempted needlepoint, but those sure are cute.

    I know you'll enjoy your wonderful mountain Thanksgiving feast--pictures please!! Safe travels!

  10. Love the pilgrim pair! My preference would be no bows. What cool needlepoint canvases you picked up for the grands' ornaments! Glad you enjoyed Hamilton! Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving, Stasi!