Monday, October 12, 2020

Fall is favorite tme of year!!!! And time for some strollin'.......(568-572)


Greetings! Time flies when you're having fun...and even when you're not! It's been a busy few weeks...some ups and some downs...but hanging in there nonetheless! About  week after I last posted, Rich and I slipped away for a few days in OCMD.....a much needed change of scenery. It was different than usual...masks on the boardwalk...carry out for dinner and a not too crowded beach. We sat there for two days on the beach just breathing in that salt air and being lulled by the waves...which were HUGE! 

 Then we got a call that a fellow employee Rich had worked closely with, had tested positive for Covid...not the kind of call you want to get while on a mini vacay. The long and short, Rich was tested the next day (Thursday) when we got home..rapid test was negative, but doctor said to isolate until we got the final results. That didn't happen until  Monday so we had to miss my nephews wedding in Baltimore that weekend....bummer!!!! Final results were negative, so a big sigh of relief!!!

Thank goodness that didn't stop me from stitching, so I have a few finishes to be added to my Stroll. First up is Seeking Refuge by The Scarlett House...finally got it framed. Years ago, I had found a large frame in the discount section of Hobby Lobby. It was probably about 24 X 40" and for a song (must have been a boo-boo) and I figured one day I would cut it down into a couple frames as the moulding was so lovely. Enter my SIL and all his fancy tools; he cut to the size I gave him and did a great job! But....when I got home I realized I had measured wrong and the frame was about 1 inch to tall. Soooo, I added the row of diamond shapes at the top and all was well....I think I may actually like that better! :)

Next is the silk gauze piece I did for my younger daughter and son-in-laws anniversary. It is Heart and Compass by Erica Michaels. I love the colors in this and had the tiny frame on hand.

 Next is the project we were sent from Sassy Jack's September Soiree. It's a biscournu called Mountain Sunset from Sassafras Samplers. I changed the colors up a bit to darker tones, but keeping the feel of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 








Here is Fallen Leaf, a freebie from La-D-Da.It's stitched on a 36 ct. mystery linen with Glorianna Topiary. I then mounted it on a wooden acorn I picked up from Target a couple years ago.

Now on to some WIPS. First up .....I'm on the names in the Coming to America piece by With Thy Needle and Thread.

I started a new piece...Reindeer Feed Sack by Carriage House Samplings. I'm stitching it on a28 ct natural/evergreen Tattersal fabric with a red Sulky thread. I've never used Sulky before and I have to say I'm loving it. It;s the same as two strands of floss and the one strand is so much easier to work with. I had bought mini collection of 'reds' and chose the more barn red shade (the one in the middle).

Last is a project for my Guild class on Thursday. It's a freebie from Lisa Cowell called Mary Smith, and will become a tiny pincushion. It too is stitched on a 36 ct mystery linen with Waterlilies Fiesta.


So, this past weekend I attended the Jamboree at Salty Yarns virtually. We had the option to attend in person or via Zoom; I chose Zoom because of our recent experience with Rich and my desire to err on the side of caution. There were 15 zoom attendees and I think it all went swimmingly!!! We received our class kits in time for the event and I am so tickled with all of them. The teachers all collaborated with a theme honoring the Lankford Hotel and Boardwalk. It was as close to being there, as possible, and the teachers were great dealing with both types of attendees. I'll start by sharing our "goodie" bag which was filled with lots of fun stuff....then a photo of our little gifts at each class. One, which hadn't arrived in time, is a green face mask that says "Salty Yarns".

Then, here are the class pieces all called Boardwalk Revue. My first class was with Linda of Erica Michaels and is a stitched version of the Lankford Hotel, accompanied by a strawberry, that will sit in a blue wooden box.


My second class was with Clara Blalock from The Stitching Parlor. It will be a needlebook and thimble and thread holders, that can also lay in the wooden box.

My final class was with Pat and Peggy from Fern Ridge and we made a peyote beaded scissor fob, which I am happy to say I finished. The Lankford is known for its white rockers, so this was perfect!!! I have sat and rocked in them many a time!!! Don't you love the bicycle charm too???

It was a great time, though I dearly missed being with my friends in person. Though there's something to be said for attending in your jammies and being able to sleep in your own bed at night! :)

In closing,here is a photo of a Bee pillow I made for my newly recycled stitching chair which, by the way, is perfectly comfortable for a weekend of stitching!!!


Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship! Take care and bee well!!!



  1. Seeking Refuge turned out fantastic! Heart and Compass is such a wonderful gift Stasi! Your beaded scissor fob is really awesome! And the big bee pillow could not be more perfect!!

  2. Thank goodness Rich tested negative.
    I love seeing all the projects you have completed or which are in progress.

  3. Seeking Refuge looks great all framed up!
    Gotta love that Squirrel Biscornu.
    What great projects you received from Jamboree.
    Love the Bee pillow.

  4. Each one of your finishes look awesome, Stasi. Enjoyed seeing your newest project that you are working on as well. I am glad you were able to attend Jamboree virtually. I am happy to hear that Rich tested negative. Hope you all remain healthy!

  5. How nice to get away, I hope you got to Salty Yarns! Although sorry to hear you had the Covid worry.
    More lovely finishes, especially when you already have the supplies you need!
    What a great virtual weekend you had, they sure kept you busy.

  6. Stasi: You have so many lovely gifts from your zoom retreat, how nice to not sleep in a bed and having to get up early and get ready to be at class.
    Seeking Refuge what a beautiful design and frame, I think you did a great job of adding the diamond shapes, perfect.
    You have many wonderful WIPS going, I have never tried Sulky but plan on doing so, thank-you for sharing with us the thread you used, I love the color red.
    So happy your husband tested negative, so many people are testing false positive, then having to isolate for two weeks.
    Have a great week


  7. Dear Stasi
    Another most enjoyable post filled with so many beautiful projects
    I know you will soon have your retreat pieces done and it will be nice to see them
    I am so happy I had the opportunity to join the fun because ,like you, I love all of the pieces offered
    Looking forward to your next finishes

  8. Wow. This post is packed with goodies. Your finishes are great. Glad your husband tested negative. Happy that attending Jamboree virtually was such a success. Continue to stay healthy and keep up that stitching!

  9. So glad everything worked out with your husband. Sleeping in your own bed and comfy class clothes is awesome,but I know it isn't the same as being with friends. What wonderful finishes and retreat projects. Someday I'll make it to Salty Yarns.

  10. Just back from CA and catching up on my favorite blogs, Stasi! I'm so relieved that your husband didn't get Covid. That is definitely NOT what you want to hear while relaxing on the beach!

    Wow! Your framed finish is stunning--so nice that you were able to get it cut down to the perfect size. I have a lot of old frames I've picked up from Goodwill that I save for just that reason. Hope to get some framing in today--we'll see! Coming back from the west coast always has me a bit off-kilter...

    You take care now and enjoy all those goodies from The Salty Yarn ♥

  11. The Salty Yarns event sounds (and looks) like it was absolutely wonderful. I’m glad you were able to participate. The projects are gorgeous.

    Your biscornu is perfect. I’ve never tried making one but they look like fun.

    I’m glad you like the Sulky threads. I haven’t tried them yet but I have the pack from Friendstitch. Reviews from our group were mixed. Most said they felt very “round” compared to traditional flosses. All agreed the coverage was superb.

    Perfect pillow for your “new” chair. Looks great and it’s so you. 🐝