THE BUZZ FROM THE HIVE

Saturday, September 4, 2021

I am Strolling into Fall......(607-613)

 


  Greetings! August continued to be hot, humid and steamy and I continued to stay home in the A/C and stitch as much as possible. We did have a moment of 'crisis' when our A/C went down on a weekend, but were able to get it fixed quickly. Such a minor complaint compared to what people down south are dealing with.......holding them in my thoughts and prayers.

School has started up again and, even though we don't have school age children, we have to refer to the school schedules for start/end times. We live off a two lane road that has 5 schools within 3-4 miles. We have a huge bus driver shortage so the superintendent has asked parents to drive their kids to/from school.....major backups and you can be sitting for 30 minutes since the parents cars actually back up onto the main road. Very frustrating, but we are lucky we can be flexible and not have to get to work.

I'm sounding like Debbie Downer today, so I will move quickly on to some stitching updates. First up are my finishes and additions to my Stitch Stroll.

I've been participating in a Christmas ornament SAL on IG hosted by our friend, Carol of Stitching Dreams. I've been trying to get a little ahead of the game, knowing I'll have Christmas stitching to do......so here are my August and September ornaments.  




 Santa's Workshop by The Nebby Needle....stitched on 36 ct. mystery linen and finished per instructions.

   

  

 Merry Christmas Mr. Grinch by Brookes Books....stitched on 14 ct. cream perforated paper with DMC. He's reversible!!!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

I completed the Jade Band Sampler SAL from iStitch Designs.  This was stitched on 4'' 28 ct. antique white banding with a chevron edge. I used VMS Ocean Waves and Faded Sampler Blue with a splash of HDF Yellow Spice.


 I squeaked in this cutie at the end of the Olympics. I loved the spot on the Olympic pictograms where real people demonstrated 50 different sports in 3 minutes. If you didn't see it, you can probably find on youtube. Some clever person (Noriko Soh) designed a pictogram for embroidery. Stitched on 40 ct. Ivory linen, over one, with VMS Necessaire Blue and popped in a Tim Holtz pocket watch with red, white and blue beads.

 

I had to get to the stitching of  Tomayto, Tomahto by Hands on Design when I started seeing everyone's shares on FB and IG. What a cute set!!! Stitched and finished as called for thanks to the fabulous instructions by Cathy. My favorite part is how the tomato is magnetized to the tray...so clever!!!
 




 

  This next piece came to mind after finishing the 3D  tomato. It was stitched in 2011 and  FFO'd just in time for autumn display. It's Three Pumpkins by Prairie Grove Peddler. I don't recall the fabric and substituted GAST for the DMC. 

 



The final finish, finish was a quick and easy one.....Stitch by Shepherds Bush. I saw a video on FB with Terri, from Shepherds Bush, talking about this chart and the sweet mesh bags you can stitch it on. I need another project bag like a hole in the head, but was on the phone ordering the next day. There are three colors: rose, grey and green...guess you know which one I chose for me!!! Stitched with #5 perle cottons (I used colors I had on hand) directly on the mesh and ready to use immediately!


 I participated in the Common Threaded Stitcher event on IG where you were given a different prompt each day in August. One of the prompts was "what is your oldest WIP"? Well, that prompted me to find mine and this is what I determined it to be: an old series by Curtis Boehringer called 3 for 2.  It consisted of a monthly chart with 3 small designs for $2.00!!! This was back in the mid to late 90's and I decided to try my hand at over one stitching....thanks to inspiration from Ruth Sparrow at Twisted Threads. I picked the designs that included alphabets and managed to get August and September done at the time. I have added October, November and December this past month; they only take an evening to do! Aren't they the cutest??? I even have an old Hog River frame I must have bought at the time to pop them in. I'll try to keep squeezing them in when I can because I really do love them...even after all these years!!!



 I did the August Wordplay as called for...coming around to third base on these!

 

And I stitched The Stitching Bee by Little House Needleworks.

 

I'm finding that stitching small/quick projects is helping to keep my mind off the craziness out there!!! I think the excitement of putting that first stitch in keeps me stimulated and focused on a positive. How are you all coping? Tackling huge projects? Picking up new hobbies? 

  I  have started back on my Bee Contained piece by Betsy Morgan but met a little obstacle when my granddaughter unscrewed a piece on my Lowery and it fell to the floor and a piece broke off that makes it tough to clamp down on my scroll rod. We've been trying to figure out a solution; I know it's a tiny inexpensive fix, but hard to navigate the shallow area it needs to be slipped into. I know...clear as mud..but hoping to have a friend show me theirs next week, so I can actually see what was in there. I'll share photos of Bee Contained  next time as this is running on...and on....

As always, thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi




 

 

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Time to Sew............(600-606)

  

Another month has flown by...still stitching away and avoiding the heat/humidity as much as possible. We did make it to my uncles in Mt. Airy, Md ...now my cousins...beautiful home for the Fourth of July. This was the place we traditionally went for all the summer holidays when I was growing up and holds very special memories for me. There would be loads of families there....aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles, first cousins, second cousins....and we would gather for softball, horseshoes, s'mores, berry picking, fireworks and walks on the railroad tracks that were up a short hill from the field. My cousin's family graciously invited any who could come to revisit those wonderful childhood memories. ...though one I'd rather forget was the time we got stuck in a train tunnel while a train was coming through!!!!! My Dad and uncle plastered us up against the wall to ride it out and no one was the worse for wear!

Here are some photos from the day...not too many made it, but those that did were very thankful.

House built in late 1700's

The softball field and railroad tracks right up that hill towards the back

You can see the tip of the old stone fireplace where burgers, baked beans and s'mores reigned supreme



 Now on to my stitching.....I'll start with my FFO's.....Measure Twice and Cut Once Etui by Sue Hawkins. This was stitched on 18 ct. canvas with supplied fibers and was a car project.



Next is Olde Glory  by Kristy Greene. This chart and the supplies were gifted to me by a friend (thanks Lisa). Not sure why I started it over one as I had seen Lisa's and it was definitely over two, but I did it twice...once over one on 36 ct. Lakeside Examplar and then over two on a 36 ct mystery linen. The over two version became a pin keep and I'm still deciding what to do with the over one. I stuffed it with walnut shells.



 

White Christmas by Ewe and Eye and Friends is my July ornament for the #12in21ornamentsal on IG. I had seen Carol's, from Stitching Dreams, finished piece and was inspired. I found the chart at Salty Yarns and stitched it on 32 ct R&R Settlers Green with white silk floss. I added  pom-pom trim around the edges and stuffed it with polyfill.


This was a class project with Beth from Summer House Stitche Workes, Crowning Glory. The class finally happened last Saturday after being postponed twice due to Covid. It was so nice to get together in person and see my fellow Guild members. We had to pre-stitch the needlework crown and then mounted it and placed in the metal crown. we also covered the box with lovely paper and learned how to make the scissor fob and thread keep.  A great class all around!!!


Last, but definitely not least, is Dreaming Girl by Barbara Ana Designs. I fell in love with this when I saw it floating around on IG. I bought the chart and started searching for the perfect fabric; I found this PTP 32 ct Twilight fabric and it was the bomb. I used Anchor threads and framed it in a small frame I bought at Hobby Lobby and painted yellow. It is purposely not centered in the frame, per the designer, and I love the way it looks.


I am still chugging along on some SAL's and here they are: 

Houses of Hawk Run Hollow by Kathy Barrick. I am down to one block, but am doing different wording than what's on the chart...still thinking through that. But here is block 9:


Next is the July Wordplay by Brenda Gervais.


Finally is Jade Band Sampler by iStitch Designs...one more week to go!!! I knew I had just enough of the darker blue to finish this, but it disappeared and I haven't been able to find it...after exhaustive searching in the sofa with flashlight. So the final sections will be a tad darker blue...can you see the difference???


 Then... I had an inkling to sew a few project bags and here are the fruits of my labor. The blue one with houses is Stars Hollow and lined with fabric that says "Lukes"...you'll know what I mean if you're a fan of the Gilmore Girls. :)


I started keeping track of my needlework projects in 1997; I would enter the chart name, designer and number of hours stitched in a journal like this......



Then, back in 2019, I stumbled across a few of these cute spiral notebooks at TJ Maxx. I started a page for each project and had room for info on fabric, fibers, start and finish dates, etc..

I depend on my blog for photos...and hope it never goes bye-bye!!!

For those who do not know what the numbers in parentheses mean in my title line, they are a partial accounting of my finished projects, called Stasi's Stitch Stroll. Back in 2017 I had the brilliant (?) idea to post a  finished project a day, never thinking I'd have one for every day of the year. Surprise!!!! I had that number and more, so as I finish new projects, I make note in the title line of what number I'm on now so I have a record, so to speak.  Sadly, I stitched many pieces before I started keeping track and gave lots away as gifts, so they are only in my memory (what little I have left). :) Every now and then, I'll come across one, which is the case with this next photo. I stitched this for my nephew back in 1993. He just had his first child, and my SIL brought the pillow out I had made all those years ago. I don't recall the designer, but there was a series for different celebrations and they all looked like a piece of mail. (If anyone knows what they are, please let me know). This piece is now officially #606 in my stroll!


Well, I took a break and went to the gym, am back now and ready for a nap!!! Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!

Stasi

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Who Knows Where the Time Goes........(595-600)

 

 Greetings my friends! I was reminded of the song by Judy Collins, one of my favorite singers, Who Knows Where the Time Goes for the title today. It has been almost two months since I last posted and I really don't know where the time went. Now we did squeak a long weekend in to visit my younger daughter and hubby in NC. Then we drove to Baltimore to bring my parents down for 5 days, returning them on Father's Day. That week was a bit of a whirlwind, but the rest of the time....who knows???

While in NC we went to a concert, vintage market, birthday party, gathering of my daughters fellow chiefs at a local brewery (of which there are many) and more..it was a jam packed weekend! We did some hiking to a couple different waterfalls in Pisgah Forest, which was my daughters home, literally,  for 2 1/2 years. She was a counselor at a camp for  teens that had gotten into trouble and it was either juvie or the camp. It was a tough life for kids and chiefs (that was what the counselors were called) alike...they lived in tents they had to build themselves from trees on the land....year round. They'd cook their Thanksgiving turkeys in a hole in the ground and such. She did have some success stories but many times these kids family lives were the pits. I am so very proud of her for doing this...she has developed a true love of nature from her outdoor experiences and continues using her caring heart for these disadvantaged/exceptional children as a special ed teacher in the public schools.

Here is a photo of my daughter and her hubby....and our newest grand pup, Tusk!


 

Before I forget, we also got a grand pup around Easter. His name is Luke and he lives with my older daughters family. Here he is with Cora; he was also a rescue.

Now how about some stitching updates??? That I have been doing all along..it keeps me sane!!! I'll start with a few finishes I'm adding to my Stitch Stroll. First up is the French Schoolgirl Sewing Bag and Smalls by Needlemade Designs. I stitched this in honor of my grandaughter, Esther. I finished per the instructions and am storing the pieces in a lined Shaker box. Esther will receive this one day when I know she'll take good care of it, but for now, it resides with Mimi!!! :)
 





Next up are gifts I made for special friend's birthdays. First, Her Needles Safely Kept by Merry Cox, followed by Shared Stitches 2002, a collaboration of Shepherd's Bush, Chessie N Me, Mosey n Me and Merry Cox.





 




 

I have been keeping up with an ornament SAL on IG  initiated by Carol at Stitching Dreams. Here are my April, May and June ornaments. Info under each photo.

 
Seek Joy by Bright Needle

                                      Spirit of Christmas (set 1) Rejoice by Lila's Studio


Merry by Heart in Hand    finishing based on tutorial by Vonna The Twisted Stitcher

 Now, onto WIP'S.....I stitched another block on the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I will be putting some wording in the open space. I changed this one up a bit and put a beehive where a cow was and I used the arch from the Shared Stitched design shown above.

 

I'm two weeks behind on my iStitch band sampler, but here's where I stand to date.

I started a Blackbird Design which I will only work on the first Sunday of the month, per Brenda and the Serial Starter. I chose We Live in Hope.  I'm stitching on 36 ct. BOAF Sandpiper linen with Victorian Motto Shoppe fibers. Somehow, they look much brighter with one strand on the linen than they did in the full skein. I'm weighing whether I'll want to overdye with coffee to make it look "old". We'll see!!!!!

 

I finished my June Wordplay last night and here are the first 6 out of 12.  

 Finally...and I bet you're glad I said that.....are two travel projects I've been working on in the car. Both are by Sue Hawkins and are so bright and colorful. They are done on 18 ct canvas with the supplied fibers. Info under pics.

                                            Measure Twice and Cut Once Etui 

 

                                            Plant Some Flowers Scissor Keeper

So, I am going to end here.....it is a task when you go so long between posts and have so much to share.....but I hope you enjoyed my stroll. I'll close with photos of the adorable sewing basket I found at aforementioned vintage market. It is a Princess basket and in perfect shape!!! I was tickled to find it...and in my favorite color!!!

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

Stasi