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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Stitching Circle

I got the Silver Needle With a Little Help from Our Friends Stitching Circle kit in the mail yesterday.  It is a drum (if you want to make it that way, you don't have to) designed by Sam Sarah.
I love that everything is included.  I especially love that there are some jelly bellies in the box,  I don't have any photos of those as they were eaten immediately! 

Peoria Purple linen, chenille for the trim, wools for the top and bottom and all the threads.  There were some great pins included too.
One square inch of the red scissors fob got stitched.  Maybe if I get one square stitched each day it will be done by next Sunday.
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 21, 2017


How is poor headless Dudley doing?  Much better now that he is all stitched.

Just a tad more (a branch and leaf) and this section is done.  Next is over one crowns and hearts.

I started the scissors fob that matches the red pin cushion from yesterday. 

I went to see Mary Chapin Carpenter last night.  It was very cool to see her in person.  Her voice has not diminished with age.  She was great as was her whole band.  I could have listened to her for another hour more.  When I was walking this morning I listened to her music on my Ipod. 

Today was the last Saturday Farmer's Market for the year.  I bought all I could carry.  I also got a cinnamon roll, yum!
We've had some really lovely days this week and today is beautiful. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

A Round Tuit

I finally got around to putting something on the back of the French pin cushion.

I decided on an "A" using the alphabet in the Fraktur Sewing Set II.  So then I had no excuse for not finishing it all off.

I put a piece of skirtex in the bottom and cut ten pieces of Warm 'n Natural for the filling.  I basted all the pieces together and put it in the pin cushion.  In hind sight, I probably should have put in a couple more Warm 'n Natural pieces but it is okay.

So it is all done!  I would like to make the scissors fob from this pattern.

 It is a cute cube shape and shouldn't take too long.

Tomorrow is the last Farmer's Market of the year.  This year has gone so fast. 
Dudley now has a head, I'll show you tomorrow.

Thursday, October 19, 2017


This week is whizzing by.  I got the Fraktur pin cushion all stitched.  I don't get to open the stand until next week but I wanted to see how it might look so I cut it out and serged the edges.  I did a running stitch around the edge.  I like it.

 There will be a piece of cardboard that goes into the bottom.  The directions say to sew the top to the cardboard (?) and then glue it to the stand.  We'll see. . .

I still have one more piece of the Fraktur Sewing Set II to stitch.  It is a biscornu.  It will be easier than the one I just finished.  But I need a break for a few days. 

I got my monthly Colour and Cotton floss.  Nice colors.

I get to go see Mary Chapin Carpenter tomorrow.  I was a big folk music fan in my youth so this is very cool. 
The walking is done and it looks like a very nice day.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


I am so almost done with the Fraktur pin cushion that goes on a stand.

I think I can finish it today.

I got a book I ordered from France. 
 It shows four designs using the DMC Coloris threads.   There is a heart for each season:

I think they are very sweet.  I think an Italian lady designed them and the book isn't available in the US.  So when I saw if on a Facebook post, I ordered it.  It isn't cross stitch.  It looks to be pretty easy embroidery.  Now where did I put those Coloris threads?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day Two

We had our second day of the Sue Spargo class on Sunday.  Today we are working on stitches.  Half of me time was spent trying to decide exactly what I wanted to do.  I put some rick rack on the side of the alligator for some texture.  But I decided I liked what was recommended in the pattern better, double cast-on stitch.  So I took off the rick rack and looked up in Sue's book how to do the stitch.  I chose a variegated thread in green and I liked how it turned out.  I happened to sew on the alligator with it's mouth open.  So I thought I would put something in it's mouth.  BFF#2 thought I should put a snake in his mouth but I liked the idea of a red circle that could be an apple or a cherry. 

By the end of the day this is what I had accomplished. 

Everybody laid our their work and we got to see what everyone had done.  It was great to see everybody's ideas.  One person was working on a backpack.  How cool!

I bought a bunch of embellishments and threads.

I also bought a cute kit.

I started the kit yesterday and I'm ready to stitch on the birds.

It was a fun class and I'm glad we went.  However, I have a lot more work to do!!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sue Spargo Class

BFF#2 and I drove to a class with Sue Spargo on Saturday.  The weather was awful.  Rain, rain and more rain.  We ended up getting nearly 5 inches of rain on Saturday.  We found the place without too much trouble and were just a few minutes late but the class hadn't started yet.  It was a class where we were working on a section of Sue's Folktales quilt.

I expected it to be more structured than it was.  I thought Sue would have us work on a certain section.  But she just let us choose which animals we wanted to put on it and where we felt like putting them.  That is very freeing.  I wanted to put on the alligator and she showed me how she does it:  what needle, what thread, what technique and how to do points.

She had a whole boutique of her stuff there.  The pact to not buy anything stitchy until next year is so dead and broken.  How could I resist?  Look at all those goodies. 

Once you have the animals on, you embellish the heck out of them.  That is where your individuality takes over.  The quilt can't help but reflect your personality as you put on stuff that speaks to you.

Some people planned out their whole quilt arranging all the elements they plan to put on.  Me?  I just started stitching.  I put on the things I liked.  I saw a technique where you emboss velvet using a rubber stamp.  So I tried it out putting dots on gold velvet to become a fish.  I didn't do it very well. (Push harder, spritz with water, don't touch it too much, etc.)  So you can't see the dots now that I have stitched it on.  But I learned a lot!

I got a good start on my little piece of quilt.  We will work on stitches and embellishments tomorrow.  It was a fun day of doing something different from cross stitching.