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I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Finishes

Well hello there... it's been a while.
I'm afraid I've been spending the bulk of my time
on Instagram lately.
I've really been enjoying it because
there's no political squabbling,
no advertisements,
just photos.

But I'm here today to catch you up
with some recent finishes, so let's get started.

Despite the title of this post,
this is actually not a finish.
Here's where I was at with RipRo last time.

I made what I consider significant progress...
Only two corners to go!
This is Needle Delights Originals' Ripple Rotation II,
in case my nickname is confusing anyone.

I had a teeny start on Bittersweet September last time.

And here it is all finished...

Then I started and finished this little squirrel...
The wool in the background is what I used
for the backing of the pillow.
This is from Summer House Stitche Workes'
2016 Fragments in Time collection.

I finished piecing my lap quilt, and had to wait
almost two months to get it back from the
longarm quilter!
But here it is, all finished as of this afternoon.
The name of the design is Shadow Play
and it's from Plum Tree Quilts.
It was a workshop hosted by my quilt guild.

I used some large pieces of fabric
from my stash on the back.

And finally, I had a letter finish...

which was also a row/leaflet finish...
on the Prairie Schooler alphabet.

The piece as a whole is getting
a bit harder to photograph.

And I'm plugging right along with it,
so here is my start on the M...
I think the mermaid is kind of homely.
I debated giving her some lips,
but thought better of it.
This is Prairie Schooler we're talking about
after all and not Mirabilia!

I don't think I've forgotten anything.
For those of you who are Instagrammers
interested in visiting over there,
I'm @southpaw.stitch.
I'm not technically savvy enough
to put a button on my sidebar!

Hope you're having a delightful October.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Auspicious August

Hey Blog Buddies,
Hope everyone's August went well.  
I was beginning to think I wouldn't get a post in this month, 
because I wanted to wait until I had another letter finish.  
But finally...

K is done!
I think the cat looks a bit nervous.
Maybe she's afraid that the birds
are going to start pecking at her ears.

I worked a bit on Rip-Ro, too.

Here's where I was last month.

And here it is now.

I had a good bit done on Forest last month.

And here it is now, all stitched.
I like the way the trees change color
when they overlap.

I made a couple of new starts, too.

I don't know if this will be
finished in time to be seasonally displayed, 
but at least I should have it for next year!

This has been in my stash pile for several years.
It finally called loudly enough for me to notice.

The Lake County Fair was in the middle of the month...

...and I did quite well.

This past weekend, I attended
Needlework Galleria with my friend Joyce.
It was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel
in St. Charles, Missouri.
There were close to 30 vendors,
mostly designers and some needlework shops,
and it took up the entire fourth floor of the hotel.
Since all the rooms were two-room suites,
the vendors set up their shops 
in the living room part of the
suite where they were staying.
I took this photo from the 12th floor where
our suite was, far from the madding crowd.
You can see the banners of some of the vendors
down on the fourth floor railing.

A tiny sample of goods from various shops.


I went a little nuts in the shop with all the fabric...
I got lots of nice 18- and 20-count evenweave,
good for over-one work!
Wait, am I planning on doing a lot of over-one work?!

I signed up for one class, the Round Robin.
Six vendors took turns presenting their small projects.  
Just what I need, six more projects!
But they're small...

Clockwise from top left, The Silver Needle's acorn stand-ups;
JBW's candy cane holder; Romyscreations' Christmas ornie;
J Design's Spooky Tin, Noteworthy Needle's
thimble holder (it's really small); and finally
Needle Bling's sampler pillow.

The Silver Needle is a needlework shop in Tulsa, OK.
They had a fabulous 2-suite shop jam packed 
with the most tantalizing stuff.
If you're ever near Tulsa, pay them a visit!

I have to give a shout out to Cathy from
Inspired Needle (my local LNS)
who puts on this incredible event year after year.
Thanks for all the hard work, Cathy.
It was well worth it.

That's it from here.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Slow Progress

Do you guys realize that the last "letter finish" (I) that I showed you on the Prairie Schooler alphabet was back in May?!  It seemed like J was taking a long time to finish--I did have to set it aside a couple of times for other projects with deadlines.  But, finally, here it is...

There is a lot of stitching on that pumpkin!

I did have another small finish, too.
This is Victoria Sampler's Christmas Spools--
quick to make and easy to finish.
The trick here is finding a wooden spool,
although I have noticed that some needlework shops
are carrying large "new" wooden spools.
I happened to have an older spool in my stash.

Currently, I have three projects in my rotation:

Satsuma Street's Forest
This is what it looked like last time.

And here it is now.
This seems to be going slowly because
it's over one, on 25-count lugana.
Over-one is usually challenging for me,
but I had to do it in order
to get the size I wanted.
This piece could be complete the way it is,
but I plan to stitch the entire thing.
There are four additional trees on both sides.

The second rotation piece is my 
ANG chapter's challenge project...
Needle Delights Originals' Ripple Rotation II.
Here is what it looked like last time.

And here it is now.
This seems to be going slowly because her
"Log" series which I did recently
 relied on Caron's overdyed Watercolours
for the color changes.
Here, some of these small squares 
contain six or seven different colors!
And since I'm following the colors
as opposed to stitching square by square,
there is constant page flipping going on.
It makes my head hurt.

The third rotation piece is,
you guessed it, Prairie Schooler's K:
I think it's a little strange
that a bird was charted in the
"K is for Kitty" box,
but he was so cute that 
I didn't want to change him out for a cat.

That's it from here.
Hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Plethora of Patriotic Pieces

How's your July been going so far?  A little while ago I started thinking about some of the patriotic charts that I've had in my stash for quite some time, and decided it was time that they were stitched.  So here are my Four for the Fourth.

Little House Needleworks' Old Glory.
You've seen this here recently; now it's totally finished.

Blackbird Designs' In Full Glory.

Prairie Schooler's Double Eagle Sampler
from Booklet No. 8, American Primitive.
You would never guess this design is from the 80's,
would you?
Their stuff is timeless.

And here's my little display.
The Liberty Bell is also from Prairie Schooler.
They fill up my rustic box nicely.
I won't need to do any more patriotic ones.
Well, maybe I could squeeze more in next year.

My fourth piece is canvaswork...

Independence Day
from (can you guess?)
Needle Delights Originals.
This will probably be put into a box top.

Along with all these,
I've been busy filling out my
Entry Form for the Lake County Fair.
I'm entering 13 pieces this year,
but might only have 11 or 12,
because one needs tweaking
and another one isn't finished yet.
But I've got a few weeks...
famous last words.
So that's what I'll be doing this month
(along with J).

For my US friends, have a happy and safe Fourth.
Have a groovy July, everyone.

Thanks, as always, for visiting.