Sunday, July 21, 2013

Weekend Stitching

Due to the heat wave I have been spending more time this past week stitching.  On Saturday morning I went to House Of Stitches in LaPorte to work on our past October project by Ellen Chester called "A Lady's Worke Box".  I really love how this project is coming together.

Here are a couple of the pieces that I have finished stitching and the progress on the house that will be on the front of the finished box.  This project is amazing and I cannot wait to get it done.  But, I have to say that I am also very excited to take two more classes this October from Ellen Chester.  Linda from House of Stitches is having Ellen Chester back to teach two more of her teaching projects.  Please use this link to House of Stitches and click on events.  Linda has several more spots available and I can promise you it will be a great weekend.  The other plus is Linda's shop is just down the road from the retreat and her inventory is AMAZING.  So, think about it and come join us.

I am also busy working on two online classes.  The first one is from Amy Mitten called "Needleworker's Pocketbook".  Here is my progress.

This is a very detailed project and has been hard to put down.  I am trying to rotate thru my projects so that each one I have to get done this year will be accomplished.

My other online class is "Buttons A Bounty" by Jackie Du Plessis.  Sorry, no progress to share yet since I just got started today.  Maybe with my next post you will see more.

Recently I was able to find a pattern from a friend of a design that is out of print.  It is "A Patriot's Sampler" by MidSummer Night Designs.  I saw this design on display at Attic Needlework's shop last January and have been trying to find.  I was lucky to find someone from my local shop that had the pattern.  Thank you Teresa, I am truly enjoying this pattern!!!!!!

Again, I am truly hoping that after you read my blog today you will go over to House Of Stitches and sign up for the Ellen Chester Retreat.  Note, you can also sign up for one of the two days if that fits your schedule better.  Reach out to your stitching buddies and make sure they take a look at these beautiful projects and sign up.

Well, time to stitch before heading to bed.  More to come of my rotationaly projects.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Class Finish - Sherwood Garden

I have been completing an online class via Shining Needle Society.  It was a lot of fun and I did get a few weeks behind due to a vacation and other issues that happen.  So, here is the result.

This was from Needle Delights Orginials.  I bought an extra kit to redo this project in blue.  I think that will have to wait since I have signed up for another class that is just starting from Amy Mitten.  It is a needleworker's pocketbook.  If you get a chance take a look at her website at  More to come on that once I get started.

We just got back from a wonderful trip in Alaska and I want to share a few shots with you.  If you ever get a chance to go you will love it.

This last picture is a group of sea otters that were looking at a small boat of people standing around and staring back.  They were really fun to watch floating in the water.

Enjoy your week.....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shining Needle Project

Recently I signed up for an online project with The Shining Needle Society.  It is a counted cross project by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals called the Sherwood Garden.  It has been a lot fun and a quick weekly project to work on. 

Each week a new lesson is sent and I cannot wait to start it.  I think I will try this one again in another color scheme.

I am still working on the Maryland Sampler but it is getting behind in progress.  Here are a few shots of my progress.

Hope you all have a Wonderful Mother Day.  It is good to see the sun shining on us today and hopefully our weather is getting better.  I really hope to put my winter coat away for good. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Maryland Inspiration

For the start of 2013 I decided to stitch with friends on the "A Maryland Inspiration" Sampler by Heart's Ease Examplar Workes.

What a project and this is going to be a huge commitment.  In the first month everyone was working towards getting the outer board done.  No Way.  This thing is huge and doing it on a 40 count is a challenge.  Here is an idea of how large this project is.

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Sampler Symposium at Attic Needlework.  While I was there I picked up an awesome frame.  Jean from the shop told me about putting my fabric to the back of the frame so that I could run my needle under the frame easier. This is so great.  It also makes it easier to work on the 40 count fabric.  The size and shape of this hoop is amazing.

During my visit to Arizona I spent time with family.  On a trip to the Lost Dutchman State Park we got a chance to see the most amazing hawk.  It is a Harris Hawk.
Here is an amazing sunset at the park.
Being back at home in the cold and snow makes it really hard since I got to enjoy a wonderful weekend in Arizona.
Time to stitch and forget about the cold.