Sunday, April 12, 2015
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It's a gorgeous Sunday morning! Warm, breezy, sunny....perfect!! And I've been a super-productive girl this morning.
I found a bunch of antique textiles in my storage room and hung them out on the clothesline this morning to air them out. I plan to bring them to Williamsburg for the Primitive Stitcher's Society Retreat in a few weeks.
There are show towels, pillow cases, wool blankets, a sampler, homespun yardage and more!
The magnolia tree in my back yard is gorgeous!! It's almost reached it's peak, which means in a week I'll be raking up the sweetest smelling petals imaginable. The wonderful smell makes the raking not quite as painful as it could be!
Bella (with her summer haircut) spends every waking moment outside. Rosie is more of a mommy's girl and spends every waking moment with me.
Indoors I've been needle punching like crazy. I'm totally addicted and can't seem to stop! This is the back of the piece I'm currently working on the below is a photo of the front.
I'm using Valdani threads for the first time and love them! It's hard to beat endless balls of thread all ready to go.
This photo shows an antique show towel, perfectly blank, in a wonderful small size. Under it is a piece of Weeks 35 count linen I'm going to use to reproduce the size and shape of the show towel and I've designed a small sampler to have stitched on the reproduction.
The threads on the spools are Sheep's Silk from The Thread Gatherer. The thread is 50% wool and 50% silk and is perfect for punch needle. I can't wait to start another project and use this glorious thread!
Hoping your Sunday is just as gorgeous as mine!
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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This little design will be available in kit form at the Primitive Stitchers Society in Williamsburg at the beginning of May. The kit will contain hand dyed linen and silk thread, along with the chart.
I'll only have about 15 copies available and if there are any left at the end of the weekend, I'll post them on my Etsy site when I get home.
My thanks to Carol Sims for inspiring this design!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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I've been punching like crazy!! At the Primitive Stitcher's Society Retreat in Williamsburg, I'm teaching a beginning punch needle class. The smaller design above is the class project.
And then, because I was having just too much fun punching, I designed a new punch needle piece. Which, by the way, I ended up punching twice. I totally messed up my first try and had to start fresh. I ended up liking the colors in my second try much better than my first, so I was fine with that! And, lucky me, Faye Riggsbee will be finishing both of the pieces above for me. I LOVE Faye's work and can't wait to see what she does with these!
Beth Wiksen is stitching away on another new release for the Retreat. And she's doing the finishing for me as well. Thank goodness!! Beth is an amazing finisher! I am finishing-challenged. I look and look at something and just thing "how?????" and never, ever come up with the answer.
And, I have another tiny sampler design in the works that I hope to bring to the Retreat as a kit. Thank you to Carol Sims for the inspiration for that piece!
I'm sooooo looking forward to the PSS Retreat! I'll be going with Carol and we always have a ton of fun together.
Rumor has it that Lori Brechlin is in town today! YAY!! I'm waiting for her text to go meet her at the antique mall. In the meantime, I'll be vacuuming up all the little snippets of thread which are covering the floors in this place. Even the dogs are covered with thread - seriously!
Hope you all have a good one!
Saturday, March 14, 2015
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My sister built a new website!
A beautiful, fantastic new website!!
Marty has amazing talents on computers I can never hope to have.
The photographs are beautiful,
the attention to detail is amazing,
it's an easy-to-use work of art!
Go check it out!!
and tell everyone that Spot the Horse is still available!!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
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I woke up this morning dying to make jewelry,
took one look at my bench and KNEW it had to be cleaned.
Can't imagine why I thought that!!
I have a collection of antique velvet boxes and thought they would look much better on my bench than a bunch of little dishes holding stuff.
Two hours later.....
I celebrated with a fresh piece of black velvet which serves as my work surface.
Tools of the trade - flush cutters, round nose and two flat nose pliers.
And my favorite velvet box, all ready to go!
Thursday, March 5, 2015
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Remember this? I showed it to you before Christmas.
I decided it needed a new look.
A spring look!
It may be snowing outside, but a touch of spring inside sure can't hurt!
March certainly came in like a lion this year, so my fingers are crossed it goes out like a lamb!
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