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Friday, April 21, 2017

Wren

When I first saw the wren on a lady's blog, I was enthralled.  I wanted so much to make it.  I love the wren.  I wrote to Jenny Adin-Christie and asked if it was available because it was not on her website.  I was thrilled when she wrote back and said I could order the kit.

  I knew that my goal for 2017 was to make this wren.  No matter how hard it was, I was going to make it.  I tried to finish up Home Sweet Home while I waited for the Wren kit to arrive.  It pretty much worked out perfectly. I was over the moon when the kit came in the mail.


 I stitched all the pieces of the wren.



 I tried to take my time and do them the best I could.  I was worried about my needlelace as I knew it wasn't perfect.  A couple of stitches I opted not to do because I was afraid of messing them up.
I put it together with my fingers crossed that everything fit together and worked out.







I am very happy to show you that the wren is finished.




 I love this little bird.  I like it to sit beside my happy chair and keep me company while I stitch. It really is even cuter in person.
Thank you Jenny Adin-Christie for such a fabulous design and such good directions and a great complete kit.  I just love it!

I will be gone for a few days taking classes with my guild.  See you next week.
A

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Startitis

I've got a bad case of startitis.  I started a kit that I had on the plane to Spring Fling.

When I was at Stitchville I got threads for "May" which I have changed to "Amy".

I also got the threads for "Love".

So I had to start those as well.


When I got the Drawn Thread kit, I really wanted to start that, so I did.

I'll show you the reason I have startitis tomorrow.
A

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pre-Stitch

At the end of the month, I'm going to Indianapolis.  I'll meet friends there and take some classes with Betsy Morgan.


 I'll also see my friend Janet.  I can't wait to see her progress on her casket, up close and personal.  I may take some things to show her too.
All three of my classes have pre-stitching.  I am so looking forward to taking Virgin Queen's Stitching Wallet.  I love the design.  This is the pre-stitch for that class.

Yes, I changed a color.  I changed that middle part to Bordeau.  Love it.

Then we are doing a The Virgin Queen's Stitching Pocket.  Love it.  I think this is a scissors fob.

Lastly I'm taking the Mexican Reticule.  This will be a ruler. I changed the color on just one little thing.
It will be fun to see Betsy again.  She is such a good teacher.

I'm wearing shorts today!  Things are greening up around here.  Oh to have some lilacs with their lovely scent.
A

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Last One

I got good mail yesterday.  I got the last kit for this year's Silver Needle club, A Little Help from Our Friends Stitching Circle.  I really like Drawn Thread Designs and I have been waiting for this one.  I was very tempted by her latest releases but I wanted to see what her club design looked like.
I have made a few of Drawn Thread's sewing pockets before and I really like them.  I sorted out the colors of floss and would like to start this one soon.
Along with the design we got a couple of other presents, an ort jar (perfect size) and a Stitchy Dot needle minder.

I'm trying to resist signing up for yet another year of this club.  I'll have to think about it.

I also got my Paper Pumpkin kit.

 I have a birthday card to make.  Speaking of birthdays, today is a very special day.  Evan turns one year old.  Oh my, has it been a fun year to see him grow and develop and to see his personality emerge.  He is just so cute.  It is such a blessing to have a DIL who is such a great mom to our grandchildren.

Also in the mail yesterday was the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch.
There were a lot of designs in it.  Not really my style.

I tried out my Omanik frame.  I don't think I put the linen in right.  I'll have look at a tutorial on Youtube.  I think I had the linen in backwards.  So I need to try again.  I had a question about how long it took to get the frame.  I ordered it and was told it would be two weeks before it was sent. And it was.  After it was sent, I got a tracking number and was able to track it to New York but I couldn't get any information after that.  It took about 8 or 9 days for it to get from New York to me.  I presume some of that time was spent in customs.
Still working on my pre-stitching.  I'll show you tomorrow.
A


Monday, April 17, 2017

It's FlossTube's Fault

This is entirely FlossTube's fault.  I saw where to order a very nice needlework frame for stitching.  Estonia.  I didn't think that was a real country but I looked it up.  You can order a Millennium frame but you have to wait months for it.  The same sort of frame can be ordered from the Omanik Factory in Estonia.  So in a weak moment.  I ordered one.  It came in the mail on Saturday.  They always send a candy bar too.

 I'm particularly fond of dark chocolate.  Yum.
This is my frame.
I haven't put anything in it yet.  I watched a couple of FlossTube videos on how to set it up.  I'm going to try to put in some linen today and see how tight it can get.  I think it will be easier to use than the slate frame.  You can order longer bars.

The bathrooms are clean and the sun is shining.  Gotta get my pre-stitching done.
A

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Walking was very pleasant today.  It was nice and warm.  I had to wear my raincoat as it was sprinkling a bit when I started.  How can it be the middle of April already?  My sister sent us a tin of See's Candies for Easter.  There are only two pieces left to fight over.  Can't wait to see Claire and Evan today.  I can hardly believe that Evan will turn one this week.  Kids grow up too fast.

When I was at Stitchville I picked out three little frames.

  I wanted a frame for this:

But I didn't have it with me so I had to guess what size.  As you can see, I didn't do very well.


 Oh well, I have a whole basket of finished unframed pieces.

  I tried a different one:

Still thinking about it.

I put the buttons I got into Mend. (I forget if I showed you this or not)

Also when I was at Spring Fling I got the pre-stitching for three classes with Betsy Morgan.  I didn't have a chance to start them until I got home.

At the end of this week, I'm taking two classes with Linda Vinson of Needlemade Designs.  So I will be gone next weekend.
I have something nifty to show you tomorrow.
A


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Eggs

I finished off the Cross-Eyed Cricket Vintage Egg.  It turned out cute.


I also got the Barbara Jackson Shining Needle kit in the mail.  More eggs!  I really like these.

 There is one thing I don't like about this kit:

I hate when designers say just use the color you want.  I love the mottled green background behind the chicks.  So how do I get that?  She doesn't say.  ARGH.
Eventually there are going to be about 12 egg designs.  Barbara is teaching 3 different eggs at Celebrations.  I'm hoping they will be offered on Shining Needle as well.  I should feel guilty as I have a beautiful Barbara Jackson kit for a basket that I haven't even started.

It is supposed to be hot here today.  Almost 80 degrees!  Wow. I may have to change into shorts. Walking was very pleasant this morning.  The Farmer's Market starts in just a few weeks.  This is a great time of year.
A