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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rabbit Holes

Every once in a while I go down a rabbit hole.  Yesterday I read my Embroidery News email newsletter.  I get it every week.  They were talking about Susan O'Connor's design called David Smyth's Garden.

It is from the A Passion for Needlework book.  I have that design traced onto the back of Duchess satin.  So I could start it anytime.  I actually know where it is.  But then other designs by Susan O'Connor were mentioned.  There is a Sweets Bag in issue 51 of Inspirations.  Well, I went looking for issue 51.  I had an aunt in Australia who kindly sent me Inspirations magazine for many years until she passed away.  So I have quite a few Inspirations issues.  They are a bit scattered about in my sewing room.  I'd like to organize them in order and all in one place. (Dream on.)

This is something I would like to stitch sometime.  There is another Sweets Bag in issue 36 but I haven't found that one yet.  You know, I could keep busy for a long time stitching things from Inspirations magazine.  I found a really old issue with a Betsy Morgan design that I have never seen before.  It is a Romanian doll called Cosmina.  Embroidery News also showed a sweet little design from Betsy that was a blue flower.

  I hadn't seen that design before either. 
Anyway that rabbit hole was fun but I didn't get much stitching done.
Here are the three pieces I have finished so far from Heart's Ease Sampler Works' Fractur Sewing Set II.

  I'm starting a biscornu next.  I wonder if the stitching stand is still available - and whether it costs the earth.

I been walking and to the Farmer's Market.  I was good, no candy, no cinnamon roll. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Scissors Case

I worked hard yesterday to completely finish the scissors case to the Heart's Ease Fractur Sewing Set II.  I copied the pieces so I would have a pattern for the skirtex and lining.  I cut out the stitched pieces from the linen.

Then I realized that I hadn't done the back stitching all around the outside edge.

  Since you lace the backstitches together to join the front to the back, I had to go back and put the backstitching in.  I bet myself that it wouldn't take that long.  It took 30 minutes, so not too long.

This side is worked in DMC floss.

This side is worked in Belle Soie silk.

It is like comparing apples to oranges when the design is not the same for each side.
I like the blue silk a bit better than the blue DMC.  I found out that the Belle Soie is not colorfast.  I sprayed a bit of Best Press on as I was ironing these pieces and could see some bleeding in the seam allowance.  No disasters though. 

I like how it turned out.

Someone asked me what the name of my new favorite beading thread was.  It is KO.

We are in for a hot hot Friday.  I'm getting excited as I have another road trip next Friday.  Both my BFFs and I are going to Indianapolis for weekend classes with Lauren Sauer.  Fun!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

As a Rule

I finish-finished this ruler holder from Heart's Ease Sampler Works' Fractur Sewing Set II.  This is so sweet.  I love the design.

Now two parts of the smalls are done.  I used DMC for the needle book and ruler holder.  They are nice bright colors.
On the road trip to Madison, I bought some of the Belle Soie silks it called for.  At least all the ones whose names I could remember.  I think I ordered all the called for Belle Soie from Stitching Bits and Bobs but I'm not sure if the order went through and I forgot to write down the order number so I can't even check. 
The next piece of this set that I am working on is the scissors case.  I'm using the Belle Soie so I can compare and see if I like the silk better or not.  I would say the DMC is a bit brighter.  On the road trip to Madison I also got some Anchor black (403) floss.  I had heard that it was preferred over DMC so I wanted to try it.  I would agree, I prefer it too.
It is supposed to be 90 today.  Hot!  It was pleasant (and dark) when I went walking this morning.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Finish!

I finished the Threadwork Primitives pinwheel yesterday.  It turned out very nicely.  I went looking for fabric for the back and happened to find just a perfect choice. 
When I was at Tomorrow's Heirlooms, I saw this banding.  I sort of remembered I had a pattern like this so I got this little package for 2.00.  It turned out to be perfect for the edge of the pinwheel.
It seemed like it took all day but it really didn't take that long.
I had a package of pins handy (Thanks, Polly!) to put around the edge.
I'll show you another finish tomorrow. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Egg

I really wanted to start one of these eggs:
So I got out all the stuff.  I traced the pieces on to some cardstock and cut them out.  Then I traced those pieces on some paper backed stitch witchery like stuff.   Then I had to sort what to iron on to what color of wool felt.  I ironed them on and then had to cut them out.  Yes, this is quite a process.  Then I had to sew them on.  Sewing through three layers of backed felt was sometimes challenging.  But I got one side of one egg done.  That's when I read the directions on putting the eggs together.  The lady sews them on the machine.  Which means I should have left a seam allowance when I cut them out.  ARGH.  I guess I'll be sewing this one together by hand.  But this was my first experimental egg and it looks like the picture so that's good.
Three more sides to go.
Now more tracing, ironing, cutting and sewing.  I have to be in the mood!
So glad to see Dancing with The Stars is on again.  I so enjoy that show. 
Yes, the new dishwasher was installed yesterday.  I don't think we have a rinse and hold on it but whatever. 
I confess I did not walk this morning because it was raining and I overslept and I am a lazy good for nothing. 

Monday, September 18, 2017


It is now time for confetti.  I swear the design has one stitch of one color in each of the 10 by 10 blocks.  It takes forever to put them in.  But I can now start to see what the page is looking like.  It also will be nice to start a new page.

And look at how much I have done!  That is a lot of work, my friends.
I'm not showing you the back because it is such a mess.  You don't want to know.
The bathrooms are clean.  The walking is done.  It is pretty dark when I start out in the morning.  Fall starts on Friday.

 Glory Hallelujah, the dishwasher is supposed to be delivered this afternoon!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tudor Rose

I picked up the Amy Mitten kit I bought on Ebay a while back.  This is the part I'm working on:

I put a few more stitches in it.  I goofed though.  I was supposed to do long armed cross but I forgot and just did cross stitches across the bottom.  Right now, I don't feel like taking it out.  Who will ever know?

I got to the point where I could begin the lady and the man which are over one.  Each section of this chart is a challenge so I like that you just do one section at a time and not worry about the other sections.  It's not overwhelming that way.

I saw the next sampler in Amy Mitten's Around the World series and I like it.  My BFF#2 orders the samplers for the group and I can be part of her group.  The kits aren't shipped until late October.  Can I get Tudor Rose done by then?  Probably not, but we'll see.

My mother's husband died last week.  He was such a good man with a wonderful sense of humor.  He was born in 1929, at the beginning of the Great Depression.   He had many stories to tell of how they survived those times.  Old age had been very cruel to him so I'm glad is no longer suffers.  I salute you, Charles Hamilton, you were one of the best people ever.