Monday, February 18, 2013

IHSW Results in OK

Well things didn't go quite as planned, but when do they ever. I did manage some concentrated stitching and some real quiet time Saturday morning.

Here's what I accomplished during that time.

This is the back side of the peacock fob and though it doesn't look like much it took a couple of hours to stitch.
Then I was on dog watch duty for the rest of the day. But the results are that little Lucky got her tube out this morning and is healing nicely.
And by this evening she had her spunk back.
Someone ask about the frame I purchased in Tulsa, so here is a quick shot of how it works. I just tossed on some fabric for a demo, but you can see my forearm will cradle nicely in the curve of the side bar. It also sits up when not stitching, which keeps things clean and out of any near by messes. (Lucky!)

My threads for the Little Easter design I had just started came in the mail, so I will take that with me tomorrow in hopes of getting away from work early to stitch with friends.
My only other acheivement this weekend was on Border Study in Red II and it was such small progress that I will wait to post a picture another time.
It was fun to be a part of the IHSW and I will mark my calendar for the next one to be sure.
CJ in OK

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hermit Stitching Weekend

OK I had some things over the last week or so which usurped all my stitching time. So this weekend I decided to join the Hermit and Stitch Weekend and really devote some time to stitching. If you haven't heard of this just click on the link below.

I needed to grab some time to blog about the stitching too. So to catch you up - I did finish the front side of the peacock fob and made a very slight start to the back side. Will work on this more tomorrow, it seems to go best in the morning light for me, since it is over one.

I am still plugging along on my Border Study in Red II. I would say I am over half way and hope to make it to the numbers section this weekend.

I did start a new small to take on Tuesdays with the group but then weather kept us from meeting. The snow was very pretty though and was gone fairly quick without causing any problems. Oh the start was Lizzie Kate's Little Easter and came with the linen, buttons and beads. I didn't make much of a start and I am waiting on an order with the rest of the needed threads, so I stitched what I could.

The reason I didn't post last weekend was an impromptu trip to Tulsa which became an overnight trip. I did drop in at the Silver Needle and picked up a few things.

Valentine Sampler and I also stopped at CVS for the box of chocolates to prepare for the finish. The chocolates of course were eaten immediately.

This Vera Bradly laptop satchel that doesn't even fit my current laptop. Ooops I think I may be buying a new laptop. The other little thing in this pic is the wooden pin cushion for a design I bought with fabric and silks last year. I may want to start this soon.

Ok then there was this problem. I had the perfect project to start. Had the pattern, Glendon Place Pineapple Welcome, all the threads, Caron Wildflowers and the linen cut and ready to go. But it really needed to go on scrolls rods and the only pair long enough where being used. So while at the Silver Needle I looked for scroll rods long enough. Well they didn't have what I was looking for, but, they had this (see below) and it came with three pairs of scroll rods one pair that were just right. So of course I had to have it.


I have a smaller stand from this same company and love it, so this really wasn't a risky move.

I think this blessing will look great in the house and would like to get it going and finish in time to celebrate one year in the house at the end of May. It isn't very complex but, it is much bigger than this picture lets on.

Well that covers most of the stitching news. The other thing that kept me from my stitching last week was my dog. She slipped out my front door by accident, where she ran straight at another dog she saw down the street. She was extremely eager to play but this other dog did not understand that and bit into her immediately, before either I or it's owner could stop it. Then this dog also bit it's owner when she tried to get it off my poor Lucky who was just standing in the street in shock. The owner was not hurt badly but after a few days Lucky's neck was all swollen and we had to take her in to the vet to have the wound treated. So now there are pain pills and drainage tubes, yuck, plus a pretty hefty antibiotic and a pretty hefty bill, ouch. But of course she is most definitely worth it and we are glad she will be fine in a few more days and with some tender loving care. I will share a picture of her later when things don't look quite so gruesome.

Well it's off to bed so I can enjoy some more Hermit stitching tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes.
CJ in OK

Monday, February 04, 2013

February starts with a finish

Such a great way to start the new month. I started this fun easy stitch to do on Tuesday evenings with some stitching friends, but then I could never seem to get away from work to join them. This weekend I just decided to finish it up on my own.

Harvest Sampler
by Cross Eyed Cricket
I also made some progress on my border study in red but I will wait for a little more before taking another picture. The only other thing I worked on this last week was the little over one scissor fob. The front side is almost done, just the bottom and the year to add then it's on to the reverse side, which is almost identical.
This has actually been less strain on my eyes than I thought it would be, but I didn't attempt anymore after I ended up with a migraine on Friday.
With the Harvest Sampler done, I need something new to work on. I got the fabric for My Pocket by La-D-Da then couldn't find the two Needlepoint Inc silks that it called for. I tried it with DMC but on the 35 ct tin roof linen from Weeks Dye Works it just didn't look right to me. I may have just thought of where the black NPI silk is, and if I find it in the morning, I have a substitute Kreinik pink silk that will work with it. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I really want to make this for my dentist of many years.
If this doesn't work I am sure there is something else that will call to me. I will check in with you all next weekend, hopefully with a new start to share.
CJ in OK