Sunday, 30 September 2018

September WIPocalypse

 Although it's officially only the start of fall, the chill in the air here along with overcast skies tends to suggest.....dare I think it!..... that W word! The forecast for next week however looks like a typical fall thank goodness. 

In keeping with the fall theme I brought out a WIP from last fall hoping to complete it. Last weekend I was successful. This is a really cute design by With Thy Needle & Thread called Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll. The first pick is where I had left off when I dug this out on Aug. 22nd. 

I intend on finishing it as a sewing roll as the pattern calls for.
This is what got me to thinking about this design and pulling it out again. I spotted this little fella when we stopped for gas on a drive into Ottawa.

Next I decided to continue working on another WIP, also started last fall. This one is an OOP design by The Primitive Needle called Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon. 

I've spent most of the past month working on this piece. There's a lot more work to it than I expected. The grass under the houses is taking me forever. I've only got 3 lines in and still have about 6 more to go. After that point I can begin to work on the border. It's a detailed border and covers 3 sides so it should take me a fair amount of time.  Then I still have a few more lines on the bottom to be added to connect it to the border. With the amount of stitching still left there is a good possibility that this won't be complete by Halloween but I'll just be happy if it's done by the end of this year. Plus I tend to get bored working on borders and often put it aside in favour of another piece.

I have a few other designs by the Primitive Needle that I'd like to get started on over the next few years. I love her designs!

I'll leave you with a few pics from one of the Ottawa markets. My favourite time to visit there is in the fall!


Friday, 28 September 2018

September Smalls

As of last week our temperatures have taken a plunge and the colours, scents and foliage all indicate that autumn has truly arrived. On my evening walks I smell the smoke from the wood stoves and a definite chill has lead to my bringing out the sweaters once more. I still have a hard time giving up my sandals though and most days I can still be found in least until it's so cold that I break down and cover the toes.

Cooler days bring out an instinct to cocoon with stitching in hand. That's exactly what I've been doing although I've concentrated on some larger pieces this month. The only small that I managed to complete is by Jenny Hoffman of Country Rustic Primitives and is called Autumn Greetings.

I have several other fall and Halloween smalls that I want to get started on and I hope to have at least a couple completed by next month. Tomorrow I'll be found at my sewing machine doing the final finishing on a number of previously stitched smalls including the above finish. I'll have a post next week on my larger autumn pieces that I've been spending all my time with. See you then!

Friday, 31 August 2018

July and August Smalls and Stitching Friends

I really don't know how I managed to miss my July posting other than the fact that I've been on the go so much this summer. I was only home for about 10 days during the month of August as well so it's amazing to me that I got done any stitching at all! All of the following pillow finishes were completed in July.

Both of my granddaughters had requested a small stitched finish. You may recall from a post last year that I stitched a hamster for Oceanne at her request. Due to unfortunate cirmcumstances that pillow finish was lost and so I restitched the hamster and a sweet hedgehog for her sister, Summer. 

Here are the girls showing off their pillows along with Oceanne's real hamster.

After I finished stitching these and sending them off I realized that I had two remaining birthday stitches to be completed before I left for a visit to Sudbury with my stitching friends. I only had 2 weeks remaining to get both stitched and finished before I left! I don't know how I managed to do it with everything else that I had going on but when I left for Sudbury they were packed and in my suitcase. These two stitches are from the 2017 Fragments in Time series by Summer House Stitche Workes.

I like how these turned out so much that I've just finished purchasing a few more from this series and the 2018 Fragments in Time series so that I can do a few for myself and some other gifts.

As I mentioned, I spent part of my holidays in Sudbury, Ontario gathered together with my stitching buddies from Canada and the US. We were hosted by Cathy Tonelli and family and we had the most amazing time! It was a first visit to Canada for several of the ladies but it certainly won't be the last. During the day we went on several road trips throughout Sudbury and to Manitoulin Island. In the evenings we spent our time stitching and gabbing. On one of the afternoons our friend Theresa or Tee as we call her, gave us a tutorial on how to use our stitching to cover tape measures. Tee is a very talented stitcher and finisher and is the designer behind Dulaney Woods Treasures. We each chose a design to stitch which she provided and with her excellent guidance we took our finishes and wrapped and sewed them onto tape measures. 

I ended up finishing mine at home because as it turned out, the fabric I had chosen for the edging of my tape measure just wouldn't stick. We figured that there had to be too much sizing in the fabric. So I took it home, washed and dried it and tried it again. This time it worked like a charm! So my finish is not in the group photo but this is my small finish for August.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip. As I mentioned in the previous post, Cathy and her husband are also bee keepers and showed us their hives.

Cathy's hubby Wayne, with Nan and JoAnn

Cathy's sister-in-law Donna also joined us on several days. Donna cross stitches but much prefers punch needle. She does excellent work as evidenced in the next pic of her recent finish.

I was very fortunate to purchase one of Donna's finishes from her. She finished this on an antique brass candlestick holder.

He is just so cool and I love him!!

When we first arrived at Cathy's we presented the American girls with some Canadian visors to designate them as honourary Canadians for the week.

My friends Nan and Tee

Bev, Jo and Jenn

No trip is complete without a visit to Tim Horton's or Timmies as we refer to it.

Bev, Tee and yours truly

We also paid a visit to a lovely shop which sold soaps, candles, linens and lavender. I stocked up on the lavender which I use when stuffing my pillow finishes.

Pam, Donna, Cathy and Jenn

All in all it was a fabulous trip, one which we hope to repeat next summer. There's nothing better than spending time with good friends, unless it's family of course. Next post I'll have a few pics from my trip to Lake Muskoka and home for my mother's birthday celebration. 

So all in all, lots of small finishes over the last two months. Now I'm on the hunt for some smalls for the upcoming fall season. 

Sunday, 26 August 2018

July & August WIPocalypse

The summer is just flying by! I only just realized that I missed my July postings. I was so busy that month and then I was on vacation for most of this month. The end of summer is just around the corner but I managed to get the pieces I wanted finished by the summer's end completed.

In June's post I showed you that I was working on Heartstring Samplery's All The Pretty Flowers. Finishing was complete by the end of July. I love this one especially since I have very few summer pieces stitched.

Continuing on the summer theme I started next on Threadwork Primitive A Bee's Gathering. This one is to be finished according to the instructions included as a needlebook.

During early August I travelled to Sudbury to spend time with my stitching friends and I stayed at the home of my friend Cathy. Cathy and her husband are beekeepers and make their own honey so it was only fitting that I worked on this piece while I stayed with them!
Here's a pic of the group of us. I'll have a few more pics on my next post including some of the project we completed together.

 Following my visit to Cathy's I headed to the cottage with my hubby and I had my new stitch complete within a few days of my arrival. Dockside stitching is the best!

A few cooler days brought thoughts of fall so I decided to pull out a WIP that I had actually started a year ago this weekend.

This is Acorn Gathering Sewing Roll by With Thy Needle & Thread. I'm stitching it on 40 ct Picture This Plus Legacy and I'm really liking how it's shaping up.

Rather than starting a new, larger project I'm going to continue working on this and another WIP from last fall, Annie Hyssop's Harvest Moon by Primitive Needle. I'll also be starting some new smalls for my Smalls SAL. 

It's been a whirlwind month and I'm still celebrating while visiting family in Windsor for birthdays this month. On my next post I'll have a few pics from my vacation activities as well as my smalls I completed over the last two months. See you then! 

Saturday, 30 June 2018

2018 Prim Stitchers Society Retreat

Finally I have the time to post my pics from the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat. Warning: This post is picture intensive!!! This year's retreat took place in Harrisburg, PA which is only a hop, skip and a jump from Hersey. Several of us arrived a day or two prior to the retreat and naturally we had to pay a visit to the Hersey chocolate factory!

Everyone came away happy and with a wee bit of chocolate in their possession. The retreat started off with the traditional meet and greet. During this time our sweet framer Patti Nicolosi brings with her some of the pieces we had sent prior to retreat and has a sort of show and tell of our framed works.

Friday morning marks the beginning of classes, followed by the Merchant Mall. This year I volunteered to look after Robert Lehay's booth since he was unable to make the retreat this year. Ridgeley and Terri outdid themselves on this year's market. It was amazing!!

Fellow stitchers taking part in a class offered by Lori Brechlin

This booth is Teresa's Primitive Treasures and besides her own work, it features work done by the members of Primitive Handmade Mercantile.

Next up are in order from top to bottom are Kathy Barrick's booth, Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Works, and Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.

Kathy Barrick

Beth Seal

 Summer House Stitche Works
Summer House Stitche Works

 Notforgotten Farm
 Notforgotten Farm
Notforgotten Farm
As you can see, Lori was busy,
flying around the market on her broom!

The next group of booths are Niky Faurauto of Niky's Creations, Bonnie Woomer of The Nebby Needle and Willow Hill Samplings. Niky was the first international vendor that has taken part in the market. She made the long trek from Italy!

Niky's Creations
 Niky's Creations
Niky's Creations

The Nebby Needle
 The Nebby Needle

Ridgely checking out The Nebby Needle

Willow Hill Samplings

Next we have Truffle Pigs, Jan Alexander of Tree of Life Samplings and Faye Riggsbee.....The Carolina Stitcher.

 Truffle Pigs
Truffle Pigs
Jan and her daughter Beth
 Tree of Life Samplings
Tree of Life Samplings

The Carolina Stitcher

 The Carolina Stitcher
The Carolina Stitcher

Next group is Becky Noland of Lucy Beam, Rob LeHay Shaker Boxes, Dixie Sampler Hand Dyed Fabrics. Dixie also featured some of April Whitaker Taylor's work. The last booth is Teresa Kogut's.

 Lucy Beam
Lucy Beam

Rob LeHay Shaker Boxes

 Dixie Sampler
April Whitaker Taylor

 Teresa Kogut

Teresa Kogut

Teresa Kogut

These were just the shops on the outside of the room. The remaining shops occupied the centre of the market mall.

Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle

 Lela Mae Designs

Patti Nicolosi and her sister Cathy 
of By My Hand Needl'werks
with yours truly

All the remaining center of the room was occupied by the market craft shop Crafter's Gallery. I swear they brought their whole store with them! As you can see there were charts, fabric (as seen in the previous pic behind us), floss, floss and more floss as well as needleart accessories.

The market mall was like a stitcher/prim artist's dream!! Everything and anything you could think of was there. I can't wait to see next year's. 

The remaining pics are of the stitching lounge and of the many friends I was so blessed to see.

 Pam, me, Cathy, Ridgely and Jenn
Theresa Meloon (Tee), Cindy and Beth
 Nan Lewis
 Jenn hard at work finishing off her class project

Faye Riggsbee

 Pam, a fellow Canadian
Michelle unwrapping her gift exchange

So as you can see, a good time was had by all.Following the final banquet the gift exchange took place. Lots of laughter and lots of memories to cherish. Many thanks to Terri(Dixie), Ridgely and Cathy for making this the best retreat ever!!