Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stitching Retreat-Photo Heavy!

I was home 1 1/2 days then it was time to leave for my November stitching retreat!
Here we all are busy, busy, busy!

On Saturday night we drew the winners of the opportunity baskets.  There were 5 baskets this year and 5 happy winners (not me though)!

We also had the biscornu exchange on Saturday night. Here are some of them that were made.

This is the one I received-

This is the one I made (on the left) -

There was show and share-


And I got some items back from the finisher-

I  actually got some stitching done, too!
Another biscornu for a Christmas exchange-

A pincushion -

Another biscornu from the Northwest Sampler Guild tea in 2011-of course, I had to change the date :)

And some recent stash enhancements from trash to treasure room & silent auctions at retreat, Swan Sampler Guild,and the Attic Needlework shop-


The sampler on the above right was designed for the 10th anniversary of my EGA chapter in 2002 and I found it in the trash to treasure room.

Good grief!  My stash enhancement is happening at a much faster rate than my finishes !
I got home on Sunday, just in time to prep for Thanksgiving.
And it's time to list lots of consignment items on ebay.  If you're interested in taking a peek, click HEREI'll be listing lots of items between now and Christmas.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Busy November Started with Disneyland!

Sorry it has been so long since I checked in!
November started with a trip to John Wayne Airport in So. California.
We arrived just as that latest large cold front and windstorms hit the Seattle area.
My cousin was so kind to allow us to stay at her home while we were there.  The weather was beautiful the whole week.
Thus embarked an 8 day trip with 5 theme parks to visit.

I will not bore you with a ton of photos, just my favorites.
Here is Disneyland.

Grandson got selected to become a junior Jedi.  Here he is practicing against the Star Wars villain Darth Mal.
Darth kept scowling at the really little kids sitting close by (4-6 yrs).   I thought they would cry!

We arrived right at the beginning of the Christmas Celebrations and here are a few photos of the street dancing.

My favorite park was California Adventure.  My favorite ride was Soarin Over California.

Here is Princess Sofia-taken for my 2 yr old granddaughter who dressed up as Princess Sofia for Halloween.

Lastly, the movie Frozen is VERY big right now in stores in Disneyland, California Adventure and Disney Downtown.  This store was called Elsa and Anna. 
And yes, there was a beauty salon in the back for little girls to be "transformed" into one of the princesses.  Here is one of the them being transformed!

I skipped LEGOLAND and stayed home with my cousin while grandpa, mom and dad went with grandson.  Then we all went to Universal Studios (liked the Orlando park better), and lastly was SeaWorld.
More to come!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Stitching Update Finally!

A while back I got an email informing me that the Spokane Falls Sampler Guild had booked Jeannette Douglass to come and teach in October.  Of course, I signed up right away and began thinking about what show and tell I would be able to take to class.  Well, my one and only Jeannette Douglass piece looked like this-

So, I dug it out and began working on it and now it looks like this!-

Finish #1-My Stitching Treasures
Jeannette Douglass
Sorry for the crappy photo again.  I tried resizing it and took another photo with a different camera and they all came out bad.  :(
Good news is that I have the box for this design!  The entire project including the threads, embellishments and box were a gift from a very generous stitcher! You Know Who You Are-thanks again!
 Here is a photo of the two ladies that made the class so fun-Jeannette is on the right and Betsy is the person who booked Jeannette for the guild.  Thanks for a great class, Betsy and Jeannette!  Betsy is holding a cute little design called Take Time to Cruise from a cruise she went on with Jeannette a few years ago.

Here is the project Jeannette taught to us-

Here is Jeannette's finished model piece-

Here is what I completed-a little biscornu (my first!) and the beginnings of the sampler.  Jeannette taught us how to back a biscornu with wool.  No need to stitch 2 sides now-yippee!

One of the members of the class-Claudann- brought her completed Treasure Box.  She used overdyed linen and it turned out beautifully!

Check out the inside of her box, too.  It is lined and look at the smalls-even a Jeannette Douglas wooden thread keeper and some mother of pearl accessories--darling!

Here is part of our class on the second day. 

Should we talk about stash enhancement?  Probably not (this picture says it all).
Now, for other stitching--
Remember this biscornu that I stitched for an exchange at an upcoming retreat--
well, now I have the makings of two biscornus instead of just one!
Here are the results-Finish #2-on the left is the biscornu for the retreat exchange and I added a ribbon and have the ornament for one of my Christmas exchanges-Finish #3. 
I made a boo-boo on the ribbon when I was finishing the biscornu. I put it on at the center point of the top design instead of a corner point. Of course I didn't notice until after it was completely finished.  So I had to snip it off and change the position of the ribbon.  But it was too late to insert the ribbon in the seam and I'm not satisfied with the way I attached it. 
Any ideas? 

I signed up for a "Thread Challenge" with my local sampler guild.  Each of the participants received an envelope with seven different threads in it.  The challenge was to stitch a piece using some of each of the threads.  We all got the same exact threads-silks from Gloriana. (There is a green cashmere blend missing from the photo below).
This type of challenge was done several years ago and some members brought examples they had completed from the previous challenge.  My goodness, some of them were so amazing! Small and medium sized samplers, boxes, etc.  
Trust me-I was no where near that motivated!  An ornament would work fine for me. So I found the small red ornament frame in my stash and went to work with my Just Cross Stitch DVD looking for the perfect ornament to fit in it and here it is! 

Finish #4-Together At Christmas
Designs from Margaret Lee
2004 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Edition

Of course, I need to finish-finish it, but this project won't be on display until February.  So there's plenty of time.  It's a great feeling to be ahead on something :)