Saturday, March 24, 2018

Emma Lerch

Scarlet Letter--Emma Lerch 1843
Mystery Stash Linen--overdyed with walnut crystals
AVAS silk fibers

Apologies for the wrinkles--Emma looks like she has been living a rough life.  One of my 2018 goals is to complete Emma Lerch.  As I look at her, I am close.  One of my observations about stitchers is there are sampler lovers and those who do not love samplers so much.  For those who love samplers, and I consider myself one of those people, we can't get enough.  We are always looking for the next sampler either an original or reproduction.

What is it about samplers?  the border? alphabet? verse? motifs? house? medallions?  It is all of these things and throw in colors and scale and proportion.  Yes, I love a sampler with a flower growing out of a pot taller than the house.

I was drawn to Emma's border--it is big and bold

While Emma's border looks balanced and symmetrical--it is not.

Sweet Emma and I suffer from the same stitching affliction:  borders.  We both struggle with meeting borders.  Emma made it work, she added a stitch here and there, she dropped stitches.  There are three different colors of leaves.  Did she run out of one color or she started stitching with the incorrect color and like me was to lazy to rip out and stitch with the correct color.

This was my progress on Emma at the March 17 Homespun Gathering.  Judy is my stitching accountability partner.  She is stitching Heartstring Samplery His Eye is on the Sparrow--if you haven't seen Judy's beautiful sampler,  hop over to her blog (hollandhousegifts.blogspot) and check it out.  Our next gathering is in May and I think Emma will be finished.  Am adopting Judy's suggestion:  stitch every day.  Some days it is only a few stitches.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stitch Time

Heartstring Samplery--His Eye is on the Sparrow

Yesterday was Gathering time for the Homespun gang.  This is Judy's HEIOTS.  Her finger is marking the half way point.  It is beautiful and she is making great progress.  Judy and I have become each other's accountability partner.  At the next gathering, Judy hopes to have this sampler completed and I hope to have Emma Lerch completed.  

Delilah was working on her Blackberry Primitives BOM piece, Settler's Pride (a Maggie Bonanomi design).  Maggie has such a way with colors and wool.  Is everyone as anxious for the postman to deliver Maggie's book, Pure and Simple as I am?

Another BOM piece from Blackberry Primitives.  Linda has beautifully sewn all the blocks and has begun setting the blocks.

A couple of Linda's latest strawberries.

Strawberries with a patriotic them and Linda has graciously offered to give us strawberry finishing lessons.

I'm still stitching on the Rose Garden Basket by Stacy Nash.  Thank goodness my stitching sisters were there to help me with finishing tips.

There were many more completed pieces and works in process,  I was to busy talking, eating and stitching to get good photos.  Good food, beautiful needlework, plans in progress--it doesn't get any better.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Market 2018

Stacy Nash Animal Cracker Crumbs series
Mystery Stash linen
Gentle Arts Shaker fibers:  Black Licorice, Carriage Black, Endive and Lambswool

Nashville Needlework Market 2018 has come and gone and what a market it was!  Those designers just keep getting better and better!  To see some of the goodness of market watch Kitten Stitcher on Flosstube or Needle in a Haystack.  There are other Flosstube's about market, I just haven't had time to watch them.  Local Needlework Shops are having market days and their websites are brimming with new things.  

Isn't Oliver just the sweetest little guy?  He has a very lovable face.  Lady Dot Creates with her wonderful ribbons, pom pom trims and rick rack will add more goodness to Oliver.  I have some rayon ribbon to add: Black Licorice and Jack.  I found an old rusty bell in my stash which I will also add.

La D Da
Fraktur Scissor Block and Fob Kit

Lori (La D Da) always adds the nicest touches.  

Both Oliver and the Scissor block were very quick and easy pieces.  

It's a rainy day in Nashville--a great day to stitch.  What next?  Maybe one of the strawberries from the Blackbird Girls, Deck the Halls.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Colonial Gathering

Christmas Gathering 2014
Colonial Gathering Club from Dying to Stitch
Designed by Paulette Stewart (Plum Street Sampler)
35 count Creek Bed Brown, R & R Reproductions
Gentle Arts:  Piney Woods, Country Redwood, Chamomile, Oatmeal and Deep Forest

This little snow bird was singing from the stash to be completed.  

The Nashville Needlework Market begins in four days!  Samplers and seasonal, linens, fibers, waxers, ribbons and collaboration between designers and shop owners will be revealed.  My shopping list grows longer, my wallet grows thinner, the designs are better, it's a great time to be a needleworker.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

President's Day

Monday, February 19th is President's Day.  In honor of George and the rest of the boys, I thought I would change the Valentine's Day decorations to more of a colonial theme. 

This is not Mount Vernon, but it reminds me of Mount Vernon, such an interesting place to visit.  This piece if from the Colonial Gatherings Club.

My colonial lady--she is a Goode Housewife piece.  Isn't it wonderful Kathy and Anne are re-releasing the Goode Housewife designs?

Harry Tyler's lion

Another Colonial Gathering Club piece, this one is from Paulette Stewart, Plum Street Samplers.

Do you think George slept under a woven coverlet?

or a quilt?  While he was freezing his hiney off at Valley Forge, I hope he was grateful for either one and appreciative of the hands who made the coverlet or quilt.

During my time off during the Christmas holidays, I listened to Hamilton (29 cds).  Listening to the story of Alexander Hamilton and his life and contributions opened and changed my mind.  There are not enough adjectives to describe Hamilton and our forefathers.  They were brilliant and flawed.  Hamilton's story made me realize politics (dirty politics) has been a part of our country's story since the very beginning.

President's Day is also a time to remember the ladies:  Martha (Washington), Abigail (Adams) and Dolly (Madison) and the women who made a selfless contribution to the USA.  

How will you be celebrating President's Day?  Stitching, hooking, quilting, watching the Olympics, dreaming of spring?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jo's Little Favorites III

Guess who is releasing a new book in March?  

A pineapple--I'm in trouble

I have the perfect fabric already picked for this.

A girl can never have too many star quilts.

March has the makings of a very busy month:  the Nashville Needlework Market, a new Jo Morton book, March Madness with Lisanne Miller and spring gardening.  I better catch up on my rest and be ready to hit the ground running with all these events.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Out of Step, Out of Season

Stacy Nash Primitive Designs
Goode Stitching Witch Sewing Tray (September 2015)
35 count Dames of the Needle Linen Dirty Ewe
Gentle Arts Threads:  Straw Bonnet, Garden Gate, Carriage Black, Heirloom Gold

The last day of January 2018 it is still winter and I am stitching fall pieces.  Go figure!  Am trying to stitch up my pieces which will not be framed (am tired of looking at the empty boxes).  The Goode Witch with the tiny waist has a ribbon for her waist--I found it while I was organizing projects.

Tomorrow's Heirlooms 2017
La D Da
October 31
32 count Zweigart Copper Penny
Weeks Dye Works:  Onyx, Caper and Cognac

An almost finish--some more border work.  Lori (La D Da) mounted this piece onto a craft board.  

Who knows what out of season piece I will stitch next--Thanksgiving, 4th of July.