Saturday, February 20, 2021
It rarely snows in Nashville. The average snow fall is 4 inches a year. Temperatures rarely dip below freezing. That all changed this week. It started with freezing rain and ice which covered the roads in 1-3" of solid ice, followed by a 3-4" of powdery snow and temps which haven't reached above freezing in a record setting seven days. For my friends who are chuckling, I salute you and your winter surviving skills. The entertainment for the week has been watching cars attempting to driving up and down the street, without getting stuck, stalled or taking out the neighbors mailbox. The happy side of this: stitching.
My Dear Hearts
32 count Weeks Dye Works Aztec Red
Haunted Stitches Needle-book
37 count Legacy Sotema Linen Russian Tea Cake
Cats on Parade
40 count Weeks Dye Works Havana
Redwork Stitching Pocket & Chatelaine
40 ct Olde Massachusetts linen by The Primitive Hare
Because I had finally finished the stitching on three projects, I treated myself to this new start. It's all about the finishing on this one.
In the spirit of practicing my year of the D (destash, declutter, donate) I found this design languishing in my stash. Noel has been there a long, long time. Notice she is on burlap and not linen. Here is a clue to her age: she was purchased at Joan Moshimer's shop in Maine! Instead of shopping for wool, I visited by wool stash and found wools which will work. Hopefully, the only wools which will need to be purchased are the nighttime blues for the background.
The Nashville Needlework Market as I know it and love it has been cancelled for this year. My wallet and my budget are thankful. This gosh awful pandemic has taught me many things, shown be many things. Am grateful so many have returned to the needle arts (stitching, quilting, rug hooking, wool appliqué). I have so many wonderful designs, linens, and fibers in my stash--it has been fun to rediscover them and give them some much needed time and attention.
Todays goal: Dig out. The sun is shinning, today's high 38. My to do list grows longer and longer. The good news: there is a high of 60 forecast for next week. The bad news: no one will be able to fit into their spring and summer clothes.
Sunday, January 24, 2021
Let Love Rule
Modern Folk Embroidery (Jacob de ????)
Mystery Linen from Stash
Gloriana Schoolhouse Red
Lady Dot Creates (chili) 2021 is going to be the year to stitch from stash. Like most needleworkers, I have many charts, linens, and accessories in my stash and it's past time to stitch them.
Tied with Heart Strings
With Thy Needle and Thread (Brenda Gervais)
One of the many things I do which drives my partner-in-stitch-crime nuts is changing colors. I change colors for many reasons: I don't have the called color, the color doesn't match my backing fabric or I just don't like the color.
My Dear Hearts
32 count Aztec Red
Am trying something new with this stitch. Carol, the Saltbox Stitcher stitches the border first. Carol says this gives her landmarks. It also lets you know the size of the completed stitch.
Token of Love
Am hopeful, I can finish the Blackbird piece and start this, another design patiently waiting for me. I found some pinkish velveteen which has also been in my stash. While I'm not a pinkish kind of girl, I think it might work for Valentine's.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Christmas 2020 has been safely and lovingly packed away. Stitching for Christmas 2021 has begun (the Noel sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread). Decorating after Christmas can be a challenge. Do I decorate for Winter? President's Day or Valentine's? I choose all three.
It seldom snows in Nashville. I do enjoy allowing the snowmen to stay out until Spring to remind me it is winter. We have had some cooler temps so I don't need much reminding. The snowmen are sitting on my save-the-stitches cathedral window quilt. While soiled when I purchased, a good soaking in Dawn brightened it as fresh as new.
I love adding a stitched Valentine to the dough bowl. AppleJack thought he was pretty special to have a handmade Valentine instead of a store bought Valentine.
This year's Valentine will be Let Love Rule from Modern Folk Embroidery. Jacob de Graef is a new to me designer and his designs are singing to my heart. With some backing from Lady Dot Creates and School house red from Gloriana I think this will make a nice Valentine addition.
Add some red, white and blue for President's Day. History has always been a favorite subject for me. Living history (pandemic, Christmas morning bombing, politics) has taught me about the sacrifices my family and the thousands of families have made for me to enjoy the freedoms I have. Let us look for the good, practice kindness and forgiveness.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Tuesday, December 22, 2020