Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Hearts

Hello -- I hope everyone is enjoying this Memorial Day weekend.  We had some very nasty storms move through yesterday, but today it's sunny and very warm.  Not normally my kind of weather but after yesterday I will take it:)))  

On Saturday I took the first class of Victoria Sampler's Happy Hearts.  This was a Stitcherama class offered online only and it was just wonderful.  Thea was live chatting with us and showing all the different stitch videos for the various stitches used in the piece.  All of the videos were very clear and very easy to understand..  I enjoyed the class so much that I am signing up for the next one which is in September (a Gingerbread Tree Etiu) 

Here is the 2nd panel of the Happy Hearts Sweet bag we are making.  I need to complete the stitches at the bottom and add the satin stitch border.
On Friday of this week, I am going to Inspired Needle to participate in a stitch-a-long for Brenda Gervais' Mystery Sampler.  Don't the colors look wonderful?
But before that I'm taking a wool applique class tomorrow at Pieceful Gathering in Fox River Grove.  This is the little table mat we are going to make: 

Over the weekend I had a case of "startiritus" and finally settled on Jenny Bean's Humble Servant Sampler.  The picture on the graph does NOT do this piece justice.  It's much better in real life with all the purples and greens.  I'm stitching this on 40ct Vintage Exampler with Sampler Threads.
I've enjoyed a nice long weekend and have lots of things to look forward to this week.  Have a great week too and thanks for stopping by.  I appreciate all the comments you take the time to leave:)))

BrendaS

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Inspirations

Hello --
Today I went to Inspired Needle for the monthly Sunday Stitching Group and met fellow-blogger Laura and a wonderful group of stitchers.  What a warm and welcoming group they were and such inspiration they provided.  So many different projects to ooh and aah over. Cathy was our host and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.  Thank you ladies for a wonderful afternoon!!!  I am already looking forward to the next date:)))  Pop on over to Laura's blog because she was taking lots of pictures which I'm sure she will have on her blog soon.
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I did start a Victoria Sampler project which is for a Cyber Class that starts on May 28. There are 4 panels to the Sweet Bag and then you assemble the whole thing together. I can handle the stitching but I'm not sure about the finishing! Stay tuned......




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I will leave you with a couple pictures of my Scottie's.  Bailee is the black one and Fiona is the Wheaten one.  They are relaxing on the back deck after a busy day of saying hello to everyone who walked by.  We are on a corner so they get to see a lot of people and dogs walk by!

 Here they are on the look out for something or someone!  Bailee is trying to sit on the foostool but Fiona isn't budging:)))












Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week and a very safe Memorial Day weekend!


BrendaS

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Finish, A New Start and some Stash

Hello Friends --
I have a finish to share with you this week.  It's Mary's Best Handework by With Thy Needle and Thread.  I stitched this on 40ct Pearled Barley with DMC over 2.  I just loved every stitch of this piece.


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I also started Feather Your Nest.  I'm doing this on 40ct Maritime White with DMC over 2.  That bird is one Big Bird:))))  The colors look more red in the picture but in reality they are more brown and rust.

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Yesterday, my good friend Bonnie and I went to Inspired Needle in Lemont.  What a good time we had and of course I bought way too much but I couldn't resist.  Here are some highlights of what I got:
I was so excited to see this new design by Emie Bishop.  It's a Fall design and very different from what she normally does.  I just LOVE it.

A few more charts I couldn't resist:)))

I already had the above two designs but didn't have the threads so I got those.  Great colors and I can hardly wait to start them.  I got so much inspiration yesterday that I wanted to come home and stitch everything at once!

If you are ever in the Chicago area I would highly recommend paying a visit to Cathy at Inspired Needle in Lemont.  It's a great store and Cathy is very friendly and helpful!

Thanks for stopping by and for all the comments you take the time to leave.  I appreciate every one of them.

Have a good week.

BrendaS