Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back from Tulsa and lots to share (Picture Heavy)

Hi --
I'm back from Tulsa and what a wonderful trip it was. It was a stitcher's paradise with wonderful classes, great stitching lounge and terriffic shopping!  I have lots of pictures so I will spread them out over the next couple of posts. 

First up is a scissor fob that was designed by Sue Ranier of Raise the Roof.  We stitched our initial and then made a yo-yo out of it.  We then attached it to a water bottle top with another yo-yo on the back side.  The edge is trmmed with ric-rac that Sue had put on ahead of time.  Very clever idea and we all finished on Friday night.

Next is a Halloween pail that we finished in a class taught by Mona Bost.  We did the stitching ahead of time and during class turned it into this cute Halloween Treat Bag.  Great idea and you could use it for so many holidays -- Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Birthdays!
 Theresa Venette from Shakespeare's Peddler and Raise the Roof designed this needle case to resemble an Oreo cookie.  Again, we finished this in class on Saturday.  Theresa and Sue were absolutely wonderful and we all were laughing and having a great time.

Next is a an Easel finish taught by Mona Bost.  Again I did the stitching ahead of time and during class we made the easel and did the rouched ribbon.  Very neat idea and so so easy:)))
 Lindy and The Silver Needle gals work very hard to make our experience a good one and part of what they do is provide gift bags on the day of the class.  Here is what was in my gift bag on Saturday.  This little tin, needle case, magnet and needle threader were all hand-painted.  I just LOVE it!

 The last thing to share this week is the project taught by Teresa Layman on Thursday.  Teresa does miniature knotwork and BREATH-TAKING doll houses, so along those lines she designed this English Cottage for us to stitch. We stitched the flowers (stem stitch, ribbon stitch, lazy daisy, french knots and colonial knots) and then all we had to do was assemble our own English Cottage.  This was very "out of the box" for me and I'm so very pleased that I was able to finish it when I got home and assemble it this morning.  Basically everything was already cut and all I had to do was some VERY careful gluing.
 I first glued the stitching to the cottage and then put on the pre-cut windows and doors.  Please click on the picture to enlarge it to see the detail.
The lace in the door is some antique bobbin lace that she found for us.  (Theresa did a wonderful presentation on needle lace and bobbin lace making.  It was just fascinating to me since I didn't know anything about this centuries old craft)

Well that's it for now.  I will show more pictures on my next post of the models that Theresa Venette brought and the beautiful doll houses that Teresa Layman shared with us. 

If you ever have a chance to go to the Silver Needle for their annual summer retreats, PLEASE do so.  You will not be disappointed.  I guarantee it:))))

Thanks so much for stopping by and stay cool during these HOT summer days we are having.


Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tulsa Bound

Hello --
This coming Tuesday my daughter and I leave for The Silver Needle!  I'm so excited:)))  I am taking 3 finishing classes from Mona Bost and the 2 classes from the designers, Theresa Venette (Shakespeare's Peddler) and Theresa Layman.  It will be 5 days of wonderful stitching and great shopping!!!!!

I had homework to do this past week to get ready for the finishing classes.  Here is what we will be finishing::

 The other class had no homework (yeah!!!). 
I don't have any other stitching to show you so I will share a couple pictures of my pups.  Fiona relaxing and Bailee looking out the window for squirrels (her favorite pastime)

Have a good week and thanks for stopping by!  As always, thank you for your wonderful comments!


Monday, July 4, 2011

Truly Thankful

Happy 4th of July!  Today should be a great day in the Chicago area so I hope to be able to grill and eat outside this afternoon:)))

Last Sunday, I went to Inspired Needle for the monthly stitching group and boy did I have a great time! Linda and I picked out a 4th of July project to do this past week and this is what mine looks like.  It's hard to tell in the picture but we used fabric that had blue and red mottling through it and it just looks gorgeous IRL.

Let us Be Truly Thankful
Heartstrings Samplery
40 Ct Heroic Fabric by PTP
1 over 2
WDW and GA as called for


Here is a picture of my little patriotic display in my stitching room. 

I also finished up Red, White & Bloom by CCN.  I will be getting this finished in a beautiful red frame by Crescent Colors.  This was a very fun and fast stitch.

 Red, White, Bloom
Country Cottage Needleworks
32 count Amber
2 over 2
Threads as called for

Thanks for stopping by and thank you for all the nice comments.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!