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Sunday, March 29, 2009

A Finish I've Been Meaning to Post

I finished up the cute accessories keep from the retreat last week. I think I wrapped up the stitching on Wed or Thurs. It was a fun little project. I think I'll probably send it to my mom since she doesn't have anything to keep her scissors, needles, etc. in.
I also made the matching scissors fob:

They both stitched up quickly.

Now I'm working on Nova, by enormous canvas work project. I'm on the hunt for one of the colors - maybe my neighbor has some...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Bit More Retreat...

I just realized that I hadn't gotten around to finishing my updates on the retreat. It's been so busy here as I transition sports seasons. Also, the weather has been _awesome_ so I've been taking every opportunity to get out on my bicycle.

First off, here's the required stash shot...
I didn't quite get as much stuff as last year. During that retreat I won one of the baskets and was so loaded down! I don't mind getting a bit less. I have so many projects to work on already. The floss and fabric was awesome! The little charts are a hoot. I'll be making a few of those up for some friends and family while I'm in the car and on trains, etc.

I also got a shot of all of the completed bunnies from the needle felting class on the first day. They're pretty adorable. Mine is the one just to the right of the dark brown bunny. He has the curled ears. :-) The retreat sampler, which was given as a prize, is in the back. Betsy did a wonderful job designing and stitching it!
And then there is the group shot! We were 19 strong. There were two teachers, one assistant, a shop owner and a gaggle (or maybe a giggle?) of stitchers. We had an awesome time!

Don't worry -there's more to come. I have one of the projects finished. I just need to attend to some stash organization.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Knot Kit Exposure

OK here's the beginnings of the knot kit. I since have gotten the flowers and most of the leaves done. Whew - this is different. I'm not sure how I'm feeling about it yet ;-).

Catching Up!

My poor computer couldn't read my photo card last night. I think I was overworking her. She's all rested this morning.

I finished this bookmark for a coworker waaaaay back on 9 March. I was a fun little project that I pulled from The Gift of Stitching Magazine. I'm pretty happy with the quality of the projects I've seen in their pages. Oh if I only had more time!

I've mad some progress on a couple of my WIPs. This is Free-Bee from La-D-Da. I got the pattern at last year's spring retreat. I've been working on it on and off during travel. It's since become my lunchtime project at work. I'm hoping I'll be able to get it done soon. I'm a little concerned that I'm going to run out of the thread that I'm using. I'm not sure I'll be able to get more - I thnk it's a discontinued color.I also started a hardanger project that I've been meaning to do for a year :-). I got this pattern when I swapped charts with people a while back. This pattern came to me from England. It's been fun to work!
I'm sure there will be more to come about the retreat later. We're going to be taking classes from Teresa Layman and from Laurie of Chessie and Me. :-D

Friday, March 20, 2009

Long Time Coming

OK it's been a while since I posted. I got a bit caught up in the end of the skating season. I'm glad I did because I ended up getting a good ranking for the end of the season. But now it's spring and I'm attending the "Nature's Beauty" stitching retreat with my LNS.

This evening we took a class in needle felting. The goal was to make a bunny. Here's the beginning of one of the "campers" projects...
So, do _you_ think this looks like a bunny?

They got better though. This one is mine - he's a little bummed about life, but his ears came out OK!More to come.....

Sunday, March 8, 2009

WOW - Two Posts, One Day!

I got on it today and wrapped up the two projects I was working on. I finished stuffing and assembling the biscornu. It came out pretty well. I hope the woman I made it for will like it. I'm thinking of attaching a ribbon so she can use it as an ornament. I'm pretty sure she won't be using it as a pin cushion ;-).

This morning I also wrapped up the stitching on my stocking. I don't think I'll get a chance to assemble it this week - maybe next week since I won't be skating anymore for the season!The weekend after this one I'll be at our LNS's annual stitching retreat. I'm really looking forward to the classes and the company. It's going to be a nice followup to the nationals competition I'm heading to this week *stressssss*. Hopwfully I'll get some of my travel projects werapped up while I'm on my way out and back to the big meet :-).

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Finally - Some Progress ;-)

I've been on-again-off-again stitching the last few weeks. I was traveling a couple of weekends for sports and didn't get a chance to even pull out my travel projects.

This week I did get to finish a biscornu during my 1/2 hour lunch stitching. I was just playing around with some of my old DMS variegated floss. I was bummed to find out that they discontinued these colors. *sigh*

I went to the LNS stitch in last night. It was rough! I've not been getting enough sleep for the last week or two with all the travel and DH being ill, so staying up to midnight after getting up at 5:30 am was not working too well for me. I hung on though and almost finished my Christmas stocking...

I'm actually a bit further along than this picture shows, but well we all know how that goes ;-). I'm hoping to wrap up the stitching tonight so I can finish my stocking and DH's sometime soon. I bought the fabby for it just before the stitch-in last night. I'm really excited to see them done. I hope my sewing skillz are up to par!