Pretty Little Finish

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Last week I finished my Victoria Sampler kloster blocks learning kit.

This one was so fun! Again the directions for the technique were excellent-kloster blocks are easy enough but Thea gives the order in which to stitch each block and Algerian eyelet. I honestly think it’s one of the prettiest things I’ve made. And I have a plan for it! It will go on a box as a present for my daughter’s First Communion next month.

With my last VS kit and this one I started stitching in hand using the sewing method. I discovered the Kreinik is a million times easier to work with that way-it doesn’t twist and it lays flat. The kloster blocks and satin stitched areas are also super easy, and fast, to stitch in hand. I’ve always been a hoop-only stitcher. In fact I could not even conceive of how anyone could stitch without a hoop. But, I am so so glad to be learning this, because for my next little project I can’t use a hoop at all! Here it is, Birdz and Bugz from Lizzie Kate:

Isn’t this cute? It’s not my usual style (which I knew as soon as I went to kit it and discovered none of the colors called for were in my stash!) but I really liked this one with the colors and cutesy birdies and fabric in the pre-finished wallet. There are inside and outside designs and then directions to make the fob and pin cushion. I think I’ll do that, they are tiny!

Final thing from last week: I made the first ornament from this little Dimensions wood snowflakes kit:

The stitch diagram could have been so much better so I reinvented it to use a double running stitch and got the pattern the same on the front and back except for one stitch! (Pats self on back!) I hope that will work for the other designs!

July!

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Yes, it’s April but I’ve just almost finished July of Snowflower Diaries Joyful World calendar! I loved this one, so bright and cheerful!

What is missing? The baby flamingo in the middle! I decided I wanted him to be fluffy so I ordered some fluffy thread to try. After I finish him I’m putting aside the calendar till June and I plan to do June in June. It’s a bear and beehive-very cute!

I was getting antsy for something different to work on. Last year I won a great lot of floss including some Caron Watercolours.

I had no idea what to do with them. Around the same time I discovered Sekas and Co.’s “stained glass” ornaments.

A friend of mine had made me one several years ago and I always liked it so I was delighted to find patterns for a whole set! And they call for the very Watercolours I have! I just needed to order some gold perforated paper. And it came last week! Here are my first 3:

These take no time at all. So satisfying and just what I needed. Now I need to get some gold paper to back them.

I started my ornies SAL piece for this month. The theme is White Christmas and this white and gold Victoria Sampler ornament fits the bill!

Easter Blog Hop 2018 + March Small

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Hello and welcome to Mary’s Thread! Whether you found me through the Easter Blog Hop hosted by Jo or Heather’s Smalls SAL, I am so glad you came!

Here is my March Small/Spring-y piece! I just barely got it done in time-literally was putting in the last stitches as Friday was ending. (I’m so sorry if you came for the blog hop already and I didn’t have this posted! It’s been a busy week!)

This is the Home Sweet Home Pin Pillow by Abby Rose.

Now, if you are here for the blog hop, you have found letter:

(V) I wonder what mystery Easter phrase could include V? Hmmm….

And now, please continue your hunt here, but I hope you will come back and visit me sometime!

Happy Easter!

“Alleluia The Lord is Risen! He is Risen indeed!”

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