My Very First Workshop!

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Ooh, I am so lucky to have gotten a fantastic early Christmas present! The Attic Needlework Shop offered classes last weekend with Sherri Jones and I attended The Lounging Hare Sewing Box workshop. Was that ever fun! The project is darling, the wooden box I got is exquisite, the ladies were all very nice, and the lunch was yummy.  We all received some nice little treats, including a needleminder. Best of all I got to spend a whole day stitching without any interruptions! I learned a few new things: needle weaving to make candy striped, tweed, and zigzag boarders, and sorbello knots. It will be a very challenging project-it has many tiny parts, and putting the whole thing together will take a lot of gumption. There is a lot of variety to the stitching so it should be really interesting to do, and keep my attention. I’m not worried about getting the stitching done. But the finishing is daunting. However, it will be so lovely, I know it will be worth the hassle.

1sts for me: using waste knots! basting lines! (honestly, can you even see those basting lines?) needleweaving, sorbello knots.

During class we made practice pockets. I really enjoyed the needleweaving on the lower pocket- and it worked out well-very gratifyingly to do. But, my trelliswork on the top pocket is off by one thread in one spot so I will need to redo it. My other problem was my basting thread was too light and I could barely see it-can you see it? I definitely will improve my method going forward.  Now I just have to finish off the last little bits of all the current projects underway so I can really dive into Lounging Hare with no guilt! They are also close it really would be a shame not to finish them up right away. That’s my goal for this week!

Best Laid Plans

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It always happens that when we plan a trip, I think, I will bring my stitching and get so much done on it I should bring one or two more things to start! Since I will have so much free time! And then it always happens that I rarely even put one stitch in. This kind of plan shows my irretractable optimism. So, my plan was so get the whole over-dyed floss border done on our fall break trip back in October. In fact I went to a lot of trouble to get the floss! But it didn’t even get started until we got home. And now, thanks to those October interruptions, I am just finishing it up, as well as the alphabet border. Maybe it will be done next week! Surely!

Interruptions

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So, instead of stitching the past 2 weeks, I have been madly trying to get the Halloween costumes done. There is always an outlet for creativity, right? My challenge costume this year was Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. It wasn’t actually that bad…I had a pattern for the gown already…and Hobby Lobby sells pre-glittered gold posterboard which made a great crown.


Next is Shy Guy. I thought it would be a tricky, but in fact the mask was not so hard. I am glad they sell the right size foam dome for the mask. The foam knife was well worth the investment. Nobody knew who he was but that’s ok. It was a good costume.

And here’s the whole crew. I made the Tiger suit several years ago for this year’s Shy Guy and the Cheetah is a 30 year old costume that my mom made for my brother when HE was in preschool. It does not look 30 years old at all!


In other news…while I had my sewing machine out for the Queen, I decided to finish up this little angel. Now, I have the kit for this one which I have not made yet, but I also found one with the stitching completed on eBay so I had to have it-it just needed to be finished up. I needed something for the trim and my mom came through with yarn from another old Jiffy Stitchery kit-just enough to make a braid. Perfect! And even better, Done!