Sunday, June 28, 2015

Overdue blog

I don't seem to have taken any photos of my stitching lately so here is a shot of me, taken by Beatrice at the recent Trent Valley Quilt guild Quilt show, where I had a booth. I met a lot of people and gave out many cards but quilters aren't interested in the same stuff stitchers are interested in. I did however make a great contact when a few days later I was invited to the Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild fair, which will be held in September. 

Macy and Lily having fun

Our friend Jonathon likes to kick and throw the ball for Macy to chase but he thinks Lily is more his size!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Back stitching

I have had about as much fun back stitching as I can handle this week. It is time to move on to a project the that has none at all!
Of course the back stitching does make the picture come alive.

Thank you to all who were able to come out to the Knowledge and Needles Open House last weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Progress and a visitor

This little guy came for visit a couple of evenings ago. Dan was coming home at dusk and noticed something by the front door. Thinking it wand a parcel from UPS  he walked up to the door and was surprised to find this  young, one foot or so alligator  on the mat. It caused quite the excitement in the neighbourhood, as we were all gathered around taking pictures and marvelling at his appearance. Dan shooed him to the driveway with a broom and our neighbour picked him up, very carefully in a t shirt and took him across the road and the vacant lot to release him into the canal. We are much more vigilant now when letting Macy out at night!

I have reached the heel on Ella's stocking but it will go away now until we get back home. Ella, herself and parents will be arriving tomorrow and I do not want anyone of them seeing it before it is finished.
Dear Jane is coming along slowly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A gardenia bush

After some asking around I discovered that this beautiful flower is a gardenia. There are many more buds on the bush and I will take a photo when the bush is in all its glory.
Today I go back to my Mystic Stitch piece. I have finally broken down and  am trying "parking" my needle as a new technique for me. I will decide if I like it or not. Thòse are just water spots on the fabric, nothing serious... Not dirt.
Dear Jane is progressing. It is enjoyable because each motif represents a little finish and, let's face it working with only one colour is easy. My little fortune cookie waxer gets a good workout when I am working on this design. Did I mention in my last post that I have ordered 3 dozen of these little waxers for the shop. They come in a wide variety of cool shapes.
I just finished my 4 days on Ella's stocking. This time  I did neglect the back stitching so  I will have to hope I am in the mood for it the next time this piece comes up in my rotation. I do feel that I have been quarter stitched into oblivion though.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


The title of the previous post should be WAXERS!


Here is my progress on Dear Jane. I actually have one more day to work on it in my rotation and I am going to get at it just as soon as I have finished here. 
The little fortune cookie shaped thing in the picture is a waxer which I purchased from Janis at Noteworthy Needle  at the Nashville Show. 
Waxers, made from beeswax,  soothe the thread and make it more manageable. I wanted to try it for myself before I bought a bunch of them for Knowledge and Needles.
My verdict.. A good product! I used it on my DMC variegated thread on this piece all three days and it does everything as advertised. Where I found it particularly useful was when I had to do some " reverse stitching" , nobody's favourite task, especially when you are stitching one complete stitch at a time!
It made the ripping out a little less onerous.
I have not tried it when working on my Mystic Stitch piece because I think waxing a thread for the two or three stitches you get to do with each colour at a time, might prove more bother than it is worth but for when you can use up the whole length of thread it is worthwhile.
I will be ordering some for the shop...the next big decision will be which of the many, interesting shapes shall I order?
And lastly,  I have finally posted photos on my website of many of the new items I bought in Nashville. They are located on the pages of many of the designers and also, for the designers who do not have their own page on the Knowledge and Needles website, on the New Items page.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Some Nashville purchases

Sue Hillis
Blackberry Lane

Can't remember the designer...maybe Nicky's creations

Scissortail designs and Priscilla' Pocket designs

Amy Breucken

hands on designs and an exclusive from Cherished Stitches

Ink Circles

Aury TM

Blackbird designs and somebody else
Jeannette Douglas

Teresa Kogut
More Lizzie Kate
Queens town designs...the sampler is done over one, is very tiny and magnificent.