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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gala Pin Cushion

I just finished a new pin cushion. We're getting ready to do another show this weekend and I try to have something new to offer each time. Sometimes it's my creation and other times it's a new notion like thread or velvet. You know, try to keep things interesting for us gals.
This design is based on an Eastern Indian motif. The shapes are kind of wonky, but I think it works.
Not too many stitches used: chain, buttonhole, colonial knots and the running stitch around the leaves. Pretty simple in fact, so I think it will be appealing to the novice stitcher.
And I topped it off with a very bright pom-pom trim.
Well, I off to make one more delivery before we have to pack it up. Wishing you all a happy day!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Three Roses

Even though I've been very busy lately, I feel like I don't have much to show for myself. I'm waiting for inspiration to come but it's slow, maybe on a vacation! So I've finished up some loose ends;  wool pins, which I already showed you a few of, and preparing for another show in a couple of weeks. And of course, dyeing more wool. So I thought I'd show you one of my older rugs I hooked probably 12 years ago...yikes! It's a bigger one....3 x 5 or so. I prefer doing larger rugs and I for the most part put them on the floor, and since we have wood floors they lay nicely. Some are starting to show there wear and some of the once bright colors are starting to fade. But that's ok.
I think I purchased this pattern from J. Moshimer , and it was kindly brought to my attention, that it is called "Wentworth".

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Completed Pins

wool pins
 I was able to finish some of my pins recently. We had several deliveries of wool to make and so while my husband drove, I stitched away. It's amazing how a few stitches here and there, gets the job done.
flower in a bucket

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Little Pins

I enjoy making these pins to sell at the shows. I tend to accumulate an endless supply of scraps as we all do, so these are perfect to use up some tidbits, but certainly not all.  I like having small projects to work on, along with the bigger ones that don't required a lot of planning, etc.
basket of pins to be
It's also a good exercise in "free form" designing and if (when) I screw up, there's very little waste.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bowl of Plenty

Here is another Maggie B patterns I just finished, called Bowl of Plenty. I added some very old buttons and dressed the birds up a bit with some stitchery and linen ric-rac trim. Now I need to find the perfect spot for it and pound just a few more holes in the wall.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


I can never resist buying vintage lace and buttons at thrift stores. I was raised by a Hungarian grandma, who during her "free " moments had either a crochet hook in her hand or a prayer book. So her spirit lives within me still...nearly 60 years later.
I enjoy using these textile treasures with their hidden history and create something (I feel) useful in our times. And in this case; a needle-book. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty persnickety about my needles and they vary for each project. So it's nice to have a "special" case to keep these ready for use.
This case is a test model for a class I'll be teaching in Portland; a "make and take" class. But now I have to make another  one to track my time, to make sure I schedule the time correctly. What will I ever do with 2 needle-cases?!!!
All of the stitches used are pretty basic: fly, chain, buttonhole and colonial knots.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Stitching Away

Amazing what you can get accomplished waiting for the ferry..... I'm glad I took a project along for the ride. We had a pleasant trip over to Whidby Island....stopped at a wonderful bakery in Langley and made a stop at Quilter's Workshop and a couple thrift stores. A low stress day! Just what I needed.