to all my dear friends out there in blogger land :) It's always a good time of the week isn't it....the weekend? I think so!
I've been stitching in every spare moment I've had over the past week or so since we last visited and I thought I'd show you what I'm working on. Without further ado may I present:
Designed by: Tree of Life Samplings ~ Jan Alexander
Stitched on: 40 ct. Macadamia Nut ToL Linens
Stitched with WDW as charted
I'm one of many out there that has fallen in love with "Penny America", I've seen lots of stitchers in bloggerville working on this pretty. I've even seen Faye , she of the speeding needle, finish hers up. I was lucky enough to hold Jan's model in my hands in June and I can't wait until mine is all stitched and hanging on my walls. It is gorgeous! And if any of you out there are holding out...break open that purse and get it! It is stunning!
to my needle story: I started cross-stitching when I was 15 years old. I was gifted with two small Dimension Kits by my stepmother while visiting my Dad all those years ago. I stitched those little kits up and was hooked. I went to college and my stitching time was over...but after I graduated 4 years later, back to stitching I went with a passion. By that time, I was introduced to patterns (not kits) by co-workers, and my quest was to own every color of DMC....ahhhh....the good 'ol days!
is my one and true love. When I was 26 I married my husband and when we moved into our new home and he was carrying in box after box after box of crafts he told me that I needed to "...pick one craft because it is better to be a 'master of one' than a dabbler of many..." or something to that extent. So I donated all my extra craft stuff and chose stitching. I stitched away until babies came....then I stitched but typically only yearly Christmas ornaments for my children. With the birth of our last baby (sweet Ellie) out came all my cross stitching stuff and again began my obsession in earnest!
loved my stitching, but I've had a secret desire to quilt. But alas that darn "one craft rule". So I never have tried it....and lately I've been thinking about Needlepoint...hey (!) that fits the "one craft rule" category! You know I look at Coni's Blog , also a fellow Hoosier...and I dreamt of needlepoint - even e-mailed her about it around a year ago. But dream no more because this week, I walked right into my LNS where I've seen these gorgeous needlepoint quilt tops and I kitted up a pattern. May I present my very first Needlepoint adventure:
"Amish Trip Around the World Quilt"
Designer: From Nancy's Needle ~ Nancy Buhl
Stitched on #18 Canvas
Stitched with: Caron Watercolors and DMC #5 Pearle Cottons
of course this isn't complete yet...but I tell you what, my LNS owner gave me a little instruction and off I went with my goodies in the bag racing home to assemble my stretcher bars and tack in my canvas with Japanese tacks...who knew?! how much fun it would be to learn something new! I read what I could on my very complete pattern and went to town. I think, my dear readers, that I am in love! What is so soothing about needlepoint is that its a different texture, different look than cross-stitch. It will be nice to intersperse these needle point adventures with my cross stitch adventures for a change. Plus there are tons of quilt tops designed by Nancy's Needle and I plan on picking some more projects out soon! I get to quilt with my needle and thread :) And probably finish a quilt top a whole heck of a lot faster than a real quilt top. I won't be keeping myself warm in bed, but I'll be keeping my walls warmed up and cozy in my home!!
the best thing is, that my needle story always has a happy ending and I'm pretty proud of my hobby and my ability that I have with my needle. It brings me joy, soothes my soul and give me such a feeling of satisfaction!
until next time I'll be stitching away keeping "my hands at work and heart to God", just like always! Join in with me!
Hugs and love,