This post is going to be sort of a "catch up" post since I didn't have time in November to post
(and it was here and then it was gone....)
I was one of the lucky people that had my order in on time to purchase the
Limited Edition With Thy Needle and Thread Kit
The stitching was fast and I got it done in no time at all.
I loved that little pilgrim lady and the cornucopia of goodness, so I went on to stitch it again!
This time I stitched it one over one on 32 ct. linen and made a Pocket Watch Necklace.
Our Thanksgiving was bountiful....
here is our table with a sweet turkey centerpiece made by Miss Ellie, herself, from her last 4H meeting :)
including Keith's parents, Bernie and Ed. I made the whole meal.
I'm going to be honest and say: I am glad I don't have to eat turkey and dressing again until next year....
The Menu was: smoked turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, green bean casserole, noodles, slaw and hot rolls.
My Mother~in~Law provided the desserts and she made: Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Pie.
The china we ate on was my great-grandmother Epperson's dishes...They are Myott and the pattern is called "Royal Mail" I inherited an 8 piece place setting and I ate Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner on those from my childhood. My Grandma Epperson had these for her china as my Great-Grandma was her mother-in-law. These plates are from the 1905-1910 era and from England.
I just love them and as a little girl I remember looking at the plates and dreaming up a story to interpret the scenes on them. Each piece has a different scene.
When my Dad passed them to me....
I was ecstatic! I love them! Since I received them I have added 4 additional place settings which include (dinner plate, luncheon plate, berry bowl, bread plate, cup and saucer), a platter, a coffee pot and a gravy boat. Where did I find 100 year old china pieces? Why EBAY of course! I'm always looking to find good deals on there to add to my china collection.
(I have another china set that I will share with you later on from my Grandmother Weber)
My goal is to get both sets up to 16 place settings and then pass a set to each of my girls on their wedding day.
A good goal, don't you agree?!
During the 25 Days of Christmas
The Twisted Stitcher
I plan on sharing with you particular things that I use in my stitching. Products that I find are superior to help me get my stitching done as perfectly, as fast and as beautifully as I can manage. I get asked all the time about the products I use and I decided way back at the beginning of the year that I'd use the 25 Days of Christmas as a way to highlight what I think is best.
let's remember these are my OPINIONS...I'm entitled to my opinions as is everyone else entitled to their own opinions.
Product #1 ~ Q-snaps
I use to use a hoop and I'd get those lines in my linen and that bugged me. I found out about Q-snaps and I've been a Q-snap girl ever since. The one negative I have to say about Q-snaps is: the snap part (that's the part you put down on your fabric that holds it to the "frame" part. Easily gets stretched out...and then my material would sag. Now I know there is some trick about putting the snaps in your dishwasher and the hot water/drying element helps to tighten them up again, but honestly people...who has time to remember to throw your Q-snaps in the dishwasher? I hardly can get all of my dishes in one day to fit inside my dishwasher.
The other negative is I was always worried about the snap crushing my stitches. Now I never had that problem, I just worried about it. So...while playing around one day, I thought:
I wonder if I would put felt under my snaps if that would help protect the stitches and make the snaps tighter. Hmmm....
So I went and cut some felt and what do you know. It worked! I like my fabric tight, like drum tight and the felt deal worked like a charm!
So...if you aren't a Q-Snap user and you think you might like to give it a try, I highly recommend them! If you put the snaps on like I do, the linen/aida will stay blocked too so when you are finished you don't have to worry too much about blocking.
(and for those that might not know about blocking: that is when all of the threads of the aida/linen run perpendicular to each other thus keeping the design square. All the vertical threads remain vertical and all horizontal threads stay horizontal.)
Here's how I use my Q-snaps:
the pictures follow the numbers
- I store them in a big zippered bag that I saved (I'm a hoarder) from a quilt that I purchased.
- Take the snaps off and lay it down on the table - lay your fabric on top
- Place a strip of felt down on top of the linen.
- Place the snap on top of the felt strip and snap it in place.
- Do the same to the opposite side
- Once both sides are snapped, twist gently to make the linen taut.
- Then turn 90 degrees and repeat process on the opposite sides. *for short sides of the Q-snap, I fold the long felt strip in half and that means there is double layers on those ends.
- There you have a perfectly blocked piece of linen/aida to start stitching!
WHY do I use felt under the Q-snap "snaps"?
1. Because it "holds" the snaps in place firmly and keeps my linen/aida taut like a drum...and the way I stitch, that is how I prefer it.
2. Felt protects the stitches, if I move my snaps to cover a stitched area, the felt covers the stitches and then they don't get smashed.
*Helpful Hint* at the end of the day, make sure you twist your snaps to loosen the fabric
(the felt will protect the linen so you don't have to worry about discoloration, you can leave the snaps on) just twist in the direction of the middle of the linen/aida to loosen the material so that it isn't stretched. Next day before stitching twist toward the outside of the snap and it is once again taut and ready to stitch! *HOWEVER* if your snaps are placed over stitches, remove the snaps so that they aren't smashed...although the felt protects them, I don't ever take chances with smashed stitches. SAME if you are a hoop user, always take your linen OUT of your hoop when are done stitching for the day. *always*
*Helpful Hint* You will notice that I don't keep my Q-snaps in any size that they come in. The first thing I do is take them all apart. I think this is one of the benefits of using Q-snaps ~ you can make the frame to the size you desire.
I prefer to work on my projects up close. If I am working a large project, I want my Q-snaps long in width and short in height. I very easily get tendinitis in my dominant arm, so keeping it close to me means that I don't have a long reach. Also I have carpal tunnel and not having a reach helps my wrist too. So I highly recommend taking your Q-snaps apart and reassembling into a size you prefer. Of course that means you have to have multiple sizes....but Q-snaps really aren't that expensive. Save your coupons because they are always available at Michael's, Hobby Lobby and Joann's...or if you are an Amazon Prime Member they can be found there too.
Q-snaps, Vonna's Recommendation for Day #1!
That does it for Day #1 of:
The 25 Days of Christmas
The Twisted Stitcher
Please come back for Day #2!
Please come back for Day #2!
Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work...
my heart to God...
while treating my neighbor with kindness and respect,
and trying to be the best me I can be.
It's hard, isn't it?
I may stumble and I may fall, but I pick myself up and I remember:
To thine own self be true...
I want to BE the change I want to SEE.
Love in stitches,