Saturday, October 29, 2016

November WIP and Life Update....

~ Greetings and Warm Welcome to all of my stitching friends ~
I hope all of you are enjoying a lovely fall...
I am enjoying life immensely of late. It's rather odd, how in the midst of turmoil and stress sometimes (at least for me) I fail to see the forest for the trees. Each problem is an obstacle to seeing the greater good of the world. I was really in a quagmire the last few months of 2015 and the first half of 2016. Making a change and then letting go...and letting God, what a huge, huge, HUGE thing. I really did struggle and really was struggling until July 31. Oh ye frail human.... thinking you are bigger than that and in control of everything. Ha! Thank the heavens above that through prayer and a little sacrifice of letting go my control, things have worked out so well. Life ~ always learning.

Big good things have been happening in my ~ works in progress piles:
Stitching is a very large part of my life.
It is my calgon moment.
It is my only hobby.
If I don't stitch in someway or create in some way, every day, I feel sad and grumpy. Re-investing in myself these past 3 months has meant I have began again to enjoy my stitching and not look upon it as a chore. OH HAPPY DAY! 

First up on the WIP #1 list is:

LHN ABC Sampler Series WIP

I am stitching these all on one piece of fabric (32 ct. Lakeside Linens Vintage Examplar)
I am not stitching the boxes around them as charted on the pattern.
I am using the called for colors which are a mix of Classic Colorworks and DMC
My ABC Sampler has a solid frame and a broken line frame that will encircle it (solid line = Caterpillar/broken line = Sassy Brassy both by Classic Colorworks. 
I cut my cloth to the dimensions specified by Diane at the link above (go read it if interested) However, stitching it my way I could have cut it a bit smaller, But I don't mind the extra. My sampler has sort of "evolved" since I began stitching it. I wanted the fabric a little larger so that I could be creative.) 
I have charted something for the bottom that will tie the whole piece together, I believe. . .
time will tell.

WIP #2....
is my Prairie Schooler - Year Rounds - Book 52
This is a "quilt" that I will turn into a quilted wallhanging *someday*
I have finished Jan/Feb/Mar
April (the bunny)....I finished twice already.....
*darn frog*
This is my THIRD attempt...wish me luck. If I can't get it right this time, I am sorely tempted to toss the thing in the trash bin.

Prairie Schooler Quilt - Year Rounds

This is being stitched on 25 ct. black lugana 
3 strands over 2 threads using DMC as called.

WIP #3:
Crown of Thorns

Jesus Face

A new start (actually this is the second time I started it).
This time round I am stitching it on 18 ct. ivory aida.
You can see it is just the top right hand side of his head.
I think it will be a stunning finish *someday*
This is a kit I got from the Stitchery: HERE

WIP #4:
I have slobbered all over this sweet pattern ever since I saw it on Notforgotten Farm's Blog last May. You can see it: HERE 
I have seen many of you stitch it and finish it up in various ways. I think I'm going to stitch it twice. I want it for a display and I think I want to frame it as well for my "Americana" room. 

Flag Maker WIP

I am stitching mine on 32 count Days Gone By
2 over 2 using the called for DMC
I am close to a finish with this one!

WIP #5
I was stunned, shocked and disbelieving when I was picking around through my cross stitch stash. This one I have had kitted with all the threads, JABCO buttons, fabric...for years. This was released: 2008. I need to have my hiney swatted!
have I not stitched this?! 
Believe me, I started this up and in no time at all had half of the border done and one of the treat blocks. Oh darling is this?!
CCN Sweet Treats Part 1 + Border

"Sweet Treats" by Country Cottage Needleworks
OH golly Miss Molly its gonna be so cute! I am going to finish this and frame it up! It'll be a great good thing!


My needlework....
and myself, really, are a changing. I finish a lot of things for myself and others and I have to be cognizant of the stress I put on my fingers, hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders. I have pain issues (especially when I finish a lot in one day, which is nearly every day since finishing has become my job). So when I stitch I like to stitch using a stand and I like my work close to me so my reach is not very far. Using a Q-snaps, like I have for 25 years, was great as I could make them wide and short and it was perfect. Being that I'm expanding my interest in stitching into larger projects that have beading and metallic fibers, well....beading as I go can be an issue using a Q-snaps. I know I can make the Q-snaps, larger and larger by adding in pieces of the snap bars to accommodate the beads, but my Needlework System 4 stand means I can't get wider than 17 inches and not too much taller than that because of the way head rotates. I know that many say you can use the snaps over beads, but still that makes me a little nervous. So luckily I had a friend that wanted to sell some scroll bars that no longer fit her stitching needs. I bought them and I am in love with them!

The brand I really, really love is Rolaframe.
I have about 8 sets I think. . . 
anyway...look forward to my Days of Christmas featuring an informational tutorial about Rolaframe!

Does Rolaframes fit on my Needlework System 4 stand? NO.... However, earlier this fall I purchased a home-made stand similar to the Judy O'Dell Lap Stand featured: HERE  
The arms make it a universal type stand for any thing you want to stitch using: Q-snaps, stretcher bars, scroll rods.

I share that later on upcoming during my Days of Christmas too. 
I can't give away all my secrets at once 

Being that my stitching is evolving....
that means that my organizing and storing needs to evolve as well. 
Pondering a question all night long in my head while I drowsed this morning I awoke with an idea in place. Now I know this is not a new idea and that there are many ways to ride a horse.

I believe that all my work no matter if it is done and ready for framing and finishing...
or if it is a work in progress needs a beautiful "home" to live in.
So I made a Project Roll. 
The idea came after I saw a version by DMC in my local Michael's. 
I really looked it over and decided I could make one myself...prettier.

So this morning I did...
I see from searching on the internet this is not a novel or new idea. But this is my version.
I think it is gorgeous. 
Using what I had available to me I used a mailing tube, quilting cottons, fleece, gingham ribbon, a little tacky spray, needle and thread, some sewing machine time, a ribbon and a rusty heart button to create my quilted Project Roll. BOY do I love this! I'll be making more for sure. 

Project Roll 1
Project Roll 2 Project Roll 3 Project Roll 4 Project Roll 6 Project Roll 5 those inquiring minds since I have been asked this lots already on FB and Instagram. Yes, I will make a tutorial but you are going to have to wait until My Days of Christmas, it will be my gift to those of you who wish to know how I did it. It is relatively easy. Some sewing experience is required. Do you like me for me or just for my tutorials? Sometimes, to be honest, I wonder.

since the last time I blogged I have finished A LOT...thank you to my wonderful clients who use my services over and over and allow me to create beautiful things to grace their homes.
Here is a sampling there are loads more since the last time I blogged (to be honest, I counted the other night....I finished nearly 400 items this year alone so far). I am blessed beyond measure. Thank you!

IC_CCN Red White and Bloom LS_WTNT Land of  Liberty W1_Shepherd's Bush Stocking LO_PSS Patriotic Stockings LO_CCN London JP_DT Autumn JP_Frosted Pumpkin Halloween Town JP_LK Jack JP_LK Oct 31 JP_Shepherd's Bush Wish JP_Brooks Books Advent Animals SD_LK Halloweenie SD_LHN 7 Pines SD_LHN House of Sweets LG_SB Sheep Friends

Did you make it all the way down here?! 
Well then you really DO like me! ha ha ha!

Until next time...
love your neighbor as yourself, because to be honest all I see in the world is a lot of anger and hate.
Be nice. Be kind. Be a Friend to those around you. Everyone needs a friend!
Be the change that you want to see in this world.

Hugs in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Sunday, October 16, 2016

A Retreat....

~ Greetings Friends and Fellow Stitching Buddies ~

I have a very large blog post in the works complete with updates...
works in progress...
photos,  photos, photos...
and just my general chit chat :)

But I'd like to draw your attention to a Retreat Opportunity for you...
My local Needlework Shop ~ Fancy Works
is hosting a Spring Needlework Retreat at Canyon Inn at McCormick's Creek.
There are lots of goodies, fun, frivolity and STITCHING planned!

Including two optional classes that participants may take.
I have been honored to be asked to be the 
Teacher/Demonstrator of two classes!

I am planning a very well put together class, that is hands on, where stitcher's can learn all my
tips, tricks and best techniques on finishing your stitched work into:

Nothing like Spring Time in Indiana!
Would you like to come and stitch with me? 
I'd sure love to meet you in person!

Here's the information:

Here is a link to McCormick's Creek State Park website that explains the park and details the lovely Canyon Inn and the beautiful flora and fauna of this stunning park. Of course if you are camper, and would prefer to attend the retreat but stay in your camper, you may attend the retreat and camp at the campsites inside the park, that would be a viable option too!

Care to join us? Spaces are limited and expected to go quickly. 
Reserve your spot today! And then we can have a rip roaring good time in the Spring!

Hugs in stitches,
Vonna xxxx