Thursday, May 23, 2019

Some Tips....

 ~ Greetings Dear Stitching Friends ~
Warm Welcome to you all!

On the latest Wednesday Chat on Fiber Talk, Gary and I discussed light and how important pounding light on your project is in order to see the fabric/pattern properly - especially for aging eyes.
LINKS to our May 23, 2019 Wednesday Chat:
We Talk Fiber Website: HERE also available on YouTube: HERE

Gary and I both (prior to our recording) talked about Mary Corbet's take on lighting. If you go to her website and search "lighting" she has had many entries on what her take is on the subject: the products she uses, ideas, gizmos, gadgets...  One fairly recent entry on Mary's website was last year and it is rather comprehensive and gives links to previous entries and product reviews she has done. HERE is the link.

During our on air talk Gary had me tell a story about how my "stitching nest" was enhanced by my husband this past 2019 Mother's Day.

First, I need to set up how my "nest" is situated in our bedroom (where I do the bulk of my stitching). I like to sit upright when I stitch. I have an over-sized chair and an ottoman for putting my feet up (the ottoman also has a hinged top and the bottom is storage -this is where I hide other patterns/designs/kits that I'm working on so that my husband doesn't know!). I sit in the corner and because of that fact, it is sort of dark back there. I have mounted on the wall beside my chair a framed piece of tin (purchased several years ago at Hobby Lobby) where I put lots of magnets. On my board are: my pattern(s) I'm currently working on, my pre-threaded needles for the project I'm working on, my Snag Nab-It  (it is held on board by magnet still inside the plastic sleeve it comes in), my BLT (I have it held on side of board with tape - you can't see it- inside the plastic tube it comes in), my Puffin and Co magnetic Ruler (very useful for using as a place keeper on a pattern!), my Puffin and Co micro needle threader (amazing!) and usually some needle minders that I put 26 and 28 size needles on that are in waiting for reloading. On top of the framed tin is a Puffin and Co wooden case where lots of needles are patiently waiting for when I lose/wear out a needle. Here is a photo of my chair/tin board set up:

So you likely are thinking what is the white goose neck light doing hanging down? Well...that's where this story is going...I have been struggling, as my eyes age (I'll be 49 in July) especially the last year.  I have to have cheaters on to read the symbols from the chart on the tin board and then flip them up to look through my magnifying LED lamp (more on that later). I seem to be constantly squinting and struggling. On Mother's Day I asked my husband if he could rig something up so that I could have light on my board. He went down to his basement area where he keeps all sorts of things that: A.) Vonna bought and it didn't work for her or B.) We bought for the kids and it didn't work for them. He came back up with this clip on light that I had bought for travel stitching and found it to be too heavy to clamp on my frame and it kept flipping off, etc. So I gave it to Keith and he put it in his cast off area. He drilled a hole in the base, and mounted it on the wall as you see above. I didn't mess with it while I was taking this picture, but I recall he also used a Command Strip  to hold it in place so that it doesn't wiggle or move. Once he had it mounted and plugged in I tapped the turn on button (it's touch activated) and when the light came on!
as you can see below:

I gave him a big 'ol kiss because: He just changed my life with one of my cast off purchases! Now this light was originally purchased on Amazon. HERE Amazon told me I purchased this March 28, 2016 - see it waited a long time in Keith's Vonna cast off products area. Now it is getting used nightly because it is PERFECT for this application!! 
The stitching nirvana has been achieved!

Next thing I'd like to talk about is my LED magnifier floor lamp. About 4 years ago I was having problems seeing linen - in any count. Looking back with experience now, I understand it was because of poor lighting...but at the time I purchased a cheap magnifying LED lamp just to see if it helped before I sunk big money into one. It worked and I could see so much better. So I began the hunt for a floor model for my stitching nest. I tried a very expensive Ott lamp and just wasn't satisfied with the size of the magnifying piece (which was not lit just on a goose neck arm extending from the main pole of the light). I searched for several months to find something better and finally settled on this LED Floor Lamp with lit magnifying glass from Bright Tech. I have used this lamp for 2 years and it is in a word FABULOUS! The glass is large, the LED lights surround the magnifying glass, it is easily adjustable to get the perfect set up for each individual. The base is wide and heavy so the lamp does NOT tip, and the whole pole easily rotates to swing it away from you when you have to get up. HERE is the link to the very one I purchased. NOTE: you have the option of purchasing the 3 diopter which is magnification at 1.75 OR the 5 diopter which is magnification at 2.25. I purchased the 3 diopter...but next time I'm moving up because you know OLD eyes. You can see how my little corner is now being pounded with light so that I can see all the counts on all the colors and all the particulars of my charts with nary a struggle. 

Now what about when I travel to retreats, etc. Well I usually drag this one with me (no kidding that's how much I love it) But Gary tells me that he just bought one called the Daylight Company Halo Lamp and he got it at The Attic so maybe give Jean a call and pick one up: HERE be sure to tell them that Gary and Vonna sent you :)

On the latest installment of Fiber Talk...Gary also announced that we (yes, he and I) will be stitching together (and featuring in our installments on our Fiber Talk shows and on Floss Tube stitch with us videos - I think...) The Queen's Sampler. Have you seen this beauty? If need to go RIGHT NOW to see Gary's video of it with Linda Vinson: on We Talk Fiber Website: HERE and on YouTube: HERE

Now I'm a little worried about this...and Gary is sort of dragging me kicking and screaming into this endeavor... Gary knows that if he challenges me that the competitive Vonna comes out (think: Sarah Brazier 1829) so....the order has been placed for the sourcing of all the materials, charts, threads, fabric at Sassy Jack's Stitchery and Kim is taking extraordinarily good care of us, as she always does! AND she is a sponsor of Fiber Talk!!! Thank you KIM!!! 
HERE is the link to SASSY JACK's  give Kim and her team a call and tell them to fix you up with all you need to stitch the Queen's Sampler! And don't forget to tell her Gary and Vonna sent you!

So Kim is gathering and sourcing all the items needed for The Queen's Sampler but, what I don't know is if there has been any sourcing for Vonna's sanity. Gary has gotten me into so much trouble (but it is good trouble, right?!) 
 Anyway...after ya'll watch the Linda Vinson Fiber Talk Video with Gary...(I've watched it around 8 times now...likely to watch it 5000 times more once this project gets underway) go listen to yesterday's Wednesday Chat with Gary and I (links above) if you decide that THIS is too good to pass up...because my understanding is we will work on it as a group sort of supporting and helping each other along the way (The good Lord knows I'm gonna need all the help I can get!) 
If ya'll decide you want to jump right in along with us (in the hot water..ha ha ha!) the links have all been provided above to call Sassy Jack's Stitchery.

Well I'm thinking that's enough right now to get ya'll started to tricking out your Stitching Nest... I mean we've covered lighting, chart holding, accoutrements, gadgets, gizmos, magnification and craziness....

I am SO enjoying my stitching life....thanks to my good friends I have made within the stitching community!
Thank YOU for being my friends and nurturing my crazy :)
Until next time...
hugs and love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Fiber Talk 5-8-19

~ Greetings and Warm Wishes to you my friends ~

I'm swinging here friends...being hung out to dry between trying to keep my "lifestyle" change and walking my *butt off* - pun intended - End of school year things...when you have academically oriented children you wait all year for the cheering from the stands and we  have been attending many cheering events recognizing our children and their successes. I've been working a little more than frequently at the quilt shop and I've had several funeral luncheons to cook and serve including another this weekend and all my "volunteers" once again have called off since it is: Mother's Day Weekend. Well I'm a mother too and we've got a funeral lunch to serve. Thank God he gave me two daughters to help me. We will be serving 100 and I'm cooking the entire meal (and cleaning it up too). May our fellow parishioner rest in peace and may some small comfort be brought to the family with this small act. 

I promise I'll be back soon with a FULL blog post on what has been going on with me and my stitching...because there is lots.

In the mean time....
Gary and I had a lively wonderful discussion about several topic matters...
including the Sassy Jacks Sampler Weekend with Nicola Parkman that I am missing out on. I really want to go, but I'm sort of over booked that weekend and logistically wise on paper, I could make it happen, but I'm afraid after it was all said and done my rump would be cooked.

So let me provide you the links to Fiber Talk - that twice weekly show where we talk about stabbing things with a needle :)
The podcast is also on FlossTube at:

And a BIG thank you to Sassy Jack’s Stitchery for supporting Fiber Talk by sponsoring the show!
Go on over to Sassy Jack’s - a full service stitch shop -

Until next time Folks when I have a proper update:
Hugs and love in stitches,
Vonna xxxx

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

May 1, 2019 ~ FlossTube #24 ~ Show Notes....

1.) Fiber Talk subscribe: Website HERE  also on YouTube HERE
----->Pre-Nashville Market Show: HERE
----->Post-Nashville Market Show: HERE

2.) The Shepherd's Needle - Little Rock, Arkansas
-----JULY Punchneedle Workshop with Shawn Williams - Threads that Bind
-----Merchant Mall Vendor at Prim Stitcher's Society Retreat - May 2 - 4 from 12:30 - 4:30 pm each day. The Merchant Mall is open to the public daily at stated times above for a small nominal fee.
-----Stocked up on Rolaframes!
-----Contact Ann, via website: HERE - online shopping also available at this link
------Phone: 501-221-6990

My Finishing of With Thy Needle and Thread's Summer School House Lessons
for The Shepherd's Needle

1.) "May" and "June" from Little House Needleworks and Classic Colorworks Thread Packs - Sampler Months is the the name of the Thread Pack series.
---stitched on 28 ct. 2 over 2 on Clay Zweigart  using Classic Colorworks 

LHN May and June Monthlies

2.) Prairie Schooler - Year Rounds Book #52
-----stitched on 25 ct. black evenweave 3 strands over 2 threads 

3.) With Thy Needle and Thread "Holiday Hoopla - Easter"
-----finished in "Tart Style" want a tutorial? Look at my Tutorial Website - Learn to Finish with the Twisted Stitcher: HERE

4.) Heart in Hand - "Rabbit Patch"
-----25 ct. white evenweave using called for Classic Colorworks

Framed Pieces:
1.) Little House Needleworks "Red Rooster Inn"
----I use Custom Frame Solutions ---they will cut glass, backing board, foam core whatever you order. They have frequent sales (I neglected to mention this) Very affordable custom framing option. Website: HERE
(----also Little House Needleworks "Blackbird Inn" - Family Tree Frame - Custom to my finish)

Historical Finishes:

1.) Scattered Seed Samplers - "Gathering Spring"
---40 ct./Classic Colorworks

2.) Little House Needleworks/Classic Colorworks - "Welcome Spring"
32 ct./Classic Colorworks

3.) Little House Needleworks - "The Family Sampler"
32 ct. Vintage Butter Cream Lakeside/Classic Colorworks

Works In Progress:
1.) Vervaco Jesus - I purchased at The Stitchery, also available at some Hobby Lobby, Amazon, Herrschners...etc.

Instagram  Friend, "Coffee and Craft" originator: chris_stitch
Start your own #coffeeandcraftrevolution  hastag me on Instagram!!

2.) Shakespeare's Peddler - "A Savior's Praise"
----40 ct natural Zweigart using Anchor and Classic Colorworks

3.) Blackbird Designs - "Christmas Garden"
32 ct Sassy's Fabbys - Creamy Cocoa All Classic Colorworks - I will update you with colors as I choose them when I progress :)

Instagram Friend: Terri @shabagoed

4.) Hands Across the Sea Samplers - Sarah Braizear 1829 - 2018 Queen of May
----46 ct Silkweaver in Heritage Color; stitching in DMC
Sassy Jacks Website: HERE

Gary's Stitching on Instagram: @fibertalk

2 Patterns I have that I want to start:

Serenity Harbor - By the Bay Needleart

Amid Amish Life - Cross Stitch and Country Crafts

Instagram Friend who stitched "Amid Amish Life": @stitchtherapeutics

Notable FlossTubers I've been watching the last few weeks:

1. Dena - HalfStitch Cross Stitch: HERE
2. Brian - Blitstitch: HERE
3. Brenda - Handwork Maniac: HERE
4. Jenny - Long Dawg Stitcher: HERE
5. Amy - Gables Stitcher: HERE
6. Leanne and Barb - Lost in Floss: HERE
7. Shirl McKinney - Tranquil Stitches: HERE
8. Helen D - HERE
9. Jen - Quirk and Stitches: HERE
10.Hoosier Apple: HERE

May 1 - New Start HOOOOOPLAAA: Seas the Day - by Caterpillar Cross Stitch Website: HERE also on Instagram @caterpillarcrossstitch

It's Sew Emma - Stitch Diary Journal: AVAILABLE HERE

Stitching TIPS: 
Pacifier Clips that I use for side bars: AMAZON HERE
Velcro-Like product I use: AMAZON HERE
Plastic Knobs for wing nuts: AMAZON HERE