Archive for June, 2008

I’ve been asked by several people if I would make a pattern for the boot needlebook that I made for Pam.  I’m working on the pattern, but I picked up a bug somewhere and have been out of commission for the past few days.  I just wanted to let everyone know that the pattern is in the works.  I hope to get it posted before I go out of town, if not it will be after the 4th of July weekend.


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This is the free week of the TAST stitch along, and I used it to get caught up.  Week #3 was the detached chain stitch.  I didn’t do a lot of different variations but this is a very versatile stitch and can be used many different ways.

 Detached Chain Stitch

Rachelette was used to stitch the dragonfly’s wings which makes it hard to photograph due to the irridescence of the nylon and the metallic threads.

My Dad’s health has been improving and he was due to have arthroscopic surgery on his back tomorrow, but his blood is not clotting well due to the blood thinners, so surgery has been postponed a week.  Which sets back his recovery and release from the hospital.

Need to run a few errands today, so I better get going before it gets too hot outside.

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I’ve been getting more and more dissatisfied with Xanga, so decided to try out another blog hosting site.  From everything I’ve read I think wordpress may be a good fit for me.

I’m unable to transfer my xanga posts to here unless I do it manually and I don’t see that happening.  So on each blog I will leave a link to the other.

Yesterday I had a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby burning a hole in my pocket.  So I went, and bought a tabletop magnifier to use until I get new glasses, also found a few floss colors I needed.  In the not needed but couldn’t pass up category, I found an alphabet/number polymer clay mold on sale for $2. 

When I left Hobby Lobby I drove around the corner of the parking lot to check out a needlework shop, Cross Stitch Haven, that has changed names and owners since my last visit a few years ago.  It is still mostly cross stitch and has very few silk threads or the perle and buttonhole types that I like to use for crazy quilting.  I did purchase two colors of DMC #8 perle that were lacking in my stash, and also found that they carry a fairly good selection of linen fabric for backgrounds.  So I will be back, but probably not very often.

Managed to do a little bit of stitching of TAST’s week 3, hopefully pictures will get posted tomorrow.

Let me know what you think of my blog’s new home.

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Since starting this blog, I’ve grown more and more dissatisfied with it.  There have been changes made lately that just aren’t a good fit for me, seems like it is getting harder to modify the look and feel.  Of course, that could also be the steroids making my brain foggier than usual.  Anyway, I have started a new blog here.  I have no way of transferring the older posts from here to the new blog unless I do it manually, which won’t be happening.  There will be no new posts here but I will check in from time to time.

Come visit my new place and let me know what you think.
P.S. – You will need to update your bookmarks or RSS feeds.

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In my stash I have quite a few vintage threads that I have inherited or bought from yard/estate sales.  Included in these I have some perle cottons that are on wooden spools.  While Josie was here visiting I had the perle cotton organizer open on the floor while I was stitching.  She kept sniffing the older spools, I figured they must have really interesting smells and didn’t think more about it until I reached down to pick up the pink thread that was on a rosewood colored spool.  It was wet, I guess the spool must have tasted good.  So in my collection I now have thread that has been kissed by Josie.

I only did one more variation of the herringbone stitch for TAST.  I also will be doing the Stitch Along with the Hand Embroidery group on Stitchin Fingers, so I will be able to experiment more with this stitch later on.  I’m posting a picture of the last herringbone variation along with my buttonhole stitch variations.  I have this week to work with the detached chain stitch then I will be caught up with the rest of the TAST group.


Other than finishing up the TAST stitches, I need to go shopping this week for a new blouse to wear when Kerry and I go see The Phantom of the Opera.  We will see the show on July 2 and then spend the next day together going to museums and just visiting, we also have to make a trip to Umberto’s for calzone.  Since I will already be in the Tulsa area I’ll go on up to Owasso and spend a couple of days with Steven and Jess.  That way I get to visit everyone and also save on the cost of gas.

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Josie is visiting this week while her mom and dad are in Vegas.  We have been keeping the yard safe from birds, butterflies and toads.  She wants to play with the toad so bad but I won’t let her, I’m a mean grandma.  She’s a very active little dog and keeps me occupied, so I haven’t gotten much done in the way of stitching. 

I did finally get started on doing the herringbone stitch for the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) on Stitchin Fingers and discovered that I really do need a new pair of glasses.  Even using a magnifier I couldn’t  keep my stitches even, but since this is a sampler I’ll just claim any wrong stitch is a design variation.
There are still a few more variations of the herringbone stitch that I would like to do before moving on, but I am posting a pic of progress so far.  Don’t look too closely at the stitching.  If you squint your eyes, maybe you won’t see all of the mistakes. 



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I just received a phone call from Pam saying that she had received her package.  This started out to be a quick and easy little project.  Had planned to make a small boot shaped needlebook.  While I was drawing the details I decided that the sole and heel of the boot should be a different color, then the foot, toe and leg shaft should contrast.  The leg shaft looked bare so it needed some embellishing.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  The little boot took on a life of it’s own and started telling me what it wanted to be.  Pam likes western things and whenever we have round robins or challenges, you can count on one of her “not wants” to be flowers.  So out of sheer orneriness, I had to embroider flowers on the boot.

The front of the needlebook.
Boot needlebook for Pam

Click on images to enlarge.

The inside back of the needlebook.

Inside of boot needlebook for Pam.

I haven’t been sleeping well the past few nights which made for not feeling the greatest.  So in the midst of having a pity party for myself, I received this postcard in the mail from some special Skrappy Ladies.  

Cheered me right up.  Thank you!


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