Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February Update

It's always a good day when I can report some finish-finishing and here it is-

Needlemade Designs
Home of the Free Sewing Set-box top, pinkeep and scissor fob

Stitching Parlor
Treasures Sewing Box

This is my answer to the Northwest Sampler Guild Presidents Tea Challenge.  Stitch something in a monochromatic color.  This design is a variation from a French book.
Even though stitching has been a struggle every day, I did manage one finish.

Renaissance Design 12 Days of Christmas Series -#11

 Plum Street Samplers The Flood-this ark is the only thing I haven't had to frog this month.

Catherine Theron Hidden Magnolia Sampler- I have really struggled reading the chart on this one.  I enlarged it and the symbols smeared. :(  The black heart, black triangle and black dot all look the same. So I've been reading the instructions for color numbers and then looking at the graph for placement.  Talk about slow!

Hillside Samplings Ann Tarbox-Bad news-I was stitching on the border and noticed I was uncomfortably close to the edge of the fabric. When I double-checked my starting point (in the center) I was WAY off! About 2 inches in both directions.
If you look close you can make out where the birds tail was originally above and to the left of the current position. One bottom section still needs to be frogged. 
Good news-the border stayed on the fabric and met when I came around the 2nd time. If it looks wider on the top than on the bottom, that is correct.

Here is the final large project I want to work on in 2016.  This is Gay Ann Rogers Guardian Angels of  Hollyhock House. I traded a box of 1980's baseball cards for this class project with all the Au Ver a Soie silks.  This is where the other stitcher left off.
It's on Evertite stretcher bars.  I've not used them before and can't get the little T-wrench to work. Is there a secret to it?
Jeannette Douglas is coming to teach two classes this weekend.  Then our sampler guild is having our annual tea on Sunday.  Jeannette will be our speaker. So I'm ramping up for several busy days and will have two more new projects soon.
Also, my sixth blogoversary has just passed and I will be doing a giveaway on my next post.  Have a great week!