Thursday, November 29, 2007
Kreinik now offers their free projects and charts in Spanish. Well done Doug.
More on the last days of the westcoast visit tomorrow. Home and deep in the throes of laundry at the moment folks.
Monday, November 26, 2007
A great show - non-stop.
Then Saturday a nice, clever group of women taking on beginning goldwork techniques. It was a delight to have a group that included costumers, sampler lovers, SCA and EGA members as well as those who were merely curious about this sort of embroidery. They all worked very hard and accomplished a lot. I hope they continue to try out some of the metal threads in the future.
Labels: Goldwork class
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
They are a lot of fun and it is so nice to have a project finished so quickly. Not always something that happens when you work with fibers and fabrics.
Monday, November 19, 2007
ATC class was super. Folks fell in love with some German designer off cuts I had along. They layered beautifully. Another big hit was the Kreinik Iron On Threads. They added a lot of easy glam to the cards. I hope someone else wants an ATC class in the future because it is sooooo much fun and you can turn out a real handful of FINISHED projects in a day.
Today is lunch out and then more stitching on stitch samples for Friday's class. The Victorians named many stitches differently than we do today. It's no wonder there is some confusion in the stitch world. The stitches I will be demo'ing are from a 1900 Brainard & Armstrong embroidery instruction booklet and some of them are familiar, some fairly familiar and some pretty unknown or unused by us today.
More in the next few days.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
A trip to the markets to look at the beautiful produce here has me wanting to dance down the aisles twirling a shopping cart. How big, how plump, how fresh, how colorful and SUCH variety. Don't get me wrong - I really adore my new state but wish we had better truck gardening there.
Off to teach ATC class tomorrow. Robin and I sorted out all the various goodies we will be using in class and gosh I think we are going to have heaps of fun. We're going to try out, amongst other things, the Kreinik iron on fibers I've had sitting around for ages unused. Watch this space for a complete report.
Then off feasting tomorrow evening. Historic garb all pressed and at the ready.
Off to bed now - big big day tomorrow.
Labels: Life the Universe and Everything
PS Time for me to try something beyond cross-stitching!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
And Nordic Needle now have my two latest books in their catalog.
Your local shop can order any of the Nordic Needle offerings using their NN wholesale account or they can order them from me. So put them on your wishlist folks.
Monday, November 12, 2007
Last night was my first night in 2007 under The Winter Quilt. Now you understand this is not a pretty-pretty frou-frou quilt. It is as heavy as a horse blanket meant for Vermont. It has all sorts of bits of pieced blocks made from discarded wool clothing, is filled with a wool blanket and backed by striped grey heavy-duty flannel.
Maybe I should call it my Go To Meeting Quilt. I know my great grandmother who pieced it and assembled it used family member's clothing scraps and the unworn parts of their church/funeral going-to-town clothes to make it.
I wish I could tell her how much it is appreciated, how well it's worn and how I think of her when I snuggle into it.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
A home where nobody feels they have to entertain you but just allows you to take in the pleasurable aura of your presence and have some good food, some great conversation and feel comfortable doing nothing at all that might be deemed socially responsible. In my day that was known as "hanging out together". I have no idea what the present preferred phrase is, but you get the picture.
So three more days of prep time to do the last minute of tweaks on stitching stuff to take with me, put some clean clothes in the suitcase, cancel delivery of the newspaper and hit the road again.
Labels: Life the Universe and Everything
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Here are a few bits for you - or in TNspeak y'all.
David Claudon's Elizabeth I Transformations remind us that paper dolls are not new. Is anything really new under the sun. We merely re-interpret don't we?
For a comprehensive look at images of Elizabeth I, lose yourself in this portrait page.
Thanks to Racaire I spent far too much time pouring over images of early gloves posted by Katherina.
Labels: Elizabeth I
Thursday, November 01, 2007
Writers have bonded together to blog at Killer Hobbies
They write "We are six mystery writers who are dying to discuss the hobbies that drove us to murder."
The writer/bloggers include: Joanna Campbell Slan, Scrapbooking; Deb Baker, Doll Collecting; Monica Ferris, Needlework; Linda O. Johnston, Pets; Kathryn Lilley, Diet & Exercise; and Camille Minichino/Margaret Grace, Miniatures.
Monica Ferris (also known for her SCA themed novels) also maintains a modest webpage.