Monday, February 22, 2016
I wasn't going to do the Splendid Sampler, I was just going to follow along and see what others were doing. Then, I forgot and did the first 3 posted blocks.
I decided to make them purely from my stash. All pinks and reds. Pink/red has been on my to do list for a long time. The idea is that I'll just use any shade of pink or red on any block. By the end, I'll have so many different brights and darks that they will all blend together. It's a grand experiment.
If you're interested in following along, you can find them at TheSplendidSampler.com. They have tutorials and pictures for everything.
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Friday, February 5, 2016
So, I made a mad dash to finish my fun things up before I headed back. I worked ahead on CQJP 2016. I did Feb and Mar, just incase things got too busy. I learned a new stitch in the Feb block. I'd never done a bouillon chain stitch (peach flower on vine) before, that was exciting. I was able to use my new hand painted button on March's block. That's a terrible picture of it. Trust me, the button is beautiful!
Sewing After Seven. Super talented lady! Look her up. She's participating in Mabel Figworthy's Round In Circles Stitch Along. So, I decided to as well. It's your basic stitch along. They post a Hardanger pattern each month and then they explain how to do it in 2 bi-monthly installments. This is January. There is supposed to be a circle around it but I suck. The white lines are my feeble attempt at a grid to keep track of my stitches. As the months progress, so will the difficulty. Not looking good for me so far. I think I had to frog and re-stitch everything twice.
So, about that road trip. You've read 'If You Give A Pig A Pancake', right? I needed to find Hardanger fabric and was hoping for something more interesting than white. The embroidery supply stores are limited in this area. I googled, and could only find 3 that I could confirm were still in business. I started out at the First and Last Stitch. A lovely store with great threads and a delightful owner but she's exclusively Needlepoint. Then drove to Needlepoint Clubhouse, at this point I'm realizing Needlepoint is NOT a poor man's hobby. Even more beautiful threads here but still no Hardanger. I knew that my 3rd store was also Needlepoint and decided to skip it. Seriously, 3 Needlepoint stores in St. Louis...? Weird, right? So, I decided I was half way to Three French Hens (a designer/ decorator store, heavily advertised in my area). I'd never been there either and was curious. Turns out, not my favorite place. It's basically overpriced imported, pretty, crap. But, now I know. Also, now I'm an hour away from home. But, only 1/2 hour from the Quilted Fox. Another store I'd never been to. They ARE worth the trip. She stocks my silk appliqué thread and I had just run out of light green...But, no Hardanger. Fine, I give up. 6 hours after leaving the house, I get to Joann's in Fairview (my regular destination). I buy the Hardanger in white and a packet of green dye. Head home, dye my fabric and some silk ribbon while I'm at it. Ta da, I have hand dyed Hardanger fabric for my new project. It only cost me $6 in supplies and a full tank of gas. Now I know why everyone buys online.
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