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.
Thanks for stopping by! I'll catch up with you soon!