Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mary Pierce Sampler in Progress

I am in the process of stitching up Essamplaire's Mary Pierce Sampler. I will be teaching a class on it for my guild in May. The original sampler hangs at Wilton House in Richmond's Windsor Farms area. I need to get cracking on this. I want it finished in April and be framed by my class in May! I better get to work!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Year End Finish!

Well, I finally finished this Quaker a few days ago! It's M. A. Brown 1826 from Historic Stitches. It's done on a 32 count Lakeside Linen (I don't remember the color) using a combination of AVAS and NPS.

I will start the Prairie Schooler ABC project January st. In the meantime, I will try to continue my work on Essamplaire's Mary Pierce Sampler!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I did!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Prairie Schooler ABC Project

Well, I've emailed Vonna and she has accepted me on her blog for the Prairie Schooler ABC Project! Here is the website, if you are interested:


I have my charts, threads (DMC) and fabric...Now, all I need is some time to get started! I am going to make this project a year-long one...If I do a little more than 2 letters a month, I should complete my task!

Won't you join us?

Merry Christmas,


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm Back

Well, it's been a while since I've posted again! I'm back from the R&R Stitching Retreat in Virginia Beach. I had a wonderful time! I took classes from the gals from Blackbird Designs (Barb and Alma) and Jeannette Douglas! I great time was had by all! Below is a picture of my stitched BBD piece. It's not finished finished yet! I am going to alter the inside of the needlebook. I'm going to add a scissors sheath, snapped in pinkeep, thread rings and I'am going to make a little scrimshaw momento of the occasion! I'll post a picture here when I am finished-finished:)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

It's Halloween Time! Boo!

I'm working on Brightneedle's "Ghoulies and Ghosties"! It's a lovely stitched pocket with fun Halloween motifs. The work is done over one and the colors of the silks are wonderful! Here is a picture of my progress! I've started the back of the piece, but I will have to stop for now! I will be beginning Victoria Sampler's Mermaid Cyberclass on Thursday!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I'm working on some small projects!

Here are a couple off small projects I'm working on:

First is JBW's Pumpkin...I've completed the stitching and I will be making it into a pinkeep like the Quaker one on the right! What fabric should I pick out to back my pinkeep...There are three Blackbird Designs Fabrics shown....Which one do you like?

Next, I"ve finished the stitching on MiLady's Cottage Charm Needlebook! I need to go out and buy some DMC floss for the cording......The light colored fabric is for the lining of the needlebook. The alphabet fabric is for the bag to put your needlebook in and the dark color fabric is for the lining of the bag! I hope you like it! I will pot completed pictures when I'm done!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Here is a little ditty I did recently....

Here is an extra large Altoid Tin I did for my guild's (Gentle Pursuits EGA - Richmond, VA) President's Challenge. I covered the altoid tin with a modifid version of Brightneedle's Key West Sampler. That is on the top and not pictured. The inside is a modified version of Brightneedle's "Under the Sea" sampler. I tufted the inside top of the tin and inserted a antique mother of pearl fish thread winder, a bone ribbon threader and a 2.5" pair of scissors with crystal stone scissor fob with a flip-flop charm. I also made a modified Merry Cox "Sailor's Huswife Ditty" chatelaine. I made a thimble bucket (anchor) and placed an albalone thimbe in the bucket. I did a blackwork fish pin keep and attached a bone carved fish needlecase.

I had loads of fun stitching this up and it was difficult to give away.....I think because I put so much of myself in it!

I hope you like it!


Wow, Where have I been?

It's been way too long since I last posted! What have I been doing????? Well, I've been to Christmas in Williamsburg (12/08) Jackie DuPlessis's Carried Away Piece, Merry Cox's Mystery Class at Jeannine's (2/09), Merry Cox's online Class "Americana Sewing Case" (1/09), Sherrie Jone's Hare Pyn's Class in Williamsburg (2/09) and Debbie Stiehler's Patriotic Biscornu Class at my EGA Guild in Richmond!

Have I finished any of these project's? Well, sort of....I've finished the stitching on Americana Sewing Case and Hare Pyns, but I have done the finishing yet....I need to get back to my "Finishing Sundays". On the Debbie Stiehler piece (canvaswork), I've completed the stitching on the top and I'm stitching on the bottom piece. I haven't started Merry's Mystery Piece, but I just love it! For Jackie's, I'm in a holding pattern.

I have also taught several classes for the two guilds I belong to. I taught a class on making a mattress pincushion to Gentle Pursuits EGA. I taught the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen a class on making scrimshawed rulers on piano keys and taught a class on making biscornus.

So, you see, I haven't been stagnant!

When I get a moment, I will post some pictures of my shenanigans!