Sunday, January 23, 2011


Now, I know we will see alot of blocking during the NFL playoffs this afternoon, but this is not the kind of blocking I am talking about today! I'm talking about the kind of blocking you do to square up your stitching project.

I have completed the stitching on Sherri Jones' Garden Variety Long Pocket for a class I am taking from her in two weeks. In her instructions, she recommends blocking the pocket piece. This makes me nervous! I hesitate when it comes to spraying silk threads!

Well, I've taken the plunge! This morning I placed my piece face down, pinned it to my June Tailor Cut 'n Press Board and sprayed away! I am a tight stitcher. So, I know I will need to repeat this blocking several times!

Do you ever block your stitched pieces? Sherri didn't recommend ironing to a square position.

I'll keep you informed on how it turns out!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 is going to be a "Blue Ribbon" Year!

Happy 2011! I welcome you with open arms! There are lots of exciting things that will happen in 2011 that I am looking forward to!

First, I am going to be taking two classes at A Gathering of Embroiderers (Jeannine's) in February. One is Sherri Jones' Blue Ribbon Sewing Box Class. This class is a finishing class. So, I am presently in the midst of pre-stitching. I have completed most of the pre-stitching...all but the needlebook. I have posted a picture of my progress. I am also going to be doing several scrimshaw pieces to go along with this project. I have finished the initial threadwinder. The second class I am taking at Jeannine's is her Mystery Class to celebrate her 20 years of her seminar. I'm told it is NOT a sampler. Several designers have put this together; Margriet Hogue, Catherine Theron, Catherine Jordan, Sherri Jones and others! I didn't hesitate signing up for the class because I know it will be awesome! How can you go wrong with all of those designers?

I am taking another class with Sherri Jones the first part of February. My guild, the Virginia Guild of Needlewomen is sponsoring it! Sherri will be teaching her "Garden Variety Long Pocket". This is also a pre-stitch class. Once I finish the needle book in her other class, I will switch over and start this one!

To top the year off, my daughter is getting married in October! I have lots of planning to do!

Like I said, it's going to be a Blue Ribbon Year!
PS: Thank you Sharon S-B for the gentle nudge to post again!