Sunday, August 13, 2017

Slow Weekly Stitching

A friend of mine asked if I would like to join a crafty Meetup group with her. It meets once a week at a local Panera Bread restaurant. I have attended the first 3 meetings and hope to be able to attend somewhat regularly once work starts up again. Going to these meetings helped me finish Peace, Love, Coexist which you can see here

This week I asked the other women who are attending whether I could take photos of what they are working on and share them on my blog. I did not include photos of the stitchers themselves as we are just getting to know each other. I hope you enjoy looking at a variety of Slow Stitching.

My friend Randi is making this pretty shawl. She recently used this same yarn to make a tank top for herself without using any pattern.
The woman who has organized this Meetup group is also named Randi. This is the needlepoint that she is currently working on. 
This vase of flowers is being stitched by Susan. Click on the photo and you can see the incredible beading that she is doing.
 Wendy is stitching these cats. Look at the variety of stitching in the frame. 
This piece by Harriet is almost finished. It is so pretty.
This is being made by Helene for a little boy. I love the checkerboard border.
This beautifully shaded Stargazer Lily is going to become a two-sided pillow. Dianne has already finished the other side.
As you can tell, many of the members of this group are needlepoint stitchers, but there are some more knitters also.
Deb is making this pretty striped baby blanket.
Judy is making this absolutely gorgeous shawl with "yarn" that looks like film. She says that it is no longer made. What a shame.
 Those of you who have followed my blog for a while, know that this pretty purple Two Harbors Poncho is being made in my favorite color. This is being knitted by Karen.
There are a few cross-stitchers also. This pretty table runner was made by Kat. She was working on a matching napkin during our meetup. 
 So what was I working on you ask? Well, Baker Beach is too big to bring with me, so I am trying to finish my 2015 Prairie Schooler Santa. 

It would be nice to have an ornament for each of my children this Christmas.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. On Monday, I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are up to. My son is visiting this weekend, but I will try to find some time to work on Baker Beach. 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Finished

I have finished the stitching of my Summer of Love Challenge piece. I have called it Peace, Love, Coexist. Gee, I wonder why?
Here are some close-ups.
 I tried several new stitches.
 I am pretty pleased with the result.
I submitted these pictures only as I do not have the time to finish this into a pillow (or something else) before the submission deadline of August 15th.

I was originally going to finish this as a tote bag, but I am afraid that the embroidery would be ruined. I am debating making this into a pillow.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Little Bits

I have only stitched a little bit since my Midweek Post, mainly because Hubby and I made a two day trip to Saratoga, NY. As I have stated before, Hubby is a big horse-racing fan. I thought I would get some stitching done in the car, but I got engrossed in Nora Roberts' Key of Knowledge and couldn't put it down. 
Besides that I found the road to be too bumpy for accurate stitching. While we were in Saratoga, I did find the Gloversville Sewing Center nearby. This is a small quilt shop, but I did manage to find some items to purchase.
The beige fabric is for a future quilt. I just fell in love with the swirls on it. The Journey Bag pattern looks easy...I hope so. The fat quarters are to complement my Summer of Love piece in a tote.

I am almost done with my Summer of Love Challenge. I just need to fill in the yin yang symbol and add a few French knots. Maybe a flower between Peace and Love and near the heart.
 I hope to finish it today.

Baker Beach is giving me fits. Something about the way I am currently stitching is making my right shoulder ache. I had worked on it for about an hour last Wednesday and it was aching slightly all day Thursday at Saratoga. I woke up in the hotel Friday morning with my shoulder absolutely screaming. Thankfully, an dose of Aleve calmed it down enough to be bearable and as the day wore on it felt much better. Yesterday, I sat down with Baker Beach again for only a little while and this morning that shoulder is twinging. I really want to finish this soon. This is where it is as of Saturday.
I am still working on that orange color. There is a whole lot of it.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Summer of Love is on the top of my to-do list today. Tomorrow I will join the Stitchery Link Party at Super Mom - No Cape. Pop on over to these sites to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Midweek Post

Just because I am in the mood, I thought I would post a midweek update on some projects. First, I finally got around to blocking the shawl that I made several months ago. 
That isn't sun fade on the picture. That part of the shawl is white.
You should take note that I still haven't woven in the ends. I should have done that before blocking, but I didn't have a tapestry needle near me and was too lazy to find one. 

I didn't finish the 9th page of Baker Beach in July as I planned. I have been trying to finish my Summer of Love piece by the submission date so Baker Beach has been neglected. The orange color that I am working on has a whole lot of stitches.
Summer of Love is almost done. I worked on it over the weekend on my front porch.
I got some more stitched last night at a new stitching group that I am going to.
I am debating whether to just send a photo or to actually finish this as a tote bag as planned and send the whole thing to the exhibit. 

Can you see that we had three bunnies at once in our back yard this week? There are two near the fence and one right in the middle of the grass.
This one was relaxed enough to get some grooming done.
I had to buy some bunny repellent for a new rose bush that I planted as they were eating the leaves. I hope it works.

That's all for now. 
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