Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Next Gen

My granddaughter, Ilse (8), has been interested in crafting for a long time. She loves to make stuff with paper and uses large quantities of paper, tape, and glue. More recently, she's started experimenting with bits of fabric, needle, and thread to make clothes for her dolls or other little things. Sounds like she might be interested in learning to embroider!

Last week I showed her some of the things I've been working on, then got out the embroidery box I have that belonged to my mother. At some point Mom had ordered some linen napkins and placemats with a design already printed on them, but she never finished all of them. The design is simple, mostly cross stitching and a few lazy daisy stitches and some kind of outline stitch - a great beginner project! Ilse was eager to learn, so we got started this morning.

We both had a napkin to work on so she could watch me stitch the same thing she was stitching. She got her needle threaded quite easily thanks to her previous endeavors, and took right to making the cross stitches! I made up a little embroidery kit for her to take home so she can continue working on the project and next time we'll add to her stitch repertoire!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016


Thank you all for the kind words wishing Kirsten a quick recovery from her wisdom teeth extraction! I'm afraid the anesthesia did a number on her stomach and she was quite nauseous all day Friday. My main concern was for her to not become dehydrated! We succeeded in that and by Saturday morning she was able to hold down  a small amount of food. She's doing much better now, the swelling is pretty much gone and pain levels are tolerable. In fact, she went back to class today and thought she really could have gone back yesterday.

Saturday was also my twins' 23rd birthday. Kyle went up to Spokane for the Regional X-Country meet to help out his high school team. Kamiakin qualified to go on to the Super Regional which will decide the teams who will go to State. And in the evening we took Kevin and Sarah out to Thai food at their favorite place.

Most of the day I was with Kirsten, getting things for her, watching football games, and stitching between laundry loads. The sun came out which really helps my motivation for getting things done around the house!

Lately, I've put most of my time into November from the Joyful World SAL. Here's my progress:

I'm getting close enough to a finish that I just want to concentrate on it, get it done, then start a couple more projects before December comes out!

So I think I'll get back to it! Have a great day!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dark Friday

It's gloomy here today. That makes it a pretty good day to get your wisdom teeth extracted and lay low. Not me - my youngest had them out this morning early and I'm playing nurse. I did go in to the office to do the banking, but that's all. Kirsten is doing pretty well, mostly sleeping with Netflix on - Gilmore Girls right now. So I'm staying nearby, getting in some stitching and changing out ice packs now and then.

There's been a square finish on Red Velvet Inscription:

Being gloomy today, this didn't photograph that well, but this is the "I" square. Hidden within this design are four letter Is. Next up is "J" and a page finish won't be too far behind!

I've also done a little work on November in the Joyful World SAL.

I stitched most of the peacock at the oral surgeon's office this morning. Last night I got the blue flowered plant to the right of it restitched. The stems in the DMC colorway are supposed to be 310 (black) but I wasn't happy with it. So I found another unnamed limited edition GAST that had a little black and some lighter browns than the floss I'm using for the border. Perhaps you can see it better in the pic below.

The main stem is done in the same floss as the border, the offshoots in the the lighter GAST, and I'm pretty happy with the choice.

On Wednesday morning I had three of my grandchildren over for awhile. My 8yr granddaughter has been showing a little interest in sewing, so I pulled some embroidery out and asked her if she was interested in giving it a try. I thought that embroidery on a stamped fabric might be easier for a very young beginning stitcher. She said she would like to try! We'll give it a go next Wednesday.

The garden is really winding down now, but I found a few roses with a bloom.

I don't mind the gloom and damp today, but I hope the clouds move on soon!

Have a good weekend!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

WIPs Wednesday

Here we are at mid-week, looking at the progress made on those current wips. Today I have two projects to share.  The first is November of the Joyful World SAL:

Not a whole lot accomplished, especially since I frogged the beginning of the flower that goes on the right side of the design. Part of the stem is supposed to be black, and I just wasn't happy with it. So out it came, and I'll be on the search for a replacement color.

Next up is A Moment in Chalk:

Most of my time on this one has been stitching in the border, which is perfect to do while also watching football! Last night I added the word "its".

I also worked a little on Red Velvet Inscription, but I'm pretty close to a square finish so am leaving the update for when it's done.

That's all for today! Have a wonderful stitchy time!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Weekend Finishing

The storm that was predicted to affect even the Mid-Columbia area of Washington, didn't really materialize here.We did have a little wind, a little rain, and it's even a bit rainy today, but not any worse than a normal autumn storm.

With a forecast of wind and rain, I just decided to stay close to home. There's always laundry to be done, football games to be watched, and our newest grandson and his parents came over for a visit Saturday evening. In between, I framed up a couple of projects: Brew Haha and Falling Leaves from the DMC website.

It makes me so happy to see these on the wall!

Then I finished stitching up "All You Need is Love" by the Drawn Thread.

Such a sweet design and I really enjoyed stitching all those hearts in a variety of embroidery stitches!

Time to get ready for the office. Have a great day!