Sunday, April 09, 2006

Stash Aquisition


I've been promising a report of the stash I acquired on my VS Cyberstitcher weekend. While I didn't walk away the the largest bag, I'm very happy with my new things.

This first photo shows the contents of my bag from Cross Stitch Corner. From the markdown basket, I nabbed Linen Closet Labels by Liberty Street Designs. It has two sweet labels that say Fine Linens and Silk Threads which would be pretty on my storage boxes or hanging from the shelf where they sit. I also bought a Victoria Sampler Hearts of America - Idaho - since that is my home state. There are two cuts of 28ct Lakeside Linens, one is the light examplar color, the other is called tapestry teal. I also bought a 32ct linen in a blue-gray color.
The silk threads are Waterlilies Williamsburg, two skeins of Gloriana Luminescence in Rosa Linda, one skein of GL in Sable. One day I'll find just the right fabric to go with the Rosa Linda and I'll smock an adorable little baby dress as the colors are pink and yellow.

From Threadneedle Street, I bought the wonderful Cartonnage Brode au fil des boites which is filled with wonderful embroidered box projects. Of course, the entire book is in French. If my high school French fails me, I have a very good friend who has a degree in French and can help me translate. Looks to me like these projects are worth the translation!
The next book is Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork by Di van Niekerk, from South Africa. It gives wonderful step-by-step instruction in various RE stitches and how to combine them to create some gorgeous flowers. Stumpwork stitches are included too, bringing even more dimension to your project. There are hours and hours of enjoyable reading here!

Oh, I took along my "Where Women Create" book for Connie to take a look at. Well, Thea caught sight of it and almost went home with it! When she realized what she was doing, she sat right down and made note of the ISBN to get one for herself, lol! It really is inspirational for one's own "studio" however small or large it may be. Connie's been working on setting up a quiet stitching room for herself which you can see over on her blog; just click on her highlighted name above!

Guess I could throw in an SBQ answer as I have been neglecting them the last few weeks.

Do you stitch "on the go?" (On the commute to and from work, during
your lunch break, waiting for the kids, etc.) If so, do you have a
specific "travel" project or do you just grab whatever you happen to
be working on and take it with you?

I do like to take along a small project, something that doesn't require too much brain power or else the frogs will come visiting. There is not a specific "travel project" though. I've been thinking that I should have a little Grady gown in a ziploc bag in my Expedition to work on if I'm waiting for the kids somewhere. Smocking is very portable! However, I cannot stitch in the car while traveling, not because I get motion sick, but because I am just compelled to enjoy the beautiful creation outside the vehicle! I've always been that way, even as a small child, baby in fact, so my parents have told me. So usually I'm driving so that DH can play with his GPS, his PDA, or whatever other toy he's brought along for the trip, lol!

20 comments:

~Harsha~ said...

what a great stash haul! I'm green... LOL..

Cathy said...

Von - do you do stumpwork? I have a kit in my stash that I've had for at least 5 or 6 years now - still haven't worked up enough courage to attempt it! You made some very nice purchases on your weekend away!

Nicki said...

Ooh, nice stash! :) That French book looks very interesting indeed :)

StitchCat said...

Hi Von, I thought as you had visited my blog, I would stop by and have a look at yours :) I must say that was an impressive stash haul. I wish I had easier access to availablity of stash. Stumpwork is fantastic. I have a couple of books and I love doing it. Sometimes a little fiddly but the finished project is always worth it.

Anonymous said...

congrats on the birthday of your youngest! I think she had a great birthday.
Your stash is great! Having a wonderful weekend and such great stash to bring home: what more do you want?

good luck with all the cleaning...
anneke

bunnyhead said...

Wow! What great stash!

Karoline said...

Nice haul Von, sounds like it was a fabulous trip

tkdchick said...

Great stash Von, and you kept yourself under control!

KarenV said...

Great stash Von! I love the look of the French book, I keep seeing loads of pretty finishes using this book on the French stitchers' blogs!

AnneS said...

Glad to hear you survived the basement flooding! And yes, I have to admit my mess is always worse when I'm trying to clear out - makes me wonder why I started it sometimes! Your stash haul is great ... beautiful fabrics and books especially - LOVE the look of the French book :) And I've been thinking I really must start up my stumpwork again soon - I have at least 5 UFO's in stumpwork just sitting there ... hmmm ;P

Lana said...

Wow! it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and Kirsten's party went off very well!
happy stitching!
~Lana~

Katrina said...

Hi Von, ooh, lovely stash there, in particular the french book - looks gorgeous, and I've seen this mentionned lots of times by french stitchers.

How's your Spot going Von? I hope to start on Spring this week :)

Barbara said...

Your stash is lovely!! Those fabrics and fibers ... yummy!!

Sew-in-Love said...

I wanna aquire some stash too!! I also want that ribbon and stumpwork book and have her 2nd book on my wishlist as well. You see that one???

Carol said...

Love your new stash :-)

Nancy in IL said...

WooHoo! Looks like a great stash haul and some bargains to boot! It's always a nice pick-me-up to bring stash in the door. Congratulations and thanks for sharing!

Mylene said...

wow! all those stash looks great, Von.

Lelia said...

Awesome stash : ) Excellent taste in projects ...

Which one are you doing next? The book of embroidered boxes looks fabulous.

Isabelle said...

Hello Von! That's all fabulous stash :) I've never tried Lakeside Linens but they seem fantastic.
I have that book, Cartonnages Brod├ęs. If you need any help, give me a holler! You'll find my email address in the left-hand sidebar of my blog. I'll be more than happy to help you :)

Sorry to hear about the water problems. I hope they can get fixe very soon!
Have a wonderful Easter :)

Jenna said...

I admire your restraint, dear!