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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Making up for last week

Considering how little progress I made last week I am thrilled to report I have a finish this week. I love doing drawn thread and pulled work. I am intimidated by the cutting but love the lacy look it gives. This week I finished my Thursday Drawn and Pulled Thread Band Sampler designed as a Stitch of the Month for our local EGA group. I don't know why I didn't finish it at the time but now I can say TADA! and move on. I am doing another Group project that got passed over in the shuffle along the way. I am really having fun with these projects.
The next one is also a long skinny band sampler that is out of the Needle Arts magazine of EGA that was a Mystery sampler. It is all packed and ready to go for next Thursday.
I am sad to say that the frog was back again this week but not as much and now that all the mistakes are out I do have a bit of progress to report on Dorothy Walpole. I love this sampler and am pleased to finally get a few more stitches in. The colors are wonderful and this is one I hope to finish this year. It is huge so I doubt it but progress is being made and that makes me happy.
I am trying to do one strand a night on ATS but am lapsing behind but will pick it up this evening.


We have gotten lots of snow lately and the birds are cold and hungry. I love to feed the birds but am limited to only the winter months in Alaska, after May the feeders must come down because they attract bears looking for an easy meal. So here is a picture of our little birds and my husband setting up the buffet in the back yard for them. Stay warm. I hope there is some stitchy time in your day.
Marjo

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Somedays..

one weeks not so progress
It just doesn't pay somedays for me to even pick up needle and thread. Every Stitch I put in last weekend had to come right back out, every single one. Sigh. The main project had to be entirely removed and then I picked up a smaller piece and realized I had made a mistake on the first part of it so it all had to come out. All of it.  So there was no Monday stitching report because there was nothing to report. A few choice words but I try to be careful about that stuff.
At any rate this weekend went a bit better. I was feeling under the weather so I didn't spend as much time stitching as I usually try to do but at least there was some progress to report.
I am happy to say as January is coming to a close my projects are rotating the way I wanted them to. I had not done a rotation last year as I usually do and it feels good to get back into it this year. I am particularly pleased with the Thursday night stitching.



Stitch of the month 
 I pulled out a few, well several unfinished projects from EGA classes I have been a part of to work on Thursday nights. These are partially completed projects that were group projects, stitch of the month projects or SAL that I just did not complete for one reason or another. So I have them all ready to go and I have so far completed 4 bands on the Stitch of the Month Pulled and Drawn thread sampler one of the members designed for us and have 2 more kitted up ready to go. Progress for the sampler. This is done on a unknown fabric in Potato with DMC 8 and 12 Perle cotton. There are accents of ribbon from Threadgatherer and varigation fiber from Caron. Just a touch of color. I think I will make this into a bell pull.

Next up is a long and narrow sampler that was out of NeedleArts Magazine with the called for DMC done on stitching band. I will work on this after I finish the Stitch of the month is finished. I only have a couple of bands left before I move to the third piece.  The third one is a crewel work piece that was a group project. These are all highly portable and fun to work on. So I have at least 3 to 6 months worth of Thursday nights stitching with my friends planned out and so far I am having a lot of fun with it.
EGA sampler
Bluebird Trail by Crossed Wing Collection

This week was a long languishing project from the Stitching WIP pile, Bluebird Box from Crossed Wing Collection. There is a lot of gray and brown in the box and I am not done yet but I made good progress this week. 

My Yazzi travel bag broke all it's zippers this week so that is currently a dillemma to figure out. I will have to find something that can hang out in the car and survive to keep my stitching projects in. I wonder if that was a problem with those bags and that is why you don't see them so much on the market. It is disappointing to say the least.

Off to work on this week's rotation piece. WIll update soon. Hope you have some stitchy time  in your day.
Marjo