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Finished Beginner Casalguidi Course

I finished my Casalguidi piece, except for the tassles.  I also have pictures of the pieces that the other members of my group finished. 

This one was stitched by me.


Stitched by A (white on white)


Stitched by J (ecru on ecru)


Stitched by P (white on white)


The pieces were finished into Sachets.  Here is a picture of J’s piece with the tassles.  The edges of the fabric were finished with Antique Hemstitching and joined by lacing Knotted Buttonhole Stitches.



23 Apr 08 SBQ

How do you handle blended threads? Do you kit the blends up before you
start a piece, or do you grab what colors you need and blend when the
need arises? If you kit up the blends beforehand, how do you store
them? Do you have another option for blends to share?

Most times it is a small amount of blending so I do it as required. While I was working on the border for TW’s Holly and Ivy Sampler I needed to put the various blended threads onto floss cards and write down the symbol and colour numbers.

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What’s new…

I have finished my EAC correspondance course.  I am super busy at work and when I get home in the evenings I don’t want to spend more than a couple of minutes on the computer so I’ll post the pictures I have of my piece and those of my group members on the weekend. 

I am soooo close to finishing Teresa Wentzler’s Holly and Ivy Sampler.  I’m doing the back stitching of the gold coloured border and then will do the beads.

I was looking around Heaven and Earth Designs and found a category just for cats.  Cool.  So I was looking around and found one that I just had to have.  The artwork is done by Myrea Pettit and of course the pattern is produced by Michele Sayetta.  I love it.  I bought it right away and downloaded it. It’s called ‘Cat Anemones’.  I started it last night:)  Went through my DMC and found the colours that I have and will be getting the ones I am missing at lunch time. 

Cat Anemones

I also came across ‘Gossamar Princess’ storykeep.  Artwork by Selina Fenech.  I like it, and felt the need to add it to my stash.

Gossamar Princess Storykeep

Christmas · Cross-Stitch · EAC · embroiderer's association of canada · Teresa Wentzler · Town Clock Stitchers · WIP

Getting close to finishing…

I have been working on Teresa Wentzler’s Holly and Ivy Sampler for a few years now.  I had finished the white work but didn’t like what I had done.  So I pulled out all the white and started it over.  I wanted to do the eyelets properly.  Last night I finished putting the blending filament over the netting.  Ugh, what a job that was.  Now I can fill in the rest of it.  I have the top-left corner done.

You can see a bit of the light reflected off the blending filament.

I am close to finishing my EAC Casalguidi course.





SBQ April 3, 2008

What items do you consider essential to your needlework that you keep
in your stitching bag?

 I’m always moving my essential items around so they aren’t always where I want them to be.  Those items are: small notepad (writing down ideas, to-do items, etc.), pen/pencil, Q-Snap frame, scissors w/fob, lots of needles of different sizes, measuring tape, and bees wax. 
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SBQ 26 Mar 08

When you stitch a pattern that you have downloaded do you print out
the pattern or do you stitch directly from your computer screen?

I have a couple of HAED patterns in PDF.  I like the idea of being able to view the screen rather than print all those pages.  However, I couldn’t keep track very well.  So I print one or two pages at a time and work off them.  If I had the full Adobe program rather than just the reader I would be able to save a working copy and use the highlight function.  I tend to loose track of the pattern once it’s all printed.  So many loose pages.  I just realized (and can’t believe that it didn’t occurr to me before) that I could print to pre-punched paper and bind the pattern with a binding comb at work.  Another reason for responding to the SBQ, it makes me think. 

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Cross-Stitch · Finished

After 7 Years it’s Done!!

I started this in 2001.  It has been more of a UFO than an ongoing project, but finally I finished it.  I’m surprised I didn’t loose the pattern.  It is called ‘Grapes and Quilts’ by Ursula Michael and was in the February 2001 issue of The Cross Stitcher magazine.  Good old zip lock baggie kept everthing together.  I can’t even remember why I started it.  Funny how tastes change over the years.  If I had seen this in a magazine today I would probably not have started stitching it but instead cut out the pages and put them in my stash pile.