I read alot. I came across murder mysteries by Monic Ferris. Her main character, Betsy, solves crimes and owns a needlwork store called Crewel World (also the title of the first book in the series). The mysteries naturally revolve around, or stem from, hinge upon, stitching related topics. Reading her books reminds me of the sense of companionship that having a conversation about needlework with other like-minded people makes you feel. It’s relatable. Anyway, I’ve decided to read all of them and have been borrowing them from the library. I didn’t read the first one but have read the second one, Framed in Lace, and am currently reading A Stitch In Time. It’s fun and panders to my hobby.
A Stitch In Time by Monica Ferris c.2000
I guess I’ll start mentioning what I am reading. Some books I save for reading while on the way to and from work, or for reading a half hour each night before bedtime…meaning they don’t get in the way of my stitching. Other books consume my attention until the book is done and I get don’t stitch much or at all.
I haven’t posted much over the summer…about once a month. I’ve certainly been stitching though. I’ve finished 3 Christmas presents and started a fourth. I did a little blackwork design of a lobster. I printed a picture of a lobster and used graph paper to get the basic outlines going. I have PCStitch so I used that program to finish the design. I love my lobster!
Melissa's Lobster 2009
Two Saturdays ago three of us (Janet, Elizabeth and I) travelled from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Moncton, New Brunswick (about a three hour drive) to visit Because You Count…the most local LNS that we have. There are only two or three places in Halifax/Dartmouth where we can get DMC floss and that is it. Because You Count has all kinds of stuff…Caron products, Rainbow Gallery products, Weeks Dye Works, Threadworkx, Kreinik, DMC, Mill Hill, loads of fabric and patterns and probably more stuff that I can recall. Kids in a candy store! Janet drove and she has a GPS, so we didn’t have to worry about navigating at all.
Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum is one of my favourite designers. I love her free angel designs. Over the summer I stitched her 1997 and 2005 Angels.
1997 and 2005 Angel - Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum
They look adorable side by side, but I’ll be splitting them up and giving them to two different people for Christmas.
I finished working on a free design by Martina Webber/Chatelaine called Kathy’s Violets.
Kathy's Violets - Martina Webber / Chatelaine c.2002
I am also working on Mirabilia’s 2006 Cherub.
The 2006 Cherub - Mirabilia
Our guild resumes it’s meetings tomorrow night for the 2009-10 year. Looking forward to seeing what everyone has been working on over the summer.