I have had a fabulous two days. My guild hosted Catherine Theron for two classes this weekend and they (and she) were wonderful. I cannot tell you what a joy it is to belong to a guild with such wonderful people. I told someone this afternoon that this guild has really expanded my horizons in so many ways in the few short months I’ve been a member. One of those ways was attending a workshop for the very first time. Yesterday Catherine taught her Williamsburg Remembered Sewing Case and today taught her her Quaker Sewing Case. I had so much fun and learned quite a bit in both classes. I learned two new stitches yesterday, the trellis stitch and the spiral trellis stitch, both of which are so cool when they’re finished! Above you can see the very exciting stitching that I accomplished in both days. The pieces on the left and right are from today’s Quaker class. The piece in the middle is from yesterday. Aren’t you amazed by my skills?! That is 158 (count them) stitches in stem stitch in silk. Woohoo!! (ignore my basting line.) But really, I learned a ton…even if I don’t have the stitching to show for it. Catherine is a lovely woman, and I so enjoyed meeting her, learning from her and also visiting with her. I would jump at the opportunity to take another class with her. So, it was a wonderful weekend of stitching, but mostly being with other stitchers. This is a weekend I won’t soon forget. And hopefully, I’ll get those pieces done and have something to show for it! Really, my only concern is the finishing. The stitching I think will be not easy, but do-able. These are pretty detailed pieces for being so small! Anyway, for those of you who asked me questions about Catherine’s workshops, pieces, etc. I will get back to you individually with the answers.
So, what else. Ah, yes. Mail. The mail came yesterday with a package from The Scarlett House. I purchased one of Tanya’s beautiful ruler and needlecase sets that are handpainted by her. This one, was so different from her other pieces and I just fell in love with it. There is something just so homey and “samplerish” about the saltglaze crocks and bittersweet. Thank you, Tanya, they are even more lovely in person!!
And also last week in the mail, I received the first three BBD stockings charts. These are going to be such fun to stitch up, once I get to them. Lol! I have heard rumor that the BBD gals had a tree full of all 36 of the stockings at Market, and I would so love to see a photo of that! What a site that must have been. Anyway, I’d like to see them all hanging together someday in MY house. I think these would be good take-a-long projects though too, huh? Easy to slip into your bag and have whenever you need a little something to take the edge off.
And, I have been promising Siobhan to share a photo of a kit I have for a Tree of Life Tombstone rug. I’ve been wanting to learn rug hooking for awhile now, and I have two kits sitting at the back depths of my craft closet. This is one of them. But, wouldn’t it look fabulous hanging with on my A&E wall (you know that imaginary wall I’m working on). I may have to just tape the charts to the wall, rather than actual stitching, but whatever. Wouldn’t this look fabulous there?
So, that’s all the news that’s fit to print today. I am hungry and waiting for my hubby to get home so we can have dinner. I’ve got another full week this week, but I hope to have some time this evening to sit down with some stitching and relax.
Hope you all have a great week – and I also have an award I need to mention, so I will do that next time. Don’t let me forget!
I am grateful for learning new things.