Wednesday, April 25, 2012


The stitch this week on Sharon B's TAST was the Wheatear stitch.  I have tried this one before, but really never liked the way mine turned out.  I tried it again, and this one will I will definitely use in the future. 

I did it again with some beads on a block I am working on for
my sister for her birthday. 

Monday, April 23, 2012


Last week, Sharon B's stitch of the week in the TAST was French Knots.  I decided to put some in my wool basket I had previously worked on.  It's hard to photograph due to the basket being set on point. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Peacock in Paisley

As I mentioned before, I had been taking some online classes from Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions.   The one I finished up this morning was Betty Pillsbury's Peacock in Paisley.  I had a lot of fun with this class, and the class kit was offered in my favorite colors!  Betty is going to be offering some more classes through Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions, and right now has a "Take it Anytime Class" on Faux Pearl Embellishment.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

TAST, WEEK 15, Stem stitch

Sharon B's TAST stitch last week was the stem stitch.  This is a
very familiar one to me.  This stem stitch here is going to be part of something else on my April CQJP.  This was done using DMC Pearl cotton #8.

This sample was done using Kreinik  Very Fine Braid, which I have just started using for the first time.

Nothing too imaginative last week.  I have been taking some on-like classes as I have mentioned before.  Nancy Eha's Seed Beed Botany Class through Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions ended last week, but there is a new one starting May 22nd.

This week is the last week for Betty Pillsbury's Peacock in Paisley, also through Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions.

I have also signed up for Dyeing to be Beautiful- 3 Lessons by Christen Brown which starts in June.  I done some dyeing myself, but would like to learn more.

I really am looking forward to Sharon B's Sumptuous Surface Embroidery Class in May which is apparently closed.  I have been busy collecting my threads for that.

Today and tomorrow are my days off, and I need to get busy on my Peacock in Paisley, my CQJP and the
TAST stitch of this week, French Knots. 

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Seed Bead Botany Class

This was the last week of Nancy Eha's Seed Bead Botany on-line class offered by Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions.   I have had a great time with this class, and sorry to have it end.  They are offering another class May 22nd if anyone is interested. 

This shows my sample of green and purple grapes, although
they don't show up too good on this patch of fabric.  

This was my first attempt at raspberries.  I need to
work on my leaves though.
This was my second practice with the raspberries, until I ran out of beads.  Will have to go look for some berry-colored beads this week.  I want to do some blackberries too.  This is on a very, very slow work in progress (VVSWIP).  It was the class piece I worked on a number of years ago in my first Judith Baker Montano Class.  One of these days I will finish up this because I really love it!

Time to go to work.  Happy Easter everyone who celebrates!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

CQJP-March 2012

 I finally finished my March block for CQJP.  This is of John and I in about 1973.  He romanced me with Neil Diamond songs, and I embroidered him a shirt. 

This block has a lot several of my Seed Bead Botany lessons that I took on Maureen's Vintage Acquisitions by Nancy Eha.  The lesson today was about berries, grapes and wisteria, using the beaded satin stitch. 

This is a closer look at my wisteria.  Well I have played all
afternoon, and tonight we are celebrating John's BD which is tomorrow.  Just wanted to post this before I start fixing dinner.