Monday, March 28, 2011

Help!! Tanglewood ruined!

Hello fellow stitchers, I am in need of desperate help.  Last night my cat puked up her dinner (while we were out) all over my binder that held my Tanglewood stitching and threads.  I took out the stitching and cleaned off the binder and thought, phew, my stitching ok! I didn't really take a good look at it until today when I noticed that some of the threads dyed into my fabric! In a spot that can't be stitched over or hidden!!!! I tried soaking it in water with a gentle soap but it is not coming out!!

What do I do?!

Here is the photo.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Finishing Weekend!!

Wow! Two projects finished!! I'm amazed I got it all done! Both projects are for friends and I am glad they turned out so well.  The first one is a needle book, my first attempt at one and I am happy with the results.  The second project was a pin cushion and I really like its simplicity.  Here are the photos.

28 Ct Evenweave Threads Desert Dusk Dinky Dyes

The pattern I used for the pincushion is from Aurelle's Blog which has a ton of wonderful patterns for biscornu but I decided that due to limited time, just to make a pin cushion.  Next week I will attempt to make a biscornu for myself!!

Take care and happy stitching!!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tangled roots

Hello all!!

It's been awhile since I posted anything stitchy but I have been busy stitching!!  I finally got all the materials I needed to make a needle book but now I am procrastinating finishing it.  This is what my blog is supposed to help me with: motivate me to FINISH!!  Of course it is also to meet new friends and share our love for stitching.  So why can't I hunker down and finish??? I have the supplies.  Maybe its the process of cutting out cardboard that is making me hesitate.  I thought about multiple different ways of making a needle book and decided on the cardboard technique.  I should have stitched on a long piece of linen and then sewed the needle book together as I have seen some people do.  That process would have been easier and faster to do.  As I'm writing this I feel the urge to bite the bullet and do it!!!

So I'll be quick with my other update: Tanglewood.  I love love love working on this pattern.  Though I am feeling a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the project.  It has taken me three or four evenings just to do the ground and tangled roots of the tree.  OI!!  So here are some progress pics of my beloved tree.

Sorry about the wrinkles!
Needle book materials

Friday, March 11, 2011

8.9 Earthquake in Japan

I was woken up by my brother telling me about tsunami warnings in BC, Canada, so I turned on the news and saw the devastating 8.9 earthquake in Japan.  I am sending my prayers for the people of Japan and contacted my friends who are currently over there working and they are okay.  Scared but okay.  I hope no more earthquakes happen.  After the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand, the one in Japan, we have to be prepared for more.  I am worried about the potential earthquake here on the coast of BC.  I am making an earthquake kit today in the event that it happens.  The plates are moving and I fear that there will be more.  My heart goes out to all the people who have lost their loved ones.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Yay!! Finally my threads came and I can continue stitching Tanglewood, since I finished the thistles today.  I also got a beautiful needleminder from Kelmscott Designs.  It was about time I bought one!  I always seem to loose my needles and that's not a good thing when you have carpet that camouflages potential accidents. Yikes!!

Carrie's Threads for Tanglewood
Dragonflies by Kelmscott Designs

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kooky Tanglewood Dog Finished


I am sorry I have not posted in quite sometime.  I have been very busy and have not done too much stitching.  What I have done though is finish that funny, kooky tanglewood doggie who is all caught up in a ribbon.  I added the grass and thistles and only have two more thistles to finish.  I am still waiting on my other threads, the important ones, the tanglewood tree threads!  Hopefully my stash will arrive this week because I cannot continue stitching my tanglewood until I do (sad face).  So to tide me over until I get my threads, I began a new project.  I thought it would be good for me to try stitching a needlebook!  I have seen some beautiful examples of needlebooks and am not quite decided on how I want to make it.  I used a freebie from the Swappon site and was inspired by Lynn B's blog.  She has a wonderful blog that is full of great tutorials and she makes the cutest, prettiest smalls. Hopefully my needlebook will be finished soon. I am the queen of procrastinating finishing! Remember that lovely Valentine's pattern I stitched?!? Well, I still haven't finished it into the little pillow I planned to make.  I think I will make next weekend my weekend of finishing!

Take care and keep stitching!


Kooky Doggie Tangled in Ribbon
Thistles and the Kooky Doggie
The beginnings of my first needlebook