Saturday, September 20, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
For years, DH and I thought that this was poison ivy. I have no idea why. It doesn’t bear any resemblance - but we avoided it like the plague! To compare, click here for a drawing of poison ivy.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I added three more rows to my sampler consisting of: alternating up and down buttonhole stitches, beaded alternating up and down buttonhole stitches and interlaced up and down buttonhole stitches.
Saturday, September 06, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
I just finished reading Sense and Sensibility this afternoon and am looking forward to reading Emma, next. A couple of years ago, when I first resolved to read all of Jane Austen’s novels, I started on my eReader with free downloads and read three on that device. Then I happened upon the complete collection (six volumes) in hardback (in unread, nearly pristine condition) on eBay for $25.00! What a find! I had to add them to my library. Although the digital reading devices have their own charm and advantages, I think I may actually prefer holding a real book in my hands, feeling the paper as I turn the pages (downright heretical these days, I quess). It just takes me back to the joy of reading as a child. I was wondering what everyone else thinks.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I used heavy-duty craft/button thread instead of embroidery cotton in order to fit it through the narrow eye of the needle I used for beading. I have a difficult time keeping herringbone stitches even - and found it almost impossible with the added challenge of beading. DH suggested that I should have used my magnifier, but I'm not sure it would have made much of a difference...
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Trying to get back in the swing of things a little bit, I thought it was about time to revisit TAST and resume work on my stitch sampler. I wanted to add a little bling so I did a variation of the chained bar, zigzagging over metallic gold rickrack. Below that is a row of closed herringbone stitches. Then comes a row of backstitched herringbone stitches. Next is a twisted lattice band. Lastly, there is a row of double herringbone stitches.