Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day, almost

It's an unusual day. Memorial Day actually falls on Memorial Day ... or should I say Decoration Day? Either way, it's a day to honor those who gave their all for our country. Thank you.

We didn't go into town for the Rolling Thunder events. We never do, but we always get a feel for them. There is a big Harley-Davidson dealer near here, and the bikers flock there when in the area. He has a large parking lot and plenty of vendors.

I am working on my miniature Cluny tapestry only on Sundays -- at least for right now. I started out on gauze, but soon found that those little squares and I were not in the same ballpark. I switched to 40-count linen and things have been much better. I got new glasses, and things are even better than before. Maybe, maybe, I could have kept on going with the gauze, but I'm happy with the linen.

Just look at all those needles ... there are even more, but the threads are on the other side. I need to pull them out to the right side before I put it away for the rest of the week. I am almost 1/8 of the way through the first of 9 pages. But, not a bad start, I guess.

I am also working on an Ink Circles piece. Instead of doing it all in one color, as the designer called for, I am using some very bold colors. I have reached the point where I need to insert two more colors, and because the rest is so bold, I am at a loss. The yellow I had selected is just not standing on its own. I'll do a little bit more with it, and then post a picture. Maybe by then I will have decided whether or not that yellow gets to stay.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


My oldest granddaughter broke her wrist. She is a twirler, and was a practice. She was attempting a new trick, and landed wrong. The regional semi=finals are in two weeks. She is so upset. She has qualified for the nationals in July, and at this point, they don't know if she will be able to go perform for that. The orthopedist will make those decisions later on. She has another appointment with him this week.
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

It has only been forever since I added to the blog.

I just plain don't think about adding to the blog unless something happens to remind me. Well, today, I finished a projected for a charity stitch group, took a picture to post there, and thought about this blog.

In a recent newsletter, Nordic Needle mentioned a group that stitched for charities. I thought I'd see what they were all about and decided to join. The biggest problem I see with that group is that none of the charities they stitch for are in my local area. I'm not truly sure how long I will stay a member, but for now I have done a piece for them.

I had planned to host my Tuesday stitch group on June 14th. But this morning I found out that my grandson is graduating from elementary school that day. I'll have to find another day to host.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I've been working on the Oatlands Mystery Sampler. So far, so good, but I'm learning to dislike the very Williamsburgy colors I chose. Normally, I would really like those colors. But somewhere along the line, my tastes seem to have changed. They are very, very, very bland. I like the colors Donna chose for her sampler, but I'm not sure I could live with them for a long term project.

I have finished stitching all of the projects I selected for the January challenge. Now I need to do some finishing work. Good thing I didn't include finishing in my challenge. I have some projects from 2008 that need finishing work.

I am currently stitching Easter projects that didn't get finished before Easter. I have a chart from Trinity Designs that I am working up for each of the grand kids. Maybe they will get them next Easter. That might give me time enough to do the finishing work ... maybe not.

I also have a couple of other goodies in the works. One is a version of a Cluny tapestry. I tried doing it on gauze, but the eyes and the gauze didn't work together, so I am now doing it on a piece of 40 count fabric I had. I haven't gotten very far, but I just restarted yesterday. I will post a picture when I have enough done that you can see that there is something actually stitched. Another piece in progress is an Ink Circles piece - Circque de ... forgot the French word ... circus of diamonds. It was designed to be done in one color, but I am filling in the centers of the diamonds in colors. Pictures later.

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, so obviously we had Mexican tonight. Someday I might actually get it together.

Loudoun Sampler Guild is having what sounds like fantastic field trip. But, I'm not going. Sniff.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, Happy Mothers' Day. And happy anything else that comes along before I get back.