Thursday, January 28, 2010

Next meeting, February 8

At our next meeting on February 8, we will be making fleece blankets for charity.

Please remember to bring your fleece fabric--either a prepackaged afghan kit or two 1-1/2 yard pieces of fleece yardage. (I'm posting this early so you'll have time to shop!)

Other supplies you will need: pins (long ones work best), dressmaker scissors or a rotary cutter and mat, and a long ruler to use as a guide for cutting.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Show and Tell: Jeni and Carol

Here are the last two items I have pictures of for show and tell in January. It is two weeks yet before our next meeting when I will get more pictures to share with your.

This first item is from Carol, a very pretty cross stitch picture. She mentioned it was from Nordic Needle. What a perfect picture to share in the depths of winter! a breath of fresh air.


Jeni always has beautiful beading to share and this month is no different. These are the components and a completed "beaded bead." Eight of the triangles are combined to make the completed bead: I love the different colors. The pattern was in one of the beading magazines (unfortunately, I didn't write down the name).


Thank you for sharing ladies!

I'll be back next month with more "show and tell."


Friday, January 22, 2010

Show and Tell: Linda and Karen

I only have one photo per person for the next groups, so I will combine two people's show and tell.

Linda had this beautiful angel to share. She is wonderful, and the framing is fantastic. The moire satin mat adds such a touch of elegance, not that the angel needed it at all!


Karen always has such beautiful beadwork. Here are two bracelets, one with crystals and one with seed beads. (What classes are you going to take at the Bead and Button show, Karen?)


Thank you both for sharing!

Two people showed off knitted scarves, and I did not get pictures. Barb and Carol both showed off beautiful scarves, but since they were wearing them (and moving around) I didn't get a chance to get pictures. I will have to improve on that!

Bye for now!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Show and Tell: Marge

Today we have several ornaments from Marge. These are from a design by Susan Johnson, done in two different color-ways. They are very elegant, and I can't wait to see them made up into ornaments.


This is an ornament from last year's JCS Ornament issue, done up in needlepoint instead of cross stitch. The openings in the canvas are for beads.


Marge is near to completing a very large cross-stitch sampler. I'm very excited to see that, maybe in February?

Thank you for sharing Marge.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Show and Tell: Marj

Marj had several lovely things to share in Show and Tell. These are a set of embroidered pears. They have real twigs at the top, and the leaves are folded ribbon. I think they really turned out lovely.


This long and short stitch sampler is from a tutorial from Mary Corbett's blog. If you get a chance, wander around Mary's blog for a while. She is very generous, posting tutorials frequently, and sharing very cool stuff from the Internet. I am planning on using a "lettering" tutorial of hers to create a small piece. This one turned out very nice.


This hardanger mat began life as the back of a vest. When she realized she would not finish the vest (vests are not nearly as in vogue now as they were when this project was created... I know, I have the same project as a UFO at my house) she decided to make it into a mat. That is a great inspirational idea; last night I looked up my UFO.


For her final items, Marj showed a couple of crewel projects. The chatelaine also doubles as a name tag. It has a pin-cushion and a small pocket, and is a class project for another guild. The small green pin cushion was from a kit, and also turned out beautiful.


Thank you for sharing, Marj!


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Show and Tell: Peggy

Peggy had a lot of things to show for the last meeting. She had a set of animal stockings! Aren't they cute!


She says there is one more in the set, coming soon. I can't wait to see it.

This little stocking was from a white elephant sale the guild held. All the members brought projects they didn't want to complete. Mary Francis brought this, Peggy picked it up and finished it. It turned out nice.


Here are a couple of needlepoint ornaments (maybe they are Easter eggs?). These are very pretty as well.


Finally, a couple of Christmas stand-ups. The Santa is for October. He's trick-or-treating with a disguise on (Groucho glasses). The polar bear is nice too.


Finally, Peggy finished stitching her bear for our charity project.


I started stitching mine at the meeting, and haven't picked it up again yet. We want to have them all done by April, so I suppose I should get going on it. Thank you for finishing yours, Peggy, and for sharing all your beautiful ornaments.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Show and Tell: Temari balls

I was sitting next to Pat, so I will show my Temari balls next. We didn't meet in December and I had some vacation time, so I had a lot to show. This set is the ones I am preparing for the JTA (Japanese Temari Association) certification. These are 4 of the 6 I need to submit. The hardest part is writing up the instructions for these.


Since we are in the middle of winter, I stitched these snow-flakes in snow colors. I hope to be able to add to this collection eventually.


Thanks for looking!


Thursday, January 14, 2010


Over the next couple of days, I'm going to be posting a simple tutorial on how I do hemstitching. Stop by and check it out.. Moonsilk Stitches

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Show and Tell: Pat

Pat brought the items we are looking at today. The first is a "Wild Goose" box, inspired by the wild goose pattern in quilting: it is all triangles. It is very beautiful, and very interesting to look at.


I took pictures of 2 of the 3 sides. You can see all the triangles in the design.


This is an amulet bag, made from a pattern from a member of Needle Artisans of NW Indiana. I love the colors she chose, it is beautiful!


Her last item was a small Mill Hill kit, stitched on perforated paper. These kits are always so much fun to do because of all the special beads and fibers included. This one is a fun winter pattern.


I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do. Thank you Pat for sharing!


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New DMC Blog

DMC Threads has a new blog that looks like it has some interesting links and information already. You can find the blog here. This is one of the free designs they offer. They also have sewing tips and industry news.

January Meeting

Homewood Guild held our January meeting last night, and there is lots to show from the meeting. We will start today with the needle-lace butterfly from Nancy from Belgium. This picture shows it larger than real life: absolutely beautiful!


Thirteen people had show and tell, but I don't think I got pictures of everything. I'm planning on featuring one person a day. The class was learning to make a rose in needle-lace, and there was a good-sized class. I forgot to take pictures of that too... I hope we will have a good representation of finished roses in the next couple of months that we will be able to show off.

We have two charity projects this year. Next month we will be making fleece blankets for kids, and everyone is stitching a bear that can be given to kids in crisis. We will be showing off pictures of those too.

Stay tuned for more pictures!


Friday, January 8, 2010

Meeting Monday!

I'm looking forward to Monday's meeting. Don't let a little snow and wind keep you home!

Remember our new meeting time of 7:15.

If you are taking the needlelace class, you just need to bring regular stitching tools.

See you there!