Never let it be said that the SOTM Group is not dedicated … and adaptable. Despite Stay at Home, we still managed to get together via Zoom! We scheduled two sessions: one at 11:00 a.m. which is our usual starting time and one at 3:00 p.m. when we usually are wrapping up. SOTM members were encouraged to join either or both sessions so we could check in and see how the projects are progressing. We had 10 participants at each session; most were at both and a few attended one.
It was great to get together again, even though virtually, and catch up with the group. An added bonus was that the Zoom format afforded us the opportunity to chat with Brenda and Jacqui, who are remote members. So now we can put a few more faces to the names. We may repeat the experience even after we are passed the current situation so that members who cannot attend in person will be able to join us.
Without further ado, here are the April progress photos:
Sylvia has decided to work on A Different View by Kurdy Biggs this year. This design was our 2014 SOTM. She is stitching in the Black colorway which will be stunning.
We’re looking forward to the May stitching session, whether virtually or in person.
I’m still watching operas every day…plenty of stitching time! I’ve started something new. The pillow on my regular stitching chair is literally falling apart, so I’m doing a wool basketweave lumbar pillow… It’s easy stitching while I’m trying to read the subtitles on my laptop…this past week was Wagner week, and my German is just barely above non-existant. Now in addition to knowing how to say, “What is your name?” and “I don’t speak German,” I know how to say “toad.” Should come in really handy.
I finished knitting this pair of socks last night…I call them my “watermelon socks.” Not needlepoint, but still…
Several more operas down, and my zebra is finished!
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I’ve decided to post new pictures at the end of each day instead of as they come in.
So, I have this wonderful little piece from Tina F to share tonight.
This is a Laura Perin Design from Needlepointers magazine, March 2009. I am suppose to teach this at my Wisconsin Guild. But with Covid-19, I am not sure that will happen. But I am ready to go, if the meeting isn’t cancelled. It was a quick stitch as there is a minimal laying of threads.
I also realized that I had three pictures of finished pieces from Janice M. I took these when we were stitching at the Edwardian Needle (an era ago) and I had planned to put them into the March meeting summary. But, I figure there’s no time like the present!
This is an ANG Correspondence Course called “Not a Creature Was Stirring” by Joni Stevenson. Janice had it finished as a stand-up. It looks wonderful!
Janice found someone on ETSY (in Germany, I think) who charted the names and dates and everything! Janice finished it as a pillow for the new couple’s home!
Last, but not least, is Joni Stevenson’s “The Wave” which was done as a regional workshop with Metropolitan Region EGA. This one was also finished as a stand-up!
Kudos to both Tina and Janice! Who’s next???
It has been a difficult few weeks and I have not been stitching much. I did take time today to complete the March SOTM. I am enjoying this project very much.
A few days before shops started closing I was able to pick up the two David McCaskill topiaries from The Edwardian Needle. I did not use the flag on the Patriotic Topiary; with the green trim I can use it all summer.
The Halloween Topiary will be a great addition to that holiday’s decorations.
I’m pulling out some long-neglected projects to work on in the coming days.
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Happy First Day of Spring! Cathryn sent along this spring finish in honor of the occasion.
The design is by Kathy Rees and was framed by Rob at the Framed Image!
It just makes me smile! 🙂
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I hope you are all making time to stitch.
Janice M completed Stitcher’s Parking Lot.
Janice tells us this about the Stitcher’s Parking Lot.
It’s from a class thru Cyberpointers that was held in March. In addition to holding laying tools, scissors and needles, it’s also a frame weight. I stitched it a bit differently from the directions (no surprise there) in that I used perle #3 for the background (I even used two different colors of the perle in addition to the Watercolours on the back side). The directions called for Mandarin Floss but I did not want to lay those threads. You could also personalize the parking lot with your initials but I choose the word “stitch” instead. If was a fun design worked on 13-count interweave canvas which made the finishing easy.
C’mon everyone — share what you are stitching so we can stay connected in this time of social distancing! I’ll be happy to post it for you or maybe now is the time to DIY it!
Did you love Sue C’s post about “The Neighborhood”?
Each morning I have been watching operas streaming free on metopera.org — and stitching. You may remember my completed ice skating polar bear — now I have a zebra in boots and a flap hat. See a theme? So far, Carmen, La Bohème, and Il Trovatore have gotten me this far:
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Just wanted to post my first finish of the COVID-19 era!
Lady with Mandala II
This was one of the classes that I took at the ANG seminar in Houston last year. It’s a canvas by Brenda Stofft with stitch guide and thread suggestions from Cynthia Thomas, the instructor.
I made some thread changes with Janice’s help to tone down the make-up. I lost one bead which is somewhere in the house here. Luckily I had a suitable substitute in my stash. I needed additional tutoring on attaching the beads with glue. They are sort of a mess and gluing will never be in my skill set! I also lost two needles (one with thread attached), but my husband is sure to find them when he walks around in his stocking feet!
I’d like to suggest that we all share our quarantine finishes with each other via the blog. Many of you already have author privileges. But I invite any of you to e-mail me a picture of your finishes along with some interesting tidbits about the designer, who it’s for, what you thought about while stitching, or anything else that might be of interest to our members. I’ll be happy to post. It won’t be as comprehensive as the meeting summaries, but it might help us to feel less isolated from each other.