Category Archives: COVID-19

Finally Caught Up on SOTM 2020

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Despite a late start, rethinking of my colorway and threads, and taking over as babysitter/preschool teacher for the past 2 weeks, I have finally caught up on the 2020 SOTM.  I’m using stash and the same overdye in both colorways since it has both blue and burgundy.  I was surprised I was able to find everything I needed in my stash.

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Diane’s thru April

I’ve been able to stitch a little during “quiet time” and was very happy when my grandson wanted to sew with me.  He made presents for his mom and his dad and has started one for himself.  Fortunately I had cleaned up enough to locate some plastic canvas and a large needle!

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Stay healthy and keep stitching.

Diane

Stitch of the Month – April 2020

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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:

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Janice M

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Brenda C

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Rosie L

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Sue C

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Robin M

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Jill W

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Mally B

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Nancy W

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Linda M

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.

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We’re looking forward to the May stitching session, whether virtually or in person.

Happy Stitching!

Linda

Another Start

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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.

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Sharing with Friends!

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Hi Everyone —

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.

 

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Tina writes:

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!

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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!

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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!

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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???

Cheers, Rosie

Stitching Update – SOTM and Some Finishing

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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.

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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.

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The Halloween Topiary will be a great addition to that holiday’s decorations.

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I’m pulling out some long-neglected projects to work on in the coming days.

Happy Stitching!

 

Stitching Without Friends, Still Sharing

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Hi Everyone —

I hope you are all making time to stitch.

Janice M completed Stitcher’s Parking Lot.

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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”?

Cheers, Rosie