I am so fortunate to have spent the last 9 days on the islands of Kauai and Oahu. I had hoped to start Windmills of Stinson Beach on the long flight from Newark but my seat mate kept the window shade down do not enough light 😦 . But I have had time in the mornings on our beautiful lanai to finish the project. Sadly it is home tomorrow on the red eye. Must leave the sun, sand and 80 degree temps. Still I have my Hawaiian stitched Windmills. Colors are sort of tropical, don’t you think?
For 2016, the NJNA Board decided to offer a Gift Certificate for The Edwardian Needle to one individual selected from everyone who brought a “Show & Tell” to our monthly meetings. The project could be anything finished within the past year – it did not have to be “finished”, just at least finished stitching, although we also love seeing everyone’s finished products as well. We had over 250 Show & Tell items for 2016 – we certainly are a prolific group.
Of course, this was helped by the 6 small projects the chapter did as our programs for the year. Members were encouraged to complete at least 3 to be eligible to receive a small gift at our March 2017 meeting.
I was very excited to find out I was the recipient of the Gift Certificate to The Edwardian Needle for my Honey I Shrunk the Flag project. Pam from The Edwardian was kind enough to provide the gift certificate to the chapter. While many of our members do shop there, it still was a generous donation on her part. Pam is a wonderful supporter of all our needlework guilds. I will definitely be traveling to The Edwardian soon to kit up our 2017 Stitch of the Month project (Stars for the New Millennium) and NJNA’s next chapter program Shell Game.
Thanks again to The Edwardian Needle for their generous donation to our chapter. I will update you on all my purchases!
Hi Everyone —
I think December is my favorite SOTM month since we end the year with stitching and a pot-luck luncheon! We had appetizers, salads, soups, casseroles, fruit, and (of course) dessert! What a wonderful tradition!
In addition to stitching, December is the month where we start to discuss our plans for next year. I think I’ll be continuing on Ruby Razzle Dazzle again, but with all of the wonderful suggestions, I may get sucked into something new! HA!
Here’s our progress on this year’s ANG project:
Happy New Year to all!
We were a small but mighty group this month. Linda, Joan, Nancy, Diane and Barbara (and of course Ollie the miniature dachshund) made great progress on their Stitch of the Month canvases. The end is near, at least for some of us! ‘Til next time . . .
Hi Everyone —
With so many people away this month and the last two posts about Alternative SOTMs and Alternative Seminars, I felt the need to represent the real, true NJNA SOTM. Wish you were here!
Last Saturday, seven of us met at Sue’s house for stitching and conversation. Five of us are working on the ANG SOTM by Susan Hoekstra and two of us are working on 2014 and 2015 SOTM projects. (The only exception to attending and NOT working on the current project is if you are working on an older SOTM project!)
So here are the results at the end of the day:
Aren’t all the color choices awesome? A good time was had by all!
Although I am missing the actual get-together today for this month’s SOTM, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on the piece.
I was somewhat surprised when I saw the instructions — “daisies” seem pretty far afield from the all the other very geometric stitches. And I have to say, I’m not sure that I like them. And I admit to finding them pretty boring to stitch. But I’ve finished two sides, and here they are:
And a close-up:
And in case you’re wondering where I am, it’s here:
Hi Everyone —
Better late than never:
Only a few of us were able to attend following seminar, but what wonderful fun to see the progress on our SOTM canvasses.
The first day of Beets taught by Jennifer Riefenberg was very successful…look how much I accomplished! (I’m hoping my photo shows up here, I’m using a different app to post and am not 100% certain what is happening.)
The red-violet color of the beets (they get beads added at the end) is luscious compared with the other threads, many of which are greens and shades of violet-gray. Jennifer talked about how she thought about the colors in all three root vegetable pieces (Carrots, Radishes, and Beets) as she was designing them, at the same time. It always interests me when teachers talk about the process of designing–especially since everybody seems to do it differently!
My second class doesn’t start until this morning (Thursday) so I’ve had lots of time to work on my first piece–in between sightseeing jaunts, that is. It will be nice to go home with more stitching completed than usual!
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I’m in the same class as Rosie, and am really enjoying it. The one Terry Dryden piece I had done previously had a great assortment of threads that were new to me, and Terry did not disappoint this time! A YLI Ribbon Floss imported from Germany called “Shimmer” and something called “Straw Silk” from Silk Road Fibers. Along with Valdani perle cotton, apparently slightly heavier than DMC and providing just a little more coverage.
Here is one of the feathers I stitched using two of these new-to-me fibers.