This is a bit late but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to share everyone’s progress on our 2018 projects. Many of the group worked on Lorene Salt’s Autumn Kaleidoscope this year while others continued to work on SOTM projects from previous years. A few of us finished while others have a little more stitching to do. We all had a great time at our monthly sessions and will be sharing our 2019 projects.
Barbara finished and framed her Stars for a New Millennium (Tony Minieri Designs) in time for the Woodlawn Needlework Show.
And the roll call of Autumn Kaleidoscope; note that in addition to changing the colors many of our stitchers also varied the borders.
What a great project! Thank you, Lorene!
I know I’m very late in getting this posted, but it’s a busy time of year!
The December SOTM gathering is especially fun as we not only stitch but also enjoy a pot-luck lunch. This year was no exception as we worked our way through a reuben casserole, several different salads, deviled eggs, and delicious desserts. The food was fabulous and the friendships are priceless!
Many of us are finishing with Autumn Kaleidoscope (designed by Lorene Salt), which was the SOTM this year. By the time you see this, a few will have completely finished. Those of our group who chose their own colorways were deciding on bead colors and will be making a trip or two to find the perfect beads! And I apologize – but something seems to have gone wrong with my photos of this month’s progress. So, no photos this month. But we’ll try to get them back in January for a full display! In the meantime, check out the NJNA December Meeting Summary for some of the completed pieces.
The SOTM project for 2019 will be the ANG Mystery Project. We are looking forward to seeing this project develop!
Until January – happy holidays, happy New Year, and happy stitching!
I am on a bike trip through the Texas hill country west of Austin. I didn’t quite look at the weather forecast before we left (or perhaps I looked but decided to not believe the forecast!) so was not prepared for the extreme cold snap here. Sunday’s biking was a bit rainy but doable; Monday morning was not too bad it by afternoon, the winds had picked up and the temperatures fell so the biking was cut short quite a bit. The tour leaders decided this morning was way too cold and windy to be safe for biking so we headed into Fredericksbug. I quickly checked out if there were any Needlepoint shops in town. There is a fabulous museum to the War of the Pacific and a cute downtown. And of course, I found the Needlepoint shop!
Designer Sandy Jenkins (www.sandyjenkins.com) has a wonderful shop with all her own designs. I had to admit I was not familiar with her work. Since she gave up teaching and traveling to market, she does her own painting as well as designing. She welcomed me immediately even though she was working with a client pulling threads. When I responded that I was a stitcher, she encouraged me to look around at the designs and finished samples and reminded me not to touch samples (standard practice as we all know) and not to take pictures due to copyright issues since these are all her own designs.
Since I decided to limit myself to just one canvas, I had a tough time deciding! There was a lot of variety of style and themes. I chose a fun Thanksgiving Sampler, which she offered to kit for me. Since I was limited on time, I decided to not kit it for now. I did listen in as she was helping the other client pick threads and was impressed with how she worked with the client. While her thread selection is not vast, it was varied and I would have had no problem finding any threads I wanted or needed.
Sandy Jenkins’ shop in Fredericksburg, TX
While I couldn’t take photos inside, she did allow me to take an outside shot. She does host stitching retreats, so we may need to think about a road trip!
Twelve of the SOTM group met today to stitch and share conversation. It was a bright autumnal day and our stitching area was well lit. We even had a surprise visitor – Tina was able to join us to stitch today as she has been visiting from Wisconsin! It was great to catch up with her.
Here is our progress as of this month. All of the projects look fabulous!
Barbara’s Stars for the New Millennium
Autumn Kaleidoscope progress.
And, no, you didn’t count wrong – Margaret is being shy about her progress on Stars but we’ll get a picture soon.
Next month those of us stitching Autumn Kaleidoscope will be working on the outside border and the beading. And, we’ll all be deciding on our project for next year!
I was fortunate once again to start my day with a walk around the area before class. The weather is getting more humid but it was still quite nice out this morning.
Today we started working on an additional 6 sections. Each section has multiple steps so we attempted to get at least 2 of the steps done in these sections to begin to see the patterns. Keeping the FyreWerks and NeonRays+ straight on both front and back was tough but necessary when working with ribbon threads.
Toni is very good about providing details of exactly where to place stitches and in what order when necessary. She also provides options when the order is not critical. There seems to be enough details to be able to complete these sections once class is over. Toni suggested we try to complete the white basketweave section in the top row tonight so we can work on an overlay stitch tomorrow. I think her estimate of an hour and a half to complete it is about half of what I need since I’m such a slow stitcher.
Here’s my progress at the end of day 2 before the closing banquet.
#ToniGerdes #NewGlory #ANGseminar
Saturday was another beautiful morning for a walk before class, especially since I knew it would be a busy day. We have been very fortunate with the weather here even though most of the day is inside the hotel. Hence it is so nice to get out and explore when I have the chance.
Saturday was the start of my second class at seminar – New Glory with Toni Gerdes. Yes, I ended up with two patriotic classes -there was no particular reason; I just liked both pieces! Toni handed out the canvases with the lines drawn for all the borders and sections. We started the morning painting the borders with blue Copic markers so the white doesn’t show through as much. We then played with various fabric samples to place in the 3 fabric sections. There was lots of discussion and camraderie as we discussed each other’s selections and sought other’s opinions. We then applied wool felt to those sections and then applied the fabric using fusible web. The challenge was making them fit exactly, overlapping the borders part way but not too much! Toni then taught us how to use the border thread to tie down the fabric so it doesn’t fray and puffs up a bit from the felt but keeping the stitching lines straight even though we’re going through the fabric so you can’t see the holes! It’s very slow going!
We then worked a few more sections, including doing a burden stitch usng a new thread Stardust as the base and couching it with Accentuate. Here is my progress at the end of the first day.
I had bid at the silent auction on a cute witch canvas and won it for $10. I could have done a lot more damage but only had 5 minutes to swing through and bid! Think of how much fun this canvas will be once I get to it!
Saturday evening was Expo! and Sue C and I had volunteered to help Trish Vine. What an experience from the other side of the table! At least I didn’t mind the crowds as I wasn’t trying to fight through them to shop. I can only hope I recorded everything correctly for Trish.
A bit exhausted after packing up what was left of Trish’s inventory, we headed down to the bar for a glass of wine and some apps. There we were treated to a fascinating fashion show of people attending the Black Community Supports Breast Cancer Research Pink and White Ball. It was great fun to watch people coming in elegantly dressed in pink and white, especially the men. There was a man with pink and white spats and another with shoes that sparkled with LO and VE. While there were a few questionable outfits, most were stunning. It was a great end to a long day.
#NewGlory #ToniGerdes #ANGseminar
I once again started the day with a short walk. The weather is beautiful and his is a great area to walk around.
Then it was time to start again on Liberty. We continued through the various sections and made a lot of progress despite more frogging! At the end of the day, Dawn described how we would add the swirls and the fire works at the top of the “cake”. Hopefully I listened well enough to do it once I get home and have time to finish is piece. As you can see, I made a lot of progress. This was a very enjoyable class with a fun project that I look to finish.
Then it was off to a quick run through the auction where I bid on a halloween piece, a Cyberpointers meeting, a Cyberpointers Board meeing, and then to the tail end of Teacher’s Showcase. Sue C, Rosie, and I went down the street for a wonderful dinner where we met a delightful local couple and their 7-month old daughter. We talked them into checking out the exhibit so hopefully they will.
Tomorrow starts a new class!