Monday, 3 September 2007

Finishes, progress and much laughter






I have a funny little story to share and then I will get on with the last few days. On Thursday, I was at Ann's and I was browsing the new Gift of Stitching magazine and then a past issue. I am drooling over the needlebook and a biscornu pattern. Beatrice is talking about a new biscornu exchange that Dani is organizing and I am considering joining. In walks Ann's husband and he hands me a fortune cookie. Well, when I open the fortune cookie it reads" As long as you don't join anything new, you will do fine". Well, that cracked us all up as I am known for wanting to be involved in everything.






On to the weekend. Dani cameto visit for the weekend. DH was off doing his male bonding stuff so we had the house to ourselves. Some of the Thursday stitchers joined us Saturday for stitching, visiting, much laughter, spaghetti, a bottle of wine, more stitching, more laughter and a great time. Sunday Dani and I started making our stitched pieces into ornaments. Dani taught me to do a cubit, a flat fold and a needleroll. We also made up several other ornaments. We worked from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m on Sunday. There was thread, fabric, ribbon, braid, cord, foamcore, orts - you name it - from one end of the house to the other. More of the Thursday gang joined us on Sunday and stitched while we worked. Here is my ornament progress for the weekend. Monday morning, Dani and I decided we really had to restore some kind of order to the place so, we finished off our ornaments and within an hour you would never have known we two hurricanes had been there. Beatrice came Monday and stitched with us until Dani headed for home.

I did manage to get some time in on my wreath and I am really pleased with my progress. I am now over on the second and final page of the stitching. Then, on to back stitching, adding the saying and a few other accessories. I discovered there are about 150 white French knots in this piece. I think they represent baby's breath. Somehow I neglected to see them. I think they will be 150 white beads instead. Here is the progress on my wreath.

Dani, thanks again for a wonderful weekend. You always make it fun. Thanks for teaching me all those new things. See, you can teach an old dog new tricks. And thanks, to all my stitching friends who came to visit. The weekend just flew by and I loved it!

11 comments:

Teejay said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous and your wreath is coming along nicely and so quickly for such a large project.

Wendy said...

Looks like you ornie-finished up a storm! And your fortune cookie story was hilarious ~ are you sure that wasn't planted just for you?

barb said...

The flat folds are great- making me itch to start making some ....or many. Watching you make them was fun! Love the ornaments! Thanks for the hospitality!

Ranae said...

Beautiful ornies. The wreather is gorgeous.
Sounds like you had lots of fun this past weekend.

Vonna said...

You Canadian stitchers have the best times!!!!!
I wish I lived closer so that I could join in the fun :)

Your ornaments are glorious! And I'm gobsmacked on the progress of that wreath! WOW!

Itching To Stitch said...

Those ornaments are just awesome. Do you stitch in your sleep? I can't believe the progress on your wreath and it is just beautiful ;)

Judie said...

I had a great time on Saturday. Thanks, Kathy - I really needed it. Your ornaments looks great. I really have to get my act together and have some ready for next year.

Beatrice said...

Your projects are all gorgeous I was so happy to have been able to make the great escape for an hour on both Sunday and Monday. Good thing it's only a 10 min. drive.
The wreath looks wonderful.

Lynn said...

Dani has offered to teach me some of those finishes in the near future. I can hardly wait! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!
When it comes to the wreath I agree with you. I think I'd be using beads rather than do all those knots. That would be like torture for me!!

Michelle said...

Wow, it sounds like a fantastic weekend. What fun! Your wreath is looking great.

Maria said...

Awesome work Kathy. Hmmm I have the pattern for that Noel sampler, I knew I loved it!! :-) Now I even know how to finish it!