With record low temps and snow deeper than the top of my boots, I'm staying put for yet another day...
And, even though I thought I had updated everything yesterday, I found a few things I forgot to share:
Fresh finish from last night.. seasonal freebie (so hard to resist, aren't they?)
My new favorite scissors sheath, on the right:
The tin topper and scissors fob were completed by me eleven years ago (much to my dismay). It is hard to believe it has been that long. I always thought they needed a third piece to complete the set. Two things hardly constitute a set, right? But, the chart was only for the tin topper and fob. So, a few weeks ago while browsing at the Stitch Niche in Lexington, I saw the ultrasuede scissors sheath (with plain white 18 ct. monocanvas insert). The color of the suede immediately reminded me of my little bargello set. I adapted the pattern to fit the sheath, and I'm totally pleased with the outcome. Now it looks like a "set", yes?
Speaking of sets... once upon a time, I bought this Fern Ridge "shear hospitality" felt pineapple kit. Nearing the end of the blanket stitching around the fronds, I ran out of thread. So with a good amount of mumbling, it was tucked away, out of sight... for years... Truthfully, I'm making an effort to finish a few UFOs from "way back", and this little guy was so close to being finished, it was one of my first UFO finishes of the year.
File this under "Just for Fun":
tiny felt ball mounted on oversized wooden button
And lastly, I'm just remembering to share the final finished pics of the Blackwork Band
Sampler class I facilitated for my EGA chapter last fall. Because I love color so much, it is hard for me to stick to black thread only for blackwork. The design itself inspired the colors I selected. Because I'm running out of wall space, I finished mine as a combination teabag/marking pin wallet. This band sampler is part of the Petite Projects series from the Embroiderers' Guild of America which provides members with free small educational projects in varied techniques. The cutwork nametag I shared yesterday is also an EGA Petite Project. If memory serves me, I've completed four of the petite projects and am always glad I did. You can learn a lot about a new-to-you technique in even a small project.
Blackwork Band Sampler
by Julie Fera
for The Embroiderers' Guild of America
And that's a wrap for this frigid Thursday friends. Until next time, Stitch Happy!