While at the Sun & Sea Region retreat earlier this month, I bought raffle tickets to drop in various baskets to win. I spent all of $20 on tickets, and amazingly I won 3 of the prizes! Two were batches of ornaments and pin cushions, and the third was this beautiful project bag and needlework roll. Isn’t it all gorgeous? I have been wanting to put up a needlework-only Christmas tree for years, and now I feel like I have to with all these ornaments. Thanks to all the ladies who donated items!
Last week at the Sun & Sea EGA retreat, I took this class from Laura Smith. I took the class because the techniques were all new to me. First, we painted on stretched silk. Then we did free motion machine embroidery to form the grasses. Finally we finished with hand stitched highlights. My first try isn’t perfect, but I really enjoyed learning the new techniques, and it has given me ideas on some different ways of using the silk painting and a mixture of machine and hand embroidery.
Here are a few steps along the way . . . .
Our EGA Chapter donated a basket of stitched items to raffle at the Sun & Sea Region retreat last weekend. Our theme was “travel”. I had a little kit for a Scottish Thistle bookmark that I bought when on vacation in Scotland in 2016. I thought it was the perfect small addition to the basket. I had already cross-stitched the thistle while living in Virginia. I completed the backstitching on a flight across the Atlantic in 2019, and I did the finishing while vacationing in Rome in 2019. So this is one well-traveled piece of needlework!
This sweet little piece of counted needlepoint, entitled “Memory Box”, was a gift to my sister-in-law this past Christmas. It was designed by Kathy Rees as a fundraiser run by the National EGA to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. It was originally designed in purples (in keeping with the Alzheimer’s Association‘s colors), but I decided to stitch this completely from my stash. I love how it turned out, and it was very fun to stitch. I finished it in a box from Sudberry. I look forward to stitching more of Kathy’s designs.
My EGA Chapter offers a “Challenge” each year as a fundraiser. For completed items from our individually chosen challenge list, we are granted entries into a prize drawing at the end of the year. It’s my first time participating, but here goes my challenge list:
1. original needlepoint designed by my daughter!! (Definitely the most intriguing item on my list)
2. Ambrosia Honey – needlepoint design from EGA Needlearts magazine
3. Autumn Square – Laura Perin needlepoint design
4. Mother’s Heart – cross stitch design from Shepherd’s Bush
5. small piece for Christmas exchange (precise item is a secret!)
6. Santa – needlepoint canvas by Leigh Walker and stitch guide/instruction by JaneAnn Sleeman
7. Canvas Stitch Alphabet Sampler – needlepoint design by Light House Designs
8. Blackwork Band Sampler – blackwork design by Rae Iverson
9. Honeycomb pin cushion – backstitch and stumpwork piece from Stitcher’s World Magazine
10. Do the Right Thing – cross stitch design by Lizzie Kate
Wish me luck on completing my list!
I made this cute piece for my sister for Christmas. It’s “Sisters + Friends” from The Drawn Thread. It was a fast and easy stitch, and I got to try some nice finishing for it. It’s finished with a ladder stitch to a fabric backing.
I have done some sort of needlework since I was 10 years old, with the most prolific period for me being in my twenties. It was B.C. (before children), and I was early in my marriage and career. I belonged to the Monticello Needlearts Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America (even President for a year or two), and I enjoyed many different techniques. But once I had two children, my pace of stitching slowed substantially. Between working full time and raising two kids, there just wasn’t the time or energy at the end of the day.
Now, however, I have two teenagers who are pretty independent. With our move to Florida in autumn of 2017, one earning her driver’s license, and one having school and activities a short bike ride away, I suddenly had unexpected time on my hands. Around this same time, the National EGA began their EGA Stitch-a-long Facebook group. I joined and lurked that group for a time, but the bug hit me again, and soon I found myself rejoining EGA as a member-at-large. It was time to get stitching again!!!
After a few months as member-at-large, I started looking at the local EGA group. I found their Facebook group, went to one meeting, found the group super friendly and welcoming, and I soon transferred my membership to DuClay Chapter of the EGA. Between the national stitch-a-long group and stitching with my local chapter at least twice a month, I have refound my love of all things needlework.
With that, I am going to try to re-start this blog, focusing mainly on needlework and maybe other crafts here and there. I have *many* past pieces that I have not yet posted, so I will go back and post those in the coming months.
I hope that you enjoy what you see!
Yours in stitching,