Sunday, December 4, 2011

Another busy week

Last week started out quite nice. Mom and I braved the crowds of shoppers on Saturday evening (November 26th) and went to Hobby Lobby and JoAnns. She was looking for some books on thread crochet and I was after some flosses on sale. She found her book, and I got my flosses, plus this book that was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

I can't tell you how many times I've picked this book up and put it down again.  You see, I'm not really ever going to make any of the pincushions they show, even though some of the ideas are really cute.  I liked some of the stitching designs that were in the book, especially the pansies.  But the book was too much for the few patterns that I did like.  However, the price of the book on clearance.  Totally worth it!

I have decided to go ahead and stitch up little Christmas things in December.  So I rummaged through my stash and came up with half a dozen possibilites.  I started with a little scissor fab kit that I got from Shepherds Bush some time ago.  It didn't take too much time to get it all stitched up.  I just need to take it downstairs and run it through the sewing machine and I'll be just about done.

There is the bit about attaching the ribbon with beads and what not, but I'm sure that won't take too long.  At least, I hope not.  With this little piece all but done, I looked at my selected projects and decided the next one to work on will be the Merry Fifteen Christmas biscornu that I bought a couple of years ago as well.  I decided to start on the red fabric, as it seemed the most difficult to work with, it being so dark in color.  I've started in on the borders, but only the green bit is showing up in pictures.  I seem to have forgotten to pick up some B5200 at JoAnns, so need to go back and get a skein.

That's just part of the pattern showing up behind my fabric...  Here are the other things that I picked out to work on in December.  I don't think I'll get to them all, but I can certainly try!

Clockwise from upper left is: Be Merry by Shepherds Bush, Christmas Tree scissor fob by The Victoria Sampler (from the 2010 JCS ornament book.), Fa La La from Lizzie*Kate, and This is Christmas by Raise the Roof Designs.  I already have the fabric and floss for each of these, so I can pretty much start one when-ever I feel like it... Or as soon as I complete the 15 sided biscornu.  I think on these things, it's going to be a one project at a time kind of deal.

Since December has become Christmas Stitching month, I decided to take Christmas ABC's to work and have it be my at work project.  I don't know if I'm getting ay more done on it than I was at home, but I do know it's getting a little bit of attention each day.  Here is where I finished off on Friday.

I don't have much to show from Hardanger Class on Tuesday.  The instuctor liked my little ornament, and I'm supposed to be working on a buttonhole stitch edging.  I would rather work on my other christmas stitching, and so that's what i've been doing.  As you can see, I did start to mark off the middle of the blocks for calculating a scalloped border, but... I'd rather work on other stuff...

While at the shop for class, I wandered upstairs to the bargain 'basement' and picked up a couple of cute L*K designs that were 50% off.  Not bad.  Up on the woof top just cracks me up.

We were given some white fabric and another homework assignment at hardanger class.  I flipped through all my books here at home and didn't find anything that really spoke to me.  So I started looking for some things online to see what I could see.  Of course, I found some wonderful stuff at 123 Stitch.  I decided on the Pansy Sampler from The Victoria Sampler to stitch on the white fabric... And since I was putting in an order, I decided on a couple more pansy patterns to add to the dream boxes.

I did some counting with the white fabric we were given and my pansy sampler stuff is just a bit to wide to fit on it.  Hmmm... I'm going to have to modify, or get new fabric.  After talking to LMS who did start working on the white fabric, I'm thinking it'll be new fabric and LMS hates the stuff we were given to work on.

When I stopped by 123 Stitch to pick up my order, the ladies had patterns and what not all over the office.  I said that they looked very busy, and they told me that they were going to be having a sale on Friday and Saturday.  "Really?! A sale where I can come and wander around the warehouse like it's a retail store!?"  Yes they said. From 8 am to 5 pm on Friday (December 2nd), and 8 am to Noon on Saturday (December 3rd).  "Noooooooo!"  The time that I had free and could go look at everything would have been after noon on Saturday!

I worked some on my Heirloom Nativity sampler today.  Mostly added confetti stitched snow.  It doesn't really show up on the picture, but it is there.

Hugs and Stitches,


cucki said...

aww i love the pin cushion book so much..i collect pin cushion..the one you making it is so cute..
beautiful stitching and lovely stash
hugs cucki xx

Mangogirl said...

that pin cushion book looks lovely. I like your hardanger project, thise pansiesa are such a gorgeous colour.