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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sashiko Progress and Drawstring Bags

As I told you here, I received this great gift of Sashiko supplies from my friend who now lives in Japan. She also has a GREAT blog on her life there which includes stitching.  Well I have been working on it and thought I'd show you some pictures.

First an overall of my progress:


Then a close up of my stitching.
I did a little bit of searching on google and I think this is the Asa-no-ha, Hemp leaf pattern.

Also last weekend I made 10 drawstring bags for Sampler Guild of the Rockies. I volunteered to make 10 and glad I did not volunteer to make more! I have never made them before, but following the directions that came with the fabric worked out fine. I do not have to put in the drawstring, just make the bag and here they are! I had to make two bags (2nd and 4th from the left) with fabric from my stash, but that is ok because I have plenty of Christmas fabric!
They are roughly 8 1/2 inches wide and maybe 14 inches tall.

That about covers it for now!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday is Quote Day

This week's quote:

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." --Robert Louis Steveson

Have a nice day and go plant some good seeds!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Birthdays are fun....

.....especially when spent with friends. I took yesterday off for my birthday and had lunch with 8 of my stitching friends - who even brought gifts! A great time was had by all! Then I went to my LNS and discovered you get 15% off on your birthday - nice. I then wandered around the antique shops, visited See's Candy shop and stopped at Kohls. Basically had a nice time.

But it all started off on Saturday when I received my Mail Art!!! It is a project being done though my Sampler Guild of the Rockies. Last spring if we wanted to participate, we filled out a form that had our interests, favorite colors, favorite designers, etc. along with the month and day of our birthday. The forms were then folded and we picked by the month we wanted to do the art. I picked a March birthday, and have until next March to get it done. My good friend Jean happened to pick my form and she mailed it and I got it on Saturday! Then, I could not decide if I should call her straight away, or just thank her in person when I saw her at lunch. So I waited until lunch and brought my beautiful mail art to show everyone.

Now I will show you all too!

Here is the front (name and address covered). Note the pretty stamp and hand cancellation by the post office. It was great fun hearing Jean tell us the reaction of the postal clerk that she wanted the stamp put there, then hand cancelled and then put in another envelope to mail. The scary part is she used the same post office I will to mail mine!

 Now the back (again address covered). Didn't she do a nice job with the angles and the motifs that show when closed??

Here it is opened, you can see the beautiful lining fabric and the pocket which had some packets of needles inside.
 
I am so pleased with my mail art there are no words to describe!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Monday is Quote Day


This week’s quote:

“Art includes everything that stimulates the desire to live.” – Remy de Gourmont

 So…who was Remy de Gourmont you may ask?
 
The online Encyclopedia Britannica says he was a French novelist, poet, playright and philosopher who lived from 1858 to 1915.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September TUSAL - Totally Useless Stitch A Long


Here is my September new moon TUSAL Ort report. First a photo of them in the jar followed by a photo of them out of the jar.



You see I was not a super busy stitcher this past month. Other things seemed to consume my time. That happens once in a while, but I have started back on my sampler and soon the holiday stitching will start so I need to get on the ball! 

If you are wondering what all the hoopla is over the Totally Useless Stitch A Long (TUSAL) go here for more information.

Happy Stitching!!!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friends & Sashiko Embroidery

I lived in Raleigh, NC for a number of years and made some GREAT needlework friends there and we still keep in touch via email or facebook or at seminars. Earlier this year one of those friends moved with her hubby to Japan!! She has a great blog about her experiences there and it is very fun to read. I recommend it highly. She does some GREAT stitching too!

She sent me the following for my birthday:

It is marked fabric, thread and needles for the Japanese technique called Sashiko. I remember her blogging bout it here and so lucky me can try it for myself! Her husband was in the states for a bit and she had him mail it from here - wasn't that smart of her? On her blog she also talked about a visit to Aeon where she found a needlework store and shows some of the Sashiko supplies for sale. Thanks again Pamela!!!! :) 

I feel very blessed to have the friends I do, and the ability to keep in touch through the internet - which is a good thing! 

Have a GREAT day all!!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Harikuyo Needlebook Revisited

Remember this??


Well Susan over at her blog "Plays with Needles" is thinking of doing another class in the near future, so if you are interested go to her blog post and check it out!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday is Quote Day

This week's quote:

"Anything becomes interesting if you look at it long enough." --Gustave Flaubert

This led me to wonder who Gustave was so a quick google search led me to this. Seems in 1857 he worte "Madame Bovery"  how shocking!

Enjoy!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Monday is Quote Day

Each Monday I thought I'd share a quote I like from my Day-Planner weekly calendar (or other sources). Here goes the first one:

"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day." -- Henry David Thoreau

Have a great day!!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

We have a WINNER!

I assigned everyone a number, all followers and each comment was given their own number. This totaled 130 (blogger thinks I have 131 followers, but I only see 128 and there were two comments).  Using the handy dandy random number generator I cam up with:


So..... this number was assigned to Michelle - Congratulations!!!! 


In the next few days, I will be contacting Michelle via email to give her the instructions on how to get her gift!

Happy Day All!!!!