Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I cannot believe it is already the end of October.  Where did the year go?  And I haven't blogged since January! Whoops! :o)

I have been stitching a lot, but not finishing anything. That means I have been making lots of new beginnings, which I am so good at!  I am actually concentrating on three projects right now, so I thought I would post pictures of what I am working on.

I went to EGA's national seminar in September, and was able to take a class with Jane Nicholas, who is one of my all time favorite embroidery designers.  She specializes in stumpwork.  The class I took with her is called Wild Pea and Longhorn Moth.  I just love it, and it is going to have the honor of being the very first seminar piece that I finish! :o)

Here is where I am at now:

These are parts of the main flower waiting to be attached and the other pea pod I have started:

And these are leaves that are ready to be attached:

The pretty ribbon will be the border around the piece.  Jane had us do a little practice piece so we would remember how to do it when the time came to add the border.  I HOPE I remember, anyways! :o)

I am working on my very first Heaven and Earth Design, called All Hallow's Eve (click if you would like to see it).  It is one of their freebies.  The following represents a couple of weeks worth of work.  What you are seeing is the beginning of the moon.  I very naively thought I would have this finished before Halloween.  Not! :o)

And finally, I have also been working on a piece from an online Gay Ann Rogers class I took, called Echoes of Elizabeth Sewing Case.  Here is where I am now; this is the front and back of the case.  I still have to stitch the inside of the case.

I have a sad tale to go with my needle case. :o(  Last night I started putting the beads on the side where you see the rectangle bead and the two little pearls.  To me, beading on my needlework is like icing on the cake.  It is my favorite part!  So I start putting my beads on, sitting on the couch in my stitching nest, with my bead tray on a TV tray beside me.  I lean over to tend to a dog, my knee hits the TV tray, and bead tray and pearls go flying.  I let out a shriek that would raise the dead and scared my poor husband.  So I'm fussing, swearing, wringing hands, and lamenting, on my hands and knees searching for my pearls.  I find all but one.  One lone, lost little pearl.  I swept the whole floor, I moved furniture, I picked up the rug, I patted down pearl.  And of course this was a kit and I had only 8 pearls of this size, no spares.  So I will be making a trip to our bead store to see if I can find one to match.  If not, I will be figuring out another arrangement of my pearls. :o(

Well, I hope you all have had a Happy Halloween!  I will leave you with a photo of the Witch in residence at my house.