Stitch From Stash – March Check In

I cannot believe that March is over.  And I haven’t posted as I intended!  Oh well, April is another month.

Time to check in for the Stitch From Stash challenge hosted by Mel of Epic Stitching.  I have done very well!  No purchases this month, AND a finish!  Free pattern, and everything from my stash.

My March report:

Carry Forward from February 35.14
Budget for March 25.00
Item finished from stash 8.00
Fabric 0.00
Thread 0.00
Patterns 0.00
Kits 0.00
Books 0.00
Total Spent 0.00
Balance Forward to April 68.14

I finished the January flower, “Carnation,” a free pattern from Ellen Maurer-Stroh’s flower of the month seriesAlyssa Feller of Brownie’s Chair is hosting a SAL of this series.  I’m not managing a flower a month though, I think it will be a flower a quarter for me. lol

The fabric is a very pretty overdyed 28 count linen, soft greys and grey-greens.  It made me think of our cold, grey January weather, and that is why I used it.  I have no idea where I got it. :o)  I’m not sure how I will finish it yet.

February Stitch From Stash Check In

Two months into the year, and I’m doing well stitching from my stash.  I have been tempted a lot, but I have been strong.

Here is my SFS February Report:

Carry Forward from January 25.00
Budget for February 25.00
Fabric 0.00
Thread 0.00
Patterns 0.00
Kits 0.00
Books 14.86
Total Spent 14.86
Balance Forward to March 35.14

My purchase this month was a book.  I pre-ordered Trish Burr’s new book Miniature Needle Painting Embroidery back in December, and it came last week.  I’m so excited!  She is one of my favorite designers and teachers, and I have all her books.  I can’t wait to try my hand at some tiny needle painting.

I have been making time to stitch every morning, and I will post photos of my progress this weekend.

Smalls SAL

I am participating in Stitching Lotus’ Smalls SAL, where you stitch one small piece each month. So here is my small for January.

It will be a little Halloween ornament for my Halloween tree at work. This is also my Halloween ornament for the Halloween Ornie SAL.

I love spiders, and I will confess that I allow them to live in my house. So although the cobwebs in the corners may make you think that I am a sloppy or indifferent housekeeper (which I probably am, but that is beside the point), it is really because I am a most hospitable spider hostess. So when I saw the little spider nestling on the witch hat, I just had to stitch him!

Hermitting Weekend and TUSAL

Both my hermitting and TUSAL posts are just a little late. I don’t know where the week went to! And how is January almost over? It seems like it just started!

The January IHSW, or International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, took place on the weekend of the 16th. I threw in Monday the 19th also, because that was a work holiday for me. I pulled out my Chatelaine Herbularius to work on.  I had not touched that piece since 2012 when the class was running, and let me tell you, I was just a tad bit intimidated when I pulled out all those charts and all those threads, to try to figure out where I left off 3 years ago. lol  It took me a few minutes, but I soon got my Herbie groove back on. I finished the four lotus pads and leaves, and now they are awaiting the center and the bead.

I finished that on Sunday, so I pulled out my Elizabeth designed by Gay Ann Rogers.  Gay Ann issued us a challenge to start working on our Elizabeths for at least 10 minutes a day. I did that last week. Here is my photo of her when I pulled her out. No progress pic yet! :o)

And finally, my TUSAL photo. TUSAL stands for “Totally Useless Stitch Along,” and for this we save our orts from new moon to new moon as a different way to see our stitching progress.  So here are my orts as of the new moon on January 20.

Happy Stitching!

Grow Your Blog!

Welcome to my little corner of the blog party! I am participating in the Grow Your Blog event, facilitated by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. We are all having one big Blog Party, visiting and getting to know other bloggers around the world.

My name is Lisa, and I live in Pelahatchie, Mississippi.  It is quite a picturesque little town about 30 miles from Jackson, the capitol of Mississippi.  Its claim to fame is the annual Muscadine Jubilee held every summer.  And if you don’t know what muscadines are, may I just say – Muscadine Wine!  Mmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!  Okay, anyways, where was I before I got distracted by the wine?

Oh yes, I live in Pelahatchie, well, actually about 7 miles outside of Pelahatchie in the lovely Mississippi countryside, on my Pelahatchie Spread.

Next to me is a horse rescue. I really enjoy watching the horses. They come looking very sad, neglected, and malnourished, and soon are looking fat, happy, and sassy.  The owners of the rescue bring them back to health, work with them, and then find them new homes.  This past summer they had a mare that gave birth, and the little foal was just such a delight to watch, frisking around his mom and auntie, both of whom were very patient with his antics.

I love to piddle around with gardening. I always get the garden itch around the end of February, and plant a ton of stuff which I lovingly tend every day. Every day, that is, until the temperature reaches about 95 and the humidity gets to about 195; then I’m done. So basically I garden during March, April and May.

My little rose garden, bedded down for winter. Come back for the spring glory!

I am a hand drummer. I started drumming in 1990 on the frame drum, going to Native American style drum circles. Then I discovered and was taken over by the djembe in 2012. The djembe is a west African hand drum, and it is a very powerful drum indeed! I often say that all I wanted to do was to learn to play the djembe, but the djembe had another plan. I have since then apprenticed myself to a Djembefola, a Master Drummer, and I have been learning not just how to play the traditional djembe rhythms, but how to skin a drum (yuck), how to rope and tune the drum (very hard), and how to feed my drum. I also co-facilitate a drum circle with my djembe mentor and partner.  Come back and visit, and I will tell you more of my lovely djembe drum and our adventures together.

My drum is the one on the left with yellow rope.

My other love is needlework. That had been the focus of my life until the djembe came. The name of my blog, Wyrd Needles, has its roots in the Norse mythology of the Norns, the three goddesses who weave the fates of gods and men. Fiber and fabric have been a part of my life since I was 10, when a friend of my mother gave me my first sewing machine, an old singer treadle. I would give my eye-teeth to still have that machine! And so, I look at life through the eyes of my needles, and stitch away. I sew, quilt, knit, crochet, and embroider. I love all forms of embroidery, both counted and non-counted, and you will rarely see me without a piece of embroidery close to hand. I even keep a small, on-the-go project in my purse, just in case I have five minutes when my hands aren’t busy doing something else.

Current purse project (Did I mention I carry a huge purse?)

 I have one daughter, a beautiful young woman-child who lives too far from me in Kentucky. She is finishing up her graphic arts designer degree at the University of Louisville. She paints, sculpts, draws, and does really cool graphic art. She is also a gamer, and goes to all of the ComiCons she can get her little body to. I am so proud of her I could just burst.

I support my drum and fiber addictions by working as an accountant in the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration. Because I am an accountant with an artistic personality (believe me, not many of us out there lol), my working papers are always much more colorful than my counterparts. I once worked at a CPA firm who had to make it a part of their procedures that only red, black and blue could be used on working papers, because my papers were graced with not only those colors, but pink, purple, green, orange, magenta, aqua, sparkly silver, flashy gold…well, I guess you get the picture. I didn’t stay long at that stuffy place.  I enjoy working for the State because they don’t care what colors I put on things, as long as said things get done.

Okay, that is me in a nutshell. I hope you will come back and visit with me again.

American Needlepoint Guild 2015 Stitch of the Month

The American Needlepoint Guild has a free eduction program they call Stitch of the Month. A different designer does a year long project each year, and there have been some really nice projects! I confess, I have several in my stash as UFOs. :o)

They just put up the first post in the 2015 project, and I love it! I didn’t mean to look, because I don’t really need another project, but oh, it is just so pretty! A three dimensional water lily blossom! Check it out:

I think I already have my first adjustment to my 2015 stitching plans. lol 

Want to join the fun? Here is the link to the ANG 2015 Stitch of the month – January.  And here is the directory to all of the ANG stitch of the month projects.  And if you don’t know anything about ANG, I highly encourage you to look around their website.  I am a member, and I think they are a great organization.

2015 Stitching Plans

I have my 2015 stitching plans ready to go! Of course, all my plans are subject to change on a whim and at any moment. :o)

I have picked nine WIPs/UFOs to work on.

1. My oldest UFO – I was horrified when I calculated how old it is. I started it when I was about 12 or 13, so it is….gasp….someone get me some smelling salts….40 years old. Ack! How am I old enough to have a UFO that old???????  It is one of those old Aunt Martha patterns, and it has a companion mushroom piece that I never started. Wanna finish this one!

2. Here is one that is sooooo close to being finished – a Jane Nicholas stumpwork piece that was a class at an EGA seminar. It is called Wildpea and Long Horn Moth, and I just have to attach the wired pieces. I wanna finish this one too!

3. This is a Rosashi piece, which is Japanese needlepoint, called Plum Blossoms. Just that bit of background to go, and I wanna finish this one is 2015 too!

4. Halloween House is a piece I started a couple of years ago. Not too much left to do, and I would love to finish this one before Halloween. :o)

5. And my current WIP that I have been working on, Things Unseen.

6. My Chatelaine in progress, Herbularius.

7. Pumpkin Patch Farm

8. Blue Jeans & Daisies

9. Frosty Forest, I’m still on the first one.

And then there are three SALs that involve new starts, well, a new start each month actually. :o)

1. The Flower of the Month SAL hosted by Brownie’s Chair.  We will be stitching the free flower of the month designs by EMS Designs.

2. The Hallowe’en Ornie SAL. We will be stitching a Halloween ornament a month, and we have themes each month. January is a witch, and I already have my pattern picked out.

3. The Oh Stitch! SAL I found on facebook. We will be stitching something each month that is inspired by that month, so it will be a stitched journal of the year. I think that is such a cool idea! Several motifs for January are floating around in my head.

Those are my very ambitious stitching plans for the year.  I will be participating in the following groups which aren’t really SALs in the sense of everyone stitching the same piece, but rather different ways to look at my stitching accomplishments during the year.

Stitch from Stash, hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching. Budget, budget, budget! We have to stick within a monthly budget and use up our stash.

 TUSAL – Totally Useless SAL, hosted by Daffycat. She hasn’t set up the signups for 2015 yet, but on the new moon you post a photo of your orts.

The Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus. The goal is to stitch a small each month and post a photo by the end of the month.

The Turtle Trot hosted by BAP attack. You pick 10 WIPs to work on during the year and post a progress photo on the 10th of each month.

And the WIPocalypse hosted by Measi. You pick the pieces your want to make progress on, and post progress photos on the full moon. She also has monthly topics to post about.

So here I go! Happy 2015 Stitching!

December IHSW

I made a special effort to spend time with my wyrd needles for this IHSW weekend. For those who don’t know, IHSW stands for International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, and it is a time you give yourself permission to spend as much time as you choose to with your needles.

So this weekend I sewed a pair of pants and worked on Lizzie Kate’s Things Unseen Mystery Sampler while watching old Dark Shadows from Netflix. I don’t have a before photo, but here is where I left it off last night.

I also gave myself permission to spend a couple of hours reading Anne Bolyn by Evelyn Anthony. I just love historical novels, and the Tudors fascinate me. Next on my reading list is Mists of Avalon.

All in all, it was a very relaxing weekend!

Long time!

It has been a long time since I last posted! So much has happened in my life, 2012 seems very far away now.

I got a divorce and moved out to a little town about 30 minutes from Jackson in 2013. The divorce turned me inside out and upside down, even though I am the one who wanted it. The death of a 30 year marriage just isn’t easy, even though it was dying before I asked for the divorce. But I am much better now, I know this because I have picked my wyrd needles back up.

My first expression of my creativity brought back to life is my Autumn Earth Mama. Fall is my favorite time of year, and the colors of the changing leaves always inspire me, making me itch it translate them into fiber. So I pulled out my fabrics, and She was born. And I felt like I was reborn at the same time.

I then volunteered to pilot a stumpwork class for EGA. I am steadily working my way through the lessons, and it is a very good class. I am thoroughly enjoying it! Here are a couple of little samplers of some basic stumpwork motifs from the first and second lesson.

 Tomorrow, my results from my IHSW!