Friday, July 25, 2014

Secret Stitcher



I belong to EAC Virtual Threads, the new online chapter of The Embroiderers' Association of Canada, and one of the activities we have is a Secret Stitcher Exchange.  Everyone who was interested signed up to send monthly cards or packages along with something a little special for birthdays and Christmas.  The names were switched out and no one knows who has their name but every month they get little surprises in the mail.  It has turned out to be great fun!  I just received a birthday gift from my Secret Stitcher and just had to share!  My two favourite flowers are pansies and sweet peas so this was perfect!  Isn't the pincushion sweet!?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Peggy's TAST Piece

I mentioned the EAC online auction in a previous post and I managed to snag a couple items in it.  The one I am most pleased with is a panel of Peggy Kimble's TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday)  samples!  Peggy is a wonderful stitcher.  I simply have to share some photos of the piece!

I had to take several photos in order to show you the whole thing but this way I can label each section with the TAST stitches Peggy used so that works out all right!  The first section above, is labelled on the back Wheat Ear and Crossen Buttonhole.
This section covers half chevron and bullion knots.
Butterfly Chain, Knotted Cretan, Catchup - used previous stitches.
Buttonhole Wheel, Cable Chain
Palestrina Knot, Bonnet Stitch

I hope that by clicking on the photos they are large enough for you to see the wonderful stitching on this panel - it is a real inspiration!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stitching at the Stampede!

I finally got a break from gardening and yard work long enough to go down to the grounds of The Calgary Stampede and spend the day stitching with other members of The Calgary Guild of Needle & Fibre Arts.
That is me on the far left - as you can see all the time in the sun this summer is bleaching my hair out.  Also stitching in this photo is Rhonda.
(from right to left:  Jackie, Jenn & Linda)
Although most of us don long aprons provided by the Stampede so that we fit the timeframe the Heritage Cabin represents, one of our members (Jenn in the center) made her own costume. It was very authentic and simply gorgeous!  I wanted to catch the shape of the dress in the photo and so I called out to her here: "Give me some bustle!"  This brought guffaws from the young male tourists coming up the steps to the cabinand a big smile from Jenn!
This is a great opportunity to watch the Stampede activities pass by, sit and stitch.  We visit with the tourists, many of whom are curious about what we are doing.  We answer questions about stitching and, of course, manage to promote our chapter to the local attendees.  Lots of fun but once my shift was over and I got out onto the grounds, the crowds and heat were a bit much for this country girl!
I am happy I got some stitching done though, working on a denim crazy quilt cushion cover for my daughter, designed to remind her of her trip to Brazil last summer.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Auction of Stitch Items Online!


I have been a bad blogger - still working like heck on my garden every waking hour instead - but wanted to let you know about this auction online right now by Embroiderers' Association of Canada. There is even a stash package (above) that would be great for crazy quilting!



 I have one item in there I hope will bring in a few dollars for EAC.  You can see the details on the photo above.  It is a piece of vintage caribou hair tufting, a Canadian First Nations fibre art form.

This piece is still in its original frame with the documentation on the back from The Arctic Trading Company.
Pretty neat stuff!  A piece of history for your fibre art collection!  And it is going for a bargain price as well!
Here are a couple more samples of what is up for bid.



There are lots of other items too - you will have to check it out at the auction.  Don't delay though - bidding closes on June 29th!  

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Something Neat!

I try to keep the subject of my blog to stitching and not delve too often into other things but this was too neat not to share, even though I posted about gardening last time.  I was weeding the badly neglected flower bed today and found a nest in the potentilla bush.which in itself was kind of amazing since it is only about a foot off the ground!
 Look closer through and you will see three robins eggs and two cowbird eggs.  Cowbirds are a common prairie bird of medium size, black with brown heads, and are nest parasites.  They lay their eggs in another bird's nest and leave them for the unsuspecting bird, in this case a robin, to raise, often with disastrous results for the nesting birds and their offspring.  

I knew about this phenomenon but I had never seen it for myself before and it was such a neat find I had to share it.  Nature works in mysterious ways!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Why Haven't I Been Stitching?

I haven't stitched or posted in a week and it is because with it being spring and all, I have been out in the garden.  Actually, with having worked away the last seven years for the four summer months each year, the garden has gone to rack and ruin!  My poor husband had so much on his plate with me away and the long work hours the warm weather brings, most of the garden had come completely to grass and weeds - some of which were taller than me!
 My tomato and pepper plants are in now and happy in their spot.

 I have managed to get quite a bit of the garden rototilled and raked so far.

 My husband has built some new frames for some of the beds.

Bringing a garden back from the edge like this is almost like starting a new garden entirely and it has the same excitement.  Some of the permanent plants, like the Saskatoon berries and the asparagus bed survived but just need some TLC to bring them back to health.  The rhubarb plant actually died - I didn't think it was possible to kill a rhubarb!  My strawberry patch was choked out by grass and needs to be replanted and I want to get a new rhubarb and some raspberry canes in as well.

 Sadly enough, this is my asparagus patch.

 These are my poor neglected Saskatoon bushes.

 Believe it or not, this used to be a nice productive strawberry patch!

Once the veggie garden is all brought back to life, I can start on the flowers.  To show you how much work I have ahead of me, this was a lovely flower bed, full of perennials - columbines, lilies, delphinium, etc.  So much to do!!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Canvas Candy Bowl Finished!

 I am patting myself of the back for finishing up the canvas candy bowl last night - I hate the finishing part of projects.  Once the stitching is done I am usually finished but here this is - completed!
It looks a little wonky from the side but shows it's functionality as a candy or whatnot dish.  Here it is from above so you can see how lovely the design is.  So much fun to stitch!
Thank you to Carol Storie of Heartfelt Designs for designing this wonderful piece.  To check out this and other the other author-owned Group Correspondence Courses available, check out the EAC website here.