Monday, January 9, 2017

2017 Has Begun

2017 has begun and brought all kinds of new projects to try.  Quinte Needlearts Guild has an interesting program for spring and I have jumped in with both feet and no life preserver.

The first item is a Mystery Round Robin.  We each received material, floss, and Part 1 of the pattern, when completed at the beginning of each month, we will send our stitched piece to the next person and receive Part 2 of the pattern.  This will continue for 6 months and nobody will know what the finished piece will look like until everyone has received Part 6.  Its a new twist on Round Robins but makes it very interesting.

Next I signed up for a felt applique course.  Sometimes it is good to step outside the box and see what others are interested in.  We had several choices of projects, mug mat, small bag, or a trivet.  I am thinking mine will be a table runner at this point in time.  Or I just might make it my challenge piece for EAC Seminar in Nfld.  We shall see.  No photo yet.

Joan Reive, our local artist, brought in 8 large batik panels of butterflies and other things found in nature such as flowers etc.  I bought one of the panels and we are to embellish them with embroidery stitches, beads, ribbons etc. what ever you think will make the panel come alive.  So that is my 3rd new project for 2017.

I am still teaching part time and so I will be making a sample Valentine Runner for my student to follow as shown.  Well I think that covers everything for this week.  I am still knitting toques and sweaters for the grandchildren while waiting to hear on my courses for EAC 2017.  Its going to be a very good year.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 is coming to a close

2016 is rapidly coming to a close and along with it, many projects were completed this year.  I made 3 Swedish Weaving blankets, 2 pair of pillowcases, numerous clothes alterations, and made all my Christmas cards and ornaments.  Blink twice and we will be in 2017.

I have read many posts about how terrible 2016 was.  We should appreciate what we have in Canada, we could be trying to escape from a war torn country as a refugee.  We have a roof over our heads, a bed to sleep in and food on the table. 

My 2016 was filled with all kinds of adventures in the road of life.  I travelled to Toronto for the first time and met all kinds of wonderful people.  I completed a white needlework project from start to finish.  I am more relaxed these days and with less stress, my stomach rarely needs medication.   Some persons were left behind on this road and new people joined me on my journeys.  Its all a matter of perspective.  We said goodbye to my two cats who had reached the ends of their lives.  I miss them but my allergies are so much better.

I have organized events for our local stitchers and for 2017 have managed to acquire a room at the public library in Trenton, ON for all people interested in handwork such as stitching, knitting, crocheting and hand applique.  Come out and see what we are doing.

I worked on row x rows, taught students and have been busy in general.  I am living my life to the fullest of my ability.  2017 is already being planned with all kinds of adventures, one of which will be a trip to Newfoundland where I have never been.

Here are a few photos of some of the projects: hardanger, knitting toques, making angels, knitting baby socks, making table runners, stitching ornaments and doing fusible applique.