Comments: There is a little story about these two sachets. First of all, I need to mention that my friend Terry who lives in England stitched them both.
Here is what happened. Terry stitched the first sachet (the little purple one above) and mailed it to me on December 13/2010 for this past Christmas. She was obviously running a tad late and we both wondering what was going to happen.
We have been sending each other things for years and it normally takes from 7 to 8 days to reach us, no matter which direction it is going.
I kept checking my mailbox and there was never anything from England. Days went by followed by weeks and still nothing. We were both starting to think that it was lost and it would never arrive. After a while Terry said to me, I am going to stitch you another one. I kept telling her "wait a bit more, we just never know". Without telling me she started a second one and she decided to change the colors a bit just in case the first one would arrive. She did not want me to have two exactly the same. She mailed that second one on February 1st, 2011.
On February 7th 2011, the first one arrived as if nothing had happened (Dec 13 - Feb 7). It took almost 2 months for the first gift to reach me.
I had talked with my mailman about the parcel not arriving and he said I was not the first one to mention something like that to him but he had not seen it and I believed him. It just happened that my husband was outside the day that the parcel from England arrived and the mailman asked my husband if that was the parcel I was waiting for. He told him "I think this is it".
My husband came back inside with the mail and I then saw something from England. I looked at him in total disbelief as I knew instantly that this was the long lost parcel. I rushed to tell Terry it had arrived but before saying anything, I told her that she better sit down first. We were both in shock but quite happy.
When I told Terry about it the second sachet had already been shipped on February 1st. We were both wondering if we would be luckier the second time around. It arrived on February 26 (Feb 7 - 26), so it took about 3 weeks to reach me.
On the other hand, everything I mailed to her continued to take about 7 to 8 days, so the problem were on my side, not hers. I had the same problem with the Australian magazine Inspiration that was held at US Customs for the longest time. My feeling is that Customs were inspecting everything more closely, perhaps due to higher security concerns during that time and a backlog was thus created. Just speculations from my part as I will probably never know for sure.
Whatever the reason(s), I am now the proud owner of two lovely little floral fantasy sachets (big grin)
This is the second little sachet
Here is a photo of them together, one was done using 18 count canvas
Comments: The first photo above shows the finished product including both the stitching and finishing. I even went the extra mile and added a few pieces of jewelry in order to better showcase the little jewelry case.
This was actually an impulse purchase. When I saw the design with the already chosen threads for it (sparkling), to me this looked like the perfect little traveling jewelry case. I purchased that little cutie from Pat's Stitching Destashing blog. The original owner of this project had already selected the perfect threads for it, threads from a company that I was totally unawared of before, the Renaissance Designs company and I must say that I love their metallic threads. Isn't just great when you discover something new, new to you anyway? If you want to see the different kinds of threads once on the website, you need to "Select a Category" and then you can see the different colors that they offer.
On the photo above, you can see Lee's painted canvas BJ05 with the threads that had been selected by the previous owner together with Lee's jewelry case.
Photo taken after I have completed the stitching part of it.
For those of you who may be wondering what the inside of the jewelry case looks like, I thought of taking a photo for you.
This is just another photo of the jewelry case. You can see two little jewelry separators so that you can have multiple levels and there is also a little leather strap with a snap inside the cover where you can hang some jewelry. This is very well made actually and quite practical, mostly if you are traveling and you want to bring just a few pieces of jewelry with you.
When I started this photoblog format a little over a year ago, I thought this was a great idea. Having each project in one single post. No more having to go through lots of posts in order to find everything connected with one particular project so that the entire project could be seen at a glance. What is not to like about that?
I still think it was/is a great idea, but and there is a big "but" here, just because there are so many limitations with this format, as must be obvious to all of you and should have been obvious to me too, if I had given it sufficient thought at the time. Oh well ....
I thought about it and I don't think that it is a great idea for me to change the format of my photoblog midway, so I have decided to keep it going as it is, by continuing to update it regularly with any new finished projects and to just start a new blog, which I just did and I have called it "My Stitching World". I love new beginnings with all its possibilities.
Here is the link for my new blog and I have just posted my first post a little while ago telling you a bit how I see things to come and I hope you will join me. Hope to see you all there!
This is another series that I thought would be useful to be able to see them all in one place.
The Dodecagon Series consists of twelve 12-sided designs each five inches in diameter and all uniformly shaped that were created by Jim Wurth of Wurthwhile Stitching.
Like I have done for such similar group postings before, there will be a link under each photograph so that if you are interested in reading more about one individual ornament and/or see additional photos, all you have to do is click on the link under each individual photo and it will bring you to the original posting.
Since I know how well these ornaments have been popular I am including herewith all the necessary information so that if you are interested in stitching them, you will know who to contact.
(Before I go any further I would like to mention that I have absolutely no vested interest in this designer or any other designers mentioned on my blog - I only do this in order to help both designers and stitchers)
Jim Wurth email address is as follows and he can be contacted at this address: JWurth@msn.com
Jim has a Yahoo group that has been created expressly for the Dodecagon Ornament Series and Jim is there to answer questions, but this is not an online class. Link for Jim's Dodecagon Ornament Series Yahoo group is here
Now for those of you who are wondering where these ornaments are being sold, here is a bit of information for you all.
There is one needlepoint shop that exclusively sells these designs and it is Threadneedle Street located in California and here are the contact details in case some of you might be interested:
Marianne Bergson, Owner
75-645 Dempsey Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
I was thinking the other day, an activity that sometimes can be dangerous to my own health, that it might be quite interesting to be able to see all the Glitzy Stitching Accessories that Carole Lake designed some years back together in one single place and not have to hunt them down here and there on my blog.
Under each stitching accessory I will give you the link where the original posting has been made so that if you want to know a bit more about each one or see additional photos, all you have to do is click on the link and presto you will be there.
This is an online class I took with Carole many years ago, at a time when there were not that many classes on the internet, unlike today when we have lots and lots of options available to us. For clarification purposes, I did not take that class because there was not anything else available to me at the time as I would have taken it no matter what. There was also a very strong incentive at the time for learning how to do the finishing. I must say that I have learned quite a bit with that series and even today I often refer to the instruction when I find myself in a special spot of bother and just can't remember exactly how I did this or that.
The only change I made with this project is a change of threads and canvas colors. Carole used reds and blues mainly for her Glitzy Stitching Accessories and I am rather partial to colors like coppers, gold and blue/greens, so when I went shopping I checked to see what was available in those colors.
I was wondering what I could add to my blog for this Valentine as I have not stitched any new hearts lately and thought it could be fun to see the few hearts I have stitched so far all in one place.
I have a couple that are useful to my stitching and a couple that are just decorative.
The pink heart above is called Victorian Heart Pincushion and as his name implies it is a lovely pincushion. I must confessed though that even if it could be something to stitck needles in, I find it too lovely to do so and have so far kept it as a little decoration.
Comments: When I was looking for something useful and pretty to make for a friend of mine, the idea of a bookmark came to mind since she loves to read when she is not stitching, cooking, gardening, working and so on. Once I had decided on a bookmark for her, my next decision was what to stitch on it. I then remembered a little fabric envelope that I had stitched a while back with the cute little flowers, which seemed perfect.
For those who may be wondering what is the title of the book below, it is called "Embroideries from an English Garden by Carol Andrews" (projects and techniques in surface embroidery). I have not yet stitched anything from that book, but it is definitely on my list of things that I want to stitch. There is no connection between my little bookmark and the book. It just happened to be close by when I took the bookmark photo and the colors went well together (big grin).
Making this little bookmark gave me additional ideas for adapting Brenda Ryan design to other little projects.
I have received more thread from Orna Willis on January 27/2011 and I was able to find some time today to finish this needlecase.
I have decided that I will use this needlecase for my current projects. I have divided the inside in 4 sections, so I can put needles for 4 current projects as long as I identified each section correctly, I should be in business. If not, well, I will be in trouble (grinning).
Comments: Yesterday I thought that I could do this little project as there is really not a lot of work involved before ending up with a lovely needlecase, but life would not have it this way as that would have been way too easy. I ran out of the yellow/golden thread that was included in the kit, as you can see in the photo. I was stitching and hoping against all hope that somehow the thread would be long enough for me to go around the design. I am sure that lots of you have been there, stitching faster and faster as if by doing that you would have enough thread to complete the project.
I just feel frustrated these days as no matter what I want to do, something happens that makes me stop cold in my tracks.
An example of that just to show you what has been happening and you can multiply this example many times over.
Months and months ago I ordered some fabric from a stitching shop - Belfast 32 count, Light Terra Cotta for an EGA CyberPointers project that I was interested in making - A Punto Antico Biscornu pincushion designed by one of our members, Jeanine Robertson of Canada.
Well the shop had to order the fabric from Germany, if my recollections are correct, and through no fault of the shop, it took forever before the company shipped that particular fabric to them and I just got it in the mail two days ago. I almost fainted from shock. I thought, well after waiting all this time for this fabric, I will get the thread and work on it right away.
So, filled with excitement I immediately proceeded to look at my DMC floss color charts in order to find the "perfect" color to go with the fabric. I found it too: DMC 3777, so my next step was to go online to order some DMC Perle #8 and #12 of that color only to discover that DMC just don't make that color for Perle. Frustration!
I said OK let's go see if I can find a similar color with Anchor Perle, only to end up with the same feeling. Frustration! ...........
and my frustration list goes on and on. There must be some bad Karma surrounding me these days.
Anyway, coming back to Orna's needlecase, I have written to her yesterday afternoon about it, so I should soon hear back from her and the project will eventually be completed and all will be well with the world, or will it????
(Photo borrowed from Orna's site)
I love these colors but they were not available when I purchased my kit.
Looks like the canvas is blue from the photo - gorgeous!