Long time, no post! I’ve been stitching away for the past month, but nothing is ready to show off yet.
First, an “interspecies” thread exchange. My pal Knitika agreed to knit a pair of her lovely handwarmers for me. In exchange, I’m giving her a completely useless Hardanger centerpiece. I think I’m getting the better part of the bargain in this exchange.
It’s a simple pattern, but the edge proved to be a little tricky. Working on it caused my fingers to stiffen and become sore, so I could only stitch on it just a little, every other day or so. That slowed the progress down considerably, much to my frustration. But I finally finished the edge on Monday, and the rest of the surface stitches are flying along painlessly, so I hope I can have this finished soon.
While I was picking away at the centerpiece edge, my materials kit arrived for the class I’m taking from the Northwest Sampler Guild. This is the Blue Ribbon Sewing Box, taught by Sherri Jones of Patrick’s Woods. Here’s a photo from the class page:
Isn’t it gorgeous? Hopefully mine will look something like it. We’ll get the cherry wood box and scrimshaw pieces at the class. Meanwhile I’m doing my homework and stitching up the slip pockets and smalls:
Last, my brother mentioned that his wife “really likes those pincushion things you make” and suggested that I make her one for her upcoming birthday. I’ll show it off properly next week, but for now here’s a glimpse at the birthday biscornu:
Other bits and pieces include: amusing Thing Two with more Button-up Birdies (stitched, not finished), Crazy January Challenge projects (but nothing significant to show yet) and another pair of peacocks is almost complete. Lots of nearlys and almosts!