Happy Spring ~ although you would not have guessed while I was in Denver and Fargo a few days go. Snow and freezing temps did not interfer with the fun. In fact the first few days in Denver I enjoyed the snow; it was a reason to stay inside to stitch, read, visit, cook and watch the snow fall gently to the ground – it was very calming. Although I couldn’t resist taking advantaage of this ‘photo op’ moment…The truth be told – someone else did all the clearing of the driveway…I only did a couple shovel fulls for that picturesque moment.
The Retreat was SO MUCH fun. We met several new attendees that have become immediate friends;and of course it was reunion time for old friends. I did learn some new techniques. It is remarkable the different types of needle art that is out there. I do take 1-2 class for a needle art that I am not familar with; and then some that I am familiar with just because I know it will be a relaxing fun class. I taught my Brazilian Embroidery – Stumpwork class, a Dragonfly. Here is a picture. http://threadsinbloom.com/store-menu/all-products/swayin-in-the-breeze/
THIMBLEPAD ~ Several ladies at the Retreat were using these little leather finger tip ‘thimble’ and highly recommend them. We were all using them by the end of Retreat. Simply place the little round disk ( about 3/8″) on the end of finger where ever you usually push the needle (sometimes I get little holes in my finger tip from the smaller needle eyes – no more holes and tender finger tips ). None slipping, flexible and thread does not catch; reusable adhesive. package of 12 $6.50 http://threadsinbloom.com/store-menu/all-products/thimble-pad/
JOHN JAMES NEEDLES X 50 ~ John James sewing needle assortment of 50 needles, in a paper with threader, containing Sharps, Embroidery, Betweens. Chenille, Tapestry and Darners with descriptive information. Nice basic needle assortment with threader $3.50 http://threadsinbloom.com/store-menu/all-products/2906-2/
SOFT GRIP THREAD SNIPS ~ You will appreciate the comfort of these thread snips. The anti-slip soft grip handles help ensure you cut right where you intended. The sharp blades are protected with a crystal cap. The snips are 4.75″ long, assorted colors. $10.00 http://threadsinbloom.com/store-menu/all-products/thread-snips/
100 EMBROIDERY STITCHES ~ THEY’RE BACK ~~~~~~ I found a new supplier http://threadsinbloom.com/?search=100+embroidery+stitches
BOOKMARKS – CHRISTMAS It is time to start thinking about making those Christmas bookmarks.
This year I decided to design a Huck ( aka Swedish Weaving ) Christmas Tree, topped with a Swarovski star crystal or other small star shaped charm, bead or button. I have stitched 5-6 ( about 20 more to go – that is why I am starting plenty early ) They do stitch up very quickly and are a nice small project you can carry with you for a moment of stitching. I decided to do the trunk in Cross Stitch for a even straight trunk. The only thing with Cross Stitch compared to Huck for my book marks, is the Huck does not show on the back; the Cross Stitch does. So, how to remedy the problem of a clean looking back ~ at the suggestion of a friend who does Nessex book marks, I am using Stitch Wichery to adhere a piece of grosgrain ribbon the back. They will still go in the plastic book mark sleeve with a pretty tassel to top it off. For these I am using Zweigart 14c aida ( they have so many good colors – one has a sparkle to it – looks like the glistening of snow ) The thread I am using is DMC #5 Pearl cotton in shaded and Variation colors. The trunk is EdMar #210 Iris. I will let you know when the pattern is ready, it shouldn’t be long. The Huck stitching I have used here is a very basic stitch.
Thank you for your time. I am going to stitch awhile – a new design. I have 3-4 new designs in the works, I am counting the days until retirement to have more time for Threads in Bloom. Actually I guess I am not really retiring; just leaving my job with all the benefits to spend more time on my passion, Threads in Bloom designing and stitching…. 11 months
Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom Modesto, CA
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