Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Lovely Finishes from Joan!

I have been greatly remiss in posting photos I've received of some completed With My Needle projects.  Please accept my apologies.

Today I want to show you photos from Joan S. of Minnesota. She likes getting together with friends to stitch projects. Choosing a group SAL project is an annual event for them. The following photos are of some of the With My Needle projects they have stitched over the years.

Joan wrote, In 2008, five of us decided on stitching "My Favorite Things Stitching Basket", and three of us finished it. They were Jill, Chris and myself.  

You've already shown Chris's basket on your blog.  Here is mine.

In 2010, we stitched the "Ackworth Friendship Book". We stitched our needlebooks on 36 count flax and chose our own thread colors. I stitched mine with Belle Soie Enchanted Forest. We stitched two pages of each persons needlebook with the exception of Lori and Jackie who stitched one page each since we had six people and only 10 pages. You showed the completed books here. (Click on the word "here" to see the previous photos.)

In 2012, we decided to stitch "My Needle's Worke Box".  Mine was stitched on 32 count belfast baby lotion with DMC threads. 

My Needle's Worke Box lid
Inside view of My Needle's Worke Box 
One of the sides of My Needle's Worke Box
Another of the sides of My Needle's Worke Box
Another of the sides of My Needle's Worke Box

Perhaps you may remember seeing Joan's beautiful Mrs. Waddlow's Huswif previously. (Click here if you want to see it again.) 

As you can clearly see, Joan is a beautiful, and prolific, needleworker. She told me in her email she has several other With My Needle projects she wants to stitch. I wonder which one she'll chose next.

Thank you, Joan, for sharing photos of your wonderful projects.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Welcoming the New Year!

I wish everyone a wonderful start to the New Year! Hopefully you'll have lots of stitching time not only today but throughout the year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my design business. My With My Needle Facebook page now has nearly 2000 fans. Also, thank you to those who have bought my designs, contributed photos of your completed WMN projects for my blog, and taken classes. I've been blessed to make so many wonderful friends worldwide through our shared needlework passion.

I've discovered that I'm no longer getting notifications when someone signs my guest book and leaves a note there. I answer all notes I know about, but without automatic notifications I sometimes miss your notes. If you have a specific question, it's best for you to email me directly at examplar@withmyneedle.com or leave a comment under one of the blog posts. If you've left a comment on one of my blog posts and I haven't acknowledged it, it's because your email isn't visible...in fact, it's set as "no reply". There's no way for me to contact you. I feel badly about that, but unfortunately there's nothing I can do. If you aren't sure if you're set as "no reply", ask me or another Blogspot blogger to check for you. Most people who are set as "no reply" have no idea that's going on.

I didn't produce many new designs in 2014. I hope to do much better in the coming year. We had quite a year last year, and I wasn't able to fully concentrate. I hope you understand.

Although I didn't design much last year, I did stitch quite a bit. Below is a summary of my 2014 completed projects. To learn more about each and to see larger photos, just type the name in the search engine located in the sidebar on the left side of this page.

Kindred Spirits (a teaching project only)

I'd like to leave you with the sentiment expressed on this vintage postcard as I wish you the best in 2015!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

We've had nearly a week of celebrating starting on Saturday, December 20th with a family "Christmas" dinner with our children and their families.

Tom's father started a tradition with our children of going out to buy donuts to eat Christmas morning. We're continuing that tradition with our grandchildren. This was Haiden's third time and Garrett's first of choosing the donuts.

Here are the boys waiting to open gifts. (Notice how Haiden has lost another tooth.)

Now that Haiden can read, he asked Tom if he could help hand out gifts and wear the Santa hat that Tom usually does.

Later that day we went to Krohn Conservatory to see the special Christmas displays.

Our daughter and son-in-law headed back to Columbus late afternoon, but we got to keep Haiden an extra day. Among other things, he got to decorate reindeer cookies like his cousin Garrett had done the previous week.

The next day Tom and I took Haiden and Garrett to the Museum Center to see the trains and the children's museum. We had a full day--arriving there around 10am and staying until nearly 4pm. 

We ended our time there with a special treat at Graeter's.  

On Christmas Day we went to our son's home to see what Santa had brought everyone.

Garrett loves to perform so this microphone was quite a hit!

Even the big "children" had their stockings filled!

Garrett thought that he and I should make some funny faces.

And yes, we're still celebrating! Yesterday Tom and I had our 44th wedding anniversary! Where do the years go?

We hope you are having a joyous Christmastide and that 2015 will be a very good year for you (with lots of stitching time)!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wishing You a Joyous Christmastide!

Wishing you and yours a joyous Christmastide!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Hodgepodge (A Trio of Samplers and Reindeer Cookies)

I was so excited to pick up Rebeckah Roundey last week from Carol, my framer. I love the frame we chose!! I haven't yet decided where I'll hang her.

I've been devoting my stitching time to Frances Eden. Here's a photo I took about a week ago. I've made a fair amount of progress since then--mainly the motifs on either side of Adam and Eve. I'll most likely be able to finish her in early 2015.

Unfortunately, the charts for both Rebeckah Roundey and Frances Eden are out of print. They were charted by Mary Riggs (Handwork Samplers) who is now retired from designing. 

I'm not sure if I ever showed you Mary's Sampler once it was framed. I stitched my version of this design by Paulette (Plum Street Samplers) last December but wasn't able to get it framed until January. This Christmas I have it on display on a brass easel.

Last night we had a special guest for the evening while his parents went to a Christmas party.

After dinner, we made reindeer cookies. Garrett, now 4 years old, really enjoyed it. He decorated eleven cookies--nine to take home and two for him to enjoy with his grandfather.

We're looking forward to an early family Christmas celebration this weekend. Perhaps we'll even make more reindeer cookies with our other grandson, Haiden.