Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Meet Ann M, the Queen of Needlework Pocketbooks and Wallets

My friend Ann M. has an obsession for stitched wallets and pocketbooks. I first introduced you to her three years ago when I showed some of the wonderful pieces she has completed. You can see that write-up here.

In the past few years, Ann has stitched several more beautiful pieces, including most recently my queen-stitched pocketbook, A Work'd Pocketbook. This project is an adaptation of an antique I own.  

Ann changed the thread colors to suit her taste. She used 32-count Wichelt Lambswool linen, Needlepoint Inc. silk thread, a linen lining, and grosgrain ribbon for the closure.  

Ann wrote, As a lover of counted stitch I must admit I so enjoy reproductions and right now my focus/obsession is on wallets. On  "Work'd Pocketbook" (I changed thread colors) with LOTS of queen stitches I used Needlepoint Inc. silk thread. Thanks to Ellen for the wonderful adaptation and the superb instructions

A Work'd Pocketbook has over 7000 queen stitches! Yes, you read that correctly. I've nicknamed this project Not for The Faint of Heart. While this project is LOTS of work, I think you'll agree the results are well worth the effort!  

I was lucky enough to see Ann's completed A Work'd Pocketbook at the last Queen City Sampler Guild 's daylong stitch-in--in fact we sat together at the same table. It was so great to see her pocketbook in person.  I can't believe that I forgot to take a photo of Ann with her piece.  So sorry!

As you probably realize, I have taken time off from designing because of all that has been happening in our lives during the past couple of years.  The good news (well, hopefully it is good news), is that I've recently designed two new samplers. The first, Amidst the Crowd, is currently with my framer Carol.  This sampler was inspired by a wonderful antique sampler that hangs in our bedroom. It has an incredible border which I've adapted from the antique, a beautiful verse taken from the antique, and some wonderful deer.  I've also designed birth samplers  (A Gift from Heaven Above) for my twin granddaughters who are due in late August. The samplers are basically the same, but have small changes to make them slightly different.  The models are stitched except for the three lines of personalization which I'll add once the girls are born in late August.

I"ll let you know when I'm ready to release the designs. It may be awhile because I have a busy few months ahead with the arrival of my granddaughters and teaching in both Seattle and in Shipshewanna, Indiana.  

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Annette's Beautiful Finish!

Earlier this summer Annette completed her A Lady's Worke Box.  (She was in the class with the Bay Area Sampler Guild in San Francisco.)  I think you'll agree that she did a beautiful job both with stitching and assembling this project.  Bravo, Annette!

Annette wrote, I finally finished "A Lady's Worke Box"! It really didn't take that long to stitch up I just needed to focus and spend a little time with it. I absolutely LOVE my box. What a special treasure that is all mine and I made it. Every small piece is so lovely the specialty stitches adds texture to their look & feel. 

Thank you for such a wonderful & beautiful treasure you designed. I sure enjoyed stitching it and while doing so brought back all the wonderful memories of the other ladies in class and getting to meet you!

Annette, thank you for your photos and kind comments. It certainly was a delight meeting you and spending time with you and members of the Bay Area Sampler Guild.

At the class, Annette gave me a beautiful needlecase she had made for me.  This is the case I take with me almost every time I travel. On the inside of the case are two needlepages and a pocket--perfect for carrying my scissors. You can see the needlebook in the photo below in the Amish basket.

A Lady's Worke Box will next be taught on Saturday October 3, 2015 in Seattle for the Northwest Sampler Guild. You can get class information by either writing Theresa at or by visiting the guild's website. Kindred Spirits will be taught on Friday, October 2 and A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif will be taught on Sunday, October 4th.

You must be in the classroom to receive the kits. The registration deadline is on July 28--just two weeks from today.  I hope to see some of you in Seattle.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Seattle Classes in October

Registration is currently open for the three classes I'll be teaching in Seattle October 2-4, 2015. 

There are only a couple more weeks before registration closes, so please don't hesitate if you're interested.  I'd love to see you there.  

You can get information about the classes and contact information on the teaching page of my website.

(You must be present in class to get the class kits.)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy birthday, America!

The 4th of July is Independence Day in the United States.  It was 239 years ago, in 1776, that our Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress paving the way for the formation of a new nation.  Throughout the country there will be parades, picnics, fireworks, and concerts to celebrate our country's birthday.  Happy birthday America!

Friday, July 3, 2015

An Adventure of a Lifetime, Part 4

This will be my final post about our great African adventure.

One morning, while still at Sabi Sabi, we were given the option of either walking a bush walk or going to a local rural village. Tom chose the walk, and I chose the village. The village has a population of about 4000. I particularly enjoyed going to the pre-school. The children were so friendly! They loved giving "high  fives" and having their photo taken.

This is the school's  library.

We all were amused by the title of this book.

When it  was time for us to leave, a large group of children sang to us.

A group of ladies from the village also sang and danced  for us.

The sounds you hear in the background were made by this woman.

I also enjoyed watching another woman who was beading.

We next headed to Zimbabwe. We had a boat trip on the Zambezi River our first evening. We saw only a little bit of wildlife, but still enjoyed the trip.

Monitor lizard  (He was enormous!)

From our hotel we could see the mist from Victoria Falls.

The next morning we visited a wildlife sanctuary.

This is Sylvester, a cheetah, who was rescued as a cub before his eyes opened. When he was two days old, his mother and her four other cubs were attacked and killed by a lion. Luckily for Sylvester, a game scout witnessed the event. A husband and wife decided to take care of the cub and named him after the game scout who had saved him. When he opened his eyes there were only humans around, and he bonded with them. If interested, you can read more about Sylvester here.  He even has his own Facebook  page.

We were also able to get close to some elephants at the sanctuary. The elephants are very accustomed to people. There is a one-to-one ratio of elephants to trainers. These elephants are not held captive but are free to leave whenever they'd like.

If you wanted, you could feed  them.

After lunch, it was time for a mud bath.

Then we were off to Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Falls are on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. This bridge connects the two countries.

It was a beautiful day, and we were lucky enough to see several rainbows, including a double rainbow. We just didn't find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

And so ends our great African adventure!  It  has been fun to share it with you.