Monday, December 31, 2012

Sampler Guild

The Rocky Mountain Sampler Guild has an ongoing project this year.  Katrina and Judy started us off with an adaptation of a free pattern from Paulette Stewart.  The small sampler will become the top of a stitching box.  Judy and Katrina supplied fabrics for the lining of the box and backings for the smalls, but I picked out the fabrics shown above.

I've enjoyed stitching on all the small pieces to this project.  Here is the box top (the box is on order!).

After taking this picture, I've decided to rip out the little basket under the bird and restitch it in a darker can't even see it!  Here is the outside of the pretty needlecase.  Now, I'm not a great finisher, but with the great instructions that Katrina and Judy supplied, I was able to accomplish this with no problem.

Sorry for the shadows........I need to find a better place to take these pictures!  Here is the inside of the needlecase, a scissor's fob and the small bird will become a floss keep, once I add a metal ring to the cording.  I loved the idea of pinking the edge of the felt in the needlecase, think it added just the right touch.

At the December guild meeting, the "table gift" was a kit to make a scissor's case to go with the rest of the accessories.  Believe it or not, it really is green, not blue, and it looks wonderful with the rest of the items.

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Start

My horrible, terrible, oops, wonderful daughter Jen, talked me into doing a Christmas Eve start.  It was hard to decide which project I should start, as I have so many WIPS at the moment!  On December 4, Paulette shared her sampler exchange piece with her mother.   She had stitched Sarah Spurr by Carriage House Samplings.  I loved all the red in the piece (she changed colors and used AVAS silk), so I added this pattern to my hoard......I mean stash.  Jen and I changed a few of the NPS colors that the pattern called for and off I went!

Jen has also convinced me to join a stitch along with the Attic starting at the beginning of the year.  We'll be working on The Ann Bowers Sampler by The Examplarery.  This will be my New Year's start.  Oh, great, now I'll have two more WIPS.  I really have joined the nut house!

Happy New Year everyone!