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Friday, January 20, 2017

Continuing on

Yesterday I completed three more seams on the first block of my courtship project....

Loose thread - sorry!!

My cropping skills leave a lot to be desired!

And here are the charts...

Just a wee note to tell those of you who are relatively new to my blog - if you want further seam treatment ideas, simply click on the 'seam treatment' label in my sidebar.

More mumblings...

- There's a good article HERE regarding framing your needlework pieces.  

- Kathy Shaw has announced she is taking registrations for her free online 'ICQC-103 Embellishing with Threads' class, which covers surface embroidery motifs as well as seam treatments.  Go HERE for further info on that.  You'll have to hurry though, because registrations are only being taken until tomorrow.  

- THIS reminds me of the rugs my grandma used to make, but she didn't have the benefit of a machine to do hers.

- I can see lots of uses for THESE storage cubes and THESE would make perfect gifts (and use up stash at the same time).  There's another one HERE and if you scroll down there's a wonderful printable label to include.

- Now THESE are intriguing!!  I think every little kid would like one of these - as would a few of the adults I know!  

- HERE's another fun thing you can do to use those biscuit tins that we all have and don't want to throw out.  This would make a wonderful birthday gift for a friend.  The blog isn't in English but there's a translate feature.

Today's quote is from Eleanor Roosevelt....You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, "I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along"

Wise words right now.  May we all live through what's to come and look back on it one day being proud that we lived through it.  


  1. The colours you're using are lovely:) Thanks for the charts.

    I've been meaning to ask you about the waste canvas you use. Do you buy it locally or online? I bought some I think at Michaels and I'm not happy with it. I remember once buying it by the yard but I don't have a needle shop close to me.

  2. Great work, thanks for sharing, Mary Ann.
    Wasn't it Churchill who said, " We have nothing to fear but fear itself" ? Bravery is choosing to not be overcome by fear. Bravery is choosing to look through the smoke screen of horror and fear. Bravery outlasts both.
    Here's to looking ahead, bravely.

  3. Loved the rug!! Amazing but I'm going to need a bigger table in my future lol
    And the biscuit tin idea is so innovative, I'm going to do that for my flavoured teas too - double thank you and the jumper poufe too!
    So much better than trying to knit a pouffe myself although I did buy some huge knitting needles several years ago .... ( never been used of course )

  4. Amen to your quote of the day, so very true! Loving your embroidery on courtship project; loving these lovely soft hues.

  5. Beautiful seam treatments Mary Anne.... you are making great progress on this project and it is looking fabulous! Love the biscuit tin idea.... I have several from Christmas which I could use.... thank you for the links! Christine x

  6. Pretty seams. And loved that poem about the rice bag. Must save that and use it.

  7. What a delightful blog you have. Now that I found you, I don't want to loose you and e-mail is the easiest way for me to get blog updates of blogs I like to visit. Any chance you'd consider adding a gadget (or widget) to allow people to follow you? I'm going to add a link to your blog on my blog, but that's only so I can find you again (when I remember to look - therein lies the problem... my rememberer isn't what I wish it was). Being able to follow you by e-mail will insure I don't miss future posts. I hope you'll consider it... :)

  8. not only do we get to see your gorgeous stitching we get to see the charts too. I love the charts, (I love your stitching) but the simplicity of the marks on the charts is very appealing too. And from those simple marks the most intricate and rich embroidery's magic....


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