"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands." ((Proverbs 31:13)

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Stitching Through Time...

Last weekend was a bevy of excitement as I headed off to Celebrations of Needlework,  in Nashua, New Hampshire, to share in every stitcher's joy of needlework classes and a fabulous stitcher's mall of vendors from around the country.
I was a very spoiled girl indeed, having the priviledge of going with two of my stitching girlfriends on Friday, and then again on Saturday with my dear husband, Bruce, who is also a needlwork enthusiast, and another stitching girlfriend.  Oh joy of joys!  It was such fun, pouring over all of the newest designs and stitching goodies from a multitude of vendors from around the country, in attendance there, and so much fun meeting up with several other stitching friends there too!

Here is some of my newly acquired stitching stash.  The photo doesn't do justice to these wonderful designs, but I am very excited about deciding which one will be first to be stitched!

Then, this week, much to my surprise, look at the wonderful gifts that arrived in the mail from Penny!  I had admired her finished 'Clara Pritchard's Posies' pillow, and she very kindly offered to send it to me.  I was so overwhelmed by her generosity to, send me the design, these beautiful Simply Shaker threads, as well as these little packages of my favorite teas, and a really unique Plant-It Chamomile seeds card!  Thank you so much, Penny!
This handmade 'Chamomile' Plant-It herb card, has Chamomile seeds, embedded within the paper. After thoroughly soaking the  paper in water, you tear it up and plant the bits of paper in the ground or a pot, out of direct sunlight, water it regularly and watch the little seedlings begin to germinate!  This is truly so unique!  Love it!

More progress this week on 'May' Wordplay, by With Thy Needle.  I think that my favorite part is o the little woman with her watering can behind the white picket fence.  Hope to finish it up this weekend, and assembly next week:)

And now, for my most daring pursuit......  My dear friend, Janet, who was vending at Celebrations, urged me to consider trying one of Teresa Layman's "knotty" designs.  Janet is very enthusiastic about her "knotty" works, and convinced me to purchase a design and give it a go, with her help, of course:)
Yes, I know..... Call me 'crazy' to want to stitch all of those teeny tiny little knots, but this design just captured my heart and I just had to have it.
Here is my progress so far.  I'm so proud of all my little neatly placed knots:)  Of course, I have 'miles to go' before this little beauty is finished, but that is all part of the fun, after all.
So, as you can see, I have lots to keep me busy for quite a while.  

The sun is starting to peek from behind the cloudy skies, and maybe it will be a nice day after all, though the temps are still in the 40's here.  So typical of our New England spring weather though.  Tomorrow promises to be a sunny, blue sky kind of day and a little warmer.

Blessings in abundance to you wherever you are today, until next time, dear friends.  Thank you for all of your wonderful visits and comments.  They really do mean so much to me!


  1. Lovely new goodies you have acquired, the little rooster is going to be a fun project, not sure i could do all those french knots though.

    I cam across some of those 'seed cards' last Christmas and sent them to stitching friends, they are really wonderful - enjoy yours.

  2. Oooo! Have fun with your knotwork. I designed one of my Mabel,our toy poodle, last year. It is on my blog. :) I thoroughly enjoyed watching it come to life actually.

  3. Oh lucky you to go to Celebrations! Love all your new stash! I've always wondered about Teresa Layman's designs. Just don't think I could manage all those knots. Ugh. lol! I like the one you chose and look forward to seeing more!

  4. Kathy,

    Love your gift and your new stitching!! I love the gal in the May word play too! Love your new stash, can't wait to see what you stitch first!!

    So glad you had fun! Would love to go to something like that!

    Love, Heather

  5. Wow, love your stash! You are so lucky to be able to visit Needlework shows! Singapore is too small for such events, ha ha!

    Wonderful gifts from Penny! That herb card is really unique, have not seen anything like this!

    Love your progress on May Wordplay! You are very brave to try a "knotty" kit! I don't like french knots much but the stitching sure is very beautiful!


  6. Wonderful goodies, gifts and stitches!

  7. Always enjoy coming over to a visit on your blog.
    Lovely stash .
    Love your May ornament have you used the same threads or your own.

  8. What a wonderful post Kathy! I am glad that you had a wonderful time at Celebrations. It is so exciting to go to a show like that. I love your new stash. Your Word Play looks wonderful and the rooster start too.
    What a sweet gift from Penny!
    Have a great week.

  9. Celebrations of Needlework sounds like so much fun! I'm glad you could go. :) Your May Word Play is so pretty! You have a nice start on the Teresa Layman piece too! :)

  10. Great stash - i am so glad to know you were "spoiled" -
    Penny was too sweet to send such a thoughtful gift!

  11. What lovely new stash Kathy and how nice to be able to go back a second day. Love your Word Play progress and I look forward to watching your progress on your 'knotty' piece. It already looks wonderful!

  12. Oh Kathy! What fun you have been having!! How wonderful that you got to go to the a stitcher's mall!! Wow! I would have had a hard time restraining myself!! You picked up a lot of lovely patterns and I can't wait to see which one you will work with first! Beautiful progress on your May word play. I love the little lady with the watering can! That tea pot! Oh my! It's the prettiest tea pot I have seen!! Your knotted work is lovely too!!! Can't wait to see you knot more of it!



  13. You have made some gorgeous additions to your stash. I particularly like The Pecking Order.

  14. Sounds like you had a great time at Celebrations

  15. Your new stash looks very promising and you have certainly spent some time fondling your charts and looking at them again and again. That's what i always do when I have new stash, lol.
    Great projects on the go! Oh my, I could never do the knotwork piece although it's looking absolutely great.
    The more I see all those loevly word plays on different blogs the more I want to buy these charts as well. So far I have resisted but I can already see the day approach when I give in ...


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