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

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Stitching, Tea and Good Friends!

On most evenings this week, when I finally settled into my 'stitching nest', I found myself too weary to take many stitches before my eyes began closing.
I did manage to finish the stitching on 'Barnwood Buttons' the other night, and now am ready to sew on the adorable button flowers.  
Here is a sneek preview!
Love this very lacey flower, but it was a bit of a challenge doing the backstitching!
                          Preview of the sweet floral border.

Before sewing on the Barnwood Buttons, I decided that I really must start stitching  on Miss Kyleigh's birth sampler.  It is a small piece, so hopefully it will stitch up quickly, but it does have some specialty stitches in it.

My goodness, where has this week gone so quickly?  It was a busy but very happy kind of week, starting off last Monday with a wonderful trip to Mrs. Bridges Pantry in South Woodstock, Connecticut, for a lovely teatime luncheon with the girls from our stitching group.

Waiting for our tea before luncheon.  Don't you love the sterling silver sugar cube dish, and those adorable little teapot salt and pepper shakers?
                                         A little corner table for two.
                  A sweet little spinach quiche and salad.

To finish off a perfectly lovely day, my friend, Janet took us to visit Whispering Hill Farm, www.whispering-hill.com in South Woodstock, where owner, Donna Swanson, took us on a tour of her home to view her gorgeous hooked rugs.

Donna teaches rug hooking classes in her wonderful antique farm house, which is filled with an array beautiful hooked rugs and antiques. It felt like we were walking through a museum!  Here are just a few of my favorite rugs.

Donna's Antique Sewing Stand.  Isn't it absolutely gorgeous?
               The floral design atop the sewing stand.

Several of my stitching friends, who attend Donna's 'Hook-Ins' are encouraging me to join them to learn how to rug hook.  I am contemplating doing a small project to see if I will be 'hooked'!  

Well, all for now dear friends. One of our sons, his wife and our little grandsons are supposed to be stopping in shortly, enroute from a week long vacation up north at the other grandparents' summer home.  They will spend the night here before driving the long distance home tomorrow.

Have a very lovely weekend and may you have some special time just for you too, doing whatever makes you the happiest and content.

Blessings in Stitches & Friendship!


  1. Love your WIP! I really love seeing you and your friends having tea -- looks like a wonderful place! And the lady who hooks rugs -- oh yum! Love all her rugs and everything! Fantastic! I keep thinking about learning to hook rugs too. lol!

  2. Hello

    Just found your lovely blog.
    Your WIPs are looking great.
    Those rugs are fantastic.

  3. Lovely rugs, Kathy. I keep looking and liking, but I'm NOT doing, lol. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my stitching!!! Plus, I can't afford another hobby! You've made good progress on your projects too. The sampler looks great, and I love those colors. They're gorgeous!! Can't wait to see the finished products (buttons and all).

  4. I just loved the tour of the tea room. I have always enjoyed afternoon tea. The rugs are lovely. I think you should give it a try.

  5. Hello dear your stitching is beautiful like always..I really love those rugs too ..so beautiful .
    Love for you xxx

  6. What eye candy! Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished project - it's unusual but very pretty.

  7. Hello Kathy! Such lovely things to share today. I hope you are enjoying your visit with family.

  8. Your stitches are lovely! I have seen those buttons and know how beautiful they are!! The border on the birth sampler is so sweet ~ looking forward to watching your progress on this one.
    How fun to get together with friends. That tea room looks so quaint and cozy!
    Those rugs are amazing and that sewing stand ~ wow! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Kathy, your Barnyard Buttons are lovely, especially the backstitched flower. Very lace like and delicate. The baby sampler is looking really pretty too. That little lunch with your stitching friends looks amazing! The wee salt and pepper shakers are adorable! The antique sewing stand is so unique and beautiful. I'm sure you will be "hooked" into hooking!!

  10. Can't wait to see Barnwood Buttons with those pretty buttons sewn on, Kathy. Lovely start on Kyleigh's birth sampler, too.

    There is just something so delightful about a cozy tea with friends--looks like you all had a wonderful time together :)

  11. Almost there with Barnwood Buttons! Went back and took a look - that is the sweetest birth sampler! It looks like a very enjoyable teatime luncheon! Wonderful rugs. I think you should give it a try. :)

  12. A beautiful tearoom,how lovely your meeting with friends must have been.
    Stunning rugs, i have made arug, many years ago.
    Enjoy the precious time with your family.
    Much love x

  13. Can't wait to see Barnyard Buttons with the buttons! What a nice place to meet with your stitching friends. The hooked rugs are lovely!! It isn't something I've ever tried - more that I don't want to start a new addiction than anything else!!!! Love how Miss Kyleigh's birth sampler is turning out!

  14. What a wonderful place this is, Mrs. Bridges Pantry. Everything looks so romantic and it must be a lovely feeling to be sitting there and have tea.
    Can't wait to see your finished flowers.


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