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

Friday, June 14, 2013

If anyone has wondered where I have strayed these past many weeks, it has been a journey on many paths, some leading to joyful things and some with some more difficult pathways to traverse.  

Among many of the happy journeys was a wonderful trip to meet our little granddaughter, Kyleigh, who celebrated her FIRST birthday many thousands of miles away, but we were blessed to be there with her and our son and daughter-in law for the celebration!
It was such a joy to spend time with little Kyleigh, who is such a precious child, and is already toddling around the house, happily playing, and loving all of the attention of her two Grandmothers and Grandfathers and all of the realtives who came for her birthday party.

Earlier in the month, I hosted a wonderful class for our Stitching Group with Teresa Lyman, who designs the most unique and beautiful miniature knotted designs.  It was an absolutely fabulous day and Teresa is such a very special and gifted designer.  We loved having her with us, and are already looking forward to having her come back to teach another class for us.
"The Girls" & Teresa Layman (wearing periwinkle blue shirt)

This is teaching design, Teresa's "Spring Flowers" Scissor Fob Teaching Piece.  It has has another lovely flowered design for the back.  Isn't it beautiful?

My progress so far.  Hope that mine turns out as beautifully as Teresa's!  

And just before we left on our trip, we splurged and bought the most magnificent stitching frames in all the world, called the Millenium Frame, made in England.  

I am a stickler for having my linen tight and smooth when I do my needlework, and I couldn't find any frame that would make my work the way I like it.  Then I saw one of my blog friends, Nicola, demonstrating the Millenium frame on her blog, and decided that I must purchase this frame for myself.

My husband and I purchased both the Necessaire Floor Stand and the Aristo Stand (shown above), and we purchased several sizes of scroll rods so that we could interchange them for different sizes of projects.  I absolutely love my new frames!

Progress on "Spring Morning Sampler" by Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor.

Well, dear friends, I promise to be a better stitchy-bloggy friend and try to catch up with my reading about what all of you have been stitching and doing, in the weeks ahead.  

I have been having some very painful problems with my left hip and leg, down to the ankle since our trip.  Hence, lots of doctor's visits, medications, and some other treatments in the coming weeks. It has made it much more difficult to sit and stitch for very long, but I keep persevering, as it one of my favorite pasttimes and I just can't stop stitching!!

But, I know the One who hold us during difficult times, and am always thankful in all circumstances...  

Blessings Filled With Hugs!


  1. Happy Birthday wishes to your little lady, she looks a real cutie.
    Great frame, your project looks beautiful.
    Your class piece looks great, I'm certain it will look perfect when you complete it.

  2. Oh Kathy, I am sorry to hear of your pain problems. I know how draining that can be. I have rayed for yo. I have wondered about you! I just love knotwork!

  3. Your granddaughter is gorgeous Kathy.
    How lovely to actually have a class with a lady who does such beautiful work. Yours is looking very pretty too.
    I like the look of your frame.I am hearing only positive comments about the Millenium frame,it looks very well made your and the stitching that is on your frame in your photo is so pretty.
    I am sorry to hear that you are having problems with pain. I do hope that the medication and other treatments can ease it for you.

  4. Aww I am so happy up see your sweet post ..beautiful stitching like always ..
    Sweetie little baby..lots of blessings for her..
    Big hugs x

  5. So good to hear from you again - I hope you feel better soon! That's a beautiful frame you've splurged on. :D

  6. Kathy Ellen - Wow that is quite a frame - I'm sure it will serve you for many years to come. Am jealous of your Teresa Laymen class - I love her patterns. So glad you were able to celebrate with family too.

  7. I'm sorry to hear about your hip and leg. I hope it gets better -- it's not fun to be in pain. I love the pic of your granddaughter -- such a cutie! Love seeing your class with Theresa Layman and the beautiful WIPs too! Fun to see what the TL piece looks like as a WIP -- I've always wondered. Congrats on your new Needle Needs frame and stands too! They are wonderful!

  8. Hope your hip and leg are getting better! Yes, wonderful frame and beautiful wip! Envious of your class with Teresa, what are knotted designs? All french knots?


  9. Welcome back, Kathy, I hope that your health problems fix themselves very soon. Lovely post and your gorgeous granddaughter is adorable. Love your new stand and your wonderful stitching.

  10. Sorry to hear of your problems. It was so hard for me to give up stitching when I had the carpel tunnel surgery. I wish you well soon. What an adorable little girl!

  11. glad to hear you got to see the wee one for her birthday party :) and way to go on the stitching frames ... they are really good ...need to save up for one :) and sorry to hear about the pain ... hope they can sort you out real quick .... love mouse xxxxx

  12. Oh, your leg pain sounds so uncomfortable, Kathy! I do hope you get some relief soon.

    How wonderful that you were able to be with little Kyleigh on her first birthday--what a cutie she is!! And your class with Teresa sounds wonderful--I'm sure your finished piece will be just as pretty as hers.

    Great new frame and stand--so glad you are happy with it!

  13. Your little granddaughter is just adorable! I'm glad you were able to celebrate with her. :) Your knotted design is looking pretty as is Spring Morning! So sorry to hear of your leg pain - I will keep you in my prayers.

  14. Kyleigh is a beautiful baby, Kathy! How fortunate that you were able to be with her for her birthday.

    I LOVE Teresa's designs and have a few in my stash. How wonderful that you could all be "knotty girls" together with her.

    The frame is fantastic. I hope you enjoy using it. I agree, the fabric has to be tight for me, too.
    The stitches lay better and are more niform (just personal preference)

    I do hope that you get relief from your hip and leg pain. I will keep you in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

  15. Kyleigh is just so precious! You are so fortunate to be able to spend her first birthday with her.
    It sounds like it was a wonderful day with Teresa. I love the project she chose.
    I saw Nicola's demonstration of the Millenium frame on her blog. It sounds like you are just as happy with yours as she is with hers.
    I'm sorry to hear about your leg pain. I hope it resolves itself soon. I suffer with osteoarthritis in my right hip which is coming close to having to be replaced so I know how difficult it can be at times.
    BTW, I love your Rosewood Manor sampler!!

  16. Looks like you have another sweet grandchild! Your knotted fob and the Spring Morning Sampler are beautiful. I can't wait to see their progress. I had a fun time with my stitch group today even though I think I spent 1/3 of the time taking out what I had just stitched! Hope your are feeling better this weekend.

  17. So sorry about your pain issues ~ I do hope you find relief soon! I can only imagine go how wonderful it was to finally meet your dear little one in person and to celebrate her first birthday with her! Your class looks fun and such beautiful stitches!

  18. Some very lovely events indeed. Visits with my grandson are the most cherished moments in my life, too. It's so difficult when the grandkids live so far away but what a joy to see them again and to spend precious time with them. Your little Kyleigh looks so sweet and lovely and I know that you enjoyed every single minute with her.
    What a wonderful knotted design you are stitching bhere. I have seen this technique only once or twice on blogs but it looks absolutely great.
    Enjoy your new frame. And hopefully your hip and leg will soon be a lot better.


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