Monday, September 19, 2011

Workshop Weekend

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Saturday was my Hare Pyns class. I burned the midnight oil and attempted to complete the stitching I needed to have done for the class. But, it didn't happen. I still had a little bit to go on the background stitching. And let me tell you, the background stitching is so worth it - it really looks great. But it takes for-ever! So, background stitching finally completed, but I was so tired from having stayed up late and then getting up early to stitch that I decided trying to work on finishing my piece was not the brightest idea. So, I listened and watched and took notes. I just couldn't trust myself to cut fabric and sew things together correctly.

But, at least the big portion of the stitching is complete now.

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I'll have to get started on the smalls for the piece, because some of them are needed to do the finishing of the sewing roll. But, hopefully those won't take too long to complete. I have a needle book, pinkeep, scissor sheath, fob and pincushion to complete. But, for now, I'm not going to think about it. And I just hope that I can get the finishing done on my own, since I wasn't able to do it in class. (Not the best photo, by far, of the piece but I wanted you to see how it looked with all the parts of the sewing roll stitched.)

But, anyway, onto other things. I know it's been "all Hare Pyns, all the time" around here lately. Sylvia's gift for my birthday arrived and I just had to show you. She made me a project wallet. Isn't it gorgeous? I just love the black and white fabric - it's so Vogue. I'm so excited to put it to good use!!!

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And the lining fabric is just as fabulous!! Look how fun!

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And one of the other things she sent was this fabulous Reflects de Soie book. It has several reproduction samplers in it that are so pretty! There's even an A&E! And the book is very well done, with really clear charts and photos. Very very nice.

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So thank you, Sylvia, for everything - I'm in love with all of it!!

And also for my birthday, Sylvia and I started Isabella Johnstone. I've only worked on her a couple of nights, but so far I'm enjoying her. We're stitching her on 40ct Vintage Lentil with Belle Soies. Now that I've got the big push of Hare Pyns behind me, I'm excited to work on Isabella some more.

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I did also manage to get back to ATS yesterday too for my regular Sunday SAL day. I'm making a bit of progress on it and someday I'll finally get page 1 finished! I'll be sure to post a photo soon.

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Mr. Hare says: "I'm so glad she's done stitching on this thing...she was wearing me out!"

I am grateful for some uninterrupted stitching time yesterday.

28 comments:

Hazel said...

Goodness! All your wips are so pretty. I can imagine how much work that backstitch took. It looks so effective though.

Lea Jeanne said...

Hello Michelle,
Your Hare Pyns stitching is really beautiful. A lot of work of course, but so pretty ! Kind regards.

valerie said...

Hare Pyns looks wonderful! Def. worth all the hard work. I love the gifties from Sylvia...the fabric for the project keeper is perfect!

Dona said...

Michelle, your hard work has paid off! It really is gorgeous! The hare in the bottom corner is very handsome.

What a nice gift from Sylvia! I love the fabric she chose and the book that was with it.

mainely stitching said...

Wow wow wow! Amazing!!! I'd never get bored with Hare Pyn posts!

Lea Jeanne said...

Michelle, I just left a comment on your post about stash for sale and I didn't see it was a much older post. I suppose you sold already everything, isn't it? Good for you if so. Otherwise I would be happy to buy those I asked for. Thank you.

MoonBeam said...

Your Hare Pyns is amazing. I took that class a couple years ago but panicked when I realized you had to stitch the background. Nice work. Good luck with your finishing.

Bobbi

Theresa said...

Hare Pyns is really pretty!!!! Your hard work is totally worth it~~
Your gift from Sylvia is just awesome!!! The fabrics of the project keeper is so much fun~~~~ That is such a wonderful gift~~~

DebbieSFL said...

Man, your work is amazing!!

Margaret said...

Your Hare Pyns looks amazing! I just know you'll finish it and be so happy with it! Love Sylvia's gifts to you. That wallet is so cute! And the book -- I so need that book. lol! Great start on Isabella too!

MarieZ said...

Your "Hare Pyns" looks beautiful. I know you will have it finished before long. Love the goodies from Sylvia. I am about as far as you on Isabella. Just started it, but I did have to put some red in so I started the alphabet. Why, you ask, am I starting another large sampler when I have so many other WIPS??? Saw a finished one at Needlework Boutique and just had to start mine.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your Hare Pyns piece is gorgeous. I can't wait to see it all finished up.
Sylvia's gifts are wonderful. That book looks very interesting.
Love your new start too.

Sylvia said...

Oh, your HP looks fabulous - its so nice seeing it all finished.

Glad you liked the presents.

Nice start on Isabella - I am about at the same point.

Mouse said...

woo hoo on getting most of it stitched in time :) and well done for not trying to attempt to make it up when tired :) wonderful gifts you got from your friend and that little hare is sooo cute :) love mouse xxxx

Giovanna said...

Congrats on finishing the big stitching in Hare Pyns, it's just lovely! That RdS book is a real treasure - having seen its models in real life, I can tell you, the photographs don't even come close to doing them justice.

KarenV said...

Hare Pyns looks gorgeous Michelle! I love the little hare peeking out of the 0 of 2011 :)

Siobhan said...

Your HP is GORGEOUS, Michelle. Well worth the time and effort you put into it. The gift from Sylvia--oh my gosh!! Lucky you. Nice start on Isabella, too.

Kathy A. said...

Absolutely gorgeous stitching. The little bunnie is just so sweet!
Your fabric in your project bag is so wonderful. What a lovely gift from a freind.

Katrina said...

Hare Pyns is gorgeous, can't wait to see it all finished and I love your gift from Sylvia :-).

woolwoman said...

Hare Pyns is a gorgeous project - I'm glad you finished the stitching portion - good start on Isabella and what a great gift from Sylvia - enjoy them ! Mel

Catherine said...

Hares Pyns is simply stunning!

Great gifts - I'm sure that the project bag will be well used.

Nicole said...

Wow!! I can't believe how much you've gotten done on HP. It's gorgeous!! I love the project wallet! It's so pretty and that book looks amazing! Great start on Isabella too! Can't wait to see more. :)

Andrea said...

The HP piece looks incredible, the colours are so vibrant. Love the gifts too.

Mindi said...

Hare Pyns looks amazing, I can't wait to see it finished. The project keeper bag is totally adorable, I love the coordinating fabrics.

Mindi said...

Hare Pyns looks amazing, I can't wait to see it finished. The project keeper bag is totally adorable, I love the coordinating fabrics.

David said...

Hare Pyns is stunning! I am looking forward to seeing it finished ;-)

Suzanne said...

Hare pyns is such a pretty piece. All that work on the background looks great.

Jackie said...

I saw a friends completed Hare Pyns yesterday - she took the workshop in 2010. It's a stunning piece! Most definitely worth the work.