Can you believe it's July? How did this happen? (I know I say this every year, but wow - it sneaks up on me!) And it's also time for another WIPocalypse check in. Anyway, I have been stitching...as you can see Isabella's made some progress. I'm just loving her and she is really such a joy to stitch.
I did take a little break from Isabella though for a new start. I mentioned in my last post that I was planning something new, and shared the silks with you. Well, I took this with me a couple of weeks ago, when I had to go to Wichita for work. I absolutely love how the AVAS silks look on the Confederate Grey (40ct) fabric. I'm so happy with the color. And once I get some more stitched, I think it's going to look amazing. Anyway, this is the John Reed 1844 sampler by Forget-Me-Nots in Stitches. It's going to be my memorial sampler for my dad, and I started it on his birthday.
Oh, and the new scissors? I got them last weekend along with some other goodies I'll have to share. So what, pray tell, was I up to over the weekend? I was invited to attend the second annual Epic Stitching Get Together, which was hosted this year by a local blogger, Susan at Afford Your Passions. Susan did a great recap of the weekend on her blog, but I thought I'd share a few photos too. While we were missing a few folks in this photo, you can see that Susan's living room kind of looked like a bomb exploded with all the stash, WIPs, stitching bags, etc. everywhere.
There was even more behind the couch...
And a bunch of us brought items to give away to good homes - a whole table full in fact!
And what are those buckets lining the hallway? Why those were our in-house shop! One of the ladies brought leftover inventory from her shop and we all had free reign throughout the weekend to peruse and shop at our leisure (often going back again and again!).
I made sure to bring a selection of things to work on...
I even got the opportunity to do some Tula Pink enabling over the weekend, thanks to our visit to the local quilt shop and my lovely project bags.
I did attempt to work on Isabella, but due to where I was sitting (no light behind me), the 40ct stitching just wasn't happening. So after a couple of hours attempting it, I finally gave up and stitched on something a little easier to see. I pulled out Mystery 9 that has languished for a long long long long time. In fact the last time I worked on it was last June. I'm not sure what prompted me to dig out this piece and bring it, but I'm glad I did. I managed to get that left bottom corner restitched (after the last sad ripping out session). And even managed to get the other corner stitched too! I'm halfway there on part 9!
And my Chatelaine was in good company - the weekend yielded a total of seven in progress Chatelaines that I got to see up close and personal. And wow - I need to get my Egypt Garden started asap, especially after seeing this.
I'm just so thrilled to have made some good progress on this piece. And I'm even more thrilled to have had such a fantastic weekend and been so graciously welcomed into this group of stitchers. There was so much inspiration, I'm sure I'm going to be busy stitching for a long time!
I am grateful for new friendships.