Boughs of Holly

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Hi, all!  I hope you had a very merry Christmas.  Today I want to share the EGA holiday party from earlier in the month.  For this ornament exchange I decided to stitch a portion of the pattern Blessings Be Thine by Blackbird Designs.  I loved the little sprig of holly and the stars.  I stitched this on the same fabric I used for the Gold Crown ornament in my last post, 32 count Buttercream by Silkweaver.  The design called for a combination of GAST and Weeks threads.  I ended up using a DMC goldish yellow for the stars because the oatmeal thread it called for matched too closely to my fabric.  I love how it looks though.  Here’s the back.

The red and white trim I used actually came off some packaging (maybe from Christmas cards?) forever ago that I saved.  When I saw it in my finishing box I thought it would be perfect to use for cording around this ornament.  It’s funny that I chose to stitch a holly design for this exchange because there was another holly ornament in the exchange this year too!

We were again at a member’s home and I was again amazed at all the beautiful holiday stitching she’s done.  Let me take you on a little tour.

This is teeny tiny over one.

Also over one.

Super cute Santas.

And this idea I may have to recreate myself.  She stitched several needlepoint designs and then mounted them on boxes she covered with ultrasuede or something of the sort.  She had them stacked on a little table in her entryway and they were absolutely darling, as you can see.  What an ingenious way to showcase beautiful pieces with a fun finishing technique.

See what I mean?  Darling!  They look like beautiful Christmas packages!

Adore the little sheep stocking.

And then we were onto our ornament exchange.  This tiny little bell ornament was the first one I had in my possession.

This is the ornament I went home with.  The woman that stitched him bought the kit when she was traveling recently from a shop in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Since I was just in Ann Arbor, I thought this was meant to be!  And I don’t have anything like him on my tree, so I am so happy to add him to my collection.

Here are all the ornaments together.

 

A couple of close-ups.  See the other holly ornament?

Look at that beaded ruffly Christmas tree!

And here’s a closer view of that darling stitched and beaded elf!

A sweet scissor fob that can easily be repurposed as an ornament.

This one was made by our hostess and I believe may be the same designer as the pieces on her boxes.

My friend, Karen, was wearing this sweet little necklace that we all had to get a closer look at.  Two-sided and over one, how cute is that?

This is the piece that several members stitched on and finished as a gift to our guild president who was ending her two-year post. Isn’t it beautiful?

Inside…

And the little needlebook and beaded fob.

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the beautiful ornaments from this year’s party.  Now, I’d better get started thinking about next year!

I am grateful to be surrounded by such inspiring stitchers!

All the Beads

Thanks so much for the comments on my last couple of posts.  I still can’t believe that I never posted about the guild holiday parties from last year!  And I definitely appreciate you all stopping in to visit my blog.  I know it’s been sorely neglected this year.  I’ve enjoyed doing the video podcasts and will definitely continue to do them, but I am also going to get back to doing written posts with the 8 billion photos you’re accustomed to more regularly this coming year.  And in case you are following my blog through a reader like Bloglovin’, I’m not sure how the videos show up there so you may need to click through to the blog in order to see it.  Here’s the latest one, in case you missed it.

Anyway, back to the stitching!  So, the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild had their annual holiday party on the 1st and it was a lot of fun, as usual.  There was a lot of great food and I enjoyed visiting with my fellow stitchers and friends.  The best part though is seeing what everyone stitched for the annual ornament exchange.  I was racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to stitch when I came across a post by Sharon on Instagram of her finished Gold Crown ornament by Rosewood Manor in this year’s JCS Ornament issue.  I instantly fell in love with it and decided it would be a perfect choice for the Tudor Rose crowd.  I used Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid that I had in my stash from one of my Chatelaine Designs pieces and some red Mill Hill beads.  The design actually calls for several different colored beads – red, green, blue, purple.  But, I liked it with just the red.  So, the ornament stitched up super fast on some 32ct Buttercream linen by Silkweaver and then I just had to figure out how to finish it.  You may know that cording is not my favorite thing in the world, so I had the brilliant idea that doing a beaded edging would be pretty and relatively quick to do.  You see where this is going, right?  So the afternoon of the party I sat down to do this beaded edging and hours later I was still trying to finish it.  I love the way it turned out but OMG it took forever!  The beaded edge took way longer to do than the stitching even!  But, I was happy with it.  I will definitely be stitching another one to keep.  I might cut back on the bead overload though, LOL.

So, off I went to the party and here are some of the beauties others stitched that came past me as we were passing ornaments around the table.  I thought this one was very sweet.  Love the jingle bells at the top.

And here’s the back using coverlet fabric – love it!

Loved this big strawberry bunch!

This one was stitched by my friend, Kim, and was probably my favorite.  It’s stitched on 52/60 count linen and it’s a portion of a Long Dog sampler.  Isn’t it the most darling thing?  And it’s tiny!  Excuse my shadow on it.  I seriously need one of these in my life.

This one is so sweet too.  I am in love with the embroidered branch and flowers at the bottom.  So creative!

And here is the ornament I came home with…a beautifully stitched needlepoint angel.

Loved this finishing technique – way simpler than a billion beads!

And another cute one – finished like a gift tag!  That green bauble trim is killing me, it’s so cute!

And here are all of them together.  You can see how tiny those little reindeer are in comparison.  So many talented stitchers!

I hope you enjoyed this little peek at our exchange.  I’ll be sharing the EGA holiday party and exchange soon!

I am grateful for inspiration from talented stitchers!

 

Episode 10: Glamping

 

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Pansy Park BOM by Thimbleberries quilt top – started 10/1/2002 and top finished 11/24/15
  2. Yellow Rose scissor fob – EGA program
  3. Dumpling pouches (3) made out of Tula Pink Eden fabric using this tutorial
  4. Mini Sewing Basket by Old Colonial Designs – DMC on 32ct mocha linen
  5. Not shown – two ornaments and one gift

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – on 32ct polka dot natural/white linen from The Cottage Needle with DMC and GAST threads – started on Thanksgiving Day
  2. Not shown – Plum Street Samplers Sunday Mystery Sampler – Twelve Days of Christmas – started on 10/18/15
  3. Not shown – Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars
  4. Blocks for Glamp Stitchalot quilt

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Glamp Stitchalot was hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics and featured the following teachers:

We sewed on a Janome Skyline S7 (I knew there was a 7 in there!).

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Glamp goodies
  2. Amazing swap gift from my partner using Alison Glass fabrics – Noodlehead Trail Tote and Open Wide Pouch
  3. For my Glamp quilt – Cotton + Steel Honeymoon by Sarah Watts for main fabrics, some Cotton + Steel basics to blend in, and Netorious in Cloud/Silver for my background (photo below)

  1. FQs of Katy Jones’ Priory Square fabric for Art Gallery Fabric
  2. Tula Pink Elizabeth fabric – Ship Shape in two colorways, Bats in the Belfrey in one colorway, and 16th Century Selfie in one colorway

Reading:

  1. Finished Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  2. Currently reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

I am grateful for an amazing retreat full of sewing, friends, and singing to Britney Spears with Tula.

A Gathering of Stitchers

 

Thanks so much for checking out my last post, I have really missed blogging.  The podcasting is fun, but I really love sharing photos and writing posts too.  I am hoping to post something, either a written post or a podcast episode much more frequently. So, as promised in my last post I wanted to share last December’s holiday party held by the other needlework guild I am a member of – EGA.

This was my second year to attend the EGA holiday party, but this year I opted to not stitch an ornament for the exchange.  Since I’d stitched one for Tudor Rose, and we had our annual eggnog and dessert party the night before the EGA party, I just didn’t feel like I had the time to get something done.  And it was kind of nice to go with no pressure and no expectations, just to visit and enjoy the party.

So, the party was held at one of the member’s homes and she has an amazing amount of stitched pieces that really were awesome to look at.  The wreath above is full of beautiful needlepoint/canvaswork (I don’t know the difference) ornaments.

And look at her gorgeous tree full of stitched ornaments.

Here are a few other decorations around her home.  I’m telling you I was so inspired to go home and stitch my little heart out!

And this is just one of the ornament hanger trees she had completely full of beautiful stitched pieces!

Anyway, I spent most of my time just wandering around and looking at everything.  So much to see and admire and be inspired by!

And then of course, there was the exchange.  First up, the guild President presented her board with these sweet beaded star ornaments that she made.  So pretty!

And my sweet friend Adrienne beaded this lovely ornament.  You may recall I got her beaded ornament in the exchange last year.

Isn’t that darling?  I just love it and would have loved to come home with it.  And then look at this one too.  The guild did a Temari workshop not too long before the party (which I am still kicking myself for missing, I really want to learn how to do temari).  I thought it was wonderful that two people actually made temari for the ornament exchange.  Here’s one of them.

And then here are all the exchange ornaments together.  So fun to see such a variety of types of ornaments – beaded, stitched, etc.

Here are some closer shots.  See the other temari?

More…some perforated paper, more beaded ornaments, hardanger, etc.

And the last set.  Tatted ornament and another of those beaded stars – this time in green.  And look at the cute knit Santa.

So, it was a fun afternoon and I definitely needed the non-pressure of just attending without doing the exchange.  I just had too much on my plate with the board gifts, my Tudor Rose ornament, our party, and then of course my exchange with Sylvia – which I will share next time!

Thanks for checking in!

I am grateful for being surrounded by creative people.

Where Did 2014 Go?

It’s that time of year again when the holidays roll around and I am furiously trying to finish up my exchange ornaments for the guild holiday parties.  In all the flurry I realized today that I never shared last year’s fun here on the blog.  Gah!  So, let’s pretend for a moment that it’s December of 2014 and I’ll take you on a little walk down memory lane.  Last December was the end of my two-year term as President of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild.  It was a good two years, and I felt like a lot was accomplished and the board and I were able to put some things in motion that really made a difference for the guild as a whole.  I have to say, I’m quite proud of those two years.  So, with the end on my term on the board, I wanted to gift my board with some little thank you gifts.  Because of the way the positions roll off, there were some people that were with me both years, and some that were only on one year or the other.  I neglected to do gifts for the outgoing board members the year before, so I just did it all in one fell swoop.

For one year’s board members, I made these little Tudor rose boxes.  I found an image online, printed it out and attached it to the top of the boxes.  The boxes were those cardboard boxes that you can find at your local hobby store that are unfinished.  I painted them red and then used some Briwax to age them and buff them to a pretty finish.

On the inside I added a little bit of wool felt to the bottom for a finished look.

I really love how they turned out and I think the ladies were pleased with them as well.

For the other board members, I made some beaded scissor fobs.  I ordered the Tudor rose charms from a shop on etsy and then found some pretty crystal beads to add.  I’m happy with how these turned out as well.

Here’s all of them together.  The crystals are actually a very pretty red and not quite the color they are showing up in these photos.

I did make one of each for myself too – a box and a fob.  And the ladies that served on the board both years got both gifts.  I think they were happy with them.  I was more than happy to spend some creative time making something for them as a thank you for volunteering their time to make the guild great.

And along with my gifts for the board, the board had a gift for me as well.  I had to snag the photos from our guild’s blog, but wanted to share with you.

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Once the gifts were given and the food was eaten, we gathered around to do our annual ornament exchange.  Here is the ornament I stitched.  It’s by Catherine Theron and was in the 2002 JCS Ornament issue.  I stitched it on 32ct Lakeside Linen in Flagstone (much more bluish/grey than is showing in this photo) with the called for GAST threads.

I worked on it over Thanksgiving and had fun stitching it.  I thought the pompom trim was a good choice for finishing.  I may need to get some more of that!  I thought stitching a Catherine Theron ornament was a good choice since she has come to teach at our guild several times.

Here are a few of the ornaments that my fellow guild members made for the exchange.  Loved how simple this one was with the band sampler style.

Loved the aging on this one, especially the rusted jingle bells.  The homespun fabric at the bottom are the perfect touch.

Such a cute idea to stitch this over one and put into a tiny frame.

Another great use of aging.  Love that chenille trim too!  I have this one in my stash to stitch, and I just love it.  This is going on my must stitch for next Christmas list!

And here’s another sweet one.  I love the fabric they used, love that beaded edge and then the pinked wool felt backing.  Just darling!

And here are all the ornaments together.  So many amazing and talented stitchers are part of this group!

And here’s the ornament I received in the exchange, I love the Celtic knotwork and the pretty beads.

And another shot of it on my tree.

So pretty!  It is always so fun to see what everyone else has stitched and to come home with a beauty one of the members made.   And it never ceases to amaze me how so many of us stitch out of the JCS ornament issue (often the current one) and yet, we’ve never had two people stitch the same thing!

I’ll be back soon with a recap of last year’s EGA holiday party too and what fun things there were to see!

I am grateful for the holiday spirit.