I am back from my finishing retreat in Modesto. I had a great time! There is something about hanging out with 25 other people that love to stitch as much as you do. LOL The retreat is led by Lois Bear from Elegant Stitch. That woman has more artistic talent than anyone I have ever met. She can look at a project and give you five different ways to finish it. She always says that we need to think outside of the box. Well, she takes us out of the box and across the street!
I stitched, and sewed, and beaded, and stitched some more. Here a few of my finished-finished projects.
These are both Little House Needlework patterns. Look closely and you will see the teeny, tiny mini pom-poms. These are hand-dyed by Lois as part of her Lady Dot line. She also dyes silk ribbon and chenille.
This is a pattern by Pineberry Lane. This uses the Lady Dot hand-dyed silk ribbon in "vintage".
This is a close-up of the silk ribbon. Isn't it beautiful? Can you see the tiny beads? It wasn't enough for Lois to suggest ruched ribbon, but then said that the only way to finish it was with beads. LOL The ribbon took about an hour and a half to ruche, and then another hour to sew on the ribbon and add the beads. Did it take a long time? Absolutely, but this finish was worth every minute!
Then I worked on my sampler. Finally got one side of the vine done and half of the top. Not bad for a couple of hours...
George Burns...yellow with red accents.
Have a wonderful week and be kind to one another.