Archive for November, 2009

Stitchers Retreat

Mid April there is going to be a Stitcher’s Retreat in Fargo, ND.  I am pleased to be teaching Brazilian Embroidery & Stump work again.  I did a design just for the retreat.  It is a bell.  We will stitch bullions, Cast-on and stem stitch along with a few other Brazilian embroidery stitches; and use several EdMar rayon threads – Lola, Iris, Cire, Glory and Nova.  Beginners are welcome.

There are still a few spaces available.  Other classes offered are:  tatting, Tamari balls, Blackwork, Hardanger, Canvas work to mention a few.  The theme is Stitching Around the World.  We have a wonderful time, with free stitching time when  not in a class.  You have a choice of 4 classes to choose from a long list and wide variety.

For more information, send me a note, or log onto  NordicNeedle.com

Hope you can join us.

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom

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Getting organized

Time to get another project organized, ready to stitch.  I am almost finished with my newest Brazilian Dimensional embroidery design, my Huck embroidery bookmarks are caught up for awhile;  I am working on a Cross Stitch Christmas ornament.  Next to assemble is a Tea Towel with a Fall design embroidered with just easy simple embroidery.  You know, the kind you first learned as a child.  It is nice to have different types of needle work going at the same time.  If I don’t feel like doing the Cross Stitch I can work on the Brazilian embroidery or easy little tea towel designs.

To get each project organized I use the Mesh Project bags.  They are so much nicer and more durable than a thin zip lock bag.   The mesh project bags have a fiber in the clear plastic for durability, yet easy to see into.  I like one for each project.  I put the design, thread for that project, hoop, needles and scissors.  Everything I need – I can just pick up the Mesh project bag of choice;  all I need is there, no hunting for the hoop or the right needles, a pair of scissors.

Mesh project bag

The Mesh bags are available in several sizes for smaller or larger projects.    http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

I did get the design traced onto my tea towel last night.  Tonight I want to get the floss gathered.  I am using Gentle Art’s Simply Shaker floss.  I like the slightly shaded colors.  I am going to try to start stitching it tonight too.   My goal is to get my work done early in the evening, then I can watch TV for an hour or so and stitch.  So that is what I am off to do – get my next project organized.

Stitching keeps our souls content,

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom

 

Brazilain Embroidery & Cross Stitch scissor fob

Scissor fobs are becoming very popular to stitch, they are small enough to be a quick stitching project.  They make a fun gift and are practical.   Recently I did a Scissor fob for At Home with Needlework, the magazine by Zweigart.

These pretty attachments are useful to keep from loosing your scissors.  Some stitchers like to keep a pair of scissors in every project bag – They can just pick it up, with everything needed enclosed.   Mesh bags  are prefect for your projects.  They are available in 4 sizes.  Set up your project in separate bags.   But back to Scissor fobs –  I didn’t realize how many Stitchers collected scissors.  I thought my having a 12-15 was alot.  Then I read a blog, that some ladies are VERY SERIOUS collectors – having well over 100, and they make a scissor fob for each.  They even have display cabinets for them.

This fob was fun to do, using my favorite Brazilian embroidery and incorporating Cross Stitch.

Rolled Rose scissor fob

The Brazilian embroidery Rolled Roses are Bullions, stitched with EdMar thread, Cire – color #009

Gentle Art floss is used for the Cross Stitch – Fragrant Clove

Zweigart banding is the base for the Scissor fob

It is available as a complete kit on my website:   http://www.ThreadsinBloom.com

It is getting late and I want to work on a new Brazilian embroidery design with Kalmia flowers.  I will show you some pictures of it progress in the next Blog.    Also, I am trying to keep ahead on doing the Huck embroidery bookmarks that I donate to the local Library to sell in their Little Gift Shop.   Not enough hours in the day to do all the stitching I would like to do;  but isn’t that the case for all Stitchers

I look forward to your comments ~

Stitching keeps the soul content

Sharon ~ Threads in Bloom