Needleworker's samplings

A sampling of my designs as well as personal stitching, and life in general.

Sunday, October 1, 2023

SAL time

 New project until things settled down.

Here is the start point:

Actually I think I started this back in either 2012 or 2013.
In the bag of threads, I found the receipt for the 
threads from Dec 2012.  It will eventually be a gift for one of 
my SILs.  He loves the Pittsburg Penquinns.
ALl the red areas will become golden, the small blue areas
 will be back, white will still be white and the big back areas
will remain black as well.  bottom of the hockey sticks will be
 thicker than the rest of it.  The netting will be a thinner thread.

And here is the piece as of today.

Don't forget the other ladies

Monday, September 11, 2023

 I know it's been awhile and I can say it has not been as easy summer.  More issues with the eyes which has made stitching difficult.  I have tried a project a bigger count than The Potter's ShHed (36 ct).  But I haven't had the staying power to work on stitching.

I have been crocheting.

two shawls for "threads of Love"
making shawls for the family of organ donors.
One done and one nearly done.

This one is Red, White and Blue and includes 
the paws from one of our two cats.
He just had to check it out.
This one is actually a bit small and narrow 
so if it is rejected then it goes to the
Shawl ministry at our church.

This one needs the two outer strips to be finished then

everything to be sewn/crocheted together.

The black/gray/white is one variegated strand 

and made a really cool pattern

(my opinion)

Don't forget the other ladies




Monday, July 10, 2023

 I'm already a day late.  Yikes!

Make sure to check out the other stitchers in the SAL.




 Meanwhile, out of the 3 weeks, I was gone for a week and sick for a week (nothing serious just a summer cold but a royal pain elsewhere).  Guess work, my stitching suffered.  The eyes are still having an issue with the left eye and I was told to wait 3 months to see if it clears on it's own.  (grumble, grumble)

On the positive note, I started crocheting again.  I now have 3 places that instantly want stuff - from prayer shawls to baby blanket to comfort shawls (for organ donors families).  So I have started.  I admit I am a bit slow yet but working on things anyhow.

Here is my current project - a shawl for the Organ donation organization.  It needs to be roughly 60 inches long so I still have a bit to go.

As you can see, the curled end is where I am working
(see red tread and my red toe and sandal)
I am going to finish this red area, do another white are and 
another red area, then the navy blue is the rest.
I have not tied off my loose ends yet
(I tend to do them all at the end).

After this one, I will find some other yarn and another project.

Hopefully more stitching next time.

Sunday, June 18, 2023

 Hi everyone

It has been a long period of not posting and I am sorry but it could not be helped.  Here is the hopefully short version of the saga.

In late March I notice I was seeing less and less out of my left eye and saw the regular optimist that I use.  I've been wearing glasses since college.  Got diagnosed with cataracts.  Waited a month before getting to see the specialists and that was after I told them I was losing sight, otherwise I would be just getting into for the initial exam.  Lenses definitely need to be replaced.  Just want the regular version, no specialty stuff.  Now waiting about 3 weeks for surgery for one eye than two weeks after that for the second eye.  Everything seems to go fine and at the next day check-up, Dr wanted to pop my lens for that eye (from the glasses).  I said no.  Regardless of other things, I needed my bifocals.  Left eye kept aching and feeling funny.  Finally at the week check-up I got a mini-cat scan (not sure how else to describe it) and there is something behind the eye but it should not be bothering my vision.  Following week had the second eye done.  Much better and easier.  Now have great distance vision but nothing else.  I actually bought 2 paid of cheap readers (2 different strengths) to replace my bifocals.  I also had to buy sunglasses since I am now sensitive to really bright sunlight - evidently this is normal.  I can drive just fine but now my mid-range distance if off.  Back to the original optimist.  Get retested, I still need glasses - no problem.  I had figured I would still need them.  I have a funky stigmatism.  Now another 2 week wait for the new glasses (with upgraded bifocals).  It's been less than a week but now I have new glasses and are adjusting to them.  I went to a smaller frame this time.  I think I am ready to go back to my normal and fine stitching.  I certainly do not need as much light anymore.

Meanwhile The Potter's Shed has been on hold, more or less.  I did some between my last SAL post and the initial surgery.  I did finish one needlepoint piece and did lots of knitting ( wih ripping) and crocheting.

So I have two new photos for you today - the updated The Potting Shed and a completed Bermuda Reef, as well as the two previous photos.

July 2022

June 2023

April 16, 2023

June 18, 2023

Make sure you also check out my fellow stitchers in the SAL group.

Sunday, April 16, 2023

 SAL 4-16-2023

The Potter's Shed

THe last SAL


and the close-up!

Make sure you check out the other stitchers.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

 It's SAL time again.

Here's the wonderful stitchers:

Here is the rest of the group!




This is where I was back on the 5th of March

and today overall

today close up

note the missing row
it should be blackwork sunflowers
how at night I can not see it well enough
and with the multitude of rain lately
it's been downright gloomy
so hopefully we get sunshine and I get the row done soon.

I usually do not do beads and dangles along the way.  
above the words trowel etc, there will be dangles
at the very top a nd a few other place
there will be beads (though not many).

Enjoy your stitching everyone!

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

 Here is my new "smallish" project and the results as of yesterday.

Hope your weather is becoming more Spring-like.