I hope everyone’s January is off to a great start! Here in West Cleveland we have had a lovely spell of warmer weather which has melted most of the snow, although we did a get a little sprinkling of the white stuff this morning.
Saturday was such a beautiful day that we took a road trip to Columbus…..I needed threads! I stopped and visited both What’s the Point Needlepoint & Louise’s Needlework. The respective owners Becky Brightman & Jill Mashburn Elia are both lovely ladies as are the women who work with them, it is always great to see everyone! A few new items had arrived in both stores and yes I did manage to acquire a few threads and the new book from Carole H.Lake & Michael E.Boren, Desert Island Stitches. I have not read the book completely yet, just browsed through, so far I am enjoying it and would recommend it.
I have a few photos of clubs being run at What’s the Point Needlepoint.
This club is set to start in February. The stitch guides have all been redone and stitched by The Hippie Stitcher (Linda Breman), you can find her on Facebook.
The Pippin Mini Stockings is a new club that I do not believe has started yet, the sign does say “Coming Soon”.
I did get to see a photo of a class that will be held on May 28 from 10 – 4pm and a half day on May 29, 9 – Noon. This class piece is a Melissa Shirley Design by Vicki Sawyer called “A Bit of Red” and Carolyn Hedge Baird will be teaching it.
Is that not a great red cardinal?
Louise’s Needleworks still has a few openings for Melissa Shirley’s Winter Table being taught by Laura Taylor on April 17 – April 19.
This is also a very beautiful piece.
So that was my visit this time. Since having taken this trip a couple of times recently I have found that it is a very easy drive, woo hoo!! I even met “Sue from Connecticut” a stitcher that I originally met in Baltimore at Bedecked & Beadazzled, what a small world!
Today’s stitch is a Donohue Stitch Variation. I have charted it in two different directions. The stitches are colored to show stitch direction and repeat. I am auditioning this stitch at the moment. I stitched a small sample and added one strand of accentuate to the last row of stitches. I like to add accentuate after I have stitched the first row. I thread the accentuate separately and stitch over the stitches before I move on to the next row. I find that it lays much nicer than having it in the same needle with my other thread. It takes a little longer but the effect is worth it.
The two charts are to enable you to easily change directions when stitching a jacket, blouse, robe, etc. Enjoy!
On the home front last night Stimpy took up residence in my seat, she thought she could add a few stitches for me on my Stitching Games 2015 project!
Have a wonderful week and keep on stitching!