I finally went through my needles and am throwing away the old ones of which I had a good number of bad ones. Since I don’t have a “sharps” container, I decided to google disposing of sewing needles. Once site recommended wrapping in a rubber band and placing that bundle into a disposable receptacle such as an empty take out box, makeup compact, or pill bottle. Keeping them contained prevents them from poking out of the garbage bag.
As I do this, in the spirit of Hari Kuyo, a Japanese festival of Broken Needles that has been celebrated for over 400 years, I will ask for improved skills, acknowledge my work over the past years, and thank each for their help and service. Hari means needles and Kuyo means memorial service. Traditionally, they were stuck into tofu and floated down a river annually. The tofu served to soothe the needles after their labor and protect from the points of the needles from doing harm. Read all about it at http://issuu.com/audsomee/docs/hari-kuyo
Since no sewing takes place on this day, I picked a good day to celebrate my needles because we are heading out to watch Monty Python live (Mostly), a 3-hour Fandango event with our Delaware friends, and dinner. Early birthday present for Bill!
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Last week, I happened to read through several old ANG NeedlePointer magazines and found an article on basketweave that explained what direction to stitch. This week, I picked up this piece for some easy stitching and realized that I could figure out the proper place to start. The article said, if you are right-handed, work up the horizontal and down on the vertical. And, I can see that clearly on this piece now!
I must come down on the vertical:
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I do like finishing some pieces on my own in various ways mainly because I do not have much wall space left. And, one of the stitches I use is the whip stitch to finish the edge without blocking. It works good for small pieces to go in such things as ready-made frames, bookends, or box tops – it doesn’t create a thick edge & won’t ravel. As long as I don’t pull threads too taut, the canvas doesn’t get distorted. But, I still haven’t used the stitch often enough that I have it memorized. So, this is my stitched example that I can pull up anytime to refer to it. I have to work it left to right. And, it is better to start and/or end on an edge – not a corner!
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Since this is a photoblog, I am also sharing an apron they made for me for Christmas – I love roses! Don’t they do beautiful work? I would really appreciate your help to get them to the next step in the process. Thanks so much for your time. Melita
Good luck Anita & Steve – love you too, Melita (going to vote now!)
I may not have found any needlepoint stores in Vermont but I am finding interesting needlepoint pieces in antique stores (first 3 I have no further info on them) and a sampler (a common pattern from Springfield, VT area for a family record sampler done by a 13-year-old, Martha Harkins) and a quilt at the Bennington Museum. It is a 150 year old quilt done by Jane Stickle with 169 five-inch blocks, each in a different pattern, containing a remarkable total of 5,602 pieces, all surrounded by a unique scalloped border. The quilt is in perfect condition & only on display for a limited time each year.
This trip saved me money & from having more unfinished projects! But, I was very fortunate to see such nice work, especially the quilt.
The night before my shopping excursion, I met with the ANG Flower City chapter. It was a wonderful visit. I think I sparked some interest in the Correspondence Courses. And, I got to see Hiogi (Kay Stanis design) stitched along with many other beautiful pieces. There was a really wide variety of techniques, including knitting represented by about 2 dozen folks! Next time maybe I can sit and stitch for a while.
As we headed out from my aunt and uncle’s in Rochester towards my brother in Naples, I managed to find a new threads for my stash at:
Golden Thread Needlearts in East Rochester. They had Rainbow Gallery’s Silk & Cream described as their ‘Backgrounds Line’. It is a single ply (so, no laying) and is a 50/50 silk/wool blend. Andrea was very excited about the newest trunk show for Elizabeth Bradley. Isn’t the rug amazing! It can be hung on a wall (albeit a large one) or placed on the floor as it was going to be displayed. All kits are designed to be worked with a Victorian cross stitch which covers well and produces a thick, hard-wearing piece without distortion. And, it is not necessary to work it on a frame. I was tempted to get a single square to work up as a pillow. But, I just took the catalog (for now). They have a nice variety needlepoint including instructions for the Brenda Kocher design that our chapter is going to stitch in the fall (Tootsiebubbles: Pinwheels & Whirligigs). And, I saw a stitched Angel of Hope signed by Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum (I stitched it for my sister and is the subject of an earlier blog). I did get a counted cross stitch of a lilac. There is a very interesting wiki page on the annual Lilac Festival held in Highland Park in May. Growing up south of Rochester in Avon, I have enjoyed the beautiful local flowers.
Expressions in NeedleArt in Canandaigua NY. The threads are ThreadworX and it is hand overdyed Kreinik (I got several colors in #8 and #12 braid). I never saw a plastic thimble before – very comfortable. Lori was kind enough to let me photo her in the store which has a great selection of threads and the painted canvases were amazing. I have to get used to using thinner threads or open stitches to allow the canvas to show through because there are soooo many beautiful canvases. There were tons of counted instruction booklets, books, and tools.
Last but not least, 2 doors away is Liberty Cottage, a Folk Art Stitchery store. I got a fantastic tool which will allow me utilize threads for 2 punch needle projects that I bought some time ago and have yet to complete. I was thrilled to get a lesson from Suzanne who also allowed me to photo her standing next to her beautiful hand dyed wool fabric. She covers rug hooking, tatting, rag rug weaving, and many other crafts. I was tempted to stop in to see the Sat class on penny rug making but we had celebrated at my brother’s wedding a tad too much!
All the stores offer quality products with a good variety of stitching techniques to choose from and classes to learn – the area is very fortunate!
So, I completed the Rochester trifecta in one day! I enjoyed chatting with all the ladies and look forward to future visits. I really need to stitch faster or retire and stitch more. Then, I can visit more chapters and more stores!!