Saturday, May 2, 2020

Saturday Stitching

My thanks to an Eagle Eyed commenter who alerted me to the fact that I had left a U out of Autumn on my September word play. I knew something did not look right but I just could not figure out what it was! Rather like editing a blog and you do not see a misspelled word or punctuation error. So here it is corrected. And now it looks RIGHT.  Thanks again to my anonymous commenter.

I am grateful it was pointed out to me because had I left it as before, EVENTUALLY I would have noticed it and it would have made me mad as a wet hen at myself. Much easier to fix before it was FFO'd.

I decided to just go ahead and start on my two new charts.

I did not get a lot done on this one as Saturday was a busy day.  I love stitching with only three colors of floss.

I stitched on this Sunday. As it was close to being done on Sunday night I worked on it on Monday as well. I did change the color of Collector from White to Black. I saw a Floss Tuber had done that and I liked how it looked when it was completed. Thanks again to Mary and RJ...Stitching Friends Forever. Those beautiful Antique buttons were in my giveaway box from them!! I had the buttons squirreled away for the perfect project. I have more left so you will be seeing them in the future.

Monday afternoon, Brenda of Brenda's Minders and More stopped by to drop off some project bags.

We gabbed a lot and I think she could tell I was needing some stitchy conversation.  And speaking of stitchy sweet reader, Angela, took time to let me know that the Q snaps cannot be tightened by running them through the dishwasher. She suggests just buying new clips that can be purchased separately from the frame. Angela does what I do when mine get loose. I just fold up the fabric and place it under the clip and it works fine. I will say one time I got a bit too enthusiastic with this and broke the clip so just be cautious if you take this route with your Q Snaps. Angela also offered to deliver floss and fabric to my doorstep. I so appreciate that in this crazy time. But my fingers are crossed that Hobby Lobby will be opening up soon. I have a particular fabric in mind for my Blue Bird and I hope I can find it when the stores reopen.   My floss order should arrive any day now from Fat Quarter Shop. I have noticed several stitchers on FB are complaining about orders taking so long to arrive from online shops. We need to remember that most of these shops are a one person operation and they probably have more orders than they are used to filling. 123 Stitch is taking a bit longer as well as Fat Quarter Shop but I am okay with that. I am just happy they are open and shipping. I can recommend Jen's Stitching Niche, Kitten Stitcher and Sheperd's Needle as very good online stores to purchase wares from in the Covid situation.  And a PS to Angela...we love all the PBS mysteries with Endeavor being a favorite. I am hoping it comes back soon. Right now we are watching Baptiste....very interesting.

One last finish....The Cat Candle Mat by Prairie Grove Peddler. I did this one for Susan, my crazy cat lady friend. I found this votive in my decor stash and I am giving it to her to go with the mat. It matches perfectly.

She is looking for someone who sews to finish it as directed on the instructions.

I also had some happy mail. This is Priscilla's holiday thread pack from Fat Quarter Shop along with some black and white.

Yippee! It came in a plain white plastic envelope and there was a sweet printed card enclosed apologizing for the way the order was packaged. Due to Covid 19 they are packing things very simply and of course, like everyone else I imagine they are working short handed, I am a happy is what is inside the package that counts.

Happy Stitching!!


Laurie said...

You always inspire me,, your work is just so precise and lovely, I hope your fabric you’re wanting is available when we are allowed to shop again, take care and keep,safe. I laughed at, mad as a wet hen lol,, that’s a good one!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the pretty patterns and thread! It's nice to have a hobby during this time. I haven't done as much as I could. Maybe I'll start something fun today. We learn so much from others! Hugs!

Sandy said...

Amen to the slower orders. I am just so thankful for all those ladies packing things and they can just pack any ole way they can. I already said I wouldn't complain about Joanns anymore. I will just be happy with anything I can shop at. I love the little buttons in the collector piece and I didn't notice the autumn was missing the u so glad that someone noticed it. I do love the colors you chose for that one though. The cat piece turned out very cute. I think the new owner will love it.

Georgia said...

Hi Arlene, thank you so much for your Saturday Stitching. Honestly, I didn't noticed the misspelled word. I guess I was just fascinated with the colors you used. As for shops, I also support 123 Stitch, and noticed a little delay in my service. Especially threads. That's OK, I understand. I also order from the Silver Needle in Tulsa. I have enjoyed my visits there when we travel thru Tulsa. So, they are the closest thing to a local needlework shop that I have. There service has been great. Your blog was a joy to read, and I forgot to say I love the Pumpkin, I am anxious to see how you finish it:)

Robin in Virginia said...

The cat candle mat finish is adorable, Arlene! Well done! I agree with Angela about just buying new clamps for your q-snap, but get the Q-snap brand versus the store brand. You will be much happier. I have done the dishwasher route for clamps and it may stay 'tighter' for a day or two, but then returns to loose fitting. Not worth the hassle. Well done on your Collector finish! Good start on the Halloween stitch! Your new project bags are pretty; love that clover/shamrock one. What a pretty thread pack you received! Wishing you a good weekend!

Terri D said...

What a happy post!! I don't understand all the stitching talk but I love seeing your projects and am in love with that cat candle mat. Happy Saturday!

RJ said...

Arlene, You could ask Carolina Stitcher how much she would charge to put the cat candle holder together. She does lovely work.
Love your Collector stitch, the buttons worked out great. I like doing patterns with not many color changes. I spend so much time rethreading my needles as I pull the floss out. And, if I only have a few colors I will keep several needles loaded. Your post reminds me I have a Threadwork Primitives Fall stitch I should get out. This one is very cute!
Great spotting on the Autumn!! It would have been terrible to notice it after you finally finished it!

Mary said...

Arlene, I forgot to sign out with RJ"s name when I commented!! I have to use her name to write the blog....sorry for any confusion

moosecraft said...

Oh my goodness! I did not notice the Autumn boo-boo....I had to scroll back to look at your first pic of it! lol! Good you have an eagle eyed reader! :-)
Love your two starts....and Collector's in black is a winner! Always nice to see folks make a design their own!

Mari said...

I didn't notice that missing u in Autumn either.
I love the piece with the buttons and I like the collector in black. It shows up nicely.
More beautiful work!

Barbara said...

All of your stitching is wonderful, but in this post, the Cat Candle Mat is my favorite (and I'm not especially a cat person). Love the colors.

I didn't notice the lost letter in last week's stitching post, but then, this past week I messed up TWICE when sending out addresses and it was very embarrassing. I sent out requests to A LOT of people, asking them to shower my mother with cards on her 95th birthday, and I gave them the wrong address!!!!!

So I definitely am not the one to point any fingers at people who misspell anything right now.