Odds and Ends

Hi Everyone!

Just got back from a terrific teaching trip in Minnesota hosted by Debbie Clark, the owner of Stitchville USA. This class was a Fab Four Class that ended up being taught by the Terrific Two, Suzanne Howren and yours truly. We were blessed with a great group of students who kept their minds open so we could get inside, challenge them and help them grow as stitchers. As you all know, the single most important thing to bring to any class of any type is an open mind, coupled with the desire to learn and a positive attitude.

I am prepping 5 more Canvas Embellishment classes coming up later this month in Denver at Diversions, next month at The Edwardian needle and Needle Nook of La Jolla and two classes at The Edwardian Needle in December plus some other classes featuring class projects at Creative Stitches and Gifts in Dallas.

In my first blog I mentioned stitching in the opposite direction than you are moving to your next row of stitching. Add to that: If the first stitch of your new row - be it vertical, horizontal, diagonal or oblique - is directly in line with the last stitch of your previous row, then that can’t be your first stitch. You will need to stitch the second stitch in the row first, come back to the first stitch and then continue with the rest of the row of stitches. Doing this will keep the perforation between these two stitches clean like all the rest of the stitches in the previous row and subsequent stitches in the new row.

Note stitch 13-14 is the first stitch on the second row, but it's not directly above the last stitch on the first row! Do you see the first stitch on the third row? Using this method will give you crisp stitches every time!

Have been designing Mini-Mystery designs as 3-hour classes for Edwardian Needle and for The Needle Works in Austin. So much fun to hand out the directions piecemeal and watch the design blossom.

Have you all tried Silken Straw from Alchemy: Yarns of Transformation? It is a Silk ribbon type thread in gorgeous colors that you can use for raised work, flat satin work and many different effects. If you haven’t tried it, you should. You will be in for a treat.

Until next time

Happy Stitching