Mom always says, "never cut a knot, always untie it. If you can't figure out how to untie a knot, you'll never figure out how to solve your problems."

Monday, November 5, 2012

another long absences brings you a show and tell:

Happy November 5th.  Guy Fawkes day for the Brits among us.
And yes, I've been away again but keeping busy.

Here are a few show and tells of what I've been up to.

My sister sent me a sweater set to embellish.  So far only the "shell" is done:

It's a basic little paper  pieced triangle with some embroidery added.

I also made a needle case.  I've been  admiring the ones that others have done, for example: Deanna at eclectic-meanderings (scroll down a bit),  and so was inspired to try and make one:

This is the cover.  It reads needles pins.

This is how it looked while being assembled.

And the interior for all those tools of the trade.

I also started playing a little with my version of a sampler.  Practicing my stitch work basically.  It has now become one long long sampler fit enough for Dr. Who  (almost.)  I think I started it in anticipation of Karen Ruane's currently running class, Embroider, Embellish, Create. The sampler is growing and going.  It probably about 7 feet long at the moment so I'm showing it to you in two parts:

And I still have all my other WIPs going too...you see I really do stitch while I'm away.

I'd also like to take the time to remind everyone to keep positive thoughts going to all the storm victims out East.  In particular for Jude and her family and neighbors.  The word is that she is doing okay but still thinks it will be another two weeks before the power comes back on.  The days are getting colder and shorter so let's keep hope alive by donating to a relief fund to bring needed aid to the area.

Hopefully I'll be back sooner then later.  Stay safe and warm.  Thank you.


  1. your posts are always chock full of goodies. you went all out on that needle case. a spot for everything. and i just love the pointed edges you created with blanket stitch on your sampler. yep...you've been busy.
    and i second those good wishes for all the people involved in getting their lives back together on the east coast.

  2. oh and i forgot...i do love the sweater embellishment...lucky sister.

  3. oh my you have been so busy titivating, embellishing and creating BEAUTIFUL things. I want a seven foot sampler now!!! Where will I find the time for that? abandon class.....no option....your needle case is wonderful. Oh I really want to come and play with all these lovely titivated things!


  4. and yes....thinking about Jude and everyone else who is affected by this awful thing....

  5. Hi, Henrietta. Your sampler is a knock-out, just love the detail of the stitching. And your needle case is beautiful--I'm quite envious! So fancy!
    best, nadia

  6. yes, prayers for Jude and all of the people still suffering at the hands of Sandy... the rest of us are so grateful ... yes
    lots of sampler love going on here...

  7. You have been busy. Love the sweater, and your 7 foot sampler is amazing! So much to look at. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Your work and your blog is beautiful!! Hope you post more...I keep checking back. P.S Love your mom.

  9. thank you for the warm thoughts. and wonderful stitchery.

  10. please sir...I want some more....

  11. Hi Henrietta, your beautiful oak leaf whisked me over here from Jude's warm space. It was worth the visit. I'm particularly delighted by Mom's quote - I was always told - in similar vein, that if I couldn't cut the fingernails of my left hand properly "you'll never manage a husband" ! ... and I was never allowed to cut through knots. Having found you I'll be popping by from time to time, to learn from your lovely stitching. Thank you for sharing it.


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