Beth Seal of Summer House Stitche Workes was the guest designer and I signed up for her pendent class here are my finished pieces
Friday evening we picked and cut out the pictures and glued them into the pendent. Saturday we sealed them and Sunday we put a resin coat on them. They're about 1" square and I think I will make scissor fobs out of them.
The rest of the weekend was stitching, stitching and a bit more stitching with some shopping thrown in there for good measure. I started Silver Creek Samplers Forever Love as my retreat project and got it to here before I left:
|Stitched on 32-count Picture This Plus "Earthern" with Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Art Sampler Threads|
I also worked on Just Nan's Happy Bluebird while there and finished it at my parent's. This is where the part of my title comes into play. The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus and is a reminder that bigger isn't always better. I had great hopes of finishing my The Sampler Life SAL this year with this SAL, but so far I have found other smalls that are more interesting.
|Stitched on 28-count Antique White Brittany with called for threads and Bluebird charm|
I mentioned shopping. Here are three of the things I bought:
Hand Dyed Fabric by Stephanie. Stephanie herself was there and honestly we looked a bit like a swarm of locust descending on her when she came in. The fabric on the left is 32-count Balsam Fir and the one on the right is 28-count Autumn Splendor. In addition to the pictured items, I ordered a piece of 32-count Glastonbury Tor for Mirabilia's Shakespeare's Fairies after hemming and hawing over colors - thank you to everyone that helped with the decision making. I also picked up Crab from the Mill Hill Buttons and Beads collection and the GAST for Ingleside Imaginarium's Guardians of Notre Dame. I am happy to report that I stayed within my budget, but I could have blown it wide open with the fabrics. The whole "colors are different on your monitor" thing? TRUE!! I never would have picked Glastonbury Tor if I hadn't seen it in person.
Last but definitely not least is . WIPocalypse is hosted by Melissa at Measi's Musings and is a gentle nudge to finish some of those pieces that may not have been getting the love they deserve. Melissa gives us blogging topics each month - this month's is: What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend? I am always the last to find out about something new, so if I mention it as new it's most likely many months or years old. So with that caveat, for me, Stephanie's fabrics from above are definitely my newest "oh my, where have you been all my stitching life" product.
As far as WIPocalypse stitching, Goldie went from here:
and Japanese Zen Garden went from here:
My weekend plans other than a boatload of laundry are to add that last eyelet on Bluebird, finish off the main portion of Love, pick out my small for April, and then figure out where I am in my rotation - I really think Goldie is up but would love to put a few stitches in Zen. decisions, decisions....