Stitcher’s Showcase: Lynne De’ath

Lynne De’ath from the UK stitched the Angel of Christmas by Mirabilia. Lynne says, “She took me about three months to stitch on 32# linen, a tad longer than I thought, because I made a big boo-boo when sticking together the two halves of the photocopies (working copies only, please note!), and lost one and one-half lines of the chart! So, I had to do a bit of “creative work” and hope it didn’t spoil the overall effect. Then I had trouble with the darker of the two gold metallic threads, which refused to lie flat like the others. Using the Whisper thread was a novel experience too, but it made all the difference to the finished article. It’s a pity the photo doesn’t do justice to the sparkle and the furriness on the gown, but I’d recommend this piece to anyone who isn’t faint-hearted – she is a joy to behold.

My daughter Paula doesn’t usually want anything stitched by Mom, but during the working of it, she muttered very quietly, “I don’t suppose you’d do me one as well?” – I was so surprised that I said “Of course! You can have this one!” – silly me, that means I have to do battle with the metallics and beads again!

Have a wonderful Christmastide, and many blessings for the New Year!

Love as always, Lynne xx”

Stitcher’s Showcase: Beverly Sordi

Beverly Sordi from Hibbing, Minnesota. Beverly writes, “Sometime ago I ordered the pattern of the Snowman. Not paying attention to details (size, etc,) you can imagine my surprise when it arrived on 36 sheets of 8.5” x 11” paper. It WAS put aside for awhile but I finally decided to start. It was a challenge…most projects take me 3 weeks to 2 months. This took 13 months!

When I took it in for a mat, started to unroll it, our local professional artist just opened his eyes wide and said, “Wow!” He was impressed. My husband insisted it hang all summer and now it fits right in…we are getting snow!”

Stitcher Showcase: Naomi Seeger’s Hardanger Group

Naomi Seeger send me this news article regarding her Hardanger Group.

“Hardanger classes are given by Naomi Seeger, member of Sons of Norway, Vestland Lodge 1-601, Minnetonka, MN. The first class of six participants was May 5, 2012. We meet the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 P.M. Most participants are beginners, however, some of them want to once again familiarize themselves with the stitches. Presently everyone is working on the same project, however, once the basic stitches are learned everyone can do their own Hardanger project.

Hardanger embroidery is a form of embroidery traditionally worked with white thread on white evenweave cloth or ivory-on-ivory cloth, using counted thread and drawn thread work techniques. The stitches and skills include kloster block, eyelets, cable stitch, satin star motif, drawn thread, cutting and thread removal and weaving bars.

Each participant has a different background, however, all are true Norwegians who are dedicated to carrying on the Nordic needlecraft.

We enjoy carrying on the stitching of Hardanger!”

Stitcher’s Showcase: Gail Bindewald

Hi Roz,

In April I asked a question about finishing my Hardanger. I was going to have it dry cleaned and you sent me wonderfully complete directions to finish my project.

I did exactly what you said and it turned out great. I’ve attached a picture so you can see the finished project. The blue underneath is one of my daughter’s wedding colors so will be under the alter cloth during the ceremony.

I wanted to tell you thank you for helping me. I truly appreciate your time.

Gail Bindewald

Stitcher Showcase: Marg Phillips

In the Stitcher’s Showcase this week, Marg Phillips sent us this photo of her standing by her newly finished Glory in the Morning Cross-stitch.

Marg says, “I thought you might like to see how I finished it. It might give other people ideas on how to finish this cross-stitch rather than framing it. Usually my Husband makes all my frames for me, but this time I thought using my quilting skills might look nice with this piece. I really enjoyed doing this cross-stitch.

We have been inspired by this cross – stitch, that we are in the process of building 2 new raised flower beds in the backyard, (right by our vegetable gardens) and we are going to plant Sunflowers with Morning Glories growing up through them.

I hope your company keeps on giving customers a great choice of projects. I only wish you were in Canada! I love to receive your catologues.

Thank you

Stitcher’s Showcase: Karen Arnold

I visited your store in Sept. 2010. It was wonderful. I was the only customer in the store that Thursday evening and your girls treated me wonderfully. They were very helpful and even searched for the correct threads to match the colors that I had. I bought a fractal at that time but was not able to start it until May of 2011. It is now finished and hanging over my fireplace. It is so beautiful.

Thanks so much for having a store where we can find just what we need for our habits (cross stitching).

Thanks again.

Karen Arnold in Centerville, Ohio