I so enjoyed working with Evolon!  It takes paint well and dye and stamping.  This is the cover of my leaf themed booklet.

 I used Evolon for all the pages and it isn't too difficult to stitch through.  Here are a few autumn leaves being blown across the pages using the fly stitch.

Maple and oak leaf pages using the chain stitch, stem, seed, buttonhole, crossed buttonhole and french knots.

 Haven't done much lattice stitching and I need more practice.  Enjoyed stitching the 3 small middle leaves using the fly stitch.

Evolon also takes well to melting/fusing with the soldering iron.  On the left hand page I used it to burn out all the leaf shapes. I put organza underneath the 2 smaller strips and a gold candy wrapper under the larger piece.  The vine and leaves on the right hand page were all cut out and fused onto the Evolon using the soldering iron as well.  Filled it in with seed stitching and marked the edges with the soldering iron too.  Very pleased with my small leaf booklet which is now housed in my leaf themed box :)

Sampler in Blue Progress:  Touch wood but so far I have not made a cross stitch counting mistake!!  Certainly helps that the entire piece is done in only one colour ;)

Here's my painted piece that I had played with a few weeks ago where I lay down masking tape, sponged around it with acrylic paint, took the tape off and voila, a white picket fence. I free motion machine sewed some vines which you can't see very well as I should have used darker green thread. I laid a piece of red organza over red felt, cut out the red circles and attached them all with french knots.  Also added some grass stitching along the bottom.

 MooShoo stinker cat had to have a look see too :)

Had to take a picture of Mr. Handsome Mule Deer Buck as he strolled through the yard and then stopped to look at me through the window.  What a beaut he is.

Stay warm and Happy Stitching everyone :)


At the beginning of December I bundled up on my lunch hour (I am from Winnipeg after all) and took the bus to one of my favourite wool shops to "squish some balls".  This always makes me happy, whether I actually buy any yarn or not.  The colours are vibrant and the textures enticing, and the variety of gadgets and books are always intriguing.  In fact, on this visit I was in search of some nice sock yarn to knit my husband's annual Christmas socks.  I can whip these up going to and from work on the bus – usually about one per week.  I love knitting on the bus  though I suspect those who sit beside me groan at the "busy-ness" of it.  I am a continental knitter which does minimize movement so I can be pretty compact.  Of course on the day it took me two hours to get home during one of our many storms this year (usually a half hour ride), I had to stand and hadn't yet cast on.  Such a waste. . .

This shopping trip got me thinking. . .
Most of us who stitch also enjoy other hobbies.  In addition to knitting which I know is popular among my stitching friends, many of us quilt, bead, sew, scrap book, bake, etc.  And some people embrace several of these hobbies and more!  I don't know about you but when I'm knitting I feel tugged to stitch, and when I'm stitching, I find delicious knitting patterns I'd love to try out.  How do we decide where to spend our precious leisure hours?

Because I still work full time at a busy (but fun!) job, by the time I get home and get through supper, all I want to do is sit on the couch in front of the TV with something occupying my hands.  Sometimes I actually catch myself thinking about this during the day and looking forward to it.  I am also the kind of person who likes to work on one project at a time, not several.  I can't have a few things on the go and just pick up the one for which I'm in the mood, though I do envy those who can do this; this stresses me out.  I do sometimes have something to work on at the office for lunch breaks, though I usually need this time to just sit quietly with a book or magazine and relax and recharge for the afternoon.

I think, for me, I kind of go in phases.  I'll stitch a few projects then happily exchange my thread and tapestry needle for yarn and knitting needles.  I finished stitching "Jo's Angel" (a WEG fundraiser) a couple of weeks ago and knew that I was going to be working on one of Carolyn Mitchell's new pieces with a group beginning in late January.  In the meantime I could not bear the thought of idle hands so I picked up and completed a small Hardanger ornament project.  I still had a bit of time before starting the new stitching project so I cast on some toe-up, two-at-a-time socks.

Now I have a dilemma.
It's the weekend and I have set aside a day to get the pre-work done on the canvas project, and get it framed up to begin stitching.  But what about those socks?  How will I decide what to work on?  In the end, I think I will go with the canvas project because there is a group involved and a deadline.  I think I will take my socks to work and beaver away at them there when I have the time and inclination.
In spite of these (relatively minor!) decisions about what to work on next, I am certainly thankful to have hobbies that I so enjoy.  I am also secretly grateful for our cold climate which gives me a perfect excuse to sit indoors for seven months a year, guilt free, doing what I love!  I can't imagine just sitting watching TV without producing something beautiful (though I do pay full attention – NO stitching OR knitting – during Downton Abbey!).  Whatever it is that commands my attention for now, I know that there is something fun and interesting waiting in the wings, no matter what technique it requires, and it just makes me eager to finish my current project so I can answer the call of something new.

Happy stitching, knitting, quilting. . . DECISION-MAKING, and bring on the inclement weather!

Patty Hawkins

We had my son and new daughter-in-law's engagement party last weekend. It was an outstanding success. Everyone had a great time with lots of goodies to eat.

I was busy the week before cooking 15 pounds of beef brisket, 2 large pans of kugel (noodle pudding with raisins, pineapple, eggs, and apricot jam topping), 2 large batches of latkes (potato pancakes) and 2 large appetizer plates of bagels, lox and cream cheese. Deja's auntie cooked up her special beef chow mein and her mother made pasta salad, a punch bowl plus provided all the chips, dips and other appetizers. We also had a special cake with Devin and Deja's name and congratulations. Everything tasted super good and the party lasted until about 4 am.

The theme was "Peacocks". We managed to find a peacock feather mask, fan and wreath. Deja's mother is good at arranging flowers and made two vases with peacock feathers and silk flowers. There were also posters up that said "He asked" and "She said Yes". In place of a guest book, we had a poster-sized mat board with a picture of the happy couple in the middle and everyone signed with their name and best wishes around the picture. Lots of pictures were taken and they will be made into a photo book for those who want them.

Now I get a respite before I need to do the next step for the wedding. The venue is booked and includes the catering and drinks. The bride's dress has been purchased. Next step for me is taking Deja and her mom shopping for fabric for the 8 bags I'm making for the bride, 3 bridesmaids, bride's mother, bride's auntie, groom's grandmother and myself. We will all need a bag on the big day to keep extra cosmetics, shoes and sweaters available.

It's a lot of work, but I'm enjoying every minute of it. After all, we told my son that he could only get married once!

Linda Brenner
Last year I had purchased a pkg. of Evolon which is a microfiber material made of nylon and polyester.  I got around to dyeing a bit of it this weekend and will use it to stitch leaves on and see how well it melts and fuses using a soldering iron.

After painting the Evolon I took a piece of cotton and played with painting it as well.  I first laid strips of masking tape down for the the fence and using acrylic paint I sponged with blue and then green and some yellow.  When it had dried a bit I took the tape off and voila - a white fence.  With red, I painted a small piece of bubble wrap and pressed it randomly on top to look like flowers.  Next I plan to do some free motion embroidery of green vines climbing the rails.  Not sure exactly what I'll do after that.  Just playing and experimenting and having fun.

My Work In Progress for the year is going to be this cross stitch pattern:  Sampler in Blue designed by Diane Arthurs. It seems I don't know how to count when it comes to cross stitch but the entire design is worked in just one colour:  DMC floss #825 so hopefully that will help me make fewer mistakes.  Here's hoping :)

Two more leafy atcs for the Embroiderer's Assoc. of Canada atc challenge that's happening in April.  The picture makes them look very flat but I used the soldering iron on both of these to make raised leaves.

Chain stitch, stem stitch, french knots and buttonhole were stitched on a piece of silk paper for this Oak leaf atc.

Woke up this morning to -29 degrees Celsius or -20 Fahrenheit.  Brrr - it's a cold one.  Stay warm everyone and I hope everyone has time to do some stitching today.

Jeannette Luther

A few years ago our Guild, the Marigold Guild of Needle Arts had a program which featured the various pursuits, other than embroidery, in which our membership indulged.  The Program Committee presented the idea to the membership, asking that each one bring in examples of interests they had and sharing these passions with the members.  The presentation of the idea was followed up with many phone calls and much encouragement.  But my, oh my, was the effort ever worthwhile!

On the appointed night, the meeting room perimeter was dotted with tables – lots of tables!  Then members began to arrive!  I’ll never forget the lady who came staggering in carrying a rocking chair with a cane-bottomed seat she had personally woven.  Nor the member who brought a long coat rack filled with clothing she had sewn, including her wedding dress and homemade children’s clothes.  One brought in an Irish Dance dress fashioned for her granddaughter.  Another brought in tiny baby sets which she knit frequently for the preemies in the hospital.  Our president brought in the hooked rug she had designed and made for her son, showing all of his many interests.  One member grappled with how to bring in her lovely garden when it was February with piles of snow outside; she showed a photo album filled with pictures of her beautiful flower beds, all designed lovingly and creatively. 

We were treated to beadwork, story-telling, photography, crocheting, scrapbooking, web-design, painting and so much more.  Much to my dismay, I forgot my camera, as did everyone else.  So we do not have photos of this special evening.  But we have the memory of people circulating, moving from one table to another, exploring the talents on display and getting to know another side of the wonderful people who make up our Guild. 

We often get to see the fabulous embroidery executed by our members.  We get to bask in their reflected glory.  We get to tap into their expertise – for they are eager and willing to share.  But we rarely get to see the multi-faceted talented and passionate people they are in other parts of their lives.  This night of “Beyond Embroidery . . .” gave us this opportunity.  I had no idea our members were so talented in so many widely-varied and wonderful ways and how, with a bit of encouragement, they entered into this evening of sharing.  Hat’s off to our talented members!

Sheila Stewart
Marigold Guild of Needle Arts
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