There are a million things I could work on, but lately I've been drawn to the 1837 Crown Sampler from Plum Street Samplers. The colors in this picture aren't particularly accurate. I'm stitching it on 40 ct. Vintage Light Examplar with the alternate color palette that Paulette had shared on her blog. I love stitching words and letters, so I stitched the verse in the middle first. Now I have lots of vines, flowers, and other motifs to stitch!
I attended a work event this evening. We enjoyed a delicious dinner at Firelake, the restaurant in the Radisson Blu hotel at the Mall of America.
The gentleman sitting next to me at dinner was talking about cigars. He was talking about Cuban cigars, and cigars from Santo Domingo. He talked about how he stored them and so on. I asked him what a typical cigar cost (I was just curious) and then received a 15 minute dissertation on how some cigars are very inexpensive ($2-$3) and that you can a pretty good cigar for about $15 but you can buy cigars for almost any amount in-between. He went on to say it's just like any collection, wide range of prices, etc. I told him I could relate and explained that I had a collection of thread. If I don't want to spend a lot of money I can buy a skein of thread at JoAnns for about 45 cents. If I want to spend more, I can buy a skein of overdyed threads for about $3 and if I want to buy the very best I would buy a skein of silk for about $6 or $7!
Ha! He probably didn't think I was paying attention!
Not only was it a beautiful weekend, but a productive one! I spent some time on Saturday morning working on some needlework finishing for a dear friend; looking forward to delivering these goodies to her next weekend.
Last night my DH and I headed down to Hastings, MN; there is a car show there every other Friday night. Hastings is a historic town located right on the Mississippi River. The weather was beautiful,and it was an enjoyable evening.
Today was equally as nice. After the grocery shopping was done and some of the laundry finished, I set out to hand sew the binding on a quilt I made a few years ago. It was recently finished by the sister of one of my stitching buddies; she did a great job quilting the top.
I never dreamed it would take me several hours to get it done. I had a little help in the process.
I've had this in my stash for quite a long time. It was a very relaxing project to work on. Stitched with Belle Soie on 40 count Maple Sugar Lakeside Linen...here's A Petite Quaker Huswife from Primitive Traditions.
I'll try to take a better picture once it is finished.
We woke up this morning and decided to go to the Minnesota State Fair. It was a beautiful day weather-wise, so I'm glad we went. We didn't stay too late though. It got more and more crowded as it got later in the day.
One of my favorite stops at the Fair is the Creative Activities building. That's where all the needlework is. Thought I'd share a few snapshots with you.
The chart for this piece from Jeanette Douglas is in my stash. I should really dig it out and stitch it up!
This is a beautiful piece of Japanese embroidery. The frame complements the design nicely.