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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Strawberry Hill project~

When Brenda S inquired about me finishing her Strawberry Hill Huswife by Country Stitches With thy Needle & Thread, I jumped at the chance~ you see Brenda and I think alike and often are stitching on the same designs, unbeknown got the other~ I know.... Kinda crazeee... She didn't know I had stitched up the same design this summer and had yet to sew mine up.... So, I finished up my Huswife when she mailed me hers.... It was fun!


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...And the inside, laying flat...
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...Top strawberry... Simple things are often the best.....
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...Middle section has another hand stitched wool felt strawberry and vintage seam tape~ along with additional hand embroidery...
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...and, the bottom inside section boasts a tiny homespun cushion, vintage safety pin and handmade strawberry emery... Little touches that count~
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...all done times two~....

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...including cotton crocheted lace with antique ivory buttons~
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...both, nicely folded, tied together with the prettiest caramel vintage seam tape ribbon~ to hold special scissors and pins... I'd say they are twins..~

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.... A beautiful heirloom piece for yourself... Or a gorgeous gift for a cherished friend... Call on me if I can be of help....

Always,

Faye




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Monday, October 14, 2013

Customer finishes picture walk....

First I would like to give everyone a heartfelt Thank you for your kind words about the retreat posts.... Save your money and join me in 2015~

A while back, Wendy contacted me about finishes for her stitching group.... Feast your eyes on these darling bags she stitched/I finished for her best friends, the Bittersweet Sisters.... Waving at all you ladies!!

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Five bags, no less~ A Bee's Bounty by Threadwork Primitives.... I love adding simple detail....

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I love finishing for others so I leave you with a picture walk of some.... Just to show you what many of your fellow stitchers are working... And my vision in its completion~

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Good night my friends.....


Faye~



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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Retreat.... Part 3~

Happy Saturday!!!


As you can probably tell by now, Dyeing to Stitch/ R&R Linens along with all the expert instructors/designers did a fantastic job at this years retreat... This retreat is offered every 2years... So, I'll be saving up again in hopes of attending next time! They spared no expense, every detail was thought through and some if the nicest people I have ever met were in attendance~ Hats off to Ann and Pat!

Nan Lewis of Threadwork Primitives could not be at the retreat, however a personally stitched handmade goodie of hers was... And... It was one of the door prizes at the Grande finale banquet..... And... Well... I squealed when my name was called.... Really? Me..??

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... The inside lining has a handwritten commemorative label.... This is a treasure I will cherish forever!!

Each of us, all 130 of us, received a wonderful Liberty Hill hand painted wooden box.... Gorgeously painted for this retreat celebration~

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The detail in the painting was amazing..
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Even the inside was etched...a good size box to hold all kinds of stash... It is magnificent!!

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There were retreat exclusives given to us at our classes.... And each kit had every single thing you'd need to make your treasure..

Jeanette Douglass.....

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Paulette Stewart...

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A darling piece that mounts in a Wilton tart tin...

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Autographs....
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Finally, what's a retreat without a little stash shopping.... The Boutique was LOADED with goodies to buy.... I did my part~ :)

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The Purple Thread is a new designer for me.... Her designs are wonderful!

So, that's the recap of the Dyeing to Stitch retreat.... I had never been and now I'm hooked~ Next post, I will share one of those stitches that I have completed..... Until then, I'll be in the craft room getting YOUR finishes completed and out the door.... Enjoy your weekend everyone~

Kindly,


Faye












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Friday, October 11, 2013

Retreat.. Part 2~

Hello everyone~


Well.... I told you I'd be back with more photos of us kicking up our heels at the Dyeing to Stitch Retreat last weekend..... But, before I show you the Banquet photos of many who dressed up in outfits reminiscent of their birth era, I'd like to share a couple finishes of mine ... Being a member of the Ladies Prim Society, I always look forward to the bi-monthly kit and howi can make a unique item from the kit... Here, I had the idea to put this PLS kit, by Blackbird. Designs into a zippered I-pad pouch....

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Serviceable, functional finishes.... Everyone at the retreat thought it was a great idea~ If you're going to the Myrtle Beach Stitching at the Beach next weekend, I'll have it there....

I had also made a Q~snap pouch for a customer, hello Patti~~, and it happens to incorporate another prim Ladies Society stitch.....

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...The kits provide the linen, chart, threads. Fabric and trims.... I love them !!

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I also had to wear my newest creation.... Using a Tim Holtz pocket watch found in the scrapbook section of Hobby Lobby.... I fancied it up with a few of my favorite goodies... Chenille, buttons, charms...stitched in red...

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Just a little stitching bling... In a French primish sort of way.. :)


As for stitching at the retreat.. I was able to plant my final stitches in "Sleigh Bells".... A wonderful PDF pattern by County Rustic Primitives.... 25 ct country mocha lugana...stay tuned for its final finish....

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Doesn't the prim Merry Christmas fabric match really well?? My sweet friend Myra remembered my birthday this week ( Thanks again Myra!!!) and I think that fat qtr will a perfect compliment to this design!!

Now, the Saturday night Banquet at the retreat was awesome!!! Many of the 130 attendees wore an outfit representative of their birth era.... It was a hoot!! The 80's through the 30's were there... Here's a few pictures~

What were the 1950's without Donna Reed??? And, her husband even came with that pack of cigarettes fooled up in the sleeve of his tee shirt
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The ladies next to me were sisters decked with button down shirt, Bobbie sox and a vinyl record perched up in her hair~ it was perfect!!

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Of course there were sailors, scarves with poodle skirts...

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The Mod Squad...
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Heck, even Elvis was in the building!!!! :))

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But, we all about laughed so hard we cried when " barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen" stole the show.... GENIUS!!!!

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As you can see, there was just too much fun that Saturday night!!! ( even Pat and Ann of Dyeing to Stitch got in on the fun.. Pat at podium with pink poodle skirt on... Ann at podium all Leathered up!!

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Sorry for the long post.... Here's a tease of what Part 3 will bring.... Retreat gifts, winnings, purchases and exclusive retreat designs.....


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I hope you enjoy your weekend..... Stitch lots~!

Kindly~

Faye



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