Before I go onto my news – I finally managed to get some stitching time in on my Floral Bellpull this year! I’ve joined the Love4Stitching group on Yuku, where a number of different designers have SALs scheduled on a set of standardized days every month. The 21st through 25th was Teresa Wentzler projects.
It was good to sit down with it for a few days. I’m happy with what I got done. I’ve nearly completed the actual crosses on this square. I’ll finish the backstitching before I move onto the next one. Morning Glory is the fourth of six – so I’m making good progress, and I think there will be a finish in the first quarter of next year on this one. (If I didn’t have ornaments to stitch, I might say this year!)
I’ll feel quite proud when this one is done.
Through the rest of the month there is a SAL for HAED projects. I was going to pull out my Muse of the Midnight Sun, but then something very funny happened today…
With no plans whatsoever, I was invited to go to Stitcher’s Hideaway in mid-October! I’ll be joining Lisa and her mom, Kathy, for a two-day class with Jeannette Douglas in Mystic, CT. Lisa’s sister was unfortunately unable to get the time off from work, and since all of her fees are already paid, Kathy invited me to take the spot.
I guess it was fate – I wasn’t able to afford it and had decided to hold off and save my money for the alumni retreat in March. As it stands, I probably will be commuting to the classes rather than stay at the hotel to save some money. Providence to Mystic is just under an hour, and that’s shorter than my normal commute to work (by quite a bit), so it’ll be an easy drive.
So that’s changed my stitching plans for the next few weeks by quite a bit. Rather than my HAED, I’ll be focusing in on the Mirabilia RR so I can get her mailed off before the retreat weekend. There’s also going to be a fall-themed ornament exchange at Hideaway, so I’m going to attempt to get one done.
I also did something a bit crazy on Friday afternoon and jumped into what will be my first Chatelaine stitch. I decided to join Rachel (and I imagine others who I know from stitching & blogging) in the Mystery Mandala XV starting in January called Deep Blue Sea. As I said – first Chatelaine design. It will also be the first time I’ve ever done any sort of mystery stitch, so I’m quite excited. Since it’s one of the mandalas, I know it’s going to be gorgeous. Since it’s themed to the sea, I know it will have some gorgeous blues in it, with likely greens and flashes of brights. I will not be kitting it exactly as suggested. DMC will be heavily used with perhaps a few more expensive threads as I can afford them.
It’s midnight, so I need to get to bed. TUSAL tomorrow!