July 30, 2016

Meeting Generation Four...

Brynwood Needleworks - Annabelle and Me.

Before you giggle, let me just say that "selfies" are not my strong point. Annabelle and I wanted to capture our visit, so a selfie was expedient. Isn't she just adorable? Let me tell you a bit about her family.

In 1976, I moved from my hometown to Portage, Wisconsin following "love". (I was very young.) I took a job doing what I knew. I'd been a cashier at a grocery store for the three years I was in high school, so I applied at a store close to where I was going to live and was hired that day.

It was there that I met Linda. She was warm and welcoming, and she lived with her family only a short distance from where I lived. In no time at all, we were fast friends.

In addition, Linda was a seamstress, so we spent many happy hours sewing at her house. I purchased a New Home sewing machine from a local dealer and left it at her house. In the evenings, after feeding her husband, daughter and sons, we would do clean up and then set up our machines to sew.

Soon, her daughter, Marie (who was a teenager) joined us and we shared tasks. One of them (not me) loved to cut out patterns, so she would cut our all our projects. If one of us made a mistake that required ripping stitches, one of us would take on the task for the other. We sewed nearly every night.

Eventually, I took a job as a paralegal and office manager in a law office, so we'd get together after work. By the end of the week, I'd have a new dress or suit to wear...and I helped when Linda's daughter fell in love, became engaged and set about the task of sewing her own wedding gown and attendants' dresses (There were five of them, and I was one, too.)

When I first moved back to my hometown, I couldn't sew for a few years. I was too lonely for my sewing friends.

Brynwood Needleworks - Raimers, Snyders and Me

Through the years, Linda (and her husband); her daughter, Marie (and her husband, Tim), and Marie's daughter, Adrienne and I have remained fast friends. Yesterday, I met Marie's husband, Jon and their four children.

Annabelle is their eldest daughter, and looking in her eyes was like seeing Adrienne as a child. I was instantly smitten, and she seemed to take to me right away, too. Now, there's I've met the fourth generation of this family I love so much.

Our evening ended much too soon, but I know it won't be long before I see them all again.

Brynwood Needleworks - A Rainy Day In Camp

It rained most of the day yesterday. I awoke to 60º weather and nearly danced in the wet grass. Have I told you I'm not a huge fan of that hot, steamy Florida summer weather?

I can see why people become snowbirds. They leave the heat behind for more tolerable northern locales, and then return to the south when the snow flies. I think there might be something good in that plan. Who knows? 


July 29, 2016

A Gentle Art...

Brynwood Needleworks - Ribbon Embroidery Supplies

Nothing fills my soul quite like quiet hours spent stitching. It's my heart's desire...my happy place. It begins with choosing supplies and evolves into sweet stitches embellishing fabric.

Brynwood Needleworks - Ribbon Embroidery Project
Yesterday was just such a day. It started with me rolling my convenient camp cart up to the on-site laundry to wash and dry clothes we brought along on the Flying Cloud. Once the "chores" were done, I brought out my silk ribbons and supplies to settle in to embroider.

By the end of the evening, I had this small piece to share with you. It's part of that idea I told you I've been working on. This piece (and the project I'll be creating with it) aren't quite finished yet. In fact, it won't be completely finished until after we return home. (I didn't bring along a sewing machine this time.)

I'll add the finishing touches to this embroidery, and start on the next one today. It's going to be a lovely day, spent in pursuit of the kindly and gentle art of needlework. Just the thing to soothe my soul.


July 28, 2016

Ta Daaaa - Sheep and Willow Tree...

Brynwood Needleworks - Wooly Critter "Sheep and Willow Tree" Finished

Well, I completed my "Sheep and Willow Tree" block yesterday, as promised. As I've done on my other blocks, I've added special stitches, rather than stick to straight blanket stitching.

I added the extra stitching on the little red bird's wing and tail; daisy stitches on each of the leaves; and the stitches on the sheep's coat to give the appearance of contour. I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Brynwood Needleworks - Sheep and Willow Tree Detail

Of course, when I photograph my finished pieces, I get to see them from a different perspective than simply holding them in my hands. When I looked more closely at this one, I decided that I need to do a little more to my block than what was called for on the pattern.

If you look at the arrow (above), you'll notice that open area. The pattern didn't call for leaves in that spot, but I'm a "symmetrical" kind of girl. I need to add more leaves there. I'll do that while we're out on the Cloud, so I can satisfy my Type A personality. It will be "complete" when I add it to the rest of the blocks that will form my wooly quilt.

My next block is "Crow and Pumpkin", but I'm going to choose the wools for it when I go to Primitive Gatherings next week. I've got something else planned to work on until then. More on that later...



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