July 30, 2021

Then I Did This...

Brynwood Needleworks - My Embroidered Basket Pincushion
I embroidered roses all over the top of my little basket pincushion!
Brynwood Needleworks - My Little Basket Pincushion
I shared this image in a recent blog post, and realized how plain my little basket pincushion looked. Here, I've been embroidering all these pretty flowers, and one of my favorite tools looked embarrassingly drab. 
I'd watched a few online videos lately and always noticed that the needleworker had a beautiful pincushion at hand, usually that she'd embellished. So, I decided to do mine yesterday.
Brynwood Needleworks - Top Detail of Basket Pincushion
The result was a ring of rose blossoms in soft shades of pink and pale green. These roses take a bit of time to stitch, so this project took more than a few (blissfully peaceful) hours.
My other projects aren't quite ready to share yet, but I promise you won't have to wait long. I'm just dancing away, and getting them all done. 
I can't believe it's Friday again...already. Plus, it's nearly the end of another month! Isn't there a way to make summer last like it did when we were kids? I need more time in a day. Who can I talk to about that?

July 29, 2021

I Can't Stop Dancing...

Brynwood Needleworks - A Commissioned Piece
Needle Dancing, that is.
I've created this as part of a commissioned piece. Now that the embroidery is finished, I'll be assembling the rest of the materials to complete it. (I'll be sure to share the finished work with you!)
Brynwood Needleworks - Making Floral Necklaces

I was assembling pendants today, too, from the flowers I've already embroidered. There will be more of these coming, too. I'm going to wait until I have a number of them finished before listing them all up for sale. If you see one you want, you can let me know, and I'll pull it from the lineup. (The lilacs and clover shown here are already claimed, but I can make another for you. Because each one is hand crafted, no two will be exactly alike.)
So, if you're looking for me, I'll either be in the Compass Barn, visiting with that little black and white cat, or I'll be in my studio surrounded by my canine admirers. See you tomorrow!


July 28, 2021

It's Been A Long, Long Time...

Brynwood Needleworks - Embroidery Threads

I can tell you the exact time I last went out shopping for embroidery threads. Sure, I've purchased a few specific assortments, but the last time I purchased threads in a shop was in Lexington, when my tutor, Owen and I went in search of silk threads for the butterfly from my RSN class. I can't believe that's already three years ago!

With all the flower bouquets I've been embroidering, I've been quickly using up a number of my favorite colors. I needed to get more. So, after Tag's vet appointment (Yes. He survived. lol), Handsome and I took him home, and went back out to run a few errands - including a stop to purchase more threads. 

By the time we got back home, it was time for airing and feeding the pups, me feeding Claudette, and then making dinner. I settled on a dish we hadn't made together in decades...egg foo yung...which takes time. (It was delicious, by the way.) Cleanup, letting the dogs out again, and then bedtime kept me from actually using any of the threads last night, so I'll be doing just that today. You know the drill. After coffee...