March 31, 2019

Sunday Scripture...

Brynwood Needleworks via Facebook

March 30, 2019

Announcing All Winners...

Brynwood Needleworks Giveaway Winners!

 Finally! The drawing is officially closed and I'm ready to announce the winners.
I won't hold you all in suspense. Just scroll down to see if there will be a prize on its way to you!

Of course, in order for me to send it along, please make sure you contact me (email in my sidebar), with your full name and address. I can't mail it unless I know where it's going. Right?

You can double check to make sure you're the winner by going back to the original post. After each of the comments there is a number. Just check to make sure your name and comment number match.

So, without further ado...Here are the winners!

Brynwood Needleworks - First Prize
Brynwood Needleworks - Second Prize

Brynwood Needleworks - Third Prize

Brynwood Needleworks - Fourth Prize

Brynwood Needleworks - But, Wait! There's More!
Scissors - 2 winners.
Spoolers and Sewing Machine Tools

Needleworker's Set with Finger Lamp

Brynwood Pens - 7
Thank you to all who left comments for me. I read each and every one, and want to tell you how much it meant to me that you took the time to tell me how you feel about blogs and blogging these days. I wish I could give everyone a gift, but I promise I'll do another giveaway this summer.
You've truly inspired me to continue to visit with you every day. Whether you comment or not, I'll know you're out there, and I'll think of you fondly with every post.

PS. Don't forget to email your information to me asap so I can get your gift in the mail to you!

March 29, 2019

Next Up and A Little Confusion...

Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings - Wool Box #2 - Table Runner Project
This is the next project I'm going to make from Primitive Gatherings' Wool Box #2 collection. It's a sweet "Hello Spring" table runner. Although, measuring 9" x 20", I consider it more of a table mat than runner. 
I love the design, and the colors, so I'll have fun making this one, too. I'll set it up today, and then work on it as I'm able over the weekend. We'll see how far I get. 
Pretty soon, it will be time to get out into the yard and do my spring cleanup. The lilies around the base of the old apple tree, chives and my tulips next to the house are already peeking out of the ground! 
The fence across the yard is on my list, too. I want to paint it white, in hopes of finishing it before the bluebirds move into their houses. I don't want disturb them while they nest. That means I need to get my inside projects done soon, so I can play outside. 
What are you working on? What's on your list? I'm thinking I might do a once-a-month blog post of your projects...inside, outside, needlework, crafting, whatever you'd like. I'm thinking it would be fun to see what others are doing, and might spark a new creative bug for you. Would you find that interesting? What do you think?
***I've been a day ahead of myself all week, so my end-for-entries notice yesterday was a day early. One more day to get into the drawing!

Today is the last day to enter my 10th Blog Anniversary Giveaway! If you haven't entered yet, there's still time. I'll shut down the entries around 11:30 pm tonight, and I'll be announcing winners tomorrow! (Enter by clicking on the button at the top of my sidebar. Follow instructions from the linked post.) Good luck, everybody!

March 28, 2019

A Sweet, Wooly "Spring" Pillow...

Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings "Spring Pillow" Design

I got my "Spring" pillow finished, so I sewed it together to share with you today. I've added a zipper to the back of mine, suspecting that there will be three more seasons throughout the year. That way, I can fold this one, tuck it away for safe keeping, and use the pillow form for the next.

Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings "Spring Pillow" Design Detail

This was a nice, quick embroidery/applique' project, and I really enjoyed working it. The design was from the bi-monthly Wool Box subscription from Primitive Gatherings. This won't be available for purchase in the near future, but I'm sure Lisa will make it available after the end of the year.

Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings "Spring Pillow" Design
I'm sure most of you already know this, but you don't have to follow any designer's exact layout or color scheme. You're always free to improvise to suit your decor, taste, or just because you want to make it your own.
I love everything about the original, but wasn't quite sold on the black lettering for myself. I went through my #5 pearl cottons, and decided that a medium lavender was more to my liking. I chose DMC #5 Color #3041 for my hand embroidered "Spring" lettering.
I think I'll be making the table mat from the Wool Box next. I'm waiting to hear back from my handbag client, so I can't work on those yet. I'll embroider while I wait.
***Today is the last day to enter my 10th Blog Anniversary Giveaway! If you haven't entered yet, there's still time. I'll shut down the entries around 11:30 pm tonight, and I'll be announcing winners tomorrow! (Enter by clicking on the button at the top of my sidebar. Follow instructions from the linked post.) Good luck, everybody!


March 27, 2019

A Fun Road Trip...

Brynwood Needleworks - 2018 Sun Prairie Quilt Show - Part One
No, I didn't finish sewing together my pillow yesterday. Kathy D. and I took a road trip to Sun Prairie, WI (Located near our state capitol, Madison) instead.

Kathy had four quilts entered in the show, and three of them got ribbons. She's standing next to two of them in the collage above, plus the pretty green one on the right side, middle is hers, too. That one was a Nancy Ziemann "Landscape or Column Quilt" challenge piece, which will travel this year with all the rest of the challenge pieces. 
I think Kathy was really clever to incorporate the column theme inside a television with Nancy's logo embroidered in the corner, reminiscent of all the years Nancy was a fixture in the homes of all of America's quilters and sewers.

I took more than a few photos, so this is just one set to share today. All of these quilts had one for or another of applique', except for Kathy's in the center top. I wanted you to see all her ribbon winners first. I'll do (at least) another collage to show you more gorgeous-ness another time. (Don't forget, you can click on my images to enlarge them, too. It might help to see the fabulous detail!)

I'll finish the pillow today and show you how it turned out tomorrow. In the meantime, if you haven't entered my 10th Blog Anniversary Giveaway yet, please click on the link in the upper right sidebar so you can join the fun. I'm really enjoying the feedback you're sharing!

Well, I'm off to the studio for the day. I'm going to finish my pillow first, and then I'll be listing up more fabrics in my shop. I'm hoping to add at least fifteen new ones before the day is over. I'll be back tomorrow!


March 26, 2019

Tuesdays With Tag - Reminiscin'...

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag

Hi, Everybody!

I know. This is the same picture I used last week. It's okay. Today, I'm gonna show you more recycled pictures. I'm in a nostalgic mood.

Brynwood Needleworks - Puppy Taggart

Just yesterday, I was sittin' in the kitchen, talkin' with Mom. Our conversation went somethin' like this: 

"Hey, Mom! Do you remember when I was just a little puppersnapper?"

"Yes, Tag. I remember it well. Here's the first time I ever saw your wee, handsome face.
You were still living with the breeder, and they sent me this picture from their farm, where you were born."

"Was I lookin' at you, Mom?"

"No, Tag. You were looking at whoever was taking the picture.
You sure looked serious for such a small boy."

"I couldn't help it. I was bein' mauled by the little girl that made me stand on the table."

Mom just laughed at me and said I was bein' melodramatic (whatever that means).

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag, Out Cold

The first people I met (after Mom and Dad decided I should come and live with them), were Aunt Marion and Uncle Doug. They had a playpen for me, and I ran around so much with them and my new friend, Nikki (their black Labrador), that I had to take a power nap. (Aunt Marion and Uncle Doug loved me so much, they decided to get my real brother, Trip, a week later.)

Mom said that when I fell asleep, I really fell asleep! What can I say? I was a puppy, and puppies really need their rest. (I decided to maintain a little modesty in the picture, though.) lol

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag Sleepin' In The Airstream Shoe Spot

Mom, Dad, Kessie and I lived together in the Airstream that whole summer. I didn't know we actually had a big house until we went home to Florida after a summer of travelin'. This was my favorite sleepin' spot. (Yeah. I know. I was upside down again.) That was a cool spot, although it didn't take long for me to outgrow it.

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag and Kes

Kessie was my first, best friend. I thought she was the coolest girl I'd ever met. It's sad that she was old and we only had about a month together. I miss her all the time, so it's a good thing that black dog is my roommate now.

Brynwood Needleworks - Tag's Puppy Sit

So, I could fill this post with millions more pictures of cute puppy me, but I don't want you to get bored. I just wanted to take a little stroll down Memory Lane and thought you'd like to walk along with me. Maybe we'll do it again some time. Don't worry. It won't be for a while.
I'll see you again in seven, 'til then...
"Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open".

March 25, 2019

Joy Spring!...

Brynwood Needleworks - Pillow Detail
I completed all the stitching on this project yesterday, but haven't assembled the finished piece yet. I'll do that today, and share it with you on Wednesday. (Tag frowns on me interrupting his Tuesday posts.) This is my first project from the Primitive Gatherings second Wool Box. I love how it turned out, and am looking forward to sharing the finished pillow with you.
I'm going to be listing up more fabrics in my shop today. You can check HERE later today to see what's new!


March 24, 2019

Sunday Scripture...

 Dedicated to the memory of our friend, 
Lisa Sommers
July 9, 1964 - March 18, 2019


March 23, 2019

More Anniversary Gifts...

Brynwood Needleworks - More Anniversary Gifts!
I told you I'd have more giveaway gifts to share for my 10th Blog Anniversary! Here they are...a little something for every taste.
Top left, clockwise: 2 people will receive on pair of embroidery scissors each. These are British flag scissors, in honor of my birthplace. One lucky person will receive a set of Spooler Spindles™ to keep your sewing machine thread and matching machine bobbin together in your drawer. This gift also includes a set of machine screwdrivers. If you're an embroiderer, you'll love this set! It's a mini set of sharp scissors, one of my favorite Leonis Air Erasable Pens, and a lighted "ring" you wear to brighten your stitching area. Last, I have five Brynwood Needleworks pens with stylus tips for using on your iPad or cell phone. There's one each for five more winners!

I think that's more than ten prizes for ten years, but I'm in a giving mood. Be sure to leave a comment on my anniversary post HERE. Those are the only comments that count for the drawings.

Have a great weekend! I'll be back again tomorrow with another Sunday Scripture for you, my dears.

March 22, 2019

Wool Box #2...

Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings Wool Box #2
Well, it happened again. When I was at Sit & Stitch on Tuesday, Lisa pulled out the second Wool Box being offered by Primitive Gatherings. The contents are only available in the Wool Box at this point. You aren't able to purchase the patterns or kits in the shop or online. Everything comes packed in this beautiful box.
Brynwood Needleworks - Primitive Gatherings Wool Box #2 Interior

Heck, even the inside of the box is pretty! I'm thinking they'll be perfect for toting individual projects-in-progress, or for storing specific projects in my studio.
Brynwood Needleworks - Wool Box #2 Contents

But the best part was what's packed inside! There was a small applique' wool ironing mat; a special-size cushion (for the pillow patterns that Lisa designed for this specific size); patterns with all the wools to create them (Spring Pillow, Spring Bunny Pincushion, Hello Spring Table Mat, 2 Everlasting blocks (not shown. Sorry, I forgot about them when I photographed this), Clay Pins with a sheep/wooly theme, a recipe card from Lisa's kitchen, and a stitch card (featuring a different stitch diagram in each box); and delicious caramels (um. Sorry again. Those disappeared quickly.).

I'm already anxious to get started on the contents! The stitch cards will continue, along with front & back covers and a ring to hold them all together. Of course, the recipe cards will keep coming, too. The rest of the contents will change in each box, and Lisa said that the contents will always be worth at least $100.

If you're interested in joining in on the fun, click HERE to learn more. I'm in. Are you?
Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for mentioning this product on my blog. (It would be nice, though.) 

March 21, 2019

Abby Clutch II...

Brynwood Needleworks - Abby Clutch Detail

I originally asked Destiny to stitch out this machine embroidery on Monday. However, she was (apparently) in a snit, and the result wasn't up to my standards. We tried again today, and I adjusted the colors to better resemble the markings on the dog owned by the recipient. I'm very happy with how this one turned out.

Brynwood Needleworks - Abby Clutch Interior Monogram

My client requested the same brown fabric (I do offer this print in black and navy, too.), and the dark color is perfect for this embroidery. I also used the colorful paw print fabric for this clutch, but added a monogram to personalize this piece. Of course, there's always a penny inside for good luck!

Brynwood Needleworks - Abby Clutch With Wristlet

I've already wrapped this up in pretty paper and a bow, as it's a gift from a husband to his wife. I showed him these images, and he says she's going to "love it".  Hearing a client say that makes everything I do worth while.

Today, I stitch, and I'll share some goodies from this weeks' Sit & Sew with you, too. Gotta run. I'm off to the mailbox.