I was recently noodling around with my stitch diary and started wondering if I could make my scribbled notes more organized. I did a search of the web for inspiration and found several highly embellished examples of stitch journals, but nothing seemed to be exactly what I wanted, so I decided to create my own simplified page.
Since I wanted to reuse an old three-ring mini-binder, I designed my entry pages for a 5.5” x 8.5” overall size. I printed them out two-up on some leftover stationery stock, which I then sliced down the middle and hole-punched. Voila! Going to try these out for a bit and see if I prefer this neater method better than my little spiral notebook.
Bought myself a teensy present at the crafts store this weekend: four gold-plated DMC embroidery needles. I’ve always wanted to try this kind of needle and since they were on sale for $1.99 it seemed a cheap treat. 🙂 They are supposed to “slide easily through fabric and be more resistant to rust”, so I shall see if this is true.
Made a little present for my big sis for Christmas. While she was here I asked her to select the beads and colors she liked so I could make her an item and she suggested that I make a scissors fob once she saw the one I’d made for myself. I was happy to oblige. There will also be a little something else in her package, but I haven’t finished that yet. 😉 I hope to get things done and mailed in time for the holiday! At this rate it may be a race to the finish.
Still working on my Mary Wigham reproduction sampler, as my hands permit me. Even though I love working on it because of all the different motifs my progress has been very slow. Too few hours in the day for these things! I’ve been sticking mostly to the color palette provided, but have occasionally made changes here and there. I’ve also collected many of the images that other stitchers have provided to Needleprint so that I can compare their revisions and see what I should like to incorporate into my own version. For example, I have already decided to use my own family’s initials on the piece, but as I intend to stitch those last it may be many months before I get to that point. 🙂
Side note: I STILL haven’t found that favorite pair of embroidery scissors that I lost a month ago! I may yet break down and get myself a pair of 4-inch Gingher scissors if they never reappear.
They’ve been missing for about three weeks now. This is not the end of the world, I know. I have plenty of other regular scissors lying around the house (some might say too many, there’s a pair in practically every room), which all usable and perfectly capable of snipping strands of cotton floss. And I’m sure my scissors will show up eventually, hiding between the couch cushions or tucked away in a craft box where I probably placed them momentarily and then just forgot about them. I just miss them. Stitching is not the same without them.
And of course I keep thinking that if I’d attached a simple scissors fob to them I wouldn’t be suffering this loss in the first place. *smacks self upside the head*
Perhaps I should go and make a beaded fob right now in the hopes that the scissors will magically return to see what all the fuss is about.