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Great Thread Find!

August 22, 2009

in my own sewing room! Imagine!! Remember my post about the vintage notions I received in the mail? Well, there was this box, which I opened and looked at briefly.


It had some pearle cotton from long ago, which I thought was pretty neat in itself! But I never looked ‘under’ the pearle cotton. Today I DID! Oh My Goodness!!!!! Look at this –


Yeah… the pearle cotton…but can you read the first label, where you see ’20’? Ok, here’s a closeup….


And there are 3 full skeins, 3 partial but not by much and 1 little bit left.

I’m thrilled with my find.



August 19, 2009

Many… MANY years ago, I did Needlework of varying kinds. Embroidery, needlepoint, cross stitch, crewel work…. I sure did enjoy doing it. I’m not sure why I stopped, but maybe quilting took over. I remember working on a needlework piece when I was just out of high school. I’m going to be 52 in October – yes, it was a long time ago 🙂

Well, I’m doing it again! You saw my biscornu, you’ve heard about the Stitchery BOM I’m doing in Ruby – well, now let’s look at some of the other things I’m doing.



This a practice piece I’m doing. the satin stitch outline. It starts with a running stitch, then you go over that with a split stitch, and then go back over that with a loose piece of thread, and satin stitch over the entire thing. It forms a raised line, that should be smooth 🙂 That’s why it’s called ‘practice’ :))


This is a cross stitch piece I’m doing for a Christmas gift, so I can’t show too much of it 🙂


And this is the beginnings of a Christmas angel. A free pattern I downloaded HERE This is a small design, so it shouldn’t take too long, but it is very detailed, as are the majority of TIAG designs – that’s what makes them so beautiful! 🙂

Answer? I’ve made a biscornu!

August 2, 2009

Yup Barbara was right. Ok, she knew I was making one anyway 🙂 In fact, she’s the one who told me about them, I’ve never heard of them before! (and truthfully, I’m not all that sure how to pronounce it)




This is the side I designed myself 🙂


This chart can be HERE


There are several blogs that give excellent directions for making these, so I won’t repeat them here. Here are some links –

Biscornu Class – Finishing School

Own Two Hands

Merry Stitching  – lots of free patterns

Google ‘biscornu’ and you’ll get more than you know what to do with!

What am I doing now?

August 1, 2009

I am admittedly, in love with all things textile, all things fiber. I sew, I knit, I stitch. I love to iron my freshly washed fabric. I love to wind yarn into balls, I love to wind floss on those little cardboard/plastic doo-dah’s and arrange them in my box. Sigh…. yes, I’m an addict. So, what am I doing now? (again) 🙂


More later! 🙂