2nd post today …

Well, I did it!! I’m no longer a Guild Guidance Group Virgin!!! Yup, I bit the bullet and dragged myself along today to the Blackwork/Counted Thread group, and I’m very glad that I did. As well as other reasons, one of the ladies brought in her finished Mermaid Treasure Box (Chatelaine design) – wow, what a stunning piece, and incredible to see it in person!! There were about two ladies there similar to my own age, with the others a lot older, which is pretty standard for most Guild groups, I know – and I love listening to the older ladies discussing embroidery, as they have so much experience to share πŸ™‚ Anyway, I was made extremely welcome, and actually managed to get some stitching done … managed to do a LOT of frog-stitching on my Marine Elegance piece – so I gave that up as a bad job, and put it away again.

Luckily I also took some other pieces along to stitch ‘just in case’, and popped across the road to Spotlight at lunchtime for some ribbon that looks OK, so I could finish my pinkeep – I just ADORE the colours of this pinkeep, and now I’m thinking of using the same design to make a needlebook or a pincushion to go with it. It’s an online freebie chart by Indigo Rose that I downloaded ages ago, with some modifications of my own … and I’m pretty pleased with it – especially since this is the first pinkeep I’ve ever tried to make. It’s stitched with Jewel of the Nile Needle Necessities thread, which is so so scrummy πŸ™‚ I wasn’t sure how to finish the top of the pinkeep off, so I may end up changing it a bit, but that’s all I could think of while I was out …

Aside from that, I also managed to get a bit more stitching done on my Christmas ornament RR piece – I figured I might as well try and get some more of my ‘commitment’ stitching pieces done so I can tick one more thing off my list for this month, and this one was nice and portable. Only one more project to go after this one, and I get to receive my leftover threads etc … which is great, because I need the red Kreinik braid for another ornie. For once I haven’t got my Christmas ornie stitched for the FGBB … I have everything more or less kitted up ready to go, just haven’t gotten around to stitching it – I think the exchange pieces have taken up every priority at the moment.

Anyway, I’m now going to sit down and do a few more stitches while I’m in the mood – I might try and get the Christmas ornie finished, so I can get back to starting my next exchange piece πŸ™‚ I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post my piccies ;P

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18 thoughts on “2nd post today …

  1. Im glad the guild visit turned out Ok for you. Gosh I havent been to one of those since I slunk into the Waikato Embroiderers Guild several years ago. The pinkeep is lovely.

  2. That Pinkeep is gorgeous, I love the colours. I have the colour Needle Necessities thread and its so pretty, trouble is I havent found anything that I want to use it on..but this pattern looks gorgeous with this colour.

    *Hugs*

  3. Good for you Anne! They are a lovely group – I have only been to that one a couple of times, and Cynthia was so helpful in starting me off with my Blackwork project. Do you intend going on a regular basis? If so, I might get off my backside and start going again. I just needed some motivation, and seeing a hard-to-catch friend on a regular basis seems like a good reason to me!

  4. Good for you for going to your Guild meeting Anne! I’m the same, I would have had to make myself go to something like that – I’m really good at finding reasons for not going πŸ˜‰

    Your pinkeep looks fabulous – I’ve seen that freebie loads of times and not been that bothered about it, but it looks wonderful in that thread. Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations on my making to your first Guild meeting πŸ™‚ I adore your pinkeep – yep, the colors are amazing, and the ribbon you got at Spotlight looks just right!

  6. I love your pinkeep too Anne, what a gorgeous colour thread, I would never have thought to change the colours on this freebie πŸ™‚

  7. Anne, that pinkeep is gorgeous! Such wonderful colours and you’ve finished it beautifully πŸ™‚

    And congratulations on making it to the Guild meeting too πŸ™‚

  8. WOW! Your pinkeep looks stunning and the finishing is perfect!!!! I love it πŸ™‚ A needlebook in the same style would be gorgeous πŸ˜‰
    The Christmas ornament looks nice, too, waiting for more pictures to come……. :-)))

  9. I love the pinkeep, Anne! I think you’ve finished it off just right πŸ™‚

    I was nervous about going to my first Guild meeting too – I am glad you went. My regular Thursday night Guild outings are one of the things I miss about my life here.

  10. So glad to hear that you pushed yourself to the Guild meeting!! Sharing finished projects with other stitchers who appreciate it is very motivating and a morale booster. πŸ˜€
    I’ve made a note of that wonderful floss color – thanks!!

  11. Hi Anne. Your pinkeep turned out lovely! I like the colors of yours so much better than the charted design.

    Hugs and stitches…

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