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 🙂 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 🙂 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 🙂 I just couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post my piccies ;P