Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fancy Work!

Last weekend, my EGA Chapter hosted a class with Jane Timmers of Fancy Work.  The class taken was Shakespeare's Garden Sweet Bag.  It's a delightful bag.  I'd love to show you my project, however, I worked on practice linen during class.  That was a smart move as I learned several techniques and stitches that I haven't used before and really needed to practice the stitches.
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Our class was 2 days, the first was focused on the speciality stitches and the stitching of the bag.  The second day was focused on finishing techniques.  I was delighted to learn we would be making tassels!  I'd made cording before so that part of the class was a needed refresher.  We won't discuss the Christmas ornament I've had sitting for 3 years just waiting for cording .  It might now also get a tassel!   Here is my tassel in progress.  It looks a hot mess but it all worked out.
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Here are my two finished tassels that are connected to cording!   Isn't that cool?!  I was very enthusiastic about learning this technique.  Thankfully one person in class, Carol, shared my excitement.  We were both tickled pink!  My husband also showed proper interest and respect in this new skill of mine.  He thought it was amazingly awesome (well, he didn't exactly use those words but I know he meant to).   You can read more about the class and see some of Jane's exceedingly beautiful designs at our EGA blog which can be found here.   Lots of pictures over there!  Jane was a fantastic teacher and I love the project.  Win all around!
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After coming home, I felt this urge.  This urge to work on the needle book from Ellen Chester's A Lady's Work Boxe.  I've stitched on it all week long.  Every day - which is very unusual for me since I work and many nights just don't have the mental capacity.  I've made good progress for me.  I actually didn't mind the over 1 stitching - let me just say, that shocked me.  I think I might even like it a bit!  And this is 36 count!
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I'm absolutely thrilled to be stitching and sewing again.  It feels good and it doesn't feel forced.  Next week is going to be busy as we have family coming in at the end of the week from out west and still need to do some prep work for that visit.  I'll be sure to have the needle in hand a couple of nights though.  I'm looking forward to it!

23 comments:

Margaret said...

Wow, that tassel and cord look so professional! So cool that you got to take a class with Jane Timmers! Love your progress on the Ellen piece too. Hooray for stitching mojo!

ruthsplace said...

The tassle and cord look great.

Chris said...

Jane's classes are great! You learn so much!

Catherine said...

Your tassels and stitches look great! Sounds like a funtime!

Annie said...

Good for you! Something a little different to help you find your mojo. Your tassels look great. And your over-one stitching is really coming along. I can take that in small does only!

Ellen said...

Hi Jackie,

It sounds like you all had a wonderful time with Jane. I've heard she is a wonderful teacher.

Nice to see your progress on your needlebook. It looks like you are ready to assemble it soon.

Vickie said...

Hey, hooray! Glad you are back in the swing of it with needlework.

Tammy said...

That class sounds like it was a lot of fun and I'm with you it's always so cool to learn something new and those tassels are awesome. So glad you are back to stitching and sewing again and enjoying it. I hear you on often being to tired after work to do much crafting, I used to be the same way. Hugs

Dani - tkdchick said...

Classes are wonderful and invigorating! Your stitching looks just lovely!

dixiesamplar said...

Excellent work on those tassels, Jackie...I may have to come down and visit so you can show me how to make them too!

Love your progress on the WMN piece; don't you just love Ellen's designs? Glad to see you crafting again!

Enjoy your family visit...

Barb said...

That does sound like a fun time

Lois said...

Love the class you took and your tassels look great! Your DH sounds like my DH!!!!! Nice to see you stitching again! I seem to be overdrive with my stitching at the moment but I can feel burnout approaching!!!

FlourishingPalms said...

It's good to know you had a fun time a the class (which explains why I didn't get to meet you at QuiltFest of Jacksonville), and learned new things. Best of all, I'm glad to hear that you FEEL like stitching again. Enjoy!

Melanie said...

Tassels are fun! I used to know how to make them at one point but I've forgotten now. (I remember doing a bunch of them waaaay back as ties for curtains.) Sounds like a fun class!!

woolwoman said...

Your tassels are awesome Jackie !!! I think Jane's way of doing them is so neat. I am so proud of your finish on the Ladys Workboxe needle case - WOW - so pretty - YGG - I'm glad you are feeling great about your needlework again - sometimes we all go thru slumps that are difficult to pull out of. I'm glad our class helped you get out of the ditch and back on the road. Enjoy Mel

Annette-California said...

Your tassels look beautiful Jackie. Lovely progress on the needlebook. It does look like your ready to assemble. Looking forward to seeing what Shakespeare's Garden Sweet Bag looks like. The name alone sounds pretty and intriguing. Have a wonderful time with your family from here, out west:) love Annette

Karoline said...

Your tassels look great and the class sounds wonderful.

Great progress on the needlebook, it's looking lovely. Glad to hear you've got your mojo back

yarnjourney said...

You are working on some really great projects. I love them all. Your tassels are perfectly beautiful.

Carol said...

Oh, I would love to learn how to make tassels--yours look fabulous, Jackie :)

And the little needlebook is looking lovely. I am an "over one" addict so I'm happy to hear you are actually enjoying it, too!!

Sally said...

Wow your tassel looks amazing! Beautiful stitching too.

Lynn said...

Love the needlebook and the tassel is fabulous, I just loooove it!

Teresa said...

Love your little stitcheries. I think it fun to have special little treasures with stitching on them among my sewing "tools" kite pin cushions, scissor keeps and needle books. The class sounds very interesting.

Teresa said...

Love your little stitcheries. I think it fun to have special little treasures with stitching on them among my sewing "tools" kite pin cushions, scissor keeps and needle books. The class sounds very interesting.