It's been great knitting weather this winter. Finished the Sockhead hat for my DH. He wouldn't model it so I had to put it on the sofa pillow. It was fun to do and I am doing a Wurm hat now for me. It's a free pattern on Rav and they say it's unisex so I had to make a girly color so my DH wouldn't steal it from me. He has already noticed it has a different band than his sockhead. I think he should just learn to knit - don't you think so ???
There's also been some stitching going on. I finished this Little House Needlework ornament on Feb 1st - Old Colonial. Haven't started the Feb one because I was late getting it and while waiting I got another LHN piece I was just enchanted with -- Queen of Hearts. It is not really a Valentines Day piece but it really did capture my heart - I am still working on it and enjoying every minute of it. I'll show a progress photo next post or maybe even a finish photo !!!!
This next piece is a Laura J Perrin counted needlepoint piece that my EGA chapter is doing as a SAL to encourage non or novice needlepointers to take a plunge and try canvas work. Of course I have done a lot of np over the years - I take spells of wanting to do canvaswork. I have to say this piece is lots of fun and only uses 4 Rainbow Gallery fibers making it a fairly inexpensive and easy entry level piece for budding needlepointers. I have to give a plug here for EGA - if you have a chapter in your area - you really should go and give them a try. EGA (Embroiderers Guild of America) is all about education and supporting and promoting anything done with a needle. Our chapter here in NE FL does little cost/no cost "taste of" workshops throughout the year to introduce our members to interesting types of needlework they may have never had the opportunity to try. We also bring in a national teacher once a year and sometimes we have 2 teachers a year. EGA needs the support of every person who has an interest in the needle arts - don't think it isn't for you if you only do cross stitch or you only stitch on aida. EGA is for everyone and there is also the option to be a MAL (member at large) where you have access to correspondence courses and seminars but don't have a local chapter close enough. Hey - if you wanted to join our chapter - we provide great support for our "away" members and we have 5 members in the great state of Georgia and 2 in the proud state of PA.
Think about joining EGA and keeping the art of needlework alive.
what a great lead in for a wonderful program we had in February for our duClay EGA chapter with a special friend of our group Lorraine Mootz from Celle Germany. Lorraine has done many lectures and classes for our group over the years. We are fortunate that Lorraine has family in NE FL and comes to visit our area. Here is Lorraine pictured with a grouping of a few antique samplers from her personal collection. We have permission from Lorraine to show these photos on our blog as they have appeared or will soon be appearing in SANQ magazine. Lorraine has done the charting of several of them such as the tiny Vierlande she is holding. It appeared an issue or two ago and is definitely on my "must do" list. The huge black Vierlande was simply stunning and is very similar to the Permin "Celle" sampler that so many are familiar with.
It was a great day had by all who attended and it is always so special to spend time with Lorraine. Her depth of knowledge always amazes everyone in attendance and we never grow tired of hearing her speak about our favorite subject - samplers and their makers.
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