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.
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.
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!
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!
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!