Jun 10, 2015

References

What do you use to learn a new stitch?  I got out all the books for stitch reference and wanted to browse for some that I will need to learn for the sweet bags.   I've found several stitches that are in one book and not the others, so I don't rely on just one for reference.  Could be that they are under a different name, but I also browsed the illustrations. The nun's stitch (or open sided square) which I needed to finish edges, was only found in Linen Stitches.  I remember looking for the turkey too and not all had it.  That one, Needleworker's Companion, and the J&P Coats are my favorites. J&P Coats features 100 stitches in a flat 34 page booklet that doesn't take any room in a stitching bag.  I've found so many in that little booklet that aren't in any of the others and I almost tossed it years ago. The Complete DMC one is going to the library sale.  Includes knit and crochet and I don't care for the illustrations at all.  Online reference and video is better, but if I don't feel like taking the time to get on the computer or it's not convenient, having one of the these smaller books in my bag works out fine.
 
 
I didn't know the name of this stitch and searched the illustrations for it.  Fairly sure it is the nun's stitch.  This is why I should have kept a stitching journal for the samplers.  I don't remember color changes, special stitches, changes to the chart, fabric count or color.  Big surprise, huh?  I have to say that forgetting specific words in a conversation is really starting to worry me more.  And the frustration makes a few other choice words leave my mouth.  I don't seem to forget those!

I'm still going through fabric and found these oldies.  Anyone remember Back Street Designs?  I haven't received my second order of BOAF linen yet.  Waiting for cabinet hinges too.  My tracking number for the hinges shows Oklahoma received them on June 5 with no other activity.  Today is the 10th.  The other order left Oakland, CA on the 6th.  No other entries.  The info was always up to date before but lately nothing is scanned until the day of delivery. 

Went to the antique mall for the second time in months, and I didn't have the same reaction as last time.  I thought about Patti and felt more acceptance of her passing, didn't enjoy browsing, but handled it much better.  Thought I would show you what might make a good thread cabinet.  $295, on legs, and about 18" deep but the drawers are not divided.  Still a great piece.  Didn't buy it.

Isn't it strange how many Sundays are in a week?  I know I said that would be the post day but I've been out of sorts, mixed up, and yakky.

Until next time, whatever day that may be..adios!

Thanks for visiting.

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21 comments:

Vicki said...

I'm so glad you have a lot of Sunday's in your week! Always enjoy seeing your posts!!

sheravery said...

Hi Marly,
I truly hope that sadness over the loss of your friend passes soon and is replaced by fond memories! I am, also, in high hopes that EVERY day is a Sunday in your world, as I so look forward to your posts. Informative, interesting and just a stinking hoot!!

Enjoy your Sunday!

-Sherry-

The Eveningstitcher said...

I so enjoy your posts, Marly....always so informative not to mention entertaining!! I love the cabinet...a great price and would make a wonderful thread holder. Glad you a feeling a bit more acceptance on Patti's passing...always difficult to accept and more difficult to understand...take care...

cucki said...

I always enjoy your posts too my dear friend...
Enjoy your sweet Sunday xx

Vera said...

Yes, hoping you have many Sundays. Your postings are always guaranteed to bring a laugh or a deep chuckle -- thank you. Love that cabinet and it would be perfect for thread. I have some of the same books that you have. Other good ones are Eileen Bennett's "The Red Book of Sampler Stitches" and "A Notebook of Pulled Thread Stitches."

Jacqueline said...

I too hope you continue to have many Sunday's in your week.

Patricia Lessell said...
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Patricia Lessell said...

I just wanted to let you know that I'm forgetting loads of words too. But I was told it's normal and now I use the word 'thingy' a lot. I mean a lot.

It is the Nun's Stitch - you are quite right. Wish I could put a picture of it on here but don't think it will let me do that. I have saved a photo of it and it's one stitch I particularly like stitching. Heck I like stitching most stitches.

I'm so sorry about your friend Patti but glad that you are feeling a bit better about her passing. You do know that Patricia is a very unusual name don't you. There were only around 3 of us in my class at school way back one. I was just being a bit sarcastic.
Love
Patti xxx

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Marly,
I always enjoy reading your posts...no matter what day it might be!! You always share something entertaining or informative and I learn lots, plus have a chuckle or two!!
I have the book, Crazy Stitches, and also have a book I love called, STITCH SAMPLER, by Lucinda Ganderton! Such great illustrations and explanation of the stitches!!
I know how you feel about your friend Patti as Fri. will be one year ago that my mom passed away!! Still painful, but it has gotten better and I am thankful for the good memories that seem to come to mind!! I know she would want that for me and I'm sure Patti would feel the same for you!!
Great cabinet too!! So many possibilities!!!!
Have a wonderful week!
Warm Hugs~
Julie

Barb said...

Lots of Sundays are just fine with me. I always enjoy your posts. I hope that soon, going to antique shops will remind you of the happy times, not just the sad. That takes lots of time!

Pam in IL said...

I don't have any books to learn new stitches so I always look online for tutorials. Nothing wrong with extra Sundays in a week ;)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Oh how I wish there were that many Sundays in a week :)
I understand your feeling about Patti. It's been a little over two years since my friend Judy died, but in my world she lives on every day through her four legged darling Ellie. We talk about "momma Judy" often.
Hugs :)
Lauren

Chris said...

Love nun stitch! You get such a rhythm going. Stitch on!!

C. M. Designs said...

I understand how you feel about losing such a good friend.. I'm sure, though, that she would want you to enjoy what you two used to enjoy together. She's probably saying, "Marly you should have bought the cabinet".. Ya think?
If you feel "yaaky" know that I love to read your blogs..........anything you want to say is fine. I consider you one of my friends, even though we've never met.
Too bad we can't have weeks of Sundays.
Hot weather is coming.....enjoy ! Would love to see more pictures of your pink petunias. Beautiful !
Charlotte in Virginia

Amanda said...

I was pleased to see Linen Stitches in your stack; it is an old friend of mine. I've also used the Anchor Book of Counted Thread Embroidery Stitches for years; the poor thing looks the part, too. More recently, it's been The Proper Stitch and the DK Stitch Sampler - DK Publishers does everything so well. I have the Embroiderer's Handbook, but the DK and O'Stein's illustrations speak to me more clearly. Your comment about words made me laugh out loud. You do forget some nouns and terms - but there are certain turns of phrase that never seem to be very far away, even when you don't necessary want them to be there!

Christine said...

Great notes/reviews on thost stitching books! Thank you!

I use to teach high school and after the age of 48, I told the kids to get use to the fact that I had many brain farts - well manybe not quite in those words . . . .

Theresa said...

I am so sorry about the loss of your dear friend. I lost my dear friend Bev when she was 42. She was the sweetest, Kindest ,most soft spoken person you could know. That was 23 years ago now and I still miss her. I think of all the good fun times we had and I can always remember something that brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart.
I have the coats and clark little booklet and I love it too.
I really love that cabinet I think it would be a great place to store threads. Happy Sundays.
Theresa

Diane P. said...

So you can use the nun stitch to stabilize fringed edges? Have never heard of that stitch, but glad to know about it. I have a chart for a sweet tea cloth that should be fringed, but didn't want to do all the work of stitching if the fringe would ravel. (I'm new to this.)

Love your DIY projects and many Sunday-ed weeks.

Maggee said...

I have one reference book, tho it hasn't been perused since I got it at a thrift store years ago... but soon!! Hope you have as many Sundays as are needed to get you through your grief! Big Hugs!

Bonnie said...

I also bought some fabric that was Back Street very long ago,a couple of years ago I decided to use it for a Halloween project. La D Da pattern Something Wicked.It has turned out so well wished I could get more of the fabric. Like the homespun look to the fabric. Love hearing about the cats.

Patricia Lutz said...

Love this Marley Would love to win.....please enter me in the drawing.

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