Phoenix was not all work. On Monday we took a tour of Frank Lloyd Wrights' Taliesen West which was his winter camp and home for aspiring architects. Amazing the foresight he had. He built sustainable way before its time.
We then headed over to the Biltmore which he designed. When first walking in you see this wonderfully colorful stained glass panel. It is breathtaking.
"there is just not enough time to do or stitch everything". I am busy working on the Angels for next year and February is coming along nicely. I am not usually and huge fan of beading because it can be so tedious, but I am loving her garland. You can sign up throught the website.
Halloween is definitely in the air around here. Michele Burger just got her Halloweenie Series back from the finisher and they are spectacular. She had them finished with a easel back and I really love it.
You can still get in on all the fun! If you want information, just give me a call.
Today I was in Michaels looking something and was so disappointed to see Christmas decor out. Please people. Can't they at least wait until after Halloween. I have the same complaint every year and it never changes, so I my as well stop whining. Rest assured, the outdoor lights and Christmas Music will not show up until after Thanksgiving at The Needle Works
Look how fun this is. If you love to play cards and want to make it a learning experience, pick up a deck of this wonderful deck of cards. Each card has a decorative stitch on it. This would make a great stocking stuffer.
I did make some time last week to go fishing. I headed to the Fall River Valley west of Tahoe in California for some catch and release Trout fishing. It was wonderful. Cool weather and a little rain.
The water was absolutely gin clear. I am thinking this would make a cool needlepoint piece.
I’ve been away from the shop for two weeks now, traveling in Australia. I’ve visited a few needlework shops so far, the first two in East Maitland, New South Wales.
Southern Cross Needlepoint is a shop I’ve been to on my earlier trips downunder. They don’t carry a lot of needlepoint canvas, but they have cross stitch and crewel patterns and kits, many unique to Australia. The shop now has a large selection of quilting fabrics as well, and a group of quilters was in the shop the day I visited. I came across some beautiful overdyed silk threads and ribbons from Colour Streams—I can’t wait to try them on needlepoint canvas!
Glendoon Cottage, also in East Maitland, is new in the area. This shop also carries quilting fabrics and knitting supplies, along with a small selection of needlepoint canvases and cross stitch kits. I’m bringing home some skeins of Mogear mohair and Japanese Sashiko thread, as well as some colorful 2mm silk ribbons from Maytime Heirlooms.
There’s a real gem of a shop in Tasmania, A Stitch in Time, located in Sandy Bay. This shop has quite a large selection of goldwork and stumpwork supplies. I picked up a pattern by Alison Cole for Or Nué butterflies. It’s kitted with muslin, but I plan to try it on Congress cloth. The proprietor was away in Brisbane for the Koala Convention, a large needlework event held annually in Australia. Her shop has a number of items from the US in addition to her Australian stock, and she hosts several professional teachers throughout the year.
I hope to visit a few more shops before I return home, but one thing I know I’ll bring with me from this vast country is inspiration. Australia is a treat for the eyes, from the deep blue of Darling Harbour to the red sandstone of Uluru. I’m intrigued by the contrast between the delicate gum blossom and the massive stone boulders of King’s Canyon. The native Australian plants and wildlife are colorful and diverse, and I’ve taken a number of photos that I hope to use as a basis for future projects.
This past weekend Jane from Stitching Up a Storm in the Alamo City and another girlfriend, Jackie and I went up to Horseshoe Bay in Marbles Falls, Texas for a stitching weekend. Between the 3 of us we had: 3 Amanda Lawford Santas, a Tapestry Tent stocking, the Magi from Amy's home study program, Bottles from HP, Sunflower Lady from Needle Passion, Geisha Cat from Brenda Stofft, and the little Painted Bunting I had posted in another post. It was very funny to see all that stuff in one living room of a condo.
We did get a lot of stitching done though and had a great time visiting.
I did start or really get going on my next large piece. It is from HP and I had Amy write the guide for Enhancement when I went there in September. It will click right along because it is Blackwork and Shadow Stitching primarily. I will probably have it be a class at some point.
Now for the best news of all. We have the 81/2x 11 piece of paper that was causing all the heartburn these past 8 months. We go for permits this week. We will start Abatement and Demolition the monday after Thanksgiving and hopefully have the ground breaking ceremony on December 7th. We shall see. In any case, we are on our way.
Hedwig is coming along. After I ripped out what I had done, which wasn't much, I put his eyes back in and then his head. He is completely planned out and should not take too long. I have Sybil almost done but she was not due until May, so I had to stop and get going on Hedwig. I just noticed how uneven his head is. Have to fix that. Easy 'nough.
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Short post today, off to go stitch more on Hedwig before I go to the store.
Between Llano and Fredericksburg on Highway 16 there is a beautiful road called the Willow City Loop. It meanders through private ranches and it just amazing. The vistas and fields of wildflowers are amazing. Because of the rain and cold winter we had the Bluebonnets are particularly stunning. The white Poppies make the fields look they are covered in snow.