Friday, November 11, 2011

Sue Spargo Class 2011

This is my fourth attempt to upload my pictures for last weekend.

As usual I enjoyed my time with Sue and the other Spargoians.  I have introduced some new Spargoian terms.

The first is her basement/office is now Spargoian Head Quarters and the part of the second is shown below and is termed Temptation Alley.

This was just a very small part of the goodies on sale not to mention the actual Smith Owen store itself.

One of the wonderful things about this class was the chance to meet with some of the members of the Yahoo groups I'm in. 

I love absorbing my fellow classmates ideas and enthusiam.

There follows a lot of photos so you have been warned!!!! 

Crimson Tide which I believe was the 2010 BOM.  The french knots on the snowflakes are the perfect touch.

 The lady in the middle is working of these blocks from this years BOM.
Love this piece the lady got so much texture into to it.

Some leaves from one of Sue's samplers

To me this is just like a mini flower bed.

Would love to know what stitch this is down the middle as it works so well with the french knots.

Some examples of the work being done by my classmates.

Pistal stitches

Mini drizzle stitches.

This and the following picture do not show how beatiful the colour choices are the flower and promegranate base are purple with a deep chocolate brown velvet.  Breath taking and a colour combo I will have to try.

On Sunday I finally managed to master two stitches that in the past have been little so and so's.

Step 1 Palestrina

Step 2 Palestrina

Step 3 Palestrina

Step 1 Pekanese

Step 2 Pekanese

Step 3 Pekanese

On the Sunday my eldest Fiona joined for her first ever Sue Spargo class.  She made me so proud and only last night whilst waiting for her self defense class to start she was talking about bullions. 

This is the circle of life as my first class with Sue was when I have within days of giving birth to this beatiful and amazing child.

Peppermint hot chocolate and stitching.  Can it get better?

Group picture from Sunday.
Here are some pictures of my work since then.  I finished the needlecase we started on Sunday and I'm trying very hard not to work on the table runner as I must work on Amanda's Christmas stocking.

Loved how this turned out.  I used two different overdyed perles which just seemed to echo the center fabric perfectly.

My first attempts at drizzle stitches and large woven picots.

I did add an extra set of pages to the case.
Thats all for now folks.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting ready!

This Friday is the start of 3 days of classes with Sue Spargo at Smith Owen, Grand Rapids.

I have changed the colours in the pomegranate runner to reflect our time living in Tucson, AZ when we had our own tree.  Hence the blue for the sky and the pinkie reds for the mountains.

As I only found out that my kit should have had a pattern in it this week I have been working like there is no tomorrow to get things done.  Had to stop last night due to holes in my fingers.

For the Sunday class I am taking my Fiona who is beyond excited.  It is the circle of life in action as the first class I took with Sue was touch and go due to being heavily pregnant with Fiona at the time.

Not some of my better photos but will have to do for now as it it is back to stitching for me.  I have the leaf bases cut and would like to get those in place before tomorrow.

Halloween 2012

My Fiona is a girls from India so I got her an outfit from Dewsbury Market when we went to England.

Amanda decided on Cinderella so that became my opportunity for making a costume.  The lace was a bargin in the clearance section of JoAnn Etc.