Sunday, November 28, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching and Spools of Floss.

 The hand embroidery for the November goddess of the month is complete, she has been washed and dried but still needs to be ironed.

I love how she turned out and the expression on her face is just perfect for Baba Yaga.  I need to choose which goddess will be for December.  

About two weeks ago while scrolling through one of the hand embroidery Facebook Groups I found out that Anchor embroidery Floss was available on spools and was being sold at Joann Fabrics so you know I had to make a trip over to my local store to see if it was available, it was so I happily chose 20 spools.
These are 6 strand floss with 10.9 yards of floss selling for .75 cents per spool. Well this weekend Joann's is having the Doorbuster sale and the spools are on sale at 5 spools for $2.00 or .40 cents each  so off I went to Joann's first thing this morning and bought 55 more spools.

I originally tried to buy them online Friday night however you have to buy a minimum of 2 of each color you choose which I didn't want.  Now you might think ugh plastic spools, and them eventually in the landfill but I use empty spools for other crafting projects and haven't thrown away an empty spool in years.

I also picked up another skein of Lion Brands Skin Tone yarn for a project I have in the making.  

I bought the color in Cedarwood, below are all 12 colors in the collection, they are on sale at Joanns too.
I'm linking my post today at Kathy's Quilts

Sunday, November 21, 2021

November and the Stitching is Good

 November is moving through the days so quick my head is spinning.  Thanksgiving is on the horizon and then straight on decking the halls for the Christmas and winter holiday season.  

Running a home based business for 5 online shops is crazy busy this time of year, usually things get hectic in the last week of October straight on to the New Year, this year however with delays in unloading cargo ships things have picked up at the end of September and has kept at a steady pace.  

As busy as I have been I have had time to get in some stitching, the hand embroidery for my October goddess Elen of the Ways is complete:

I am currently working on the November goddess, Baba Yaga:

If you aren't familiar with Baba Yaga here are some interesting bits on Baba Yaga the ‘old woman’ of autumn was called Baba by the Slavic inhabitants of eastern Europe, Boba by the Lithuanians. This seasonal divinity lived in the last sheaf of grain harvested in a year, and the woman who bound it would bear a child that year. Baba passed into Russian folk legend as the awesome Baba Yaga, a witchlike woman who rowed through the air in a mortar, using a pestle for Her oar, sweeping the traces of Her flight from the air with a broom

Here is a image I like the heavily costumed Baba Yaga below with all those lovely charms hanging from her shawls.

My Baba Yaga reminds me of this image below by Rima Staines not elaborately dress though which would have been fun to stitch.  
I did draw a second image of Baba Yaga in her flying mortar and pestle but the proportions didn't look right so I nixed it.  
Back in June of 2016 I took part in a Goddess a Week challenge and created this Baba Yaga for week 2.

She was hand embroidered and crayon tinted on white on white print cotton fabric. I am linking my post here at Kathy Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching

When I'm not stitching I have been reading Goddess Bless by Sirona Knight and will start Gateway to the Modern Crone by Jude Downes this week.

I will leave you with a bit of humor

Sunday, November 7, 2021

The Early Days of November

The first week of November has been a mixed bag of weather with heavy rain falling Thursday and continuing through much of the weekend. It has brought much cooler temps with the low last night at 48 degrees, due to the rain and overcast skies it's quite chilly here in north central Florida, but it feels great.

When the weather is filled with the scent of wood smoke, and there is a frigid breeze blowing I long for snow flurries, warm gloves and hot cocoa after my morning walk.  While I don't have the snow flurries, I do have gloves and hot cocoa in my cup and memories of long gone days of brightly colored leaves and November snow storms.  We would be lost without our memories.

While I won't be walking among leaves of gold, red and orange, my heart remembers those days when I would take long walks hearing the leaves crunch beneath my feet, the aroma of damp wet leaves filling my nostrils, inhaling the crisp air deep into my soul.  

If everything comes together with my health I am planning to head north this month to catch the last of the autumn leaves, I say if because my health has been a roller coaster ride for nearly 2 years and I don't want to jeopardize my progress. So it will be a spontaneous trip if all goes well, and if not I have photos and memories to rely on for another autumn and hope for next year.

The stitching on the goddess a month project is going along nicely for the October goddess I chose Elen of the Ways, I didn't take many progress photos I just wanted to complete the stitching this is the last progress photo.

I have just washed the stitch and wash away product off and the finished piece is drying, I will post the completed piece once it's dry. So for today I will post at Kathy's Quilt

November goddess will be started later today for Slow Sunday Stitching, I have the designs ready I'm trying to decide between Baba Yaga or Freya.

Speaking of Baba Yaga, I would love to have this bench that showed up in my Facebook feed yesterday, I find it amazing how a chainsaw artist can get those details.  The was a man a few streets away that did some chainsaw art pieces I always stopped when I had time to admire his work.

Did you remember to set your clocks back an hour, I love having an 'extra' hour when I wait till I wake up, silly as it seems the day does feel longer.

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching and Happy Halloween


Time has just flown by so fast my head is nearly spinning.  The weather here in central Florida has cooled in the evenings and early mornings making for very pleasant autumn days.

I didn't make any autumn stitchery pieces this year most of the year was spent working on the goddess a month project.  I do have a few pieces I have stitched in the past. On October 31st 2016 block 10 of the Hocuspocusville Quilt was completed, the 12 blocks are still waiting for me to put them together.

This goddess Tatsuta-Hime, Goddess of dyeing and weaving, dyes silk yarn and weaves a beautiful multicolored tapestry of yellow, orange, russet, crimson and gold. She then incarnated Herself as wind and blew Her own work to shreds, the scattering cloth resembling the blowing leaves of autumn. I wanted the effect of the wind blowing her dress into autumn leaves. 
She remains one of my favorite Goddess pieces I have done so far, she was done June 3, 2016. 

The two pieces below were free patterns for autumn I think I did them last year or the year before.
Currently I am working on finishing the October Goddess of the month, Elen of the Ways. 
If you aren't familiar with Elen of the Ways here is one of my favorite images of her
I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts
This is the last Slow Sunday Stitching for October, click the link to see what other bloggers are slow stitching.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Stitching and Reading On a Slow Sunday

 It has been over a month since my last post, time is moving so quickly I can barely catch my breath.  I can't remember a time October went by in a flash.

Over the past few weeks since my last post I have been catching up on reading, stitching and keeping up with my cardiac rehab and two weeks ago I was hit with a stomach bug that lasted a few days.

Currently I am reading Hemlock by Susan Wittig Albert, this is the latest in the China Bayles Mysteries.

I have loved this series since the beginning because they are full of herbal information that started me to seriously begin my own herb garden years ago.  They are a fun read with the earlier books at times having laugh out loud passages that make people notice you when you are reading in public.  The books and characters have evolved over the years and the stories always pull the reader in.  This is the 28th book in the series, the first book, Thyme of Death first caught my attention in 1992. If ever I was to reread a book this series would be it.

While looking for something on the table where I keep my current embroidery projects, I found Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman I bought last year,  I had put it aside while I was ill and not able to really absorb a book they way I like. Well needless to say a few pieces of fabric squares were placed on top of the book and you know for me out of sight out of mind. 
I am glad I put it aside when I was ill because I really enjoyed this book, waiting until I felt better was a wise decision because the story just flows from page to page and I couldn't put it down. I wanted to finish it before I start the newest book, The Book of Magic, which concludes the Practical Magic series.
It always surprises me as I've grown older how hard it is to concentrate on a book when the body is in so much pain, when I was 20 years younger I read to relieve pain unless it was a headache. The last year and a half changed that completely, happily I am for the most part on the other side of the extreme abdominal pain.  So reading and stitching happen on a daily basis for the most part.

I am finally caught up on the Goddess of the Month hand embroideries I have been working on since January.  July goddess Isis is stitched, those wings took forever.
For August there is Kali, the arms look rather sickly but after several changes I just left them and began stitching.
The goddess for September is Ariadne and after looking at the piece I think I may add a small maze in the corner which I originally had drawn then removed it. For now she is stitched and that makes me happy.
The photos were taken right after the pieces were dried so they need to be ironed to get out all those pesky wrinkles.  For now though I am working of the October goddess and the ironing can wait.  I still plan to make these into a quilt or prayer flags and once all 12 are done I'm sure I will have a better idea of what to do with them.  I'm really glad I came up with this personal challenge for the year, it has kept me stitching though days when I thought I wouldn't pick up a needle and thread again.  I am trying to come up with a new challenge for 2022 to keep me stitching, though I don't think it will be too much of a problem since I am feeling much better and the cardiac rehab has been quite a help for the energy.

My visit to the cardiologist office on Friday went well, and to my surprise this lovely Witch was in the waiting room to greet patients.
I just love witches and it got me thinking perhaps for 2022 I will stitch a witch on month.  I have several purchased patterns of witches I have bought over the years so I would use those. Several by Crab Apple Hill Studios and Not Forgotten Farm and I think Bird Brain Designs.  Tracing those onto fabric and stitching them up would take less work than drawing my own patterns.  Well it's a thought.
Speaking of Crab Apple Hill studios I bought this sweet witch doll pattern it arrived last week.
She is the sweetest little doll and I can't wait to start working on her, but that won't be for a while yet.
Well that's about all I have for today I am going to link this post up to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching  I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted.

I will leave you with a little humor If you are like me you get at least 2 calls a day.