Thursday, June 28, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Shopping for Treasures

Shopping is always a big part of my trips :)
Country Sampler has so many wonderful treasures, it's hard to decide what should come home with me!

Lovely fabrics

Home decor

Cross Stitch

Jeanne has it all!

I had fun going through all the treasures in the sales basement
and found these patterns that had to come home.

And a few new designs, too.

I had been contemplating this book for some time. But when Susan pointed out the lovely fabric and threads that it uses, I was smitten! I bought enough fabric and threads for three designs from the book!

Of course I had to do a bit of antiquing as well.

I had to take this picture for David Schump, The Art Tramp :)

It was interesting as it seemed that at this antique mall there were spool cabinets everywhere that I looked!

All different shapes and sizes

While they were all lovely, I am so very happy with the one that I own.

This framed piece caught my eye and made me smile.

I did find one treasure that had to come home with me...

This small cross stitched piece.
The linen is so small that I think that it is 50 or even 60 count!

What amazed me was that a thread was pulled where each line of writing was stitched.
Then it was meticulously re-woven back in!

At a time when supplies were few and far between the silk binding was carefully sewn on with the same red thread. And only in a few small places can you see that red thread in the binding on the front.

I did some research on the quote.
It was published by The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Seventh-Day Adventist Publishing Association on April 21, 1863 and around the same time by the Campbell County Baptist Association Circular Letters.

I was so excited to receive a few treasured gifts as well.

Thank you Barbara for the sweet antique child's shoe forms!
And thanks to Pam for the sweet Burt's Bees tin and goodies.
I think that it is calling to be repurposed as a sewing tin ;)

I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.
~1 Chronicles 29:17

Blessings, Patti

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Friends & Food

One of the best parts of Stitch Camp is sharing what we are working on 
and sharing our finishes from last year's Stitch Camp. 

Sherri did an amazing job on her finishes from last year's Stitch Camp!

Her coordinating theme of French General papers and fabrics  
inspired my use of coordinating fabrics this year. (Thanks Sherri!)

I love the wonderful antique and vintage extras in her box lid.

And on her huswife as well.

She even created a coordinating scrapbook of last year's camp!

Kim's box from last year was amazing as well.

The box is lovely outside and in!

Her other finished treasures including some lovely paper covered thread bobbins.

Our first night was fiesta night put on by Selma.

The second night was at the historic Old Feed Mill in Mazomanie.
It's been a few years since I have been there and I had forgotten how good it is.

A lovely setting

for dinner with friends.

And of course lunches at The General Store.

I've enjoyed lunches there for years.
But, believe it or not, had never been there for breakfast.
I found a new love! Are you a cinnamon roll fan?
I was until I found something better:

Cinnamon Twists! So delicious that I had to bring them home for the entire family :)

O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own.
~1 Chronicles 29:16

Blessings, Patti 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Day 3

Another lovely Needlework Press vignette to start Day 3 of Stitch Camp!

Day 3 started with English Paper Piecing for this sweet antique pincushion.
Vickie pointed out how precious fabric was back in the day - each section was pieced to have enough fabric for each diamond.

And here is her reproduction.

Made with vintage silk ties.

And here is her pieced back.
I decided that I wanted mine to match my huswife, 
but plan to make a second with the wonderful vintage silk.

Here is the front of mine. 
A little snafu and mine is a five pointed star, but I love it just the same.
I used Vickie's technique for the fringe and added a vintage button.

And this is the back.
We also did some painting and antiquing.
I couldn't take pictures during that part as my fingers were pretty dirty,
but here is my final product:

A sampler shelf.

This was out of my comfort zone, but truly fun.
And I am really happy with the results.
It has a nice antiqued finish.

And I love the details on the shelf and rods.
Very nicely made!

 The classes may be over, but I still have more to share!

 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to make this freewill offering? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
1 Chronicles 29:14

Blessings, Patti

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Stitch Camp 2018 ~ Day 2

On to Day Two of Stitch Camp at Country Sampler 
with Vickie Jennet of Needlework Press.

Waiting for us at our place setting.

Vickie created a pattern for this wonderful antique Huswife from her collection.

This huswife contains six pockets for holding all the necessities of sewing - needles, scissors, threads, etc. that then rolls up and ties with a ribbon.Some of the fabrics on the antique date back prior to the Civil War.

And here is Vickie's wonderful reproduction.
She even included a cross stitch design for the sweet star on the bottom pocket.

And here is another lovely example.

Don't you just love this wonderful writing box filled with sewing treasures!

On Day 2 we also worked on antiquing paper mache including wonderful antique images

both outside and inside.
My box isn't done yet as I have some ideas for the lid...
But I did finish my huswife on Day 2 of camp (although it was rather late at night when I finished...

We had a fun fabric swap to find our fabrics for this project, but I decided to bring some fabric from home. Since this is all hand sewn, I felt in my element. I really liked the scrappy binding on the antique and so I decided to use a scrappy binding as well.

And here is the back. I carefully placed the bird near the top so that it would still be visible when I rolled it up.

There may only be one day left of camp to share, but I still have several posts to go as there is still so much to share!

And so, our God, we are giving you thanks,
    and we are praising your wonderful name!
~ 1 Chronicles 29:13

Blessings, Patti