My name in Print

14-08-13 Thistle 1

14-08-13 Thistle 2

14-08-13 Thistle 3In the mail today I received my current ANG magazine and low and behold my diagrams are featured in The Thistle by Carole Lake and Michael Boren. Someone had written me an email to tell me they had seen it, but it is always a pleasant surprise to see one’s name in print. Thank you Carole Lake, Michael Boren ( and ANG (

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Happy Birthday USA and Edward too

Today is my youngest son’s birthday, I am trying to refrain from calling him “my baby” since he is 38 years old and has four babies of his own. He thinks the Fourth of July is held in his honor and has had those thoughts since birth. His brothers call him the “Chosen One” and I am sure will be relentless today on Facebook.

I finally finished finished 4th of July canvases that have been in my workroom for ages. Like I have said before and will say again I can do finishing, it is not my favorite thing to do. I just still have not looked for a finisher since my friend and finisher Patty passed away; I still miss her infectious smile and sunny attitude. I know I could take the finishing into my local shop and have them do it, but I just loved being able to communicate my finished conception to Patty or to have her tell me her ideas. I know I don’t do the excellent job that Patty or another professional finisher would do but let’s face it most of my needlepoint is not going to the Smithsonian. (I do have a White House Christmas stocking there…probably the only piece I will have in their inventory)

The two small canvases are freebies of mine from Rainbow Gallery. They are about 15-20 pieces down on the Rainbow freebie page ( ) . The large star is a Fancy Carole needlepoint piece and Carole Lake ( ) did a stitch guide. I’m not sure the large star is still produced.

Like I said these are finally finished…they are completed projects from a bygone time. But they are 4 of July and this is the birthday of our Country, so …

Happy Birthday USA!! May you have many more “Home of the Free”, “Land of the Brave” years; may your flag wave proudly over all those who defend you, love you and care about your freedoms. When you look at the flag this week-end remember that the red represents all the blood that has been shed since 1776 to defend and protect our freedoms; the white is the purity of freedom we so cherish and the stars are but a sampling of the stars twinkling on us from above of those brave people who have died protecting our freedoms.

Happy Birthday



(And Edward too)

Hope everyone has time to stitch today too!  ttfn…sue

Twice in one month

Twice in one month is good for me lately. I want to thank everyone who stops by here to see what I have to say even if it is intermittent at best.

Thank You!

I am starting my third year of this blog, it does not seem that long ago and I still feel like I don’t know what I am doing. I can write for this blog and put pictures in but other that I am a novice. After I feel comfortable with something I am okay and I can experiment. I am comfortable with the program I use to produce stitch guides for myself and others but I am not comfortable with photo editing…I just have not played with the program enough. Someday I would lie to make a new page layout, one that reflects more of a stitching theme. But after taking the web class this fall, I know I will never be a wiz at web designing and it just seems so daunting to me.  I am a person who learns by reading and then doing and most of the time doing again and again. I prefer instructions to be #1, #2, #3…I can do this. But to play around with something, especially electronic things I freeze…what if I push the wrong button, what if …and the list goes on.

But I did not sign on to blog about my blog ineptness…

I have a piece of needlework finished (do you see the happy dancers and hear the symphony playing?)

 I do have a large projects going on most of the time but I just don’t blog about them because the work is sporadic and I am usually doing computer work for others. I only stitch on the large projects when I have long periods of no interruption…this week-end I will have a Saturday where I am all alone (see me smiling from ear to ear…guys going Boy Scouting) and I will work on one of my two large projects (Deborah Forney’s Ho-Ho-Ho! Santa or Tony Minieri’s Chicago du Soir.) Usually in the evening I work on small projects that are…fast, easy and require little concentration.

 But this is one of those big projects I completed last year: St Basil’s, a Carole Lake design. I had it framed and am giving it to my second son, Hugh and his wife, Anne. Both turned 40 years old this month and Anne loves this piece. I do too! This piece is framed under glass; Hugh & Anne have dogs…big dogs.

There are several reasons I do not blog about some of the pieces I stitch… as I said, the work is sporadic and I am usually doing computer work for others. St Basil’s is one of the pieces I helped produce the stitch guide. I do not think it would be ethical for me to talk about these designs before they are released for teaching and sometimes they are not released for teaching or sale. Usually when I help produce stitch diagrams for a piece I feel like I have stitched the piece, even though it is just on paper. Many times, the order of the stitching will change and I will redo page layouts; after a pilot class there are revisions; And yes, even after the piece has been taught there are revisions.

Remember Lucy? Well she is at the framers as we speak… you will see her soon. She’s been stitched for some time I just forgot about her in the busy-ness of last fall.

 Today I am off to work on the computer.