Monday, September 1, 2014

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Here's hoping everyone has had a wonderful summer spending time with family and friends, creating timeless memories visiting new places, and most of all, wasting time stitching.  Its even better when you get to do all of this and more.

Catherine Theron's 
Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll

In early August, the members of Tudor Rose gathered together to begin learning how to assemble this year's Stitch-A-Long, Catherine Theron's Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll.

Betty H., a very talented member of Tudor Rose who has finished many lovely items for other members, shared her knowledge of finishing techniques and even passed along a few tips.  Betty walked the members through the steps to easily complete the finishing of our sewing roll.  We were even fortunate enough to see a sewing roll already completed.    

One of Betty's handy tips was how to identify 
the shape and pattern size of pinking shears.  
Check out the picture, you'll see. 

Member Show and Tell

Lori J. - Peacock Bird
Ewe & Eye & Friends

 Lori J. - Uncle Sam Crow
Homespun Elegance

 Lori. J. - Red House in Winter
Little House Needleworks
Finishing by Betty H.

Lori J. - Pear Treat
Little House Needleworks
Finishing by Betty H.

 Patti M. - Shamrock Ornament
Carol Lake


Laurie B. - Cinnamon Hearts
Threadwork Primitives

Laurie B. - Stitcher's Roll

Laurie B. - The Prim Stitcher's 
Society's Stitcher's Wallet
Threadwork Primitives

Cyndi S. -  Travel-Sized Quaker Sewing Roll
Catherine Theron

Cyndi S. - Liberty House
Chessie & Me

Cyndi S. - 1909 Bird Needlebook
Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly 
Spring 2014 - Lorraine Mootz

Cyndi S. - Pumpkin on Silk Gauze

Robert H. - Snotty Parrot
Barbara Ana Designs 
Stitched on 52/60 Ct. Linen with 
Gloriana Threads Tudor Silk
Thank you Robert for the very special 
little memorial to some special 
stitching sisters in your life.

Robert H. - Oh My Stars
Needle Delights

 Debbie G. - Snow Crystals Biscornu

Debbie G. - Assisi Cats
Classic Embroidery
Love the kitties looking they are 
drinking from a bowl.

Debbie G. - Queen Bee
Arachne's Silken Web

Debbie G. - Bee Pinkeep
Little House Needleworks

Debbie G. - Spirit of Cross-Stitch 
Commemorative Sampler
Jean Farish Huls

Carol E. - Quaker Spring Acorns
Midnight Stitching

Nancy K. - Paper Snowflakes
With Thy Needle & Thread

Nancy K. - All Hallows Eve 
Barbara Ana Designs

Karen H. - Azure Beaded 
Necklace and Earrings
Deanna Powell

Judy M. - Beaded Scissor 
Case and Scissor Fob
Sharon Davis
Judy is already ahead of the game.  
These pieces are for the October 2015 
EGA National Seminar in San Antonio, Texas.

We hope you can find time to join us at our next Tudor Rose Sampler Guild meeting which will take place on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Presbyterian Mission Center, 6100 Colwell Boulevard, Irving, Texas.   
Summer afternoon ~~ summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.
~ Henry James ~

Sunday, August 31, 2014

“It’s summer and time for wandering…”

We had such a lovely beginning to summer in North Central Texas.  Usually by June, we are already getting close to what resembles mid-August temperatures for the rest of the United States.  However, this year, we received the wonderful blessing of lower temperatures and blissful rain showers (we need every drop too).  For my part, this meant more time outside instead of stitching.  This would definitely factor in the lateness of a post on our June Tudor Rose meeting - flog me with a wet noodle I guess, because I was definitely enjoying the outside world.  Without further delay, let me fill you in on the happenings at the June Tudor Rose meeting.  

A Very Brief Summary on 
Making a Beeswax Thread Waxer
Our Guild was treated to a wonderful presentation by our very own, Maria Z. on how to make a Beeswax Thread Waxer.  After a short discussion on the properties of beeswax and the best ways of softening it, everyone brought out lovely pairs of buttons to craft their waxers.  We carefully proceeded to the waiting crockpot of hot water to soften our beeswax wrapped in saranwrap, being careful not to melt our saranwrap or turn our wax into a puddle.  Our mission was to warm the wax to a soft and pliable state.  After we warmed our wax, we returned to our tables and placed our nice warm wax blobs between our buttons (basically a button-beeswax sandwich) and began working the wax between the buttons, around the the shanks, keeping the buttons parallel to each other until the layer of wax was an even height, and finally we smoothed and rounded out the edges.  We all created lovely little thread waxers, which are handy and personal additions to our stitching collections.  

The lovely aspect of this project is that if you have a piece that you want to add a little accessory to, you can find lovely buttons that go with the theme of your piece and make a separate thread waxer to display with it.  

For a great article on beeswax, check out this blog post on Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread Blog- Mind Your Own Beeswax... er, for Needlework.  

Member Show and Tell

Katherine W. - English Carpet
The Heart's Content

Robert H. - Garden Delight and Fob 
Milady's Needle Teaching Piece
Ms. Gloria also completed the 
finishing on this piece for Robert.

 Kim L. - Witch No More 
Blackbird Designs

Kim L. - A Schoolroom Primer
Milady's Needle 

Mendie C. - Monogram Mania
DK Designs
Such lovely Brazilian Embroidery

Mendie C. - Home Sweet Home
Carolyn Pearce
We cannot wait to see this surface embroidered 
house after its construction is completed.

Mendie C. - Sonoma Sunbursts
Carole Lake
I think Mendie enjoyed these little squares - 
the colors sure change the looks of these squares.

Shelly M. - Folkbird Needlebook
Not Forgotten Farm
Finishing by Betty H. 

Lori J. - Colonial Candle Pocket
Plum Street Sampling
Finishing by Betty H.

Doris M. - Song of Summer
Rosewood Manor Mystery Sampler

Doris M. - Colonial Candle Pocket
Plum Street Sampling
Finishing by Betty H.
Lori and Doris must have gone shopping 
together.  Very nice pieces ladies.  

Deanne S. - Bookmarks from a Pine Mountain Design
Ms. Deanne made these precious 
bookmarks for her elementary
students.  What a thoughtful gift.

Betty H. - Motif from Token of 
Love Redwork Sampler 
Pineberry Lane 

 Stephanie Holowak - Creepy Cushion
Shepherd's Bush

Until our next post - our August Meeting (Tudor Rose takes a vacation every July), I hope that your summer has been memorable and productive. 

“Rejoice as summer should…
chase away sorrows by living.” 
Melissa Marr