Findings–12/2/16

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This weekend I will be signing and addressing Christmas cards. I’ve also got to make a gift list and start some shopping. Since I do most of my shopping online these days, I’ve got to order soon if I want to receive things in time!

Findings is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. Here are this week’s links:

Video of the Week

I should preface by saying that I have not seen “Hamilton” the musical, nor have I ever even listened to the soundtrack, but I have a bit of a crush on composer/actor/creator Lin-Manuel Miranda regardless, and this video of his family reenacting “Do Re Mi” from the “Sound of Music” is too adorable for words.

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WIP Weds: 12 Days of Christmas Update 2 of 500

Well, I hope it doesn’t take me 5oo weeks to finish this “12 Days of Christmas” crossstitch project, but I’m afraid I’ve made less progress than I would like over the past two weeks.

When I started it, I thought I would stitch the entire border first and then fill in each space. But, it was so darn hard for me to keep track of where I was in the stitch count that I decided to focus on one rectangle at a time.

12-days-one-border

Just finishing this first rectangle took way longer than it should have. I kept counting and recounting and then I miscounted and stitched the bottom border two rows too early and had to rip it all out. Finally, I grabbed one of my fabric pens and added some grid lines to help me out.

Now I am starting on the partridge in a pear tree design, but this is as far as I have gotten:

12-days-one-start

I still have this fear that I miscounted somewhere, but I think it is okay. Once I complete this green border I will know for sure whether everything lines up correctly or not.

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Findings–11/26/16

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Hope my U.S. readers had a lovely Thanksgiving. I took a little break, but I’m back. I haven’t done much sewing, but I’ve been reading books like crazy. But, I plan to have some stitchy progress to show soon.

Findings is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. Here are this week’s links:

Video of the Week

OK Go, the band/performance art group release another music video, proving yet again that the music video as an art form is still not dead yet. It doesn’t hurt that their music isn’t bad either. :)

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Vintage Needlecraft Magazine

A couple of weeks ago my mom gave me two vintage issues of Needlecraft Magazine dated July 1925 and September 1926. She found them in an antique shop in Michigan.

Needlecraft Magazine -- July 1925

 

 

The magazine covers a wide variety of topics. Not only does it discuss embroidery, but it also features articles and patterns for knitting, crochet, lace-making, and other needlearts. Plus, the magazine includes recipes and other “home economics” topics.

I had never heard of this publication before. The closest equivalent today might be something like PieceWork.

Since receiving the issues, however, I have been trying to find out more about the publication. The librarian in me went into research mode.

This is what I have found so far.

First, the magazine was published in Augusta, Maine at a time when Augusta was a fairly popular publishing center. In fact, a local history site created at the University of Maine states that from 1869-1942 “Augusta was known as the mail-order magazine publishing capital of the country.” And, most of these publications were aimed at women. Other titles published during this period in Augusta included American Woman, Hearth and Home, and Practical Housekeeper.

Needlecraft Magazine -- September 1926

A number of libraries and museums in the U.S. have at least some issues in their archives or special collections. The WorldCat library catalog lists many of the libraries that own some issues of Needlecraft.

From what I can tell, it looks like the magazine began publication around 1909-1910 and ceased publication in 1935.

Issues seems to pop up on ebay every now and then, but you can also download a couple of full issues of Needlecraft Magazine for free at the Antique Pattern Library.

The Antique Pattern Library also has a couple dozen individual patterns from the magazine which also can be downloaded as PDFs at the link above.

Most of the designs are advanced, intricate work. I did not see anything I would be willing to attempt at my current skill level, although there is a hardanger pattern from the January 1916 issue that would be ambitious, but maybe doable.

Here is an example embroidery article from one of the issues I have:

Needlecraft magazine embroidery project

This is typical of the type and layout of the pages. Lots of dense, tiny text, and the articles are definitely written for an audience of needleworkers who know what they are doing. This is not for beginners.

Finally, you can see more covers from the magazine at MagazineArt.org.

Thank you, Mom, for this great find!

 

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Findings–11/18/16

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Hey, hey, it’s Friday. Let’s celebrate the small stuff.

Findings is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. Here are this week’s links:

Video of the Week

There’s this “mannequin challenge” that is the new online video fad right now, and this one from the Sesame Street gang is my current favorite:

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Starting the 12 Days of Christmas

Last weekend I stitched two cross-stitch Christmas ornaments on plastic canvas, but I somehow managed to fail to take any photos of them. The ornaments were two from a set of seven designs created by Jody Rice of Satsuma Street for Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, Issue 208 (November 2015). Here are the magazine photos of the two that I stitched from the set:

satsuma-street-baubles

She has a very similar set of ornaments available in her Etsy shop but they have a different color scheme.

I don’t have them anymore to photograph them because I turned them in at my embroidery guild meeting on Monday for the guild’s annual Christmas display at the local community center. I will try to get of picture of them in the display when it goes up.

But, I have started on a larger design. This one is also a design by Satsuma Street. It is her 12 Days of Christmas pattern. I originally was going to stitch the motifs as individual ornaments, but I have decided to stitch them all as one big sampler.

When I finish it will look something like this:

12-days-christmas-satsuma-street

But, this is what I have managed so far:

12-days-christmas-start

Yeah, I predict you will be seeing updates on this one for a long time!

 

 

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Findings–11/11/16

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Yup, it’s Friday. Let’s do this.

Findings is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

We lost another great musician this week. RIP Leonard Cohen.

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WIP Weds: Lizzie Kate Grateful Finished

Well, I finished stitching the Lizzie Kate pattern “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.”

Here’s an in-progress shot from a few days ago:

lizzie-kate-thankful-blessed-progress

And, here is the finished stitched piece:

lizzie-kate-grateful-thankful-finished

It would fit nicely in a 6-inch hoop for a finish, but I am thinking about attempting some kind of flat fold finish. I’ll be sure to share the results!

This was a nice, easy, and relaxing piece to stitch, and now I have a nice little finish for Thanksgiving.

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I’ve got to say that I struggled with posting this update today since I’m not feeling any of the feelings in this pattern on this day after the U.S. elections. I’m exhausted with worry, fear, and stress, but the following have helped:

Patti Digh says it much better than I could: “Walking into this new day

Eve Hogan’s words also resonated with me: “Balancing Trust, Faith and Action

I also loved this message from Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, which was filmed before the results were in: “Election message from the Presiding Bishop

Finally, I’ve been listening to this song on repeat today:

Michael Franti “Love Will Find a Way”

Love will find a way.

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Findings–11/4/16

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Sometimes I spend time searching for things to post. Other weeks, this post writes itself. This was one of the good weeks. :)

Findings is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web. Here are this week’s links:

Video of the Week

World traveler and awful dancer Matt Harding just released a new video compiled from his latest trip around the globe. This man is building world peace one silly dance at a time and reminding us all of our shared humanity.

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WIP Weds: A Finish and a New Start

I’ve probably said this before, but one of the nice things about working on small cross-stitch projects is having that quick finish.

But, sometimes you think you’re done, and then you realize you missed a few things…

I took the photo below when I thought I had finished the little church ornament. It wasn’t until I really looked at the photo that I realized, “Hmmm, one of these things is not like the other!”

small church cross-stitch ornament almost finished

I had missed some of the backstitching around the church roof, door, and windows. Luckily, I caught my error before I posted the photo to Instagram or anyplace else.

I immediately grabbed my needle and threads and went back to work on the ornament to close the gaps in the backstitching.

And, here it is finished:

crossstitch church ornament finished

Yay. Obviously, I still need to turn it into an ornament, but the stitching is completed. It’s a cute little ornament, and it was fun to stitch.

After finishing the ornament I decided to start the Lizzie Kate snippet pattern, “Grateful Thankful Blessed” that I posted a couple weeks ago.

Here is the start:

Lizzie Kate Grateful Thankful Blessed Crossstitch Pattern Start

I went stash diving for the fabric. I really wish I knew where this fabric is from because I love it! It is a 32-count fabric, and it is linen, but I don’t think it’s 100% linen. It feels like a blend. The fabric came as part of a fabric grab bag that I bought online from 123stitch. I love the fabric grab bags because I can build a nice little fabric stash without breaking the bank. The downside is, though, that you don’t know exactly what you’re getting, so when you find a fabric you love, it’s difficult to buy again.

The photo above does not represent the color well. This is where I am at now, and this photo shows the color of the fabric better:

Lizzie Kate Grateful Thankful Blessed Progress

I am using DMC threads for the pattern rather than the recommended Weeks Dye Works because DMC is what I have on hand. But, I like how it is turning out.

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