Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Random thoughts this Wednesday

Memories...of days gone by...
Waiting for days to come...

Where I long to return to...
The simple foundation of who I am.

Purple the color of royalty..
The color of my King.

He suffers and dies for my sins.
He rises in three days for all of mankind.

Ramblings of the day....random feelings on Maundy Wednesday.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Another missing photo

This is from over a year ago!! Sandy...did you finish?? I hope so..

Smocking on silk dupioni with beads and more.

I just love the colors and those who know can see it is another of Judith Adams classes. 'Tea for Two' I believe.  Need to get mine out!!

PS...spending way too much time today on the computer...must stitch. ;-)
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Found missing photos!

These photos went missing from editing pages.  Now they are found again!!

Pleating hint from Judith adams...SUPPORT your long dowel when pleating!!  Makes sense now doesn't it? This will free your hands from trying to keep level, turn the knob, pull the fabric etc.  [I have also found that when my dowel/fabric is resting down, it feeds much nicer than when I hold it...just my expierence.]

Judith demonstrating in the 'snow' class!! We all had such fun!!

Stitching on the fancy band of the dress. I think this is roll and whip..not sure...just a great machines shot!

Friday morning snow [February 26].  It looked like a blizzard...turned out quite mellow after noon...clear streets and peeks of sun.
You can see, the shoppe is not big...but packed with fun and good things.

Soon we will have spring flowers and more. 

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rainy Days and Mondays [or Tuesdays]

Truely this should have been written yesterday...but rain does not make me nor my computer happy. So, here it is Tuesday, day before St Paddy's day and I have the need to blog.

My trip for SAGA midyear meeting was very busy. AND WET n WILD!! We sat through tornado warnings and downpours. The very same weather [I believe] that came up the east coast from Florida to the Northeast. Even if not that same weather, it was bad down south, and I know it was not great up here. I returned on Sunday into the 'soup' as they say. Monday stayed gloomy, so I simply unpacked, cleaned up and worked on various necessary things from the meeting.

Sunshine today!! Yahoo...and I still have much business to attend to, but at least I have daylight and clear sky to enjoy in the process. Truthfully, I am hoping our wild winter is over and we can see spring and summer coming. I need some flowers to enjoy.

This post has little to do with the shop, but lots to do with my love for sewing and for SAGA. As a member of the volunteer leadership, I am amazed at the amount of time and interest we all spend to make SAGA the wonderful organization it is. We are nothing more than human and mistakes or oversights will happen. To that point, I hope that our members and fellow stitchers understand that and will find the positive points we try to put forth. The challenge is large, and we are working very hard to keep the organization up to date and stimulating. Our continuing goal is to maintain and support : "The purpose of the Smocking Arts Guild of America is preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations through education, service, communication and quality workmanship."

For me the key words here are 'future generations, education, and service'. Bringing the art of sewing and all that it encompasses to the public is a huge challenge. Communication is tough for many reasons and we are also purposed to update that process as an ongoing project. My continuing wish would be that all our members consider that point and make it a personal goal to help share our love of sewing and SAGA's purpose in a positive light.

To that end, I invite anyone interested in learning more about sewing, smocking, embroidery and more to visit a SAGA chapter or our National website : for great information and friendship in all matters sewing.

Holly Berries meet tomorrow, March 17th at The little Sewing Shoppe. The meeting will start later, around 1:30pm as I do have a business meeting prior that I must attend. This meeting is a general sit and stitch meeting with some planning and organizational matters to be discussed. Always bring a project to work on!! We love seeing each others work and help each other work out questions about any stitching issues we may be having.

Until then...keep stitching everyone!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March is MARCHING!

Time doesn't want to slow down. Here it is March...and I know before I blink it will be Eastertime. GEEZ...

IN STOCK!! Great reference for flowers!! and embroidery!!
Our class with Judith Adams was a fun yet snowy time!! Judith has never seen such snow, she was 'cold' but a good sport. And in truth, the storm wasn't such a bad thing, since it melted very quickly. Great weather to stitch and have a good time with many friends!! Thanks to all who joined us!!

It is now in Judith's Contract that she will NOT do snow again!! :-) I understand completely, I will not plan any winter teachers for now!

MARCH 10th thru March 12th, [Wednesday, Thursday, Friday] the shoppe is CLOSED.
I am away at the annual business meeting [midyear] for SAGA []. AS Region Representative for the 21 chapters in the Northeast, Eastern Canada and Europe, I am off to help plan and organize our organizational activities. Saturday the shoppe will be open for short hours courtesy of my daughter. Thank you Michelle. And Sunday=Daylight Savings time=I will be in the shop....coming directly from the airport!! Hope I see you all!!

IN STOCK...more coming: A-Z OF HEIRLOOM SEWING is here. A really quick review...great great great. This is one of two books that will help you create beautiful items. The other [also in stock] is A-Z OF SEWING. My feeling is that if you have these two books at your side, you can be sure to answer any puzzling questions you might have about sewing. AND Heirloom even covers HAND techniques!!

Come see both these great books.

Arriving this week: ASE 90! As always another great issue from Country Bumpkin.

The shoppe will be very busy this spring, lots of events happening in the Mill Race Village. Hope you will find time to join us: March 25th: Ladies Day at Robin's Nest and in the Village; April 17th: Daffodil Days; May 1st: Creativity for A Cause; Check out the village website:

Keep stitching!!

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