Saturday, June 18, 2022

More needlework finishes

 I made this sampler as a gift for my mother's 90th birthday.  The design is an adaptation of one by Mary Hickmott.

This is a bookmark I made for my friend Annika's birthday in 2021.  The technique is called Assisi work.

This was a yearlong stitch-along called Hope from Modern Folk Embroidery.

These beaded lollipops are another amazing design by Cindy Hambrick.

These adorable little stockings are Christmas ornaments designed by Mary Corbet.

This is a Palestinian sampler designed by Cliffside Stitches.

This piece is a combination of two designs:  the central tree is an adaptation of an Italian design by Rovaris and everything surrounding it is an adaptation of Jan Houtman's Flower Bouquet in Green (the tree replaced the bouquet).

This canvas work designed by Kathy Rees is called Serenity.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Beaded Box

This beaded box is another design by Cindy Hambrick (the first one was that cool lighthouse nightlite).  It was an online class through the Shining Needle Society and I really enjoyed doing it.

Monday, October 21, 2019

More Needlework

I have a few more completed projects since the last needlework update.

Another baby blanket.  Again, this is a pre-finished baby blanket with five embroidered panels.  The large butterflies are from a leaflet entitled "Butterfly Collection" by Rebecca Trent of Cross My Heart designs.  The smaller ones are from the leaflet "One Nighters:  63 Butterflies" by Jeanette Crews Designs.

I'm a bit of a fool for beads so just couldn't resist this online project designed by Cindy Hambrick.  The technique used is tubular peyote beading.  This oh-so-cute lighthouse is a night light.  I love it!  One picture is taken in daylight and the other at night.

This project is an embroidery called "Quaker Village" designed by Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor.  I just love that fence!

This last one is something I designed myself to commemorate 50 years of friendship with my Penpal in Sweden.  We were able to spend a fantastic week together in September on an Amawaterways Rhine River cruise.


Sunday, October 13, 2019


The Brandenburg Gate.

The Berlin Wall memorial.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Checkpoint Charlie.

Other sites around Berlin.

And Trabi World where visitors can rent a classic Trabant to tour the city.

From Wikipedia:  The Trabant is an automobile which was produced from 1957 to 1990 by former East German car manufacturer VEB Sachsenring Automobilwerke Zwickau.  The 1980s model had no tachometer, no indicator for either the headlights or turn signals, no fuel gauge, no rear seat belts, and no external fuel door, and drivers had to pour a mix of gasoline and oil directly under the hood.  Called "a spark plug with a roof", 3,096,999 Trabants in a number of models were produced over nearly three decades with few significant changes in their basic design.  East German buyers were placed on a waiting-list of up to thirteen years.  The waiting time depended on their proximity to Berlin.  Official state price was 7,450 GDR marks and the demand to production ratio was forty three to one (1989). The free market price for a second-hand one was more than twice the price of a new one, and the average worker had to wait ten to thirteen years on a waiting list, or, if available, pay more than double for a second hand one.  Read more about this car here.

Thursday, October 3, 2019


In the Middle Ages, the city of Erfurt had about 580 beer breweries. Beer was a basic food, and everybody drank it, including the children. Walking through today's Erfurt you can still see the beer holes above the entrances of former breweries. They had a signal function. An empty hole meant: brewing cycle not yet completed. A straw bush in the hole: come in and enjoy a freshly brewed beer.

This is Bernd das Brot (Bernd the Bread), a German children’s TV character.