I finished this little Halloween pillow up this afternoon. It is from the JCS Halloween issue this year. the La-D-Da contribution. The stitching process was fine - the finishing process reminded me of why I don't do smalls that require any kind of finishing skill. Not a perfect job by any stretch and far more tedious for me than it would be for anyone with even nominal sewing skills, I guess. I think a 4th grader could do about as well. I always forget how unforgiving linen is and just how delicate, too. Yeah, I punched my turning tool (a chopstick) right through it but could not fix it as I had already sewn on the fringe. I'll just drip some fabric glue on it and call it a day. Maybe it will look primitive. Yeah, that's the ticket, it's primitive. The fabric this little, prim pillow is sitting on is of course, the backing fabric. I thought it was perfect - orange but not too orange and not cutesy. I don't like cutesy!
You may recall that DEB and I were going to the Ghoultide Gathering on Saturday. We went, but I have to say, not sure I'd go again. It was a VERY crowded venue in two very small old homes on an historic setting. You could barely walk, much less take pictures. However, Deb, being the "won't take no for an answer" kind of gal she is, did manage to get a few and may post them on her blog. We did get to meet Lori from NOTFORGOTTEN FARMS and that was, for me, the highlight. She's as cute as can be and was dressed so darn cute - I hope Deb will post a picture. We both bought a spooky little Halloween pin from her but that was it for the purchases. I was hoping she'd have some patterns there but this was a strictly pre-made, pay really big bucks, kind of affair. There was an artist there with these amazing witch dolls and I would have loved to have one. Unfortunately, they started at around $250 which was a bit out of my price range. Folks were clamoring for them though and we were told the artist would be sold out by 11:00 AM. Must be nice!
Deb and I didn't hang around too long and then decided to head over to "The Rocking Horse" our NSL~LNS. I have quite a love/hate relationship with this store. They did not have anything new from market and what they do have is so hard to look through, I get frustrated and give up. Rather than sort by designer, they sort by subject and what I might call something is not what they would call it so it's very hard for them to even help you. Plus, they carry very little fabric and even less overdyed. I'm glad they're there - I do go there every now and again and usually buy something but it could be WAY better. Anyway, even with all this bitchin' I did manage to find a couple of things.
The Drawn Threads "Marriage of the Minds" has been on my list for a long time. With our 20th coming up, in a little over a year, I thought maybe I should get started. I saw the PS Ark all done up on EDGAR'S BLOG where someone had stitched it for him and done over one, it was really sweet. Like my Noah stocking from CHS, I think I may do this in a straight, little sampler rather than a stocking. If I actually stitch it, this would be my 4th Noah stitchery. Also in the pics are some Petite needles. If you haven't tried them, you should give them a go. I find that my thread twists into itself far less with these than with regular length needles and I love working with them.
It's drizzly and cool here today and the leaves are starting to fall. A wonderful time to stay inside and stitch.
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