So Much to Do…So Little Time


Last weekend I went with a friend of mine to a Needlework Class in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was sponsored by the Indianapolis Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America. We belong to the chapter called Needle Artisans of Northwest Indiana (NANI) that meets in Munster. Once a year they have an event called State Day in various locations around the State. Last year it was sponsored by our Chapter here in Munster.

This year’s class was a lesson in “Stumpwork”…it is a style of embroidery where the stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a 3-dimensional effect. It was a very beginner class, as I had never done anything like this. After one prepares the foundation by layering pieces of felt, the finished bird (or whatever you are doing) is painted with one strand of embroidery floss (needlepainting) in various colors. I very much enjoyed the process. Here is my cardinal which I finished embroidering Sunday after the class. I plan to turn this into a Christmas ornament. The finished ornament will measure only 2.5 x 3.5…so it is a VERY small cardinal.

The designer and teacher was Marsha Papay-Gomola. She is an excellent teacher and taught a fun class.   She has a website here.    Her class was delightful and I would encourage anyone interested in learning something new, to check into her classes.   I did take photos of some of her samples she brought to the class, including the step-by-step proces for our cardinal.    I think her work is magnificent.

She even showed us a sample of leaves for us to have ideas in how to make a choice in finishing our cardinals.

It was one of the really FUN weekends.     Southpaw Stitcher has many more photos on her website, so please check them out if you have not done so already.    She is a GREAT traveling companion with a super sense of humor.    We even did our own shop hop on the way down visiting Persnickety Stitchers in Zionsville and Needle Fever  in Indianapolis, and even stopped at a quilt shop nearby, Quilts Plus.

Home Dec Project

Last post I mentioned that I was working on a home dec project for my daughter for her dining room. Here are a couple of photos of what I have finished: Six antique dining room chairs were recovered. Three cushions for the window seat with zippered custom covers, six large pillows with zippered covers, one hand embroidered pillow for the center of the window seat. I made this black velvet pillow out of leftover velvet from a dress I made her MANY years ago for a dance. Thought it would be good memories…then I cross-stitched a deisgn with a monogram with their last initial.

Still have to make the draperies and the table and buffet runners.    So it’s not done yet……the story of my life!!!

Halloween Cross-Stitch

I have been diligently working on a Halloween Fairy (Nora Corbett) cross-stitch. It is from one of the cross-stitching magazines from a year or two ago, I can’t remember which one.  A friend of mine stitched it and graciously donated her leftover threads and beads to me. I couldn’t resist doing this one for Halloween. I hope it will be done (even if it doesn’t get framed on time).   Unfortuantely, I still have a ways to go.   I have been really slow on this one.


Am I Lucky or What???

And last, but not least, I went to a neighboring quilt group meeting, Pieces and Patches. They had a very entertaining speaker that evening, Amy Walsh. She and Janine Burke have been publishing patterns under the company name, Blue Underground Studios, since 2005. The patterns are more modern than my usual choices, but they are absolutely lovely.   And lucky me, I won their favorite pattern, “In and Out.”  I can’t wait to try it.   They tell us that their patterns are easy and quick to make and great choices for using up your stash of fabric.

And from Inspired Needle Blog, I won a lovely patriotic needlework pattern.   Please visit her website as well as the blog.   I will save this one to work on for next summer!

 Hope you have enjoyed my photos……….until next time……………Amities,  Averyclaire


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 14:29:38

    Wow, that stumpwork is amazing! I can’t imagine doing it myself. Beautiful! Love your home decor project too — very professional looking. And the prizes — lucky you! I love that quilt pattern and the xs piece is a must-stitch. Your Halloween Fairy is looking pretty!


  2. Valerie
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 15:18:21

    Wow, love the stumpwork! Your cardinal looks amazing! I would love to take an easy class to learn. Congrats on the win! Love your Trick or Treat Fairy too. This one is on my to stitch list…love Miras!


  3. Jackie
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 17:58:57

    Your stump work cardinal is gorgeous! It looks just as good as the instructors.

    Your daughter is very fortunate indeed to have you to help! The antique chairs are gorgeous and the window seat looks so inviting. I need to branch out a bit more and try some new things. Your needlework skills are so very diverse.


  4. Jane
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 00:56:57

    What a wonderful class, I’ve always wanted to do stumpwork.
    Your daughter’s dining room is stunning, you have been very busy


  5. Annie
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 06:02:43

    You really have been the busy one! That stumpwork is just amazing! And all your home dec projects turned out fantastic!

    I love that Halloween Fairy. You’ve made good progress there too,


  6. Southpaw Stitcher
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 10:36:29

    All your sewing and stitching is just fabulous. I still can’t believe you actually finished the cardinal! And you are a wonderful traveling companion, too.


  7. Janet Granger
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 10:55:05

    The rabbits are lovely. I think my favourite is the squirrel, though! Thanks for sharing this 🙂


  8. Doris
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 12:44:46

    the stumpwork look really pretty, i like the 3d aspect of the squirrell, and the cardinal too!. the Dec work is just perfect, have a great week..


  9. An Older Woman
    Oct 17, 2011 @ 22:13:30

    I did stumpwork years ago, and I know how much work you have in this lovely ornament. It’s lovely.

    And your decoration skills and sewing are incredible. Thanks for sharing those great photos.


  10. Elizabeth
    Jan 29, 2013 @ 23:59:37

    Hi Averyclaire. I have just spent a little time perusing past entries on your blog. You are clearly a woman of many talents. Stumpwork is something I have been wanting to try for a very long time. Your little menagerie of animals and birds is an inspiration. I will remember to refer to your blog when the time comes. What beautiful work!


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