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June 21, 2022

It has taken me more time than I hoped to get HEART #4 done. I lost my stitching mojo and now I realize why. When piloting for a teacher I feel a responsibility to follow the instructions and use the embellishments called for. This heart called for pearl beads….I didn’t have any. This bothered me more than I think it should. I just looked at the heart nearly finished and had no desire to pick up a needle. I went through my embellishments (and I have a lot) but nothing seemed to be a good substitute. Then I had to have a chemical peel to help some precancerous skin. It was not a pleasant experience and I hope none of you have to go through what I did. Another excuse not to stitch. I do wonder why those excuses come so often to me.

This morning I decided I really wanted to get Heart #4 done. I took more time to sort through my beads and see what I might have missed. I found some Mill Hill size 6 glass beads. I used red thread to attach them. They were the only beads that I had that were big enough to substitute. I’m pleased with the results…..but the original pearls would have been better.

Heart #4 Michelle Roberts Designer.
Michelle Roberts Red Heart #4

HEARTS…..3 DONE and counting

June 4, 2022
Designs by Michelle Roberts

I’m progressing on the 10 hearts I promised to pilot. The full book has 21 hearts. All the hearts are done in red threads. I am using threads from my stash, not the ones called for. I pay attention to the amount of thread used and when choosing my substitute threads I pay attention to the value changes.

I doubt I will do all the hearts in red, as I want to use other stash colors. Michelle suggests that the hearts can be done in any colors and stash threads.

Now on to heart #4. This one calls for some pearls. Each heart increases in difficulty. Not sure I have any pearls but I will find something to use 😀 Most of the hearts use some form of Bargello and I find the stitching very restful. The hearts are only about 3.5”. Feels good to complete them.

I am missing my Windmill and Tulips…….

Tulips, Windmill and Hearts

May 28, 2022

Before I left for Texas and a grandson’s high school graduation I managed to complete the second area of yellow ribbon flowers. This area was done with 4mm overdye ribbon in the Lazy Daisy stitch. I wasn’t happy with the way it started out but I kept going. I think because I don’t do much ribbon I’m not use to how the ribbon looks compared to thread.

Now I have been asked to help pilot a series of small hearts designed by Michelle Roberts. I only have 8 weeks to get done as many of the 21 heart designs as I can. They are approximately 3 1/2 “ X 3 1/2 “. I’m using threads from my stash so colors are not as shown in the directions. My objective is to proof instructions and keep track of thread usage.

I started this one yesterday and completed it today. I think it took about 10 hours. Let’s see how the next one goes.

Michelle Roberts Design


May 18, 2022

I’m now to areas requiring ribbon. A challenge for me. I spent most of a full day doing the yellow flowers. Working with 7mm ribbon, I cut many pieces of 1.5 -2.0 inch ribbon. Next, using invisible thread I stitched down the middle of the ribbon and pulled it tight to the canvas and secured. It was slow going at first but as I realized that it was not a perfect flower….I just planted those flowers where I wanted them and filled in when I felt I needed more coverage.

Design by Sandy Arthur

The next area is done with on overdye 4mm ribbon and Lazy Daisy stitches. I have started the middle area but I’m not real happy with the way they look. Don’t know if I’ll rip out or not. I’m trying to remember that nature isn’t perfect….sometimes my counted projects creep into my head 😀

I took a small break today and tackled my “thread basket”…I’m sure most of you have one, even if it isn’t a basket. You know, it’s the place where threads go after a project is finished and you’re anxious to start something new or pick up a WIP. The sorting is done now to put back “in stock”.

Have some Happy Stitching Hours 🌹🌹🌹


May 10, 2022

Just a quick update…..I’m loving this canvas. I have completed the roof, window, door (except for knob) and rail.

The roof is stitched with dark brown DMC floss, 3 ply, in a packed stem stitch on the diagonal. One hint I have for doing this area is that I realized that my sky didn’t end on a true diagonal. I decided that I needed to do a row of the true diagonal stem stitch and then compensate on the rows next to the sky. This made all the other rows easier to stitch.

The window is done with Water N’ Ice #WT15, Rain Grey. I like the way it looks like real screen. I need to remember this in the future.

Now I’m heading for lots of Purple French knots with Threadworx #1158. I do like working with overdyes . To create depth, as I did on the pink knots, the top few rows will be done with only 2 ply and then I will move to 3 ply.

I’m getting closer and closer to the ribbon flowers….


May 8, 2022

I finally got around to finishing the sky area. There is no shading but I can live with that. I did add to one of the clouds and I’m not sure that I won’t add more after I put in the windmill sweeps. They are done on top of all other stitching.

Design by Sandra Arthur

I finally trimmed down a blue feather for Dumbo and he is now at the framer. I can hardly wait to give it to my daughter-in-law for her birthday in September.

I have been stitching but not for long periods…so my progress is slow. I’m heading on to the windmill roof, rail and door.

Then the purple area is many more French knots. I discovered what I was doing wrong on my pink knots so my purple knots will be nicer. As nature is not perfect….I will not be ripping out the pink knots.

Working on Cruise Project

April 21, 2022

I’ve been home for almost a week and finally feel like I have survived the Hugh 9 hour time difference from Switzerland. For a few days I just wanted to hang out but my stitching mojo has returned.

I wish I had been able to post more often while on the cruise but activities and poor Wi-Fi weren’t cooperating. When you have Germany on one side of the ship and France on the other Wi-Fi signals bounce all around.

The trip was more than I could have ever suspected and it will live with me in all the photos I took for a long time.


I did begin this on the cruise and am loving the ease of this stitch guide by Sandy Arthur. I hope to still feel this way when I get to the ribbon tulips. Now I am enjoying the simple sky area. Now I know none of you ever start stitching without reading the instructions 😀 but I did.

I wanted to work on the sky as it was simple stitching. However the instructions say start at the bottom of the sky….as you can see I started at the top. The reason for starting at the bottom was to add an additional ply of another thread a little more than half way up. Not happening. It would have provided a slight darkening of the sky. With the canvas being painted I think the sky will look ok. No one will notice but me.

All the pink and purple are French knots. Luckily I love French knots. I started the pink area one afternoon on the cruise. Also completed most of the windmill building body. Again simple stitching, brick stitch.

One of the new techniques in this project will be adding the windmill sweeps after all the stitching is done. More on this when I get to it.

That’s all for today….more soon. Happy stitching‼️


April 10, 2022

Just a few hours in Switzerland and all my photos uploaded to my iPad. Great WiFi. It turns out the Wi-Fi on the ship just wasn’t up to par at times.

Class Aboard Ship

We had one class in Amsterdam and two classes aboard ship. Daily door prizes and charms for a scissor fob were some of the surprises Sandy Arthur had for us.

The cruise is over and my daughter and I are in Basel, Switzerland for two days. A chocolate tour is on the schedule for tomorrow. I will take photos and report now that I am back in the land of internet.