Oh what a wondrous gift did appear in my mail box!
A huge hug and thanks to Nicola and her husband for the donation of the SL chart and yard of linen for January drawing. I still can not believe it happened to me, it was so much fun to find that my name had been drawn. I have my fingers crossed for everyone for the next drawing so you too can experience it.
The only draw back was having to choose the pattern and linen. I'm sure your thinking "what a silly person I would have no trouble picking", well you will know when it is your turn. As it turned out I couldn't decide on the linen so I asked if I could get a kit instead Nicola kindly said that would be just fine and that the remaining amount would be put in a gift certificate that I could spend later.
So I choose the WCEG kit and I am going to put the gift certificate towards The Manifesto when it comes out next month. I'm still trying to decide if I am going to join the stitch along, it may come down to how much is done on The Huntsman.
Once I open up the kit I then began wondering if I should change the linen... see making up my mind is some times very trying, just ask my husband.
The linen on the left is raw linen that came with the kit, then 18th Century Brown from R&R and the right hand linen is Parchment from Weeks.
I did ask my husband he said the Parchment with a little more distressing. What do you like????
Here is the progress thus far on The Huntsman
Both horse and rider have legs!
I have one more tidbit of knowledge that I leaned this week.
While talking with my stitching pal I was complaining that Needlepoint silk is about the only silk I can stitch with because other brands always snag on my fingers. I should tell you that I work in a soil testing lab and have my hands in dirt and water all day which makes my hands a mess.
She told me to use sugar scrub and silk will never be a problem again.
Off to the Internet to find recipes, there are many and they all sound wonderful, but I didn't have all the items in the house. Then I happen on one that was just olive oil and sugar. Fill palm of hand with white sugar and pour in some olive oil till it's a paste and scrub away, make sure to get around the nails. Rinse hands with soap to get off the oil.
Well I'm off to try some of that new silk with my oh so soft hands.
Happy stitching to you all.