Sunday, October 18, 2009

New Trinkets

I have been diligently stitching on Midnight Watch. I love this project, but I am ready to finish it and move on to something else. I love the color of the fabric and I really think this design looks fabulous on it, but it is rough textured. I stitch in hand most of the time using the sewing method, and my finger is starting to get a sore spot from pushing the needle through the fabric. I have never found a thimble that I like, but a bandaid seems to do the trick. :)

I don't know if I am going to have this one finished by my self-imposed Halloween deadline or not. I kind of doubt it. I have run out of a couple of threads that I have ordered. I plan to stitch as much as I can with the threads that I have. This design is taking a lot more of threads of certain colors than I thought it would. But I didn't start out with full skeins of some threads.

I have a few new trinkets to show...
My dad made me this beautiful needle holder out of ebony. I know I am biased, but I think it is absolutely fabulous. My dad is a woodworker. His particular passion is wood turning. I think he does beautiful work. I love how this one stands on a table top. I immediately filled it with my favorite needles--Bohin #26. Love those!!

And speaking of Bohin, they also make scissors! I had no idea until I saw these on Anita's Little Stitches site...

Fabulous!! They snip threads perfectly and have a great feel. Two thumbs up for Anita's customer service and super fast shipping! :)

Hoping to stitch some tonight. I would love to get the house almost finished while watching all my Sunday night shows. :)

I am also listening to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I have read all of the books before, but I am trying to re-read/listen to them again before delving into Echo in the Bone. It has been so long since I read the last one that I feel compelled to read again and remember the details. This is one of my absolute favorite series ever... I also recently downloaded Audrey Niffenegger's new one "Her Fearful Symmetry." I loved Time Traveler's Wife, so I am hoping that this one will be a big hit with me as well. It will be awhile before I get to it though.

Hope you are have had a great weekend!


  1. Midnight Watch looks beautiful! Too bad the fabric isn't much fun to stitch on.

    Love, love, love the needlecase. My unlce does stuff like this...I may have to 'hit him up' lol!

    I also had to re-read all the Outlander novels...too long between books. I promised myself I'd make Echo last but I couldn't help myself and gobbled it down in just a few days. ***sigh*** Now I have about another three years to wait for the next one.

  2. Your Midnight Watch is looking great! I hope you will finish it soon so your fingers won't get too sore.

    Wow, your dad did a wonderful job with the needlecase! Lucky you!

  3. Oh it is looking so pretty Kellie, I have this one too...not started and probably won't be this year, but it is darling!

  4. Long time no talk/visit. I'm sorry! Life has gotten in the way. Hey, I changed blogs. Same name, just new address. If you click on my name, you'll be linked to my profile and can get to me that way.
    I love your new piece. Is it BBD? I'm sure I'll find out when I read below and catch up on some of your older posts.
    Your needlecase is beautiful!

  5. Kellie,

    I am in love with Midnight Watch, it is turning out "awesome"....and that needlecase from your dad, he should make/sale them. I would buy one. Happy Monday!!!

  6. That's a beautiful needle holder. I think your dad is definitely talented.

    Midnight Watch is coming along well.

  7. Oh my goodness, I've been trying to resist Midnight Watch, but I think that I'm going to have to order it now after seeing your WIP. I'm sorry about that fabric - is it by R&R. I am not a fan of that fabric at all - it seems to tear my threads up. But I do have to say that your piece looks fantastic on it.

    And you had to mention scissors, did ya? LOL I'm going to have to check those out. Still have more holes to fill in the flower frog.

  8. I love Midnight Watch! It's fabulous. That's one to add to my ever growing stash for sure.

    And your needle holder is divine. Divine. Your dad should sell those on etsy. ;)

  9. Great work on Midnight Watch! It's really coming to life.

    Tell your Dad that his needlecase is Fabulous! You're right; the ebony is gorgeous. And those scissors....WOW! Lucky girl!

    Thanks for dropping in over at my place!

  10. Midnight Watch is looking super Kellie! Your dad is very talented. That's a greet needle holder.I'm with Jolene, he should sell them.

  11. I love the progress on your Midnight Watch! My friend gifted me with some liquid bandaid when I was complaining about the hole I get in my finger sometimes--the one that I hold underneath the linen. That might help.

    Wow--what an amazing needlecase!! Definitely a treasured heirloom--so very special.

    I read the first two Outlander books eons ago. I was thinking about getting them again--and the rest of them--on audio, but the first one is 30 something hours long. Gulp. On the one hand, that's a whole lotta stitching. OTOH, I don't know. I'm on the fence.

    I finished "Her Fearful Symmetry" last week and liked it... I think. I wasn't as invested in the characters as I'd like to be but I enjoyed Niffenegger's take on reality... it was interesting. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars on Good Reads, anyway! Definitely worth the time to read/listen to... but it was one of those books that left me wondering what I thought of it.

  12. Beautiful progress on your Halloween wip! Love this one!
    and what a gorgeous needle holder! Wow!! He does beautiful work with wood!