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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Hello everyone,

          Can you believe it is almost February already?!  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I will be posting the With my Needle and Pen stitching schedule for the "A Maryland Inspiration" SAL, here on my blog each month.  Here is what is on the drawing board for February:

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Hello fellow stitchers,

          Brrr, it is cold outside here on the northeast coast of the US. If it is cold where you are, I hope you are staying warm and cozy and have enjoyed, or are enjoying, the January stitching schedule for "A Maryland Inspiration". Because last month’s schedule was a lot, I am going to keep it light this month so that those who did not finish January’s assignment, can finish it, and those who did rinish, can leisurely stitch February’s assignment.
          For February we will be stitching the alphabets and numbers in the alphabet border, which should not take long at all. I also thought you’d like to move into the main field of the design and stitch the carnation motif in the center top portion of the design.
           When stitching the carnations, if you are using an overdyed floss, use the lighter hued portion of the strand (Belle Soie Rosebud) for the light pink part of the carnation, and the darker hued portion of the (Belle Soie Rose of Sharon) strand for the outside edge of the carnation.
          For a little inspiration, I am including a picture that one of the SAL participants sent me of her progress. Candace actually started stitching her AMI (A Maryland Inspiration) in October, when the chart was first released. She still, however, has achieved a lot in the short time she has been working on it. Isn’t her stitching lovely?!

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Yours in stitches,


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          I also have some news regarding one of my designs.  I will be teaching a class in May at the Schwenkfelder Museum for Mary Sophia's Pennsylvania German Sewing Set. 

The class itself will be for the stacking biscornu's, but a chart for the entire set, with finishing instructions, will be available for purchase.  I will let you know all the pertinent information, i.e., place, date, time, etc., for the event in a future post.
          If you are in the frozen Northeast, I hope you are staying cozy and warm, if not, stay cozy and warm anyway! :-)

Yours in friendship and stitches,