Hello to all my friends on this chilly winter's day.
~ Studio News ~
It seems like every where I look this past
few weeks....I'm seeing reminders to be true to
what I believe in!
In my little stitching alcove in the farmhouse,
hangs an old shelve with some of my
favorite carved folkart sheep.
This one is my my favorite....
It's my favorite because my husband hand carved the little
red heart that hangs around the neck.
I love looking up while stitching, because that little red
heart is a constant reminder to me;
~ To Thine Own Heart Be True ~
There has been something troubling my heart...about my
With SO many different threads available to stitchers,
how do you choose what to stitch with....FOLLOW YOUR HEART!
Here's why I'm torn, when I started stitching as a little
girl I always used DMC, which is very user friendly
and affordable....I will ALWAYS love DMC.
As my passion for stitching and antiques grew over
the years....I also fell in love with SILK thread.
Then, discontentment started back in 2007 while stitching models
for my retail shop Salem Stitchery.....when the new
overdyed cotton threads were introduced.
I started stitching with them, but just can't seem to fall
in love with them!
Overdyed threads are lovely, but when I use them....I end
up getting frustrated.
I'm very traditional and love the look of antique samplers,
which were stitched with silk threads....never have I
seen an antique sampler stitched in overdyed thread, and
that's what's heavy on MY HEART!
Then, out of the blue this man's words REALLY SPOKE TO ME....
I couldn't get his words out of my mind,
because I felt like he was speaking directly to ME!!
So I spent the entire weekend creating a pallet
of threads for my two favorite threads to stitch with;
~ Needlepoint Silk
~ DMC Cotton
I'm not finished sorting yet, but have my choices pretty
well narrowed down.
Here a glimpse of what I have so far....
The Needlepoint Silk is top and bottom to the left,
and DMC is top and bottom to the right.
On Friday I'll share my completed pallet lists...my goal is
to keep it simple!
I know exactly which thread box I'll be using....
It's PERFECT...two drawers for Needlepoint Silk,
and two drawers for DMC cotton Thread.
This is not to say that I'll never use overdyed's again,
but for now Scattered Seed Sampler models
will be stitched using Needlepoint Silk OR DMC.
If the model is stitched with the silk, I will ALWAYS
include the DMC alternatives.
Needlepoint Silk (NPS) ....so traditional & lovely to stitch with!
DMC Cotton Thread....all time FAVORITE!
Overdyed Cotton Thread...beautiful contemporary look!
It's really nice now that there are conversion
thread lists available for those who
love working with this variegated thread.
Sorry for all my rambling!
What thread is pulling at YOUR heart?
They're ALL lovely...what's YOUR comfort zone?
There's no right or wrong :)
There's no right or wrong :)
Look at what I found in the East Wing of the farmhouse....
My old Amy Grant poster....dated on the back June 3, 1989!
I was a big Amy Grant fan and went to several of her
concerts....I still love listening to her old CD's while stitching!
In fact, I gathered them all together so I can add a CD player
to my stitching alcove :)
I always have music playing in the Studio, so it will
be nice to add some music to my favorite stitching space!!!
I forgot to post this picture a couple of weeks ago....
Wow, I can hardly believe it!
And now the price is even lower....$1.96 per gallon.
Evening Sky over the Mississippi River, by
I keep telling my son Samuel he should get into
~ Weekly Soul Food ~
A man's heart deviseth his way;
but the Lord directeth his steps.
~ Proverbs 16:9...KJV ~
Have a wonderful week stitching with
YOUR favorite thread!
~ Kindly, Tammy ~