Going through security at the Guatemala Airport last week I was stopped by a young female security guard who wanted to go through my carry-on. I stood by while she plowed through my clean clothes, my dirty clothes, my bag of less-than-three-ounces of cosmetics and a few miscellany souvenirs. She pounced on my quart zip-lock bag containing twelve spools of silk thread, twelve threaded needles and some miniature stitcheries. She pulled aside the spools of thread and the needles and said “No!” I said in my very best Spanish “Why? It’s just silk thread.” I could not conceive how the thread and needles could possibly present a security risk. At most I might whip them out and embroider a flower on someone’s jacket. She ripped off several strands of thread, pulled them apart and consulted with a fellow employee. She finally acquiesced and allowed me to take the thread but kept the needles. I am sure that there is a life lesson in there somewhere but am currently still looking. 🙂
In whatever spare moments I had this summer I worked on the squares for this crazy quilt. I enjoyed it and I always learn something!
I added snow and a little village on the top of the window so now it is completely finished. Really a fun project!
This is my finished project from the Washington State Day in June. The ladies putting it on really did a lovely job.
Needlework for the NAME National Convention in Charleston
My needle and I have been busy and it seems that as soon as I finish one thing (or even before I get it done) I have an idea for something else. The antique tatting at the top of some of the Christmas stockings comes from my maternal grandmother’s stash. She didn’t throw anything out, thinking that she might eventually find a use for it and I still have it some seventy five years later. My husband and my adult children despair when they see my bins of lace, silk and ribbon.
My husband and I had a lovely time in Europe this spring ending with the Kensington Dollshouse Show in London the second weekend in May. I lugged my suitcase full of miniatures for the show with a few bits of clothing thrown in through Italy, Spain, Portugal and on into Great Britain. I am sure everyone got tired of seeing me in the same clothes and I certainly got tired of wearing them. Back home now I am working on my prototype for the October workshop in Spokane. Because of our stay in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside I decided to aim for more of the look of a Tuscan courtyard. Have not decided yet but I may just string a line of clothing across.