Short Threads from the Needle’s Eye…

So it is April where has the time gone.

I want to thank Joan Vanderbrink and Joyce McCoig who stitched with me at the bead show held at Pedrotti’s Ranch on March 21st and March 22nd. We talked to several people interested in learning more about our guild. There is another bead show being hosted by the San Antonio Bead Society on May 2nd and May 3rd. at the Schertz Civic Center. Please contact Joan if you can attend and stitch.

We have our May luncheon coming up on May 2nd, so if you have not signed up for it make sure you get you check in the mail to Marilyn Veach by the April 29th.

If you are interested in our summer project Mariposa, send in your coupon and check to Pat Sweet along with your color way by the April 28th so that she can get those kits ordered.

EGA Seminar 2015 which will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas on October 28 – November 1, 2015. For those of you who were not able to take advantage of Early Registration last fall, Open Registration has begun. Class descriptions, photos, and the registration form can be found on the EGA website, www.egausa.org.

So I have been impressed with all of the stitchers on YOUTUBE who have been participating in a Mirabilia Stitch A Long that started on January 1st that I wanted to do one as well. I chose Red. I just thought that she was beautiful. I have not started that piece yet I am waiting for the fabric I order for that piece to come in.

So this piece has a lot of different elements to it. It has fabric, DMC floss, Caron Waterlilies, and Mill Hill Beads and Treasures. This piece does not have Kreinik thread but some of the other Mirabilia designs do. So how do you stitch this?

Here are some of the questions floating around in my mind? How do you store your Mill Hill beads if you do not want to leave them in the clam shells they come in once you open them? So do I just stitch the DMC floss first and then wash it? Can you wash variegated silk?

If you can, then I do stitch all DMC floss and Waterlilies floss and then wash the piece? Can you wash Kreinik? Do I need to treat my beads with anything before I attach them so that they keep their finish? I have never washed a piece before, what detergent do I use to hand wash? I have lots of questions and I guess I will find out the answers to them as I go along. I will let you know what I discover.

As always happy stitching,

Jessica Jones