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Are your crafts taking back seat to the wonderful Spring weather?
June 10, 2007

Spring is Almost Over!

Hi, Everyone!

I am just finishing the curtains for my kitchen. I must admit Iím finding it hard to work on them. My sewing machine faces three windows overlooking a small lilac tree and birdbath. I find myself watching the birds fluttering in the water and the squirrels scampering below the bird feeders trying to figure out the quickest way to a free meal. Luckily the windows are wide open so I can hear the wind rustling through the trees and feel a soft breeze. All this makes me want to go out and plant flowers or just go for a walk to enjoy the beautiful weather even though I know I should be doing something inside. Oh, what the heck! This weather doesnít last long enough so I think Iím going to go out and enjoy as much of it as I can. Life happens so fast, sometimes we forget to stop and really enjoy the moment. Donít let that happen to you. Take time to really enjoy this time of year (even if it is for just a few minutes here and there) because, like everything else, it will be gone before you know it!

What's New!

The following information has been added to the site since the last newsletter.
  • How to Embroider the Daisy. Here you will find directions for the proper way to embroidery this lovely flower. It will add a Summer feel to any project you embroider it on.

  • How to Embroider the Holly. Yes, I know it is June but some of us (I wonít mention my name!) have a way of thinking the winter holidays are months off so there is plenty of time to get things done. Suddenly itís November and the projects that were to be completed are either not finished or even started! If youíre like me, maybe this is the nudge you need. ;-)

Other New Items

Crocheted Luncheon Set Ė The instructions you will find here are for different sizes of doilies, each for a specific use. They are fabric with crocheted edging attached. Even if you donít crochet, you might find it interesting to find the specific uses certain size doilies were used for.

Crocheted Luncheon Set

Buttonhole Stitches ó Learn the different buttonhole stitches Victorian ladies used in their embroidery. See Buttonhole Stitches.

Childís Crocheted Cap Ė Here is a wonderful childís crocheted cap that any mother would enjoy getting. (Hint: Christmas is only a little over 6 months away!). This is a authentic vintage pattern. Take a look!

Childís Crocheted Cap

And last but not least, information about the Beading Stitch is now available. This stitch is extremely useful when light airy sprays are wanted on a project. Perfect for Spring and Summer embroidery pieces.

Beading Stitch


Requests and Responses

In the last VEAC e-zine, I had stated that someone was searching for supplies for Mountmellick work and asked if anyone had any information. Sarah Ellis was kind enough to send the following information.

Sarah wrote:
In answer to your Mountmellick Embroidery question, go to Vetty Creations (www.vettycreations.com.au), where Yvonne has quite a store. We also have a Mountmellick group on Yahoo at mountmellick-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. I also head a needlelace group, Needlelace_and_More. That and other whitework links (it's a specialty of mine!) are at my blog, http://everembellished.blogspot.com. We have quite a few experts, including on Carrickmacross lace (also Irish) and others.

**My Note: Besides the specific yahoo groups she mentioned, there are plenty of links on her blog I think you will find interesting. Be sure to check out all the information she provided. Youíll be glad you did.

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I have been asked for information on the Spaulding Stitch. The reader states that in Corticelli patterns from the 20's, they just say 'knit spaulding stitch' but do not provide instruction on how the stitch is made. Can anyone help her out?

To send any information you would like to share, just E-mail me.

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Iíd like to thank Sarah for taking the time to send the information on Mountmellick work as well as providing links others will enjoy. The information is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions on needlecrafts that you canít seem to find the answer to, just ask. Iíll be glad to post the answers (whether it comes from me or others) so that everyone can benefit. If you have a question, you can be pretty sure someone else is wondering about it too, so donít hesitate to ask!

Donít forget, if you have made any of the items listed on the site and would like to share the results with others, let me know. I, along with others on this list, would love to see what you are doing.

A Reminder! Ė Fatherís Day is June 17th. Donít forget to let that special man know how much he means to you. If you are a father, Happy Fatherís Day to you.

Until next time,

Mary
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