Monday, February 6, 2012

Five States In Four Days Part II

Last post, I told you about my trip out to Spring Green, WI. Now, from where I left off.......

While Debbie & Pam worked on the box smalls, I set to work on the Morning Star spice box. I'm teaching the class this month at my shop so I needed to get my model done. Here are the "parts" drying after being painted.

And here is the piece laced but just resting on the box lid. I still need to wax the box and glue the needlework to the top. Stay tuned for pics of the class. If you're local and want to join in, there are still a few openings in the March class.

Debbie was on quite a roll that night. She also assembled this sweet piece that had been languishing in her "stitched" pile for many years! I think it took her all of 45 minutes to put it together.

And finally, here's a pic of where it all took place. This is the living room/work area of the 2nd Story. Notice all the different work stations to make this truly a great place to get some serious finishing done. Rotary cutters and cutting mats at the ready, iron & ironing board just begging to be "pressed" into service and all the wonderful tables to spread out and move from project to project.

I do have a few ornaments to show you that were cut and assembled on that weekend, but I need to sew on the cording first. I hope to have those ready to show you soon!


Five States In Four Days

I've been doing a bit of traveling lately. Last weekend, two friends and I took a road trip out to Spring Green, WI, to the Country Sampler. Pay close attention to those upper windows because that, my dear readers, is what is referred to as "The 2nd Story."

There is an apartment above the shop which contains three bedrooms with seven beds, a full kitchen, two bathrooms, living room and awesome work space. We planned to stay in the 2nd Story overnight and spend the evening getting some needlework finished. But first, we planned to arrive in time to take a "make-it, take-it" class that was offered at the shop. It was to be a wool heart done in wool applique, a technique I had not done before. We used a book by Maggie Bonanomi called "Buttonwood Farm." My finished heart is pictured here.

I did have to spend some time in The 2nd Story assembling my heart as I didn't get it completed in class. My friends decided not to put their initials on their hearts. The applique is addicting and so fun! I definitely will try it again.

We stopped for lunch here and I can highly recommend this place!

We took a class last year at Celebration of Needlework, NH, and wanted to put together our boxes. Here is Pam hard at work assembling her needle case.

All three of us were able to finish the inside, tufted lid, but I have not yet stitched my needle case, so only Debbie & Pam's boxes are totally complete. Aren't they lovely? The boxes are hand painted by a woman somewhere out East.

Next time I will show you what else we worked on and give you a bird's eye view into the work area. It definitely aided us in getting so much completed in such a short amount of time!