Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Small Peek and an Unboxing

It's finished! I officially put in the last stitch on Pearl Butterfly on Tuesday. I actually skipped my Tuesday guild meeting to work on it. I just couldn't let it go. Here is a little peek. I'll take final pictures this weekend and post them next week. We're getting lots of sun, so it will show off all the glitter :)

Now onto the unboxing. I see people do this all the time online, so I'll try my hand at it today. I got some new stash yesterday from L'Atelier de Pénélope and I'm really excited to share it with you. I don't always place orders like this, so when I do I always get extra things for the future.

I got stretcher bars. I'm tired of using hoops and ending up with creases on my fabric :| These will be used for future bead and goldwork projects.

Needles for my luneville hook! I got two sizes: no. 80 and no. 90. I will start with the no. 90 using DMC #12 perle cotton and then graduate to the no. 80 . I also got DMC dentelle special thread for that. Eventually I hope to try it with an even thinner thread and beads :)

The white threads... I couldn't help it. I just happened to find a piece of fabric that is the exact size I need for Deborah Love's latest Schwalm piece Hidden Delights which was in the last issue of Inspirations. This will be what I call my garden project for those days when it's too nice to stay inside all day :) I love stitching whitework outside.

A book on Tambour embroidery. This is an excellent technical book that teaches you how to use a luneville hook. Mary Corbet has already reviewed it here. I can't wait to take a crack at it.

And the reason for my order, I finally found someone who will start carrying the magazine Giuliana Ricama =D Two years ago, Jeanine introduced us to this new magazine on her blog, but there was no way to get it. Today it is possible to buy a subscription but you'll have to pay an arm and a leg in shipping fees. So I'm really excited someone so close to home will start carrying it. I'm still looking over the two issues I got and I'll post all the details and an inside look on Monday. It is gorgeous!


  1. I am VERY excited to see your sneak peek, I was wondering if there was going to be anything added to the white parts! I can absolutely understand why you didn't want to put it down.

  2. what an exciting parcel! Have you done tambour embroidery before? It's something I'd like to try at some point. That whitework design in Inspirations is beautiful.

  3. What a wonderful prospect of delighted stitching you have before you!

  4. Nice stash! I always loved getting this sort of package too, but as I have so darned much stash, I no linger indulge.

    I often try to use a hoop large enough for any creases to fall outside of the needed area and/or wet the fabric well to press the creases out. I can't use larger frames as I'm a wimp and find them too heavy!! ;)

    All looks great - enjoy! :)

  5. What a wonderful parcel you got! They all look great for your next project! Love your gold work too!

  6. Thanks for showing us your new little bits and bobs! I love getting those types of parcels! Keeps a smile on my face for days. Can't wait to see more of the finished butterfly

  7. Oh great box of goodies, exciting.