In my quilting world, I am working on a small project, a wool needle keeper, that I started in Sue Spargo's class at Quilt Odyssey. Above is a sampler that she did for us with wool leaf shapes that were all the same but had different embroidery stitches and embellishments on them.
Here's a closeup of some of the stitching. Isn't it luscious? The shapes I have on my needle keeper are just circles, but it's surprising how unique they can be made with just a few cleverly placed stitches. When I get it finished, I'll post it for you.
Meanwhile, here's a little preview of the larger wall hanging project that Mary started in another of Sue's classes. This is just one section of the quilt, but Mary is a very fast quilter/stitcher, and she had this part almost finished by the time the show was over. The background is a gorgeous turquoise raw silk, not shiney at all, and fairly loosely woven, but it has great texture.
Yesterday a lady called me wanting me to put her granddaughter's name on a laundry bag that she was making for her to take to college this fall. I don't do embroidery as a business, but the lady's friend, who usually did her embroidery, had injured her arm, so I did it for her. What a great idea! I immediately called my DIL to ask if my grandson, who is going to VA Tech this fall, needed a laundry bag. Turns out he already has one, and it isn't made of any type of fabric that can be embroidered. Oh well. I'll save that idea for some other time.