Stash Enhancement.... Oh what fun we had with our trip to Homestead Needlearts yesterday. Amazingly I managed to resist the urge to buy any painted canvases and stick to mostly fibers like I had planned.

First we have my red Lee purse canvas. They had a new fiber called Soy Luster that I'm going to use on the hat and I got some overdye from Sampler Threads to do her hair, I'm not making her a blonde, I'm not a blonde so I figured I'd make her hair a bit more like mine.  Also, some Needle Necessities for the background which should look fabulous.

These are 2 other Lee inserts. The rectangle goes into a small clutch and the round one is for a jewelry case. With the exception of the background is going to be done in all Soy Luster with a wrapped backstitch in Kreinik gold for the outlining, the Mandarin floss is amazing to stitch with if you've never tried it. It is made from bamboo and has a nice sheen, similar to Splendor from Rainbow Gallery but it is much nicer to work with. I've had a couple bad experiences with Splendor so now I tend to avoid it.

Ahhh wool. I bought A-Z of Crewel Embroidery a few weeks back and have been dying to try one of the projects. I finally settled on this one which I am going to stitch onto a cream damask fabric, eventually making a pillow out of it. I've never personally worked with these Appleton Crewel wools so we'll see how this goes.

And last but not least, I did get one new design. Crown of Hearts was hanging on a wall and I just couldn't resist.  I love Jean Hilton designs and this one is a nice small one so it should be a quick stitch.

Now no trip to the LNS would be complete with out some new tool.  I picked up a cool set of bullion needles as I'm likely to use some bullions on the Lady in the red hat and I got these cool scissors! These are the tinest, most intricate pair of scissors I have ever seen. These should work well for trimming fibers when doing hardanger or they will be completely useless and land in the bottom of my sewing basket.


  1. Awesome stash. I love the threads. I can't wait to see your starts on them. Ann.

  2. Great projects Kali! Can't wait to see them stitched up! :D

  3. Great stash....I'm itching to see your works!!!

  4. Great stash haul! I've never seen scissors like that. Is there a website for them?


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