On Monday night we had our Homewood Embroiderer's Guild Dinner meeting. We always have such a good time! I have been a member of the guild close to 20 years, and have known many of these stitchers for that long. We do not meet over the summer, so this is a chance to get caught up and see what everyone has been stitching. This year Marj, Marge and I are in charge of programs, so I have been working on that, and not able to show what I have been doing until the members get to see it.
The summer project this year was inspired by a playing card; my card was the 3 of diamonds. There are 3 red diamonds, 3 black diamonds, and 3 red crystal "diamonds" in the tassel at the bottom. A lot was done on the machine, but there is some kumihimo braid, and hand-made loops the braid goes through.
The material is silk, and the diamonds are velvet. It feels very rich to hold this in your hand. It is from a pattern by Jackie who blogs at Dog-Daisy Chains. I have been stressing over this project for most of the summer. I have another pouch almost done; an afternoon of work will finish it, so I hope to show that to you soon.
One of the classes we are planning for the coming year is this temari (representing the game "Hearts"). Our theme this year is "fun and games" so we have poker chips, hearts, Artist Trading Cards, and etc. I have made this temari before, but I still really like it, and I think it is a good introduction to a C8.
This project was originally going to be a book-mark, but since most of the time I don't read books but read from my Nook I decided to make a Nook pouch instead. The lining is quilted by machine; the extra fabric is from Moonsilk Stitches, and I think it adds just the right touch.
This is where the black-work pattern I talked about a couple of days ago was used.
Speaking of books, I finally finished the Diana Gabaldon series. I was shocked by how much I had forgotten of the last book. Several things surprised me all over again. I think it is going to be another year before the next book comes out, but at least there is a title: Written in my Own Heart's Blood. That's not necessarily the last one of the series yet, either! Oh My!