Fall Inspiration

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Oct 25, 2018
There's a crispness in the air and the trees are beginning to turn in Tuscaloosa.

Hello there, lovely!

We’re at the end of October and I just can’t believe it, can you?! The trees are beginning to change colors here in Alabama and it looks like we’re going to have a beautiful fall.

Cooler weather is finally here, too. In fact, we turned the heat on this past weekend and I brewed my first cup of hot apple cider tea just yesterday morning.

My first cup of Hot Apple Cider Tea of the season.

We’re settling into the cozy season here at my house…

and that means pulling out the hand-knit blankies and my grandmother’s quilts, the cinnamon spice candles, and, of course, the electric tea kettle. I love a warm tasty cuppa in the morning when the temperature drops.

How about you? What’s your favorite cold weather beverage? Hot tea and hot chocolate are my favorites.

I went to the Farmer’s Market earlier this week and found myself in an explosion of fall color.

Bright yellow mums, vivid orange pumpkins, ruby red apples, golden bales of hay – signs of fall everywhere!

It's pumpkin season at the Farmer's Market.

 

That reminds me – there’s a charming fall-inspired design by Julie Mar that I shared with you earlier (maybe over on Facebook or Instagram?) and I’m about to start it. (squeeee!!!)

I thought I had all the threads I needed, but I changed my mind about some of them. Do you ever do that?

Here are a few of the threads I’m going with now…

This canvas by Julie Mar vividly captures fall in the Appalachian mountains.

I can hardly wait to dive into stitching this happy canvas! It’s getting my full attention – right after I wrap up the project I’m doing for the spring issue of Making magazine.

I already have some ideas whirling around in my head for what I’m going to do. I’ll share some of my notes – and my progress –  with you when I start. 😊

And if you want to see my progress on the Tuscaloosa canvas, just click here. I’m nearly finished with it!

Before I go, there’s a little housekeeping  I want to share with you, too.

There are now two free Serendipity Needleworks Facebook groups…

one for needlepoint and embroidery and one for knitting and crochet. (I’d love to have you join me in one – or both – if you aren’t already a member. Just click the link(s) above to hop over and request to join.)

I added the new yarn group so you’ll have a place to gather with other kindred spirits who share your love of knitting and crochet – and so that you’re receiving the best in curated content for your favorite hobby.

I’ll be hosting FB Lives every Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Central time in our Serendipity Needleworks groups, beginning next month!

Here’s the schedule for November…

  • Needlepoint/Embroidery Group – November 8th
  • Knitting/Crochet Group – November 15th
  • Thanksgiving Surprise – November 22nd
  • Needlepoint/Embroidery – November 29th

Finally, NeedleNotes will be delivered on Thursdays, beginning
November 8.

That means there won’t be an issue of NeedleNotes or a blog post next week.

In the meanwhile, have a wonderful rest of your day and Happy Stitching!

XOXO!
Stitch with a smile!

 

 

PS: What do you do to cozy up your house for fall and winter? Tell me in the comments box below and I’ll add your name to the drawing for an exclusive Serendipity Needleworks needle minder. I can’t wait to hear from you! ❤️

What Do You Do With Your ORT?

by , on
Feb 15, 2018
Do you have an ort jar?

Do you save your ORT?

Or do you toss them in the trash? What’s that? You don’t know what the heck an ORT is?!

Well then – pour yourself a nice cuppa and let me tell you. Sound good? Okey dokey – I’ll wait for you.

Are You Ready To Stitch?

by , on
Jan 31, 2018
February is National Embroidery Month!

February is National Embroidery Month…

And that just makes me wanna do a happy dance. All month long, we get to celebrate stitching. YAY!!! (Cue musica!)

Dust off your needles, pull out your threads, and let’s embroider something!

Wait, were you thinking embroidery was just this…

Embellish a linen napkin with surface embroidery to create a beautiful bread cloth.

 

Oh no, dear friend. Actually, embroidery is…

“the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle”.

That’s the Dictionary.com definition, but I think they pretty much nailed it, don’t you?

Under the umbrella of embroidery, you’ll find needlepoint, canvas work, counted cross-stitch, Hardanger, blackwork, crazy quilting, crewel, goldwork, silk ribbon embroidery, and so much more!

Now, before all you knitters and crocheters tune me out…

Did you know that you can embellish your hand mades with stitchery? It’s true! Simple motifs can dress up even the most basic garments and accessories, not to mention home decor. Never tried it? Now’s your chance!

Stick with me all month and I’ll show you the basics, so you can try your hand at it yourself.

Deal? Great!

Here’s a picture to inspire you…

Embellish a hand knit cushion with embroidery.

Are you ready to stitch?

Since we’re celebrating, I think we should pull out all the stops. Let’s make a pact – one where we commit to stitch a little every single day, no matter what kind of embroidery you like to do best.

Then, share your pictures on the Serendipity Needleworks Facebook page here. Be sure and use our hashtag #serendipitystitcher, so I can find all of them.

Oh, and be sure to tag Serendipity Needleworks, too. Not sure how tags work? Click here for a quick “how-to” article that explains it.

And don’t forget Instagram! You can tag us when you’re posting your picture (click here for instructions, if you need some help) – or, you can let us know by typing @serendipityneedleworks in the comments. Just click on the little speech bubble and a comment box will pop up for you. 🙂

I’m gonna need your help…

spreading the word about our celebration. Be sure and tell all your stitching buddies how they can join the fun, because I have some surprises up my sleeve and, well – the more, the merrier, right?!

Hey, why don’t I go ahead and share one with you now?

Here goes…

Comment on any one of my February 2018 blog posts this month, and you’ll be entered to win a Happy Hearts thread bouquet from our friends at Rainbow Gallery. (The winner will be randomly chosen on February 28, 2018.)

So…what’s your favorite?

Don’t be shy! Tell me what your favorite kind of embroidery is – right down there in that little comment box. Oh, and tell me who taught you to stitch, too. I L-O-V-E hearing from you – and I read every single one of your notes. Pinky promise!

I can’t wait to see what you have to say – and you’ll be entered to win a terrific prize, too! 🙂

Until next time, happy stitching!

XOXO!!!
Stitch with a smile!

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