My perfect weekend began on Friday afternoon with the UPS man delivering three boxes from Amy's. Yes, three boxes. The first box had the last lesson for the Creche, &More canvas Happy Halloween with stitch guide by Amy Bunger and Melissa Shirley's Thanksgiving house. The second box had my new K's Creation Metal Floor Stand, and the third box had the arm attachment for larger canvases. I put my stand together that night and immediately feel in love with it. It makes stitching so much easier for me. I do not have the pain in shoulder the way I did with the System 4 and I can adjust the length of the arm to bring the canvas as close as I want when I stitch. I switched from the System 4 for a few reasons. My shoulder being the main reason and also the fact that when working on larger canvases they would slide out of the clamp after awhile. I was spending more time putting the canvas back into the clamp then stitching.
Saturday was a really special day. Denise was so excited to meet Sharon G, who she totally adores, and I was just thrilled that she was getting this opportunity to finally meet Sharon. As Denise said in her post, Sharon is just a wonderful person. I was shocked to find that the stitch guide for our piece, which measures 6 by 6 was 25 pages. Sharon writes a spectacular stitch guide. Every detail of the stitching of the canvas is full explained, her diagrams are large and very easy to understand and read. She went over every area of the canvas so that when we left we were all confident that we understood and knew exactly how to finish stitching the piece. Karen, the owner of The Nimble Needle, is such a warm and friendly person. She made us feel right at home and could not have been nicer. I was so happy that Denise finally got to meet Sharon. We had a wonderful time and look forward to taking another class from Sharon. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class given by Sharon, please take it you will be so happy that you did.
Today was a good day because I got to see Jake. Jen and Jake came by after his swimming lesson (he was the best student in the class) and stayed for breakfast. Nana Day Care is officially over until September and so I now get to enjoy the big guy. Jake now weighs 28 pounds and is 33 inches tall.
My next needlepoint adventure is on July 9, when Karen and I go to Ruth's for a class with Julia Snyder. This will be my last adventure until November when we go to Amy's. I will be having surgery on July 14 for my rotator cuff. I have all my small projects ready to stitch until I can go back to my bigger pieces. The surgeon told me that I could start stitching three days after surgery. I hope he is right.
The belt is one of my small projects. It is almost done and I hope to get it in for finishing before my surgery.
EDITORIAL UPDATE (from Denise)
EDITORIAL UPDATE (from Denise)
I want to clarify on behalf of Linda that the System 4 stand did not cause her shoulder problems; these existed & were exacerbated this past year. The new K's stand currently makes stitching easier for her because of how she can position it. A floor stand is a personal choice. Linda & I have both used System 4's for years, and both the K's & the System 4 are excellent stands. The K's stand is supposed to work especially well on large canvases, and we are all looking forward to Linda being able to work on some of her large projects, such as her Nativity Creche after her successful surgery. I will keep you all posted. D