Tuesday, January 1, 2013



 I wish both My Family and Friends

My Sweetie, The Love of My Life relaxing during the holidays.
 We have only been married 8 Years but they have been Very Magical and Lovely Years.  I pray we have Many More Glorious Years Together.

My this year has passed quickly.  As of this month I will be retired "One Whole Year"! It has been a year of great adjustment for me.  After being a RN for 36 years it has been difficult to put nursing behind me.  I still have the feeling I need to do something in the area of helping children. Any idea please let me know. Thanks

Below is a photo of me when I was visiting Metz France during Easter Break.

I took a Sue Spargo Class back in November of 2011.  I finished this project on December 31st 2012. Yes, it took me 13 months plus a couple of months preparing for the class.  Below is a photo of a classmate working on her Pomegranate.

My Friend DeEtta has a website called
 "Fiddlehead Finery" and she hand dyed all the wool for me specifically for this project.  All the colors turn out fantastic. 

 I also took a class from DeEtta to learn how to do Rug Hooking. Here is a previous posting of photos of DeEtta's lovely Studio.  I learn much but still have lots to learn. Below you will see the Hooked Star in the center of the Pomegranate Rug. This was my own design to the rug. I think it made this project unique and mine.  VBG What do you all think??

In the photo below you will see an upclose photo of the Hooked Star Rug with lots of embellishments.

Below is an upclose photo of the Pomegranate with lots of beads and fancy creative stitching.  I mainly used a book called "The Right-Handed Embroiderer's Companion" by Yvette Stanton of Australia.  This book is excellent and I highly recommend it.

I really like using the "Drizzle Stitch". In the leaf I used this stitch to create the veins.  I also used hand dyed velvet for the center of the leaf.  I used chenille yarn around all the edges of the leaves and Pomegranate.  I found it difficult to stop stitching on this project I enjoyed it so much!!

I used a technique called "Rushing" for the element to connect all the Motif together and then I added lots of beads to make it sparkle. 

I do hope everyone is having an lovely holiday season around the world.  

Thanks for visiting My Blog and leaving your lovely messages for me to read.  They are all greatly appreciated. 

Hugs Judy


Anonymous said...

Judy your rug is stunning, the stitching and stitches are beautiful. Well done Lyn in Melbourne.AU

West Michigan Quilter said...

Great post. Loved the pictures. Did you see that Sherrie is having a stitching class at the AW? Thought you might be interested. I may go.

Heather said...

Happy New Year Judy to you and yours! I can't believe it has been a year since you have retired, how time flies. Good to see the work you have accomplished on your rug, I hope you will find the time to continue working on all your stitcheries in the coming year! Take care... Hugs.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Happy New Year, Judy .
So happy to see you post all the gorgeous stitching you have been doing.

Nice pic of the guy too!!

xx, Carol

umintsuru said...

Dear Judy,

Happy New Year!! Your pomegranate rug is so beautiful. The needlework you have done on it is wonderful. The colours you chose are pretty too. Amazing work. Thank you for showing it.

Jane Galley said...

The table rug is amazing, no wonder it's taken that long to do. It's all been worth it

margaret said...

that is a rug and a half, wonderful and so colourful

Dianne said...

OOOh your finished runner is absolutely dreamy, Judy! Beautiful, beautiful, work. Well done. I love the colours and the background very much too. Nice photo, looks like a lovely spot. Di.

Quayceetatter said...

Happy New year!! The Pomegranate Table runner is stunning..Linda in NM

baukje said...

Oh a great WOW, that tablerunner is FABULOUS. your stitching is great. And I love the colors too. A wish you and your love a healthy 2013!!!!

Suztats said...

Your table rug is gorgeous! I love it! Sometimes taking one's time to finish a project makes it even more precious.
Happy New Year!

Magnolia Tea said...

Oh my, your pomegranate rug is awesome! The stitching is truly gorgeous. Happy New Year!

Sharon said...

Oh Judy! It is beautiful!! I love all the special touches you made to it!! Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!!

Karen L R said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments! Lucky you for taking a class with Sue Spargo! Your work turned out beautifully. Well done. The book you asked about is non-fiction, and a fun read.

May your new year be filled with health, happiness and creativity!


Linda said...

Your rug is beautiful Judy, and as always your post is so full of enthusiasm. Thank you for the support and friendship you give to me, and your fellow bloggers. I wish you and your family all the best for the coming year. May you have many more years with your very talented husband. Cheers.

Ronda Walker said...

How did I miss this post? So glad you mentioned it. WOW you did a wonderful job on your table rug. I love the way you put your hooked star in the middle of the piece. Ronda

vicki said...

What a gorgeous blog header and your creations are amazing!
You ARE loaded in for the Grow Your Blog party - updates are on my blog - see you on the 19th!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

A very lovely post and Happy Belated New Years. Your pomegranate table rug looks absolutely wonderful and all the stitching looks fabulous. You must be so pleased. Have a lovely day!

Radka said...

Happy New Year to you too, Judy! I wish you many new projects in 2013!

Michelle May said...

Oh my gosh is that ever gorgeous! Your work is truly incredible!

Solstitches said...

Happy New Year Judy!
Oh my goodness that rug is fabulous.
Your work is so inspiring.

Carin said...

Ohhh I love looking atr your beautiful pictures.

vicki said...

Judy -- I just read your beautiful message about your scarf. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this for the Pink Scarf Project. Your precious gift will mean so much to the person who receives it later this year. It will touch their life in ways we might not even think possible.

I will let you know the minute it arrives. Im planning a huge post later this month - a beautiful post showing so many scarves -- yours will be included there also- if it makes it here in time.

I love you for doing this!


ps - your blog header is absolutely gorgeous!

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