I'm back.  Shortly after the Duclay EGA  retreat in Florida in July, I had rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder.  I honestly had no idea that the recovery would be so long and difficult (physical therapy is not for the faint of heart), but I finally have nearly my full range of motion and strength.  I couldn't stitch for about two months, and really missed picking up needle and thread.  My large samplers are still in progress but I finished these two smaller pieces.

This pincushion from Blackbird Designs was the piece I stitched for the Delaware Valley Historic Sampler Guild exchange earlier this month.  It's always fun to see what people make and great to be able to take home a reminder of someone in the guild.

I sat down to stitch on Monday night and wanted something that wouldn't involve too much looking at the chart.  I pulled out this needlepoint canvas, one of six from a club run by Old Town Needlework in Scottsdale.  Each canvas represents a store window in New York City.  This was Macy's.   I realized I could have this stitched by the end of the week and I was able to finish it last night.  It feels good to go into 2017 with one less WIP!

Let me know what your "last stitches" of the year will be.


  1. The pincushion is wonderful and great job getting one more WIP done before the end of the year. Happy new year!

  2. Your pincushion is adorable. Congratulations on getting your canvas piece finished! I hope to start/maybe finish a small complimentary design called Glad Tidings. Happy New Year!

  3. I'm so glad you're doing better and back to stitching! That surgery is major!

    I'm hoping to start the new year with a finish. I could have finished it tonight but just didn't. I think it will feel good to finish it tomorrow. Hopefully it will set the tone for finishes this year!

    Happy New Year!

  4. I know the feeling you get, when you get even 1 project done. I mean it feels like "Phew, one project is a FO, now the next one can become my WIP", or something.


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