I’ve returned to the land of embroidery

Obviously I’ve been away for a really long time. I’ve been here, just not there, in cyber space, communicating to all of you. It’s been quite a year and I needed some time to recharge. I’ve had two surgeries – one on each hand – both VERY successful. That meant that stitching of any kind at all was out of the question. The first was in late November and the second in late February.

Two months after the second surgery I went back to Iowa to be with Mom, who was in the hospital, and help Dad and the family with her care when she got out of the hospital and come home. She didn’t ever get to come home and died on May 15. Thank you all for your condolences after she died.

We took a short trip to England where I was able to see – if not DO – any embroidery and shared that with you.  Between coming back from England and leaving for the USA, we found out my older daughter and her husband are expecting my first grandchild at the end of January! Then we traveled to the USA for my younger daughter’s wedding and more sorting out of the family home. It was a lovely wedding and I now have a second fabulous, wonderful son-in-law. How lucky am I?

The photo above is from the deck of our new home – I’m working on The Longstool, a kit no longer produced by The Crewelwork Company.

We also have decided that we will be retiring in Iowa, living in the gorgeous Prairie-Style family home that sits on 2 ½ acres of oak woodland. We’ll be moving at the beginning of February, 2018. I’ll have an embroidery studio that’s 450 square feet with an attached kitchen for tea breaks and lunch. I’m planning on running courses so watch this space!

The big move means that my husband and I are going through the lengthly process of applying for his Visa (green card). I could not possibly have imagined the vast amount of paperwork involved in this process for the spouse of an American citizen. That’s been taking up almost all of my time in the past few weeks.

Now that we’ve gotten everything sorted – retirement home decision made, daughter married, grandchild coming, visa application underway, moving company contacted, Berlin property sold…I can FINALLY focus on my passion which is not paperwork and admin jobs but embroidery and textiles.

Before we left for the USA, I experimented with Solvy. It was part of my C&G course and I am quite pleased with the result of my first foray into the word of dissolvable fabric!

So what’s in the works? I started working on a discontinued design by The Crewelwork Company called the Longstool. I found it years ago on Ebay and snapped it up as I love the design and it’s no longer in production. I’m making some changes in the stitches as I go so that will be an interesting process to see how my changes work. I always think Phillipa chooses the most wonderful stitch combination and I’m planning on using some ideas from her more recent kits in this design.

I’ll being working on a new, larger project as soon as I can get the design cleaned up. My drawing skills produce a pretty good design but not clear enough for a pattern.

Of course I’m still working away on my City and Guilds course. Lots got done before we left for the USA but since returning I’ve gotten exactly nothing done, so there is quite a bit to do! The latest project was my experimental sampler using sequins, beads and sequin waste – called punchinella! Great name!

Thank you all for your continued support and patience. I can’t wait to get my needles and threads!


10 thoughts on “I’ve returned to the land of embroidery

  1. Good to see you back! It’s been a he k of a time for you…..

    I’m doing C&G at Stitchbusiness, too, and I’m about to do the soluble fabric thing. I missed it at the time because I was ill, so it’s one of a few loose ends to tidy up. I’m up to number 5 of my ten samples, and busy planning my two final projects…..

  2. Kathy! Phew! I’m worn out from just reading about your year. No wonder you needed a break! I do love the way you talk about your new studio above: IT has the attached kitchen, not the other way around. You have your priorities in order there, girl! Request: I notice in your hoop pic above that the hoop while wrapped is not wrapped tape edge to tape edge. I’m hoping you might expound on the reason, benefits of parcial wrapping vs complete wrapping, etc.? Curious minds would like to know.

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Carrie,

      Not reason other than the metal that’s part of the screw mechanism makes it impossible for the tape to be wound firmly right up to the screw. I assume that’s what you mean…

      Liebe Grüße,


  3. With such sad news about your mum and good news about your children. It has been such a journey for you. You are truly inspirational and I wish you and your family well as you start on your new adventures. I love the CWC kit of the long pillowe that you are stitching and look forward to your progress 🙂

  4. Wow! That’s quite a change of plans! Last time we talked about it you were expecting to move to the UK, but I can quite see why your family draws you back to the States. Wishing you a smooth move and transition. 🙂

  5. welcome back.
    It sounds as the future will shine for you hopefully!
    Kathy it is so good to be grandmother! I know I have four granddaughters! It’s great.
    Congratulations from the bottom of my heart. Always look on bright side of life – Monthy Python dixit. 🙂 Cheers

  6. Welcome back, Kathy.

    What a roller-coster year you have had with such highs and such lows. And you forgot to mention that you went to the society wedding of the year – no, not Pippa Middleton but the very lovely Nicola Jarvis. Clearly the excitement is not over yet with a big move ahead, the prospect of classes in your workshop, and a grandchild on the way.

    I hope that you will be able to fully enjoy your stitching from now on 🙂

    • Hi Coral Seas,

      Yes, going to Dave and Nicola’s wedding was lovely. Dave is an old friend while Nicola is a newer friend and it was so special to have played a part in them coming together!

      Liebe Grüße,


  7. Hi Kathy,
    Many thanks for the heads up about Mythic frames – alll going well and they willl have new firescreens for our designs soon!
    Good to see you stitching our old friend The Longstool design. We relaunched it as The Jacobean Long Pilllowe – same embroidery, I just got sick of mlugging a huge foot stool to workshops! of coursenow I have broken my leg the footstool would have been jollly useful!

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