“It’s Summer and Time for Wandering…”

We had such a lovely beginning to summer in North Central Texas. Usually by June, we are already getting close to what resembles mid-August temperatures for the rest of the United States. However, this year, we received the wonderful blessing of lower temperatures and blissful rain showers (we need every drop too). For my part, this meant more time outside instead of stitching. This would definitely factor in the lateness of a post on our June Tudor Rose meeting – flog me with a wet noodle I guess, because I was definitely enjoying the outside world. Without further delay, let me fill you in on the happenings at the June Tudor Rose meeting.

Making a Beeswax Thread Waxer

Our Guild was treated to a wonderful presentation by our very own, Marie Z. on how to make a Beeswax Thread Waxer. After a short discussion on the properties of beeswax and the best ways of softening it, everyone brought out lovely pairs of buttons to craft their waxers. We carefully proceeded to the waiting crockpot of hot water to soften our beeswax wrapped in saranwrap, being careful not to melt our saranwrap or turn our wax into a puddle. Our mission was to warm the wax to a soft and pliable state. After we warmed our wax, we returned to our tables and placed our nice warm wax blobs between our buttons (basically a button-beeswax sandwich) and began working the wax between the buttons, around the the shanks, keeping the buttons parallel to each other until the layer of wax was an even height, and finally we smoothed and rounded out the edges. We all created lovely little thread waxers, which are handy and personal additions to our stitching collections.

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Thread waxers

For a great article on beeswax, check out this blog post on Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread Blog– Mind Your Own Beeswax… er, for Needlework.

Show & Tell

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Katherine W. – English Carpet by The Heart’s Content
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Robert H. – Garden Delight and Fob by Milady’s Needle
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Robert H. – Garden Delight and Fob by Milady’s Needle

This is a teaching piece for Miladhy’s Needle and Ms. Gloria also completed the finishing on this piece for Robert.

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Kim L. – Witch No More by Blackbird Designs
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Kim L. – A Schoolroom Primer by Milady’s Needle
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Mendie C. – Sonoma Sunbursts by Carole Lake

I think Mendie enjoyed these little squares – the colors sure change the looks of these squares.

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Mendie C. – Monogram Mania by DK Designs
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Mendie C. – Monogram Mania by DK Designs

Such lovely Brazilian embroidery!

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Mendie C. – Home Sweet Home by Carolyn Pearce

We cannot wait to see this surface embroidered house after its construction is completed.

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Shelly M. – Folkbird Needlebook by NotForgotten Farm
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Shelly M. – Folkbird Needlebook by NotForgotten Farm

Finishing by Betty H.

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Lori J. – Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers

Finishing by Betty H.

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Doris M. – Song of Summer Mystery Sampler by Rosewood Manor
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Doris M. – Colonial Candle Pocket by Plum Street Samplers

Finishing by Betty H. Lori and Doris must have gone shopping together. Very nice pieces ladies.

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Deanne S. – Bookmarks from a Pine Mountain Design

Ms. Deanne made these precious bookmarks for her elementary students. What a thoughtful gift.

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Betty H. – Motif from Token of Love Redwork Sampler by Pineberry Lane
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Stephanie H. – Creepy Cushion by Shepherd’s Bush

Until our next post – our August Meeting (Tudor Rose takes a vacation every July), I hope that your summer has been memorable and productive.

Rejoice as summer should…chase away sorrows by living.

Melissa Marr

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