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Friday, July 31, 2009

Ever wonder how needles are made?

How traditional needles are made:
Steel is made into wire.
The wire is straightened and cut to pieces equal to the length of 2 needles.
Points are ground onto each end of these pieces.
Two holes are stamped in the middle of the wire to make two eyes.
The two needles are separated.
The eyes are cleaned in a process known as cheeking.
The needles are then hardened and tempered.
Burrs are removed and the needles are polished.
The needles are then plated in nickel to prevent rusting and make them shiny and smooth.

Another One Finished

Here is a pattern that I stitched "Two Birds" Sampler designed by primitivebettys. One can never have enough needle books.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Let's Tank!

Thought I'd share pictures of my trip to the Burwell Rodeo this weekend. We had a great time - we camped, we rodeo'ed and we tanked! And who says people in the middle of Nebraska don't have anything to do.......the trip down the river took approximately 3 hours but was a blast. I had lots of plan to stitch, read and rug hook this weekend but with all the activities going on...didn't even get it out of the camper.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

I'm on a roll now......

I've just completed unfinished project #2 - Ann Neetle Sewing Book by Stacy Nash Primitives http://www.stacynashprimitives.com/. It's such a good feeling to take a bag off the shelf that contains an unfinished project and see it completed. I think I only have 50+ to go. On my way to work this morning as I'm traveling the country roads I found it funny how many "older" people were walking their driveways either to see if the paper had arrived or just out to get their morning exercise. How ironic is it that during our "working years" we dread having to get up so early and these retired folks love it. Maybe when I get to their age it will give me the extra time I need to crank some of these unfinished bags off the shelf.

Friday, July 17, 2009

My very first post......

I've been wanting to start a blog for months....I'm hoping it will help me share my love of all my favorite fiber hobbies. Here is a picture of a pinkeep that I just finished....the pattern is designed by Stacy Nash of Stacy Nash Primitives. It was so fun to do...I love the DMC colors she choose.