Great news!!! Travis got transferred to Dallas!!! No more Columbia, South Carolina! Whoop!!! I am sooooo pumped!!! The weekend of the 7th, I went to Dallas to look at houses and apartments for rent. And of course, I had to check out the needlepoint shops in Dallas. I started with Creative Stitches and Gifts. I love it! They have a very helpful staff, lots of fibers, and diverse canvases. They had all of the major designers and all of the major fibers (vineyard silk, bella russo, impressions, etc). I am still partial to Chaparral and Chandail, but this might be a very good substitute in Dallas. In Columbia, there are no shops, and the nearest one in an hour and half away. Ick. I have been visiting the shops in Charleston mostly whenever I came to see DH, even though I did visit the Needle and Canvas in Spartanburg once. I am very excited to be with my hubby in Dallas!
At Creative Stitches, they had a fiber by The Pure Palette called Empress that I simply had to try. It's a merino, cashmere, and silk blend, and it is HEAVENLY. I love stitching with it. I, of course, found a cool canvas that I had to get- a Kathy Schenkle A&M stocking! Here it is stitched up a bit. I am doing the whole background in tent, and possibly all of the lettering as well. I am not too sure about a stitch for the footballs yet.
In other news, the June finishing sale a Chaparral cleaned me out!! Look at what I got finished! Nine pieces in all. Yikes! But now my to-finish pile is a lot smaller! Here are the familiar faces from my previous blog posts.