The Needlework Show

April 16th, 2014
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Big News! I am truly “un-retired”. Yep! I’m back. I start my “come back” by showing my designs in the on-line needle work show. I have been working like a crazy woman trying to get a new sampler completed by the start of the show. It has been fun.

Anyway, I will be showing my designs in the Needlework Show. You can check mine and other designer work out here…

Something else that’s new; If you prefer to have paper charts rather than downloadable PDF’s you can purchase them from your favorite needlework shop. Just let them know what you would like. But, as usual, my designs in the JAT store are only available in PDF format from me. You can click on the link in the top margin to enter the store and check everything out.

And during show dates, April 17th, 2014 through April 22nd, 2014 any purchase you make from me (your entire purchase) will be discounted 10%. So if you see something you like today, wait until the 17th to order.

One last thing….It’s nice to be back. Hugs

P.S. Here’s a sneak peek at my new sampler, Peace In The Valley. Don’t tell….it’s a secret until tomorrow. :)

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I am un-retired

March 27th, 2014
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Ok, I finally made a decision about my retirement. I enjoyed my retirement for a few years but now I am getting bored. I know, I know…I am crazy. But, I have gotten the designing bug again. That little rascal has been chewing on me for some time now and I figured it was time to s**t or get off the pot (as my mother would say). So here I am, designing again.

I am working on a sampler right now. It is really turning out beautiful. I will be in the online Needlework show in April so must get it done along with one other if possible. Something new is always nice. I am having a lot of fun and the thought of talking with all of you again is wonderful. See you soon!

Now, on another note. I have turned into a Pinterest baby. I love the site and get so many ideas from it. The last one was a new stitching area. You know my little corner where I do my stitching. Well it has changed. I saw where someone turned a console into a craft area and loved it. I had given a large console that I no longer wanted to my daughter and she never used it. It has been in her garage for some time. So….needless to say, I took it back and now have a new craft corner. Want to see a picture? Ok. Here it is, my new stitching corner. Love it!

And with that I will close this post. I will be back soon with a sneak peek at my new design. Hugs

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It’s a new year already!

February 5th, 2014
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Hello everyone! Merry Christmas, happy holidays, happy new year, be my valentine and happy Easter (just in case I don’t get back real soon). I have been so busy. I am so enjoying stitching and remodeling and golfing (new). I decided I needed to exercise to lose some weight and thought it would be nice to join curves. Well, I did just that…joined. I went a total of seven times and decided I hated it. No more curves for me. Hey…round is a shape you know! Anyway, I still need to lose some weight and really need to get off my big butt and get a little more active. Sooooo….golfing. Richard and I joined the local golf club and we are so loving going golfing. I am more like “golf rolling” as annoying as it is. I am still loving it. But, now on to stitching related things.

Look what I found. This is an old army chest that is from WWII. LOVE IT! I thought I got a great deal on it as it was only $65. Does that seem like a lot? I love it so it was worth it to me. Can you see I have all my DMC floss in it. And I have lots of empty drawers for whatever I decide I need close at hand when I am stitching. Richard thought I was nuts to want it until I filled it and now he likes it too. :)

I have been stitching quite a bit lately. I am so enjoying stitching other designers designs. I seem to always have to change something though. I guess it is the designer in me that thinks I know when a change is needed. Just adds to the fun of stitching. That’s why I always gave the option of the stitcher deciding what linen and fibers to use on their project. I never minded any changes you all made. Hopefully most designers feel like I do about personal changes on designs. Otherwise, I am going to have a few designers upset with me. So what’s new? :) I almost completed the Mill Hill Santa I have been stitching. I want to do some type of 3D framing that incorporates the stitched picture but not sure what I will end up with so it is on a back burner right now. I moved on to a sampler I have had for years. I found this design featured in a 1998 issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine and just had to have it. So I sent for the kit and then proceeded to pack it away for another time. 16 years later, the time has come. :) Designer: Kooler Design Studio. And again…silk fibers. You all know I prefer DMC…but…had the kit so silk it is. I will be adding some drawn and pulled thread sections to replace some of the design that is further down but for now it is pretty much the same as originally designed. I am loving it. The colors are just beautiful and a far cry from the colors I design with. Here is a progress picture so far.

I received a picture awhile back. I am so lack in my posting. Sorry Bev. Anyway, this beautiful Mermaid Box was stitched and finished by Bev from across the pond. She actually stitched it in the colors that are suggested in the chart but when she sent the picture one of them looked brown. I loved the color change so thought I would share it with you all. Beautiful work. Thanks so much for the picture Bev. This is “The Mermaid Box”. It was designed by Martina Weber in Germany and I designed and wrote the finish instruction for it. The box and smalls are just amazing.

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Shelley’s Jewlery Box ????

December 9th, 2013
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Check this out. Melanie decided to design her own Shelley’s Jewelry Box. She talks about her design and shares tons of pictures on her blog at
You should go check out her blog and see some wonderful stitching. She gets so much done so quickly that I am sure she never sleeps. :) Anyway…look at her darling box. It is so cute in person you just would not believe all the bling on this box. I absolutely love it. I did the finishing as a thank you for all her help with mine. But I must say I remember why it was time for me to retire. My carpal tunnel is getting so bad I just can’t do much finishing any longer. At-any-rate…Great job Melanie. Love it, and thanks for your help with mine.

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Check this out!!!!

December 9th, 2013
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Oh my heck. Anke just sent me a picture of her finished Mary Wigham Wardrobe. She has done an amazing finishing job. Her work is perfection. I went and took a look at her pictures and spent so much time there I was ashamed of myself. But what beautiful work she has done and what a great motivator to see all her beautiful pieces. You just must go take a look. You can find her pictures here.

And here is a look at her Mary Wigham Wardrobe. There are lots more pictures of her wardrobe at the link above. Beautiful work Anke. Thanks so much for the picture. Hugs

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Three Things Sampler

November 4th, 2013
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So here is the picture of my Three Things Sampler by Moira Blackburn. I changed a few things but it is pretty much the same. The wording is very different since it is my family names. I love it and will share a picture of it here once I frame it. I plan to return much sooner than usual…I am getting into stitching again and a few other things I will share with you all. Can you see some of the changes I made? :)

Hugs, Judy Odell, Just A Thought

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November 3rd, 2013
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Oh my heck…look at the picture I just received from Marcia. She completed my design “Array of Style Sampler”. This is the first one I have seen completed and I love it. Love the colors too.
Beautiful job Marcia.
I have been stitching again. I did finish my “Three Things Sampler”. It turned out fabulous…I love it. I added the line of females in my family. I started with my Grandmother and ended with my Granddaughter. I will take a picture later and add it for you to see. It is quite a large sampler. Now I am into Christmas and Mill Hill. I want to figure out a unique way to frame the Mill Hill designs, if I can. You know me….I need a little 3D. :) I really love stitching Mill Hill designs. They come out so beautiful, what with the beads added. I plan to use some Modge Podge. NOOOOOOOO….you say. Hmmmmm…we shall see what happens. I actually never know until I am working on a piece how it will end up. I will share with you all though. Success or failure…you shall see it. :)
So now, I shall return with a picture of the Three Things Sampler. Later Gater! Hugs Judy Odell

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A New Design

March 25th, 2013
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Want to see a beautiful new box I designed. It was supposed to be a jewelry box but ended up just a needle work box, or treasure box, or whatever. I think it turned out just beautiful although it did take a million yards of ribbon and a zillion beads. But now that I have finished it, it was worth it. :)

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Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas – and God Bless Us, One and All !!!

November 26th, 2012
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Hi everyone: Thanksgiving Day came and went way too fast. I did not even get onto this blog before it was gone so I figure since I am here and thinking about you all I will send my best wishes to you now during this holiday season. This way if I don’t get back I will not feel like I left you all out. :)

Hmmmmm….let me see. What have I been up to. Very little in the world of cross stitch. I have been busy though. Let me see…I have used Pinterest as a huge motivator and redecorated my guest bathroom. Boy is it bright. Want to see some pictures? Oh, you do? OK…. :)

Well heck. I can’t seem to get the colors right. But you get the idea. I plan on painting a silhouette and name on the wall above each one of those towels you see hanging there. Can’t you see Pinterest all over this bathroom? :)

Then I made curtains for my dining room in my on-going attempt to give it a 50′s look. I must admit the curtains helped to finish it off. Now I only have to add the white paneling (wainscoting) on the back and side walls.

Next…I am crocheting some shawls for the old folks. Now when I told my dear friend Moosie I was doing this she said, “you are old Judy”. Ha-Ha…. I now say, “I am crocheting some shawls for the dear ones in the senior home.” Sounds much better don’t you think? :)

And I wanted you to see my little tiny-tiny stitching area. My little corner that I do not spend nearly enough time in these days.

I am still stitching on my “Three Things Sampler”. It is right there under the red pillow case. I am much further along then last you saw and I will post a progress picture again soon. I decided that it is so big that I want to make it a wall hanging. I managed to get a beautiful used arrow at a gun shop and I am going to mount it onto the arrow for hanging. I will post another picture of it actually hanging on the wall once I get it hung.

I have not forgotten “Shelley’s Jewelry Box”. It is stitched and waiting to be finished.
That will be my next project. I will also post the travel roll stitching chart shortly. Maybe if I work really hard I will get it finished and pictures posted before Christmas; or maybe after News Year; or hmmmmm….Valentine’s Day????? Oh my heck…I am so busy these days…this retirement is just killing me. :)

So now back to the original reason for posting today.


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Where the heck have I been….

September 22nd, 2012
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Let me think…I have started stitching and designing again. Not designing like I used to before I, “so-call”, retired. But, I am talking about Shelley’s Jewelry Box. I have actually sent it to my model stitcher to have it stitched. I have even posted three parts now on the JAT message board. There are some beautiful pictures of the different colors that some of the stitchers have chosen to use posted on the message board also.

I am working on Moira Blackburn’s “Three Things Sampler”. I have it about half finished right now. I seem to be getting into stitching again and I am so happy. This means I am coming out of my funk, as-I-call-it, after losing my mom and dad. Wow, it has taken some time for me. But I am hoping this is my come-back. :)

I am going to post a few pictures of Shelley’s Jewelry Box parts but remember that it is not finished and I will be adding ribbon during the finishing. I did add the ribbon to the end panel so you could see a bit of what it will look like. It is quite the “girly girl” box. Also, I will post a picture of what I have stitched so far on the Three Things Sampler. I am so enjoying stitching this right now. I have changed a few things but mostly stayed with the original design. I truly love Moira’s designs and now know what a joy they are to stitch.

So the pictures are below and I shall be back with an update soon. Hugs everyone! Judy Odell

And here are pictures of the first sections of Shelley’s Jewelry Box

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