Willing Hands Needlework Design

"She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands"
Proverbs 31:13

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 100!

Kia Ora!  (Hello in Maori)

Today is the last day of The 100 Days Project which I wrote about in the post below.

I have had a wonderful time doing this project and managed to keep up with it even while teaching and traveling in Australia and New Zealand for the entire month of October.  I filled the entire piece of linen and have a 2 1/2 inch border all around the stitched area for framing.

In the process of doing this project, I quickly realized that 10 colors of floss was not enough so I added three more - gray, brown and lavender.  One of the last motifs is one I designed just for the project - a Kiwi bird with an egg sitting in a leafy nest.  Since the project hails from New Zealand, I thought mine should have a related motif included in it.

On that note, on my last day in Queenstown, before flying home, my daughter, sister, niece and I all got tattoos!  Getting a tattoo is the last thing that I ever thought I would do, but my daughter talked me into it.  I got a small Kiwi bird on the inside of my wrist as a memento of all of the wonderful visits I've made to New Zealand.

Today, on the last day, I stitched two tiny motifs to fill in a couple of empty areas and then added my initials and the date.  The completed project is below.

Now I have to come up with an idea for next year!


  1. Your completed project is stunning esp love the kiwi a very fitting no 100!Love that you got a tattoo!

  2. This is amazing, I could look at it for hours and see something new. I particularly like the mermaid and the pea pods.

  3. Congratulations, Betsy! What a fabulous project. I especially love all the little critters :-))))

  4. WOW..this is fabulous--would love to see in person--hint..hint!
    As for the tatoo, we'll have to compare. My daughter talked me in to one about 12 years ago!!! :)

    1. Hi Stasi, I've just checked in after a busy month. Can you email me your new address - I picked up a little something for you in my travels. Hope to see you at Salty Yarns in June and I'll definitely bring the project. Hope to have it framed by then. Happy 2017!

  5. Beautiful, love all the different motifs

  6. Hi Betsy, I hope all is well with you. Your finished 100 project is amazing. I love that it is a combination of traditional motifs and designs that will remind you of your travels down under. Best Wishes Catherine

  7. Looks wonderful... looking forward to seeing you at Salty Yarns in June 2017. Is there anyway I can get a copy of your 100 days project - I love it..

  8. The final result of your motif sampler is stunning. You have inspired me to do a similar project. Will you by any chance make a pattern for sale of this? I visited NZ once and had a magical time. I've dreamed of returning ever since.

  9. This design is simply stunning...oh what I wouldn't give to be able to be in one of your classes!


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