Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

As 2014 draws to a close, our Carolina Panthers have won the NFC South Championship for the second year in a row!  

Although I didn't stitch every design I had listed for 2014, I did stitch 32 pieces.  Makes me very happy.  These are the final two - Priscilla's Pocket, Stoneware Pinpillows.  There are several more, but these two are stitched.  I meant to say I stitched these with Victorian Motto, Antique Blue with Tan.  

Here's my seventh annual Orts Ornament for 2014.  

Wishing you a very Happy 2015.

2014 Cross Stitch Finishes

These are the final finishes for 2014.  They are by Priscilla's Pocket, Stoneware Pinpillows.

32.  December, 2014.

31. December, 2014.

These are from the Snowman Quartet in November/December, 2013 Just Cross Stitch issue.  Stitched on Lakeside 36ct Meadow Rue using DMC and GA fibers.

30.  December, 2014

29.  December, 2014

Here are a few ornaments stitched from the Just Cross Stitch 2014 Ornament issue.  They were fun to stitch, and believe it or not, they're finished!  The Country Cottage Needlework, Joy, was stitched a couple years ago, but just finished.

28. December, 2014

27. December, 2014

26. December, 2014

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  After dinner was over and the family went home, I got to stitch and finish today Christmas Fruit Basket by Threadwork Primitives.  Because the linen (35ct WDW Mocha) I chose was a bit darker, there were a few substitutions, but I think it is pretty!  
25. November 29, 2014

I finally finished the Primitive Hare Mystery, Early Witches.  It's stitched on 36ct Earthen with recommended DMC.

24.  November 22, 2014

These little cuties (about 2.5 x .75) are from Homespun Elegance Santas a Plenty II.  They're stitched on 32ct Steel Gray 2 over 2 with mostly recommended fibers.  A really fun stitch!  These will be counted as numbers 18-23. November 15, 2014.

Blackbird Designs design, Spell of the Moon.  Started at PALS -- stitched on 35ct Lambswool with recommended fibers.  Here's the before and after of walnut stain.

17.  November 3, 2014

Le'Poulet by Blackbird Designs.  Stitched on 32 ct linen with mostly recommended fibers.  Started at PALS - Stitching at the Beach.
16.  October 26, 2014

Turkey Sausage by Plum Street Samplers.  Stitched on 36 ct Natural Linen with mostly called for fibers.

15. October, 2014

Winter Wienerland by Plum Street Samplers.  Stitched on 36 ct Natural Linen with mostly called for fibers.
14.  September, 2014

You can see the first in the series, Halloweenies, here.

Halloween Delivery by Plum Street Samplers
36 Count, Dark Bunny linen from Hand-Dyed Fibers

See the 'partner' Ghoul Tidings, here.

13.  September 6, 2014

Old Owl by Primitive Acorns

12.  August 15, 2014

One Flag by Hands to Work

11.  July 11, 2014

Civil War Needlebook designed by Nan Lewis.  Great kit!

10.  June 21, 2014

In Full Glory, by Blackbird Designs.  32ct Stone Gray with silk fibers.

9.  June 14, 2014

The patriotic bug has bitten!  Here's Betsy, designed by Sheepish Design.  It's on 36ct using suggested DMC.

8.  May 31, 2014

Stitched Plum Street Samplers, Count Twice, Stitch Once as a reminder!  It's on 40 ct Lambswool.

7.  April 2014

This is a design from the Primitive Hare, finished on 40 ct stash.

6.  4/19/2014

Forever Young (partial) by Heartsting Samplery
40ct  Lakeside Navy Bean

5.  3/10 - 29/2014

Be Ye Kind by Hands to Work

4.  2/26 - 3/7/2014

Angel of Tulips by The Goode Huswife

3.  2/22-25/2014
Stained linen with various Hand-Dyed Fiber silks.

2.  2/17- 21/2014

February Flip It (2001) by Lizzie*Kate.  Since my fabric – linen sample stash – was smaller count, I replaced the charm with a stitched heart, and the recommended DMC. 

Eliza Scattergood by Plum Street Samplers is finished.  She is stitched on 36ct Exemplar using the recommended NPI silks.  I did make a little change to the verse.  The original:
"Eliza Scattergood, her work 1839. When I survey this work of mine, I'm filled with joy and dread.
May Christ my life with his entwine before my days' last thread." 
1.  1/1 - 2/15/2014
My version:
"Eliza Scattergood, her work 1839. When I survey this work of mine, I'm filled with joy and dread.
all my stash be stitched and hung before my days' last thread."  She was a fun project – first finish of 2014.

Updated 5/24/14

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Summer Absence

Since I don't seem to have much to talk post about lately, you can check out what I've been stitching over on the Cross Stitch 2014 Page.  

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Finished Stitching

Hey, Friends!

Betsy by Sheepish Designs is finished.  I have an idea for the finish, but haven’t started that part yet.

 Blackbird Designs, In Full Glory is finished, too, on 32 ct Stone Gray linen using a combination of NPI and Belle Soie silks.

What’s next?  Not sure yet, but maybe another patriotic design?

Hope your summer is bringing fun events, trips, gardening, or any of the things you enjoy – and stitching, of course.  Thanks for stopping by.  I always appreciate your kind words!
Happy Stitching!


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Eliza Framed

Hey, Friends!

I’m having fun stitching Betsy by Sheepish Designs now.  She'll be finished soon.

During my LNS’s framing special, I had Eliza Scattergood framed.  Isn’t she beautiful?  She was my first finish of this year, and just getting around to framing her!
Here's a close shot of the frame.  
  As a reminder to my careless stitching, I stitched Plum Street Samplers Count Twice, Stitch Once on 40ct Lambswool. 

Planted tomatoes and cucumbers in pots on the deck mid-May.  There were a few blooms on one of the tomato plants, and now look!!  I could hardly believe it when I saw them.  There must be something to that Miracle Grow planting soil. 

I haven’t picked up a book in such a long time, but DS left his old Kindle for me to try, and it’s really not as bad as I thought it would be.  Always thought myself a paper page turner, but who knew!  There are lots of books on there, so I finally found one that I could read more than a page or two.  By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer.  Maybe on to something with this gadget.

Let's all take a moment to remember those who've given their lives to defend our country while we celebrate the first holiday of the summer.  

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hey, Friends!

I’m wondering if I need to quit stitching - said facetiously!  I’ve done it again – stitched 3/4 of a page with the fabric turned the wrong way!  Maybe most of us have done it, so you know that frustrated feeling when you realize it!  Now I’m thinking, just stop and cry or stitch until next border and call it a mini sampler.  Think I’ll do the latter and just fume a little instead of crying, but am having a hard time staying motivated now.  It is finally finished. By the way, the last time’s mishap is in a bag someplace waiting for the decision!

Came across other stitchers who have started or pulled out their Anniversaries of the Heart: Cindy in Virginia and Carol at Garden of Stitches.

DS and I went to an estate auction one Saturday recently.  I won a couple of frames, which was all I bid on.  We went by a huge Asian grocery market, then had Vietnamese for lunch.  Always enjoy spending time with him!

I found a tall, four foot, wooden dryer rack at the thrift store for $6.00. New ones are close to $50.  Need to get some of those stitched pieces finished!  At least one is going in to my LNS, Stitch and Frame, for the 20% off framing special next week.
Found on the internet an easy, free pants pattern and have made a couple of pairs for the coming spring weather.  The last couple of years I’ve worn those layered, peasant type skirts, and I’m tired of them!  

Since it’s almost mid-April, near Easter, the out like a lamb comment would be a bit late!   

Happy Stitching!