Saturday, May 23, 2015

Here Comes Summer!

Hey, Friends!

Just want to pop in to share that His Eye is on the Sparrow, by Heartstring Samplery, page 4, is stitched.  It was started on January 1, 2015, and that completes row one.  I’m planning to take a little break now to stitch some of my favorite Patriotic pieces.

I don’t think I ever shared with you the piece I stitched to exchange at the Primitive Stitchers Retreat.  It’s from With Thy Needle & Thread, Heart in Hand.  I finished it by placing it into one of the old watch cases.  Also added some tiny buttons, then used some gingham ribbon and bead to complete the necklace.  The recipient seemed to be pleased with it.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know that I’ve been looking forward to this time for several years.  It’s so close now, I can almost taste it.  I have 15 working days until retirement.  WooHoo!  

Such a nice beginning, with low humidity and bright sunshine today, which makes it seem not so hot.  Hope you’re all enjoying a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend, too!  Take a few minutes to be thankful and remember the brave who gave all.

Happy Stitching!


Monday, May 4, 2015

Prim Stitchers Society Retreat

Hey, Friends!

Remember me?  Yes, I’m still stitching, but have primarily been working on Beth Twist, of Heartstring Samplery, His Eye is on the Sparrow.  It was my 2015 New Year’s start, and the goal was to finish a page per month.  Very close to finishing page four, but my intent was to finish it at the Prim Stitchers Society Retreat.  

The retreat was so much fun that stitching over one wasn’t happening!  The group was started by Dixie Samplar, and is a Facebook based membership group if you’re interested in Primitive design stitching. 

And speaking of the PSS Retreat…  It was a ball!  The inaugural retreat was held in Williamsburg, Virginia.  I believe the farthest traveled attendees were from Canada.  There was a nice stitcher’s lounge open 24 hours from arrival on Thursday to leaving on Sunday.  Stitchers at our table were Beth, Holly, Pat, Jeanne.  Front right to left : Nan, Elizabeth, Cindy , Faye, and me (Charlene). We asked Ridgley to join us for this photo - since it was hard to catch her not on the run!

There were two classes.  On Friday was Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  The project was a Huswife Necklace.  Lori's teaching style is full of personality!  My finish is below.
Lori and Joan

My Huswife Necklace

My Huswife inside 

On Saturday was Punch Needle with Kathy Barrick.  Now I had tried punch before, but was never able to get the threads to stay in the fabric.  Kathy was such an awesome teacher, she worked with me until I was able to get a partial start.  Nowhere near finished, but at least started!  Practice, practice, practice...


There was Merchant Mall on Friday and Saturday, 12:30 to 5:30.  Oh, my goodness!  I noticed some great pictures at Notforgotten Farm. I’ll try to list the ones I remember and purchased from.  I mean NO disrespect if any are omitted!

Carolina Stitcher – Faye  
Dames of the Needle - Elizabeth   

Valley Needleworks - Jennifer

Books ‘n More -Mary Ann Locklear 

Dixie Sampler - Terri

 Nebby Needle – Bonnie Woomer

After the closing banquet, we had the raffle drawing.  It was a beautiful box created by Nan Lewis, of Threadwork Primitives.  I didn't take a photo and haven't been able to find one.  

Then the exchange – for those wishing to participate. Mine was from one of our table mates, Cindy.  It’s a lovely pin pillow – Love 1724 – with three hand made pins.  It was finished by Nan, and is nicely done – trimmed with chenille and so tightly stuffed.  Thank you again, Cindy.  I love it!  

In parting everyone received a gift bag filled with very nice things!  The PSS Retreat was designed by Threadwork Primitives, Nan Lewis.  The finished piece is below.

And so on Sunday it was time to take off for home.  Next year's event will be in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Terri said she will try to announce the specific dates within the next week or so.

I sure hope Terri, Ridgley, Christina and all the others who worked so hard to pull this event off know how much we appreciate all their hard work.They did a fabulous job, and I am already looking forward to year!

Happy Stitching!


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