Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stitching and Summer

Hey, Friends! 
The Mystery: Birds of a Feather, Part I is stitched.  Please don’t look too closely!  There are other mysteries in there, such as why it took so long, and why one of the flower centers is tilted where I added the year.  It had enough frogging, so the mystery will remain. Part II is in the stash, and will not get put aside for too long, but I just had to pick up something else for a little while.

Did you see the Blackbird Designs article in Cross Stitch and Needlework?  I’m sure you have I was probably the last person in stitch world to see it!  I picked up a copy at my LNS, Stitch and Frame on Friday, and just couldn’t wait any longer to start the chart they included with the article.  It’s called ‘Land of the Free’.  I chose a piece of 32ct that I had previously coffee dyed to stitch on, then looked to see which fibers they used.  Why didn’t I do this at the shop?  I don’t know, but it calls for Belle Soie silks, and those I don’t have in my stash.  I do have a humble collection of Vikki Claton’s Hand Dyed Fibers, so that’s what I decided to use.  She is probably going to be quite different than the pictured finish, but again, she will be my unique finish!
Some time off is coming soon but this time will be a stay-cation to get some much needed cleaning and organizing done.  I’ve been putting it off for far too long, and now must do time has come.  My crafting room is such a jumble, and I blame that for not getting more finishing done than I’d like.  After it’s all clean and shiny, then maybe I’ll take a long weekend and go someplace cool and charming for some relaxation.  Doesn’t that sound nice?  Anyway working through Thursday, then I’ll clean and polish through the weekend, spend Monday with family and stitching, then continue what hasn’t been done for the remainder of the time off.  Hopefully there will be a day or two to enjoy stitching in a clean and tidy home!
Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope it’s not TOO hot where you live, but it IS summertime here in the South, so it is hot, nearly 100 a few days last week, humid with lots of thunderstorms, lightening bugs glowing through the evening, and a brief rain shower on occasion.  Grab yourself a nice glass of iced tea or lemonade there’s some in the ‘frig and your stitching project of the day, turn on the ceiling fan, throw up your feet, and join me for a day of stitching.  Leave a comment if you’d like to join in

and Happy Stitching


  1. Part one of the Mystery Sampler is beautiful! Enjoy stitching the BD design, can't wait to see your color selections!

  2. I do love the border on this design.... can't wait to see part II come to life. Happy stitching on your BBD and happy "cleaning" during your vacation. Stay cool... think I will go join you under the fan with some stitching!

  3. Your Mystery looks good and with the added mystrey it will be uniquely yours. I look forward to seeing your BBD finish. It is summer here too, but been cold, wet and windy today.

  4. Congrats on finishing the first part Charlene!! Mine is still at the same part as when you last saw it. :)

    Good luck on fixing up your craft room. You'll have to take pics when you're done! Enjoy your time off!! You definitely deserve it!!

  5. Part One is so, so pretty, Charlene. And I love that new BBD piece you're working on. I should try to hunt down a copy of the magazine, too.

    Enjoy your organizing and your time off. Just think how good it will feel to have your craft room all tidied up!

  6. oooo its looking good :) and good luck with the tidying of the craft room :) and can't wait to see your progress on the BBD design in the mag :) take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxx

  7. Your mystery sampler looks great! Mine has been fraught with frogging, too! I had to work on part two just to break up that border a little bit.

    I have yet to see the BBD article. I must get to a store, and soon. Can't wait to see your progress.

  8. I am loving that Mystery design! Won't it be fun to see how it developes? Good luck on your cleaning and organizing. You said you wanted to get away - my house is away and could use LOTS of organizing - LOL! Hope you do get some real time off and enjoy it stitching!!

  9. Great start on the mystery sampler - can't wait to see how this evolves!

  10. Great job with your mystery sampler, I have barely started mine. Look forward to seeing your Blackbird finish!

  11. The Mystery Sampler looks wonderful. Don't mention cleaning or organizing please. LOL.
    Hope you get some stitching in. I could not find that darn magazine anywhere here in town. Finally had to order online and awaiting it. It is HOT as heck here. Dry hot. Intensified heat. The snakes won't even come out. LOL.
    Anywho. TFS.

  12. Part one is beautiful and your start on Land of the Free is lovely. Have you seen the new BBD Loose Feathers???


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