Hummingbird Sampler

I’m in a blogging slump. It’s not that I don’t have anything to say, I just don’t feel like taking the time to say it once I sit at the computer. It’s a shame, really, especially when it comes to this project, because there’s so much to tell. First, the important stuff: the finished sampler, stitched in my mother’s honor.

Hummingbird Sampler 10.11

My mother lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006. She would have been 73 this month. She loved hummingbirds. And geraniums. I had a plan for stitching this sampler and a small geranium piece I saw in a magazine somewhere, and having them framed with my favorite snapshot of her. Then I learned that the hibiscus I thought was pinkish was purple. When I started stitching the sampler I discovered that my plan for stitching the flower in a pink color wouldn’t work with the dyelot of overdyed floss I had. Which is just as well, as I had already succumbed to stubbornness in the face of my trouble with numbers and had to abandon my original framing idea. See, this is a counted needlepoint chart, meant to be stitched on 18-ct canvas. I reasoned that 18-ct is 18-ct, so I can stitch it on whatever fabric/canvas I choose. This is true, except: many motifs in this design are stitched over 2, and as we know, over 2 on 18-ct = 9-ct. I say we know this. I know this because I stitched this on 36-ct. fabric and ended up with a sampler that is much smaller than I planned, what with 36-ct stitched over 2 being 18-ct, not, um, 9-ct. Oh, yes, I could have stopped stitching and waited until I had the proper size fabric/canvas, but there was that stubbornness trait I mentioned earlier. I was supposed to be 5-3/8″ by 8-1/4″. It’s not. It’s tiny.

See? So tiny! It’s adorable and tiny, as is the hummingbird. So, good. Except that durn not being pink thing. I like purple, I do. I didn’t expect purple, and now I’m all unsure. That and because it’s tiny I’m  fiddling with the idea of adding a pulled/drawn thread border to it. I can’t decide. By the way, this is what I was expecting:

See what I mean? Pink flower. Very rainbow-y overdyed floss. NOT.

Hummingbird Sampler by Rainbow Gallery designed by J.R. Patterson & Pam Miller
Stitched over 2 on 36-ct white linen with RG Bravo! A119 (boquet), RG Splendor S812 (dark lavender) and S808 (med purple), RG Flair F502 (white), and Kreinik #4 very fine braid, color #032 (pearl).

Still, it’s beautiful, and I do love it, in spite of the troubles, uncertainty and hair loss. Here we have fun close-ups, for fun.

Happy Stitching! 🙂

Full of Hope

I got this kit from Mary Kathryn of Handcrafts Online. I don’t think it’s available anymore. I’m not one to jump on a project the second I get it. I like to procrastinate. Mostly because I want to stitch too many things, and I’m busy doing other things.

Full of Hope 10.11

Now I’ve got to make it up into a pinkeep. You’d think that would be easy, as the kit came with all of the materials. You’d be wrong. 😉


Full of Hope kit by MKPeter
Stitched with kit supplies

Happy stitching! 🙂

And Then I Stitched…

The back of Patty Parsley by CHS. I’d abandoned it quite a while ago in a fit of frustration. The border didn’t match up, and I couldn’t figure out why. I think it might have been especially hard to find the mistake because it was off by a single stitch. Those are the worst, don’t you agree?

In August I decided to finish it the way it was, boo-boo and all. So, I’ll get a dimple when I finish it. At least it’s done and not nagging me, feeding my guilt. Now I can worry over not finishing it. Progress! 😀

Patty Parsley back 08.11

Oh, and the reason I couldn’t find the mistake? I assumed it was on the right side, but, NO! it was the left side. Another reminder of what happens when you assume, with “you” and “me” being me and…me.

Patty Parsley, back side. Designed by Kathy Barrick-Dieter of Carriage House Samplings
Stitched 1 over 1 on 28-ct black linen with recommended DMC threads with one exception. I substituted DMC 347 for the recommended red.
Initials are (L to R) the husband’s, mine, Miss Parsley’s and the boy’s.

Happy stitching! 🙂

Live, Laugh, Love

I actually finished La-D-Da’s Live, Laugh, Love last month. I hated every shade of green I  owned, and then I remembered that I love Caron Waterlilies Cafe Au Lait. I’m pleased with the finish. This piece was what got me my out of my funk. I had been trying to finish a block of CHS’ Shores, but I couldn’t do it. This design kept calling to me–Yoo-Hoo, Terri, you know you want to finish me, come on, give it a whirl–So thank you, design, you were right. 🙂

Live, Laugh, Love 08.11

Live, Laugh, Love by La-D-Da
Stitched one over two on 36-ct linen (pearled barley, I think) with CC Belle Soie Espresso and Caron Waterlilies Cherry and Cafe Au Lait.

Happy Stitching! 🙂

I saw what I did there.

And by there, I mean here.

I also did this:

Christmas Mosaic Ornament 04.11

This was another UFO that I decided to finish. I’m pretty sure I stopped stitching it because of Q-Snaps. I’d never used them before. I don’t like using hoops, but I wanted to see if Q-Snaps would be different. So many people love them, I wanted to try them.I bought a small set to try out. I didn’t like them. I have a vague memory of my wrist cramping. Or was it my palm? Doesn’t matter. This poor thing was forgotten in my closet. I didn’t like the fabric I stitched it on, either. It’s about 20-ct., but the threads comprising the fabric are very thick–about the size of no. 5 perle cotton, maybe. In order to get adequate coverage I had to use two plies of floss. Over one. It’s not fair.

I did finish it, though, so I got a cookie. 🙂 And brownie points, but no brownie. That was because we had cookies, but not brownies. But you know what? This small design caused me so much trouble (through no fault of its own) that I deserved a brownie sundae for finishing it. Still, I was happy with my cookie–and my brownie points.

Christmas Mosaic Ornament, designed by Mary McLenon of M Designs.
Stitched with recommended fibers 2 over 1 with random, difficult 20-ct fabric. I used Smyrna crosses instead of eyelets.

The 2010 issue of the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament magazine has a very similar design with the same colorway. Mary McLenon designed a complementary ornament for a Tokens and Trifles  cross-shaped perforated paper sewing card from their Trinkets line. Coincidentally, the cards are also 20-ct. Maybe I chose my weird fabric intentionally? It’s possible. The model of the design I made was stitched on 40-ct linen. Now I’m just rambling. I’m trying to remember why I chose that unfortunate fabric. I don’t think it will happen. I should accept it and move on, be happy I’ve finished, and forget this weird, unfortunate, anonymous fabric. Or maybe I shouldn’t forget about it, I should just put it behind me. I need to remember to stay away should I run across it again.

I hope you’re having pleasant stitching adventures. 🙂

Tulip Bookmarker

I don’t like the word “bookmarker.” I don’t remember when I got Tulip Bookmarker by Sue Hawkins of Needleworks. It was long before she redesigned her website, which is pretty spiffy these days. Oh, wait. I take that back. Not the spiffy website part, but the where I got the pattern part. I remembered browsing for days trying to choose a pattern. Which one? Will I/Won’t I? It was grand fun. I didn’t browse Sue Hawkins’ site, though. I browsed Rose Cottage Needle Arts, which I found when I tried to find a link to a picture of Tulip Bookmarker. <–that exact picture is on Sue Hawkins’ site, but there’s the whole Scribd thing going on over there, and the page I linked to is more direct. It sort of looks like the Rose Cottage site hasn’t been updated in a couple of years, but I could be wrong.

Anyway. I started this project a long time ago. I’m not sure how long it’s languished. I recently decided to decide about my UFOs. I reached a tipping point with my stash. I’ve just got to get these things done, or have done with them. This was the first one. I love the colors. I don’t know why I stopped working on it. I do remember a general dissatisfaction, but I don’t remember exactly why. I didn’t love the way the stitching looked, and I remember a certain amount of pain trying to stitch in-hand with canvas. Don’t try that at home!

I was more than halfway done, so I decided to complete it. After I was done I saw that I’d used the wrong color floss on the red, long-legged cross-stitches on each side of the tulip motif on the bottom, humbug pattern. I also stitched the second row of long-legged x-stitches in a different direction than the first–I started at a different end. 😀  Whatever. I’m glad to be done. I wasn’t enjoying stitching it when I first re-started. I was regretting my decision to finish it. I gradually changed my mind. And now I’m Superwoman for finishing!! 🙂 😀

Needleworks Tulip Bookmark 04.11

Tulip Bookmarker, a kit by Sue Hawkins of Needleworks. A bookmark with a square fob on one end and a humbug at the other
Stitched with included supplies
Changes: long-legged cross stitches stitched with dark red instead of light red

Next in the stitching queue is another “decide to decide” piece that I’ve decided to complete.

Happy Stitching!

Daisy, Daisy

Soon after I completed Bargello Symphony (sigh!) , I picked up this long-term WIP that’s been languishing in my “travel” bag. It’s a kit by La-D-Da. She published the design in a leaflet with two other lovely heart designs.

This one speaks to me bc as a twenty-something single girl working odd hours, I was dating a man with two daughters. During one of his visitation weekends he took them camping overnight. They woke me then next morning by serenading me with a tune they sang with the park ranger the night before–Daisy, Daisy. My beau let me know that they weren’t singing an actual marriage proposal (much to my relief–we’d been dating less than six months). It was so sweet and so fun.

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Daisy Daisy kit designed by Lori Markovic of La-D-Da
Stitched using supplied linen and fibers except:
Belle Soie Creme de Menthe was replaced with RG Splendor S1158 and S1063

I didn’t like how dark the Creme de Menthe floss was. You couldn’t read the words where the leaves are stitched.  I got the two Splendor skeins at a needlepoint shop near the boy’s school. My LNS only carries Waterlilies silk floss. The needlepoint store I went to didn’t have much in the way of floss. I was looking for Belle Soie, but I figured I was lucky to get any kind of silk floss. The shopgal was very helpful. I had fun “forcing” an over-dyed look.

For the record, I did end up marrying the guy. I’m not sure why, considering he doesn’t remember this sweet and romantic moment. 😉 Harrumph!

Daisy is also a great female pet name. A friend’s daughter named her rabbit Daisy. One of our dwarf hamsters was named Daisy, too. She was such fun.

sweet baby hammie

Drive-By Post

Just a quick “Howdi Do” to share a picture, because, OMG, Ponies!!!!1!!11!!

I finished, I took it off the stretcher bars, I took it outside. Swoon, drool, faint, I am so excited! It needs to be blocked, but it’s completed! Woo-Hoo!!

Bargello Symphony, AKA Mystery #8 by Loretta Spears
Stitched as recommended

OK, now what? 😉

Another Christmas

Come and gone. Sigh.

Welcome to my tidy blog. My sister recently visited my blog and told me it’s quite tidy. So, thanks for that, Sissy M! Um, I think. Hope. Accept. I yam who I yam.

I had a wonderful Christmas, and hope you did, as well. It was a small, quiet affair, just me, the husband and the boy. December was filled with Christmas stitching and fun.

 Stitched by me, for me

One piece I stitched for myself was Atalie’s Decembre 2007 biscornu. I finished it fairly early in December, but I was waiting for the ornament from Wendy and didn’t get around to posting a picture. I like the teeny beads in the same color as the tree’s ornaments on the seam. I originally planned to cover some wooden beads with the red beads and attach them to the top “corners.” I didn’t bc I decided the shape wasn’t quite right. My first attempt was a bit of a disaster. If I’d thought they would work, I would have kept trying until I was satisfied. I admit I’m sort of glad I didn’t like it, haha.

Decembre 2007 Biscornu by Atalie 12.10

Decembre 2007 biscornu, designed by Martine Viard Ligier  of Atalie.
Stitched on 32-ct Little Boy Blue linen w provided silk fibers.

I also stitched myself an ornament from the 1998 JCS Ornament issue. The plan was to finish before the Night Before Christmas, but I came down with a HumBug. It wasn’t the kind where you don’t have Christmas spirit, but the one where you are sick. I was so fatigued. At one point I sat down to stitch the girl’s hair, and only got in two stitches before I stopped. I snapped to several minutes later. I’d been staring into space, about to doze off. It was after Christmas before I managed to finish. I’m not sure if I’ll finish it as an ornament or a flat fold. We’ll see what inspiration I get.

Night Before Christmas 12.10

This was a lot of fun to stitch. The dark blue night wasn’t even tedious. No, really! It took forever, but I didn’t mind. I’ve admired this for so long. I feel so lucky to have it! I’m so goofy. 😉

Night Before Christmas by Birds of a Feather as appeared in JCS Ornament issue, 1998.
Stitched on 32-ct Shell linen instead of Raw linen and with recommended fibers except the following substitutions: GAST Soot instead of WDW Charcoal, GAST Mistletoe instead of WDW Emerald, WDW Peach Fuzz for WDW Mexicali,DMC 4240 for WDW Navy, CC Lettuce Leaf for WDW Aqua, and WDW White Lightning in Santa’s beard and WDW Icicle for GAST Oatmeal.

Here’s a snippet of my lovely stitchy Christmas:

In addition to the pieces I stitched for myself, you can see my stitchy gifts and the card Wendy made me for our exchange. The pink fabric is the nearly impossible to find 24-ct congress cloth in rose. Had I known “rose” meant pink, I don’t think I would have been so nervous about getting the “just right” fabric (canvas). The husband was told that congress cloth isn’t made anymore, as it’s too fine for needlepoint. He managed to find a supply about 40 miles from home at Homestead Needlearts. Apparently, Theresa is rolling in congress cloth. She had to check to make sure she had a big enough piece of rose, but she was enthusiastic when she said she has congress cloth. Hooray! and Huzzah! for the husband. Now I can begin Bargello Symphony. I’m excited and a bit nervous. You can see I also got two Shepherd’s Bush kits–the new Merry Be pincushion and the Take Joy kit, along with the box that Take Joy is designed to go in. The box is hinged. The way it’s painted, I thought it was metal. It’s not. 😀 I also got a gift certificate from The Rocking Horse, my favorite LNS. That’s it on top of the congress cloth–they slip the certificate into a giant die-cut flos bobbin wound with different colors of yarn. How fun!

The other stitched piece you see is a gift from my dear friend, Jay. She stitched this for her mother many years ago. It’s Christiana Campbell’s in Williamsburg, VA. Jay told me her mother loved the tavern, especially the oyster stew and huge checkerboard napkins. I’ve only been to Williamsburg once, and never visited the tavern. If I make it to Williamsburg again, I’ll make a point of visiting Christiana Campbell’s. Jay has been slowly parting with her late mother’s things, and thought I would appreciate the gift. She was right. Thank you, Jay.

In the interest of full-disclosure, and too keep a reminder for myself, I share a picture of my bead-covered bead misstep.

I need to get my goals for next year organized. If I should refrain from posting until after the New Year, please have yourself a safe and festive New Year. I hope to see you next year. Happy stitching. 🙂

Bee Charmer

I didn’t realize it had been so long since I’d posted.  I was busy in a happy stitching spot, which is the best place to be. 🙂

I’ve been busy on a BAP.  I expect to post a WIP picture in a couple of days.  Meanwhile, I also stitched Bee Charmer, a biscornu kit by Indigo Rose.

Finished stitching, 07.31.10

Bee Charmer 07.31.10

This is the best representation of the fabric.

Put together, 08.09.10

Bee Charmer 08.10

Bee Charmer collage 08.10

The instructions say to make tassels out of all the colors of leftover floss. I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t care for it in the model picture. And besides, I had a HUGE frogging event, which left me without enough floss in the corner color (Caron Waterlilies Steel). So I used it to stitch a corner motif on the bottom. In the original kit, the bottom is an unstitched piece of linen.  *horrors!*

I originally planned to make tassels out of one of the other colors, but I would have had to go to the LNS.  I always love an excuse to go to the LNS.  I got impatient, it was Sunday, and it just so happened I had some Mill Hill beads that matched the glass beads that were supposed to be part of the tassel.  I’m really happy with it.   

Bee Charmer biscornu kit.
Designed by Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose.
Stitched with included supplies. Embellished with included beads plus Mill Hill Beads #275.

Happy Stitching! 🙂

Project Stitchway

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I’ve watched a few of the Science Channel’s new program, Through the Wormhole .  The last episode I watched was about how our universe began.  There were these two physicists that theorize that there are infinite parallel universes, and when they bump into each other every few billion years, it creates a new big bang over and over again, since before our universe and will continue to do so waaaay after our universe.  This means there is another dimension beyond the ten that string theorists like Erik Verlinde maintain there are, for a total of eleven.  Hoo-boy.  I can barely manage four.  Oh, and then there was the guy that playfully suggested we’re all Sims. 

What I learned from the show
1. Physics maeks my brayn hert.
2. Physicists’ brains must produce natural hallucinogens.
3. I prefer my parallel universes fictional and stable.

Parallel universe
In one of these fictional parallel universes, I’m sure stitching is more popular than knitting.  So popular, in fact, that there’s a Project Runway clone reality show about stitching…Project Stitchway.  Actually, it probably has a better title, because the parallel stitchers/TV producers are more clever than me.  I can’t imagine any universe where I would audition for a reality show, for a variety of reasons which all boil down to one: I shun the limelight.   Oh, and there’s the fact that when it comes to making my own choices for stitchy projects, I’m slow to make decisions.  The fan blogs would be quick to pick up that I’m too much in my own head.  If there was an incredible fluke and I was cast in a stitchy TV competition show in said parallel universe, and one of the projects was my current one (with the challenge being modify a top designer’s freebie, say), the outcome would have been completely different from what happened.  I would never have had the time to meander through my imagination searching for “just right.”  I would have gone with my first choice, shown below (at least mostly), and crossed my fingers not to be “frogged.”  😉

After selecting four shades of gray, this is what I chose.  I thought it was a good choice for Blackbird Designs’ Souvenir de France, as I modified it to celebrate the Tour de France.  The daily leader/winner of the race is awarded a bright yellow jersey each day–the maillot jaune (French for yellow jersey, heh), or if you’re a hip, cycling American, the Mellow Johnny.  The gray is for the road.  Mile after mile after mile.  Oh, wait, it’s in Europe.  Kilometer after kilometer after kilometer.

Back to the real world
I was excited about stitching this while watching the Tour.  I showed the husband the pattern, fabric and floss before I started.  That’s when a simple idea took a lot of detours, including a dead end.  Oh, did he get excited!  He had ideas–and requests.  Even though I showed him the yellow fabric and told him why I’d chosen it, he wanted the motifs to reflect the jersey colors of the different competitions.  I thought that was a great idea.  Yellow on yellow didn’t appeal to me, but I was married to the yellow fabric idea.  He actually wanted a bike in each color.  Oy.  Getting a bike pattern wasn’t easy.  It had to be stitched over one.  And he expected me to stitch a polka-dot bike?  Stitch it yourself, Mr. Big Idea. 😛 

The dead end.  For my first attempt I found 36-ct Buttercream.  I was happily stitching one over two.  It wasn’t until I’d stitched a fair bit of the design that it occured to me that just because a skein of white fabric shows up nicely on a piece of fabric, it doesn’t mean that one ply will stand out, too. 

Back to the beginning, Vizzini! 
It took me a long time to make a new fabric choice.  What size fabric?  What color?  Should I switch my floss choices for different shades?  I ended up keeping all of my floss choices, and chose 32-ct. Rue Green, which is green like my 1994 Camry was green…meaning not so much.  Oh, sure, in the right light, when you squint, and do a quick-take, maybe green will come to mind.  Whatever the fabric is called, I’m very happy with my choice.

Vitals: Souvenir de France freebie, designed by Barb Adams of Blackbird Designs.
Stitched two over two on Rue Green linen. 
Fibers used: DMC–4045, 4075; GAST–Tin Roof; WDW–Icicle, Romance

The first edition of The Tour de France was held in 1903.  The yellow star is for the yellow jersey awarded to the overall winner.  The green cross is for the sprinting competition.  The pink and white is for the “king of the mountains”–that jersey really has red polka-dots, but it looks pink on TV and I liked the Romance floss.  The half-star is for the best young rider, cyclists 25 and under. 

The next challenge.  I knew from the start I wanted to make this a flat fold finish.  I spent an hour in the fabric store trying to choose the fabric.  Here are two choices that very nearly made it.  I think either choice would have been OK, but neither one felt right.  This is what I mean when I say I’m too much in my own head.  Every choice is important.  I don’t know how designers do it.  I just don’t.

Next on the agenda: Find the patience and time to finish this in the next week or so.

Happy Flag Day

I was hit by the must-stitch-NOW bug this weekend.

Liberty Pincushion

What I need now is to catch the must-finish-NOW bug. 

Liberty Pincushion by The Stitching Parlor, designed by Clara L Blaylock
Stitched on 28-ct gingham linen using suggest Crescent Colours fibers.  Substituted CC Toasted Marshmallow for eagle’s stripes and stars.

Happy Flag Day, and happy stitching. 🙂

Spring Needle-Keep

I love Lori Markovic.  I mean, who doesn’t?  (If you don’t, I can’t hear you, la-la-la–la-d-da!)

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Some day (maybe soon!), this will be a lovely needle-keep and scissor fob.  I bought this kit a couple of years ago.  Look at that butterfly!  I didn’t try to resist.  I only worked on it when I needed to wait for my son, so progress was very slow.  I finally decided I wanted to finish it and worked on it more often, at home rather than, er, “abroad.”  Unfortunately I lost a bit of floss, most likely when it was a traveling piece.  The kit uses Vikki Clayton silks, but Lori used her own names to describe the colors in the kit.  I emailed Lori to ask her the name of my missing color so I could replace it.  Lori graciously offered to send me replacement floss to ensure I had the same dyelot.  I didn’t ask for, or expect, this kindness.  I am grateful, and if she had a web home, I would try to become her #1 stalker.  I know I would have a lot of competition, but I would give folks a run for their money!  😉

I goofed on the scissor fob.  It was supposed to be stitched with the dark gray on the inside, the brick red color on the outside.  Oops.  No need to frog that.   The back of the fob, the stitching on the right, isn’t part of the design.  I knew I wanted my initial, but the one I chose would have been too big if I stitched it over 2, and was too small over one–it left the back side of the fob looking very bare.   I couldn’t match the inner corner motifs from the front on the back, because I would have run into the monogram.  I’m pleased with my solution–using part of the middle motif.  You can see my inspiration in the bottom center of the needle-keep dark gray stitching.  I’m pleased, especially because it didn’t take me hours of worry and indecision to find a satisfactory solution to my dilemma.  I made it work.  <–outs myself as a Project Runway fan.

Vitals: Spring Needle-Keep, a kit by La-D-Da.  Stitched with 35-ct WDW linen and Hand-Dyed Fibers silk, as provided in kit.  Initial on fob by Blackbird Designs, from the Joyeux Noel sampler in their Joyeux Noel book.

Valentine’s Day Blackwork

I finished Valentine’s Day Blackwork before Valentine’s Day. I have no idea how I’m going to finish-finish it yet. I bought it from Monique’s Etsy shop last year and planned to stitch it this year. And I did! Yay, me!  I used the DMC conversion rather than the Crescent Colors threads.  I’d planned to stitch it that way last year, but this year, that’s what the budget called for, so again, yay!  This is my favorite of her blackwork designs, and not just because the colors speak to me.  It’s the hearts, too. 🙂

Gee, you think I like these colors?  I wish I’d put my keyring in there, too.  I have a monkey key cap on my house key that’s the same color as my phone skin.  I was going to put my bag for stitching-on-the-go in the photo, but the watermelon solid didn’t mesh properly, and I thought the starburst design would overwhelm the design.

Vitals: Valentine’s Day Blackwork by My Mark.  Stitched 2 over 2 on Baby Lotion linen using DMC threads. 
Changes: I added a french knot to the center of one motif, altered two other motifs that weren’t charted symmetrically and stitched “be mine” one over one instead of backstitching.  It’s a little squishy up there, and I could have        re-stitched it for a better fit, but I didn’t want to.

Here’s Hero right before he jumped over the stitching.  Yeah, he’s a hero, alright.  Hero to all pesky kitties everywhere!  Seriously, he’s a brat.  I’ll show you what I mean some time soon.  He’s a very affectionate kitten, we adore him.  You can see my stitchy bag in the upper right corner of the photo to see what I mean about the watermelon pink shade.

Monique asked in her blog if we’d seen anything new in the Nashville Previews that we like or need. Most definitely, Monique!  Here’s a sampling of the things I’m dying for already:

Emiliana Sewing Case by Praiseworthy stitches.  Bargello.  Pink and green. *sigh*

GPA Blue Romance Sewing Set & Purse. No, it’s not pink.  But it could be.  It’s lusciously romantic without needing to be pink.  This was the first design I saw that made me swoon this market season.

Rose Quaker by Stickideen von der Wiehenburg.  I suppose I could do any old quaker with a similar colorway, but this is lover-ly.

Second tier, or pretty things I’m always going to like, but don’t occupy my thoughts like the items above.

Hearts Afire needleminder by Kelmscott.  I like her needleminders best of all.

Happy Heart by AAN.  Hearts.  Paisleys.  Yeah, I like this.  Her designs tend to be bigger than I expect, though, so I’m not likely to stitch this.  Sure do like it.

French Alphabet & Motif Sampler by Samplers Remembered.  This has the same mood as Joyeaux Noel by Blackbird Designs.  I love both of them, but I don’t think I’ll ever stitch either.  I won’t say never, though. 😉

That’s enough.  There are always many more designs I love that are released at Nashville.  Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings  and Cherished Stitches’ Blue Floral Tin, just to name two.   I love that tin, but it’s too far outside my budget to do more than drool.

How about you?  Have you seen any previews you’re anxiously awaiting?  Are you in a romantic mood like me, or are you feeling more whimsical or primitive or…something else?

How 2010 began

I finished Missing You.  I meant to stitch this for the husband, seeing as how we’re not together, but he thinks it’s ugly.   Apparently the endearing sentiment doesn’t overcome its offensiveness.  Toad.  No matter, I love the bird and the sentiment, so I stitched it, and that means he’ll be seeing a lot of it when I’m not missing him, so there! 😉

When I first saw this pattern, I thought the black floss was actually an eggplant color.  I was disappointed it wasn’t, but determined to stitch it as I envisioned it.  I thought it would be cool to stitch it on a lavender sort of fabric, but I couldn’t satisfy myself.  I decided to use a more neutral color, which ended up satisfying me most.  I toyed with abandoning the project altogether, but it called to me.  There’s still something “off” about it, I’m not sure what.  It may, ironically, be the purple floss, or my sensitivity to the husband’s opinion, or maybe its being stitched one over two.  I can’t put my finger on it.  Maybe when I’ve gotten it framed, I’ll feel more right about the whole thing.  I still love it, in spite of the nagging doubt.

Anyway, here she is:

Missing You 01.10

Vitals: Missing You by Prairie Moon
Stitched one over two on 40-ct Vintage Light Exemplar linen
Fibers used: Crescent Colours Colonial Copper, GAST simply shaker Gingersnap, WDW Mulberry, Pecan, Rum Raisin and Whiskey.

How 2009 ended

I didn’t manage to share the last bits of stitchy accomplishments at the end of last year, so I decided to do it today. Just a couple of quick pics~~

Pineapple Fob by It's Fine-ally Finished 11.09

I finally finished my Pineapple Scissor Fob by It’s Fine-ally Finished. heh.  I trimmed the silk ribbon “leaves” a bit short, alas, but I still adore it.  I’m glad I’ve finished it. 🙂
Vitals: Stitched on 32-ct. Sandstone linen using recommended fibers and ribbon.

Sometimes I’ve liked a pattern so much I’ve bought duplicates.  *blush*  The following picture is one of those patterns.  It was all good, though, as I stitched it twice, once for my step-daughter and once for myself.  I’m planning to eventually finish them as a flat fold and a pinkeep/ornament thingy.

Give Thanks 11.09

Vitals: Give Thanks by Elizabeth’s Designs.
Stitched on 28-ct. Wheaten linen using included fibers and charm.

I suppose I could have scanned each piece to show the slight variations in results that happen when using overdyed floss, but I didn’t feel like it.  I don’t think you feel like you’ve missed out. 

I has a helper


Yes, I’m a LOLCat minion.  I frequently “has” things, and only know the standard greeting to be spelled, “hai.”

Here is what basement cat helped me finish this week:

Harvest Pumpkin 11.09

I had tension issues with this design, and I have a ridge of orange near the yellow.  Oh, well.  The kit comes with the round frame, so maybe I’ll even frame it this weekend or before Thanksgiving, at least. 🙂

Harvest Pumpkin, exclusive kit by The Rocking Horse.  Stitched with supplied materials.

Happy stitching!

Back to school

I lost my blogging mojo this summer.  It was a wonderful summer, visiting the husband for two solid months.  Long-distance relationships are hard and lonely.  Thank goodness for Skype.   Today is the boy’s first day in a new school.  We’re very excited about this school and hope it’s a positive change.   Back to a routine that hopefully includes stitching and blogging.

I didn’t get much stitching done while we were gone.  The light was bad in the husband’s apartment, and I didn’t want to buy a stronger lamp for the place.  Then what excuse would I have?

Here’s what I managed to stitch:

Jingle! Biscornu 07.09
Jingle! Biscornu by Just Nan.

Pineapple Fob 07.09
Pineapple Fob by It’s Fine-ally Finished

And of course,
Glory Scissor Fob 07.09
Glory Fob by Shepherd’s Bush


elizabethan stitching accessories cushion 425

elizabethan fob 250Elizabethan Stitching Accessories by Talledo Designs.

I screwed up with my counting for the pincushion. I want to make it a mattress cushion, and thought it would be lovely to have the bargello side border. However, I counted terribly, and it’s too short. The worst part is that I don’t have enough of the silk left to stitch another border. I’ll have to stew about what to do for a while. *sob* 😦

After I got home, I stitched this (very slowly):

live love laugh wip 08 09 425

Live, Laugh, Love by La-D-Da

I’ve abandoned this. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with it, I just don’t love it. Surprising, when you consider how much trouble I went through to get this. I visited three stores before I found it. First store hadn’t received it yet, second store had no idea what I was talking about (!), and finally in Las Vegas (thank you, Stitcher’s Paradise!) I got the last copy. And now, I don’t love it. 😦 I’m not loving the green at all. OK, I’m not even liking it. It’s the third shade I’ve tried. I love the brown (CC Belle Soie Espresso). Love it. I like the pink (Watercolors Cherry). I thought I would love it, but I only like it. The green, not so much. I tried. I really did. It’s just not working.

I’m going back to other projects. I received my new fabric for CHS’ Shores of Hawk Run Hollow, and put about twenty stitches in. And I have other wips, not to mention smalls that need finishing. Enough to keep me busy without driving myself crazy.

Happy Stitching!  It’s good to “see” y’all again.

Visiting the LNS

For framing!

Strawberry Garden 06.09

She said it will be done within a week!  While I was stitching, my brain kept telling me a bee needed to be on the lower left flower, so I cooperated.  The bee didn’t want to be there.  I was surprised, since nectar is found in flowers, but who am I to argue with a bee?  Into the fluffy leaves she went.  I’m quite pleased to have her make her home in my Strawberry Garden.

strawberry garden bee charm close

Close-up of the bee.  The picture quality is poor; I snapped them at night.  It’s been cloudy here for many days.

Strawberry Garden by Blackbird Designs, Loose Feathers #18
Stitched on 32-ct. Magnolia linen by Lakeside Linens using recommended fibers, except for letters “T” and “M.”  I used GAST Grecian Gold instead of Crescent Colors Fool’s Gold.  The chart has two “I’s.”  I stitched the second as an “L” to make a complete alphabet.  I changed the bottom border to make it symmetrical.  I also added a bee charm.  Specialty stitches used: eyelet, smyrna cross, buttonhole, lazy daisy.

Just like starting over

Dandelion Clock

I stitched this for my son last year.  A friend asked me to stitch it for her daughter, too.  I finished this last night.  I hadn’t been stitching a lot in the last month.  I had a lot of busy days, and didn’t have time for stitching, plus I was having fabric woes and was frustrated.  I decided to begin this project.


I finally received fabric for Prairie Moon’s Missing You.  I like it so much.  I ironed it tonight.  I’m not sure I’ll restart it immediately.  I sort of feel like stitching Blackbird Designs’ Strawberry Garden.   I guess I’ll decide when I start stitching next…


Happy Stitching!