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Sweet Betsy!

I finished Betsy yesterday.  Now I’m waiting for my LNS to call and tell me my order is in (Elizabeth’s Designs Bumble Bee) so I can bring her and the Dandelion Clock to be framed.  I hope they hurry.  I’m dying to look at the JCS Christmas Ornament Issue!  Here’s Betsy:

Betsy 09.08

Betsy by Sheepish Designs
Stitched one over two on 36-ct Sand linen with NPI Silks. 
Modifications: Stitched “1776” for date instead of this year, and used darker red for the red bird on the tree instead of the medium red as charted.


Here’s the tiny bit I stitched yesterday.  Six small hills for six sheepies to graze upon.  Please note the circled bit with giant arrows pointing to it.

I ask you: how long do you suppose it took me to stitch that particular hill?  No, I’m a slow stitcher, remember?  Guess again.  Yeah, you’d think so, wouldn’t you?  I’d expect “not too terribly long, T, fer cryin’ out loud it’s not a lot of stitches,” too.  But if that was your guess, you’re WRONG.  I wasn’t just visited by a frog last night.  No.  Last night, I qualified for this:

You know, I don’t have one particular formula for stitching.  Sometimes I’ll stitch all the same color in an area, sometimes I take the easy most accurate way, and stitch the design according to what’s closest to what I’ve just stitched.  It’s all about following whims.  For instance, in my last wip photo, it appears that I completed each color as I went.  It’s a carefully staged illusion.  I didn’t permit myself to take a wip pic until I completed each color used for Betsy, but it wasn’t stitched in a color-by-color order. 

I wanted to stitch the hills and the tree leaves all at once.  It would have been much easier to stitch each hill one row at a time, or one hill at a time, row by row.  But I wanted to stitch all of the hills first and then the cute little sheep.  I very carefully counted the placement for the middle hill on the right.  I counted more than once (three or four times, to tell the truth) before stitching the hill.  That hill was perfectly placed!  Unfortunately, I used the bottom middle hill to orient the middle right hill instead of the bottom right hill.  I left the misplaced hill in the wrong place to ensure I didn’t screw up again make the same mistake twice.  I was very careful with my counting the second time and was pleased to see that I had stitched the hill in the proper place. 🙂

Now it was time to frog the original, misplaced hill.  I carefully snipped the front.  I turned it around and snipped the back.  I pulled the stitches out.  I pulled of stray fuzz and turned the piece around to check for fuzz on the front.  There was none.  There was also no newly stitched hill!!  I had frogged it, too!  Ahem.  As I said:

I stitched that baby for a third time.  Third time’s the charm and all that, yeah, yeah.  It was so aggravating.  I needed to finish all six hills before I put the piece away for the day, to be sure I didn’t do something like that again before I was done.  I hope, I hope, I hope I’ve put that bit of foolishness behind me, and can finish the piece without pulling out any more hair, or spending too much time sitting in a corner sporting my new hat. 😉

Stop laughing!  I know you’ve done things like that, too.  Confess!


Sarah Elliot’s Sewing Chest by Primitive Traditions.  It costs a bundle ($180), but it comes with the chest and scrimshaw bookmark and a brass ruler and a whale charm and a button and felt and finishing instructions, and it’s lovely, simply lovely, and right now I can see it on a shelf under Shores of Hawk Run Hollow.  My birthday is in November…Christmas not long after.  If I send the link now, the husband can start saving. ;o)

Look at that checkerboard sea!  This picture is from ABC Stitch Therapy, second on the page as of today.  And it’s on the Silver Needle site with more pictures that make you swoon and drool and reach for the smelling salts.  Damn the Silver Needle for tempting me so!

Desiderata finis

The completed sampler.  It got a little cut off on the bottom, but I ain’t scanning again! lol  I took so many fruitless photos.  This is plenty good for me. 😮 

Desiderata designed by Catherine Strickler of Indigo Rose
Stitched on 32-ct Antique White linen using recommended silks.
Minor changes in spacing of text and wording to reflect copyrighted version

Here’s my webshots link, in case you see a broken picture.  I’m having a devil of a time today.  The picture shows up in the editor, then disappears. 

Desiderata Monday, pt. 42

I finished the bottom band, and did the cutting.  I’ve learned that the cutting part of hardanger is meant to be done by hand.  I did part of it on the scroll rods, and part of it half on and half off the rods–with the bottom part of the sampler off the rods and the rest on.  That was not a good idea.  oops.  Oh, well.  I believe I can fix my boo-boos, which are easy to spot (shaggy ends, cut threads that shouldn’t be cut, like that).  I just need to find a quiet, patient frame of mind.  Next Monday, perhaps?  I’m taking a breather right now.

I think I’m going to add beads to my acorns, too.  I saw it on someone else’s wip photo in Webshots and really liked it.  If I decide I don’t like it, after all, no big deal.  Especially after my hardanger adventure, yes? 🙂


Be Cheerful.

I am!  I finished the text on Desiderata yesterday.  And, and, I touched bottom!  Yes, I have reached the last band.  I stayed up late watching true crime shows just to do it.  My heart was pounding with excitement when I began the Kloster band, I kid you not.  It was really hard to put it away today, but I have that dragon I want to finish before the end of time, so I can’t get distracted by Desiderata Tuesday, Wednesday, etc.  I’ll have to rely on other distractions in my dragon-procrastinating efforts.  OK, first, the unexciting close-up of the initial Kloster baby steps:


Now the squeeful progress picture!


You know what next week is: Kloster Block City!  I’m looking forward to it like I looked forward to concerts back in the day. 😀

Sham, drudgery and broken dishes

Dreams.  Whatever.  Cleaning dishes is drudge work, they’re never really *done,* plus it sucks when your dishes break, and your perfect set is suddenly lacking.  I know.  I’m livin’ the dream.  I miss that bowl.  *sob*  Enough of my babbling, on with the pics!


Star close-up:


I think the gold diagonal lines in the full-size pic look lumpier than in the close-up.  On second thought, maybe it’s just me.

Gilding the Watermelon

Two posts in one day?  Well, I’m feeling impatient, you see.  Plus I want to demonstrate the incredible quickness of my LNS.  They are having a framing sale this month.  I took my watermelon sampler in for framing on Monday morning.  I had to wait in line behind three women getting projects framed.  One of them was very indecisive about her matting choices, and took quite awhile.  It’s a popular sale, is my point.  They called me this afternoon to let me know my project is complete.  Today!  Less than 48 hrs.  There are so many bagged orders behind the counter, I can’t tell you.  Yes, I love them.  Service is their specialty. 

Still, I wasn’t happy with my frame choice.  I chose a plain, white frame, and I was having second thoughts.  Maybe I should have gotten something more frilly?  Something yellow?  Maybe I should call them?  They beat me to it.  So much for that plan.  I wish I’d taken a before picture, but as I mentioned, I’m feeling impatient.  Trust me, white, even shabby off-white was wrong.  I wasn’t happy with my frame, and I had to decide what to do.  I was leaning toward taking it back and changing out the frame when I remembered I had some gold cream paint.  I decided it wouldn’t hurt anything to smear it on the frame, since I wasn’t keeping it framed the way it was, anyway.  And, yay, the cheap, impatient solution is a workable solution!  Lookee–

watermelon sampler framed 02.08

The picture’s a little washed out.  The dark green in the watermelon and the top mat are more dark green, emeraldy, than foresty.  But you get the idea.  I’m so glad it works. *clap, clap*  🙂

The boy, bless his heart, says he thinks it looks like the frame came that way.  He’s a dear.  One more reason to celebrate. 🙂  Now to gaze upon my watermelon and chant, “Summer will be here soon, summer will be here soon.”

Queen of procrastination

I stitched this piece in 2000.  It was my first attempt at hardanger, and I was proud of my work.  I lost the locket that came with the kit.  After a lot of searching, I found a close-enough replacement.  I had to use a cream paint called Treasure Gold by Plaid to get it to be gold, and not silver.  Then it took me for forever to get the picture into the frame and the frame stitched onto the sampler.  First, I didn’t have a scanner, and I wasn’t quite sure about going to a photographer for a teeny print.  Then I thought it would be hard for me to get the photo the right size.  It was.  It took me a long time, like I thought it would.  It wasn’t as terrible a thing to do as I anticipated (is it ever???).  I’m not happy with my printer’s photo printing, but it’s a tiny picture, so it’s passable. 

I hung it up in the kitchen.  Wonder how long it will take the men to notice it?

jd birth sampler 9.07

Kit by Lorri Birmingham.  Stitched using supplied banding and fibers.  Only the frame has been replaced.  After I finished stitching the kit, I discovered I had the chart in one of the Treasures in Needlework magazines I own.  I don’t know offhand which one.