Thursday, July 24, 2008

Sunflower House and a small finish

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on the Love Sampler! Its so heartwarming to read what everyone has said. I was so anxious to put my last few stitches on this - I just don't do well with deadlines. We are off to the framer's later today to pick out a frame and get that organized, as well as few other small pieces that have been waiting to be framed and displayed.

Sunflower House update - but I'm not happy with how the colours look in the pictures! Really they are much nicer than how they look here. Yuko has put me to shame with how quickly she is getting through this one! I think she's going leave me far behind and finish ahead of me.

And another little finish - this is Bine's Neighbourhood RR. I love the set-up she chose, with a long row of houses. And doesn't it look sweet!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Love with a Capital L

Happy Dance with me!
I'm done I'm done!!! The wedding sampler for my daughter Carrie is finished and in plenty of time to have it framed and displayed at the wedding reception in September. And isn't it pretty, even if I do say so myself :-D

Now I wish I had kept track of the hours spent on this piece, but I think it would have to be upwards of 200. Whew, that was a lot of stitching. Its done on 40 ct Lambswool linen and used 4 skeins of Gloriana Cranberry silk floss. I love how it turned out, and I love the deep red stitching on the colour of the linen. Its my first large piece done all in one colour and I think that's what helped move the stitching along so quickly. And this is very close to the red that the bridesmaids will be wearing at the wedding, how perfect it all worked out since I started long before the dresses or colours were chosen.

But I have to admit that I am very eager to get back to my regularly scheduled stitching and some of these poor neglected pieces that have been languishing since the engagement was announced. Hmmm, and may be even something new?

Some close-ups!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Sunflower House

I missed getting a picture of my Sunflower House last week, but now here it is, with a little more to see. I finished up the house and 3 of the sunflowers. This seems to be working up quickly!
Be sure to visit Yuko's blog to see her Sunflower House too! Her pictures are much much prettier to see than mine!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New stash and new start

Thank you all so much for your feedback on my Comfort Lady's skirt! I really had some doubts and was thinking about bringing in the frogs on this one. But I guess it does make her unique so the washed out, bleached spattered skirt will remain. The Sisterhood Pattern went in the mail at the post office on Monday and is now adding more miles as she makes her way to Sue's.

And I have added another stitching lady to my collection. New stash came in the mail yesterday:
Little House Needleworks "My Needle's Work" and the 2008 Prairie Schooler Santa kit. This is my first PS Christmas kit, it came with linen and Crescent Colour fibres, I want to start this one NOW!

But I did make a small new start on the weekend:
This is "Sarah's ABC Pincushion" from Blackbird Designs' Thank you Sarah Tobias book. I am using a remnant of something....30 ct R&R linen, in a really cool coffee colour. Its perfect for this yummy Gloriana silk called Autumn Arbor, that Annemarie sent to me. As you can see its attached to her sweet little floss fob that she made! I've been saving this for just the right project :-D

Sorry for the scanned pics...hubby is still away vacationing at the cottage...with the digital camera!

And just another wee treat for your eyes, more stash:
Isn't this beautiful! Its designed after an original 'souvenir' book dated 1895. I'm in love with this but I mean it, I am swearing off big projects....well, for a while anyways.

I'm staying inside in our lovely cool A/C today. The huge thunderstorms that went through yesterday did nothing to break the hot humid weather we are having.
Have a great day!

Friday, July 04, 2008

And the Sisterhood Pattern is off to.....

Here is my lady of the Sisterhood! She's done, and I thoroughly enjoy stitching this lovely piece as my initiation. Hmm, I'm still not quite sure about her skirt. I used most GAST threads in this and the original colour I had picked for the skirt was far too dark against the lettering. So I changed to the only other purple I had ~ GAST Red Plum ~ and well, actually it is quite wonky looking. Be honest now, and tell me what you think! Weird but wonderful anyways?

And I know what you are really waiting for ~ the draw, well not so much, as I used the Random Integer Generator for this....and the winner is: Lovely Sue of Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets! Sue is a beautiful stitcher, an animal lover like me and I am so happy the Sisterhood Pattern will be going to her! Sue, please e-mail your address to me and the chart will be on its way.

Thank you to everyone who wanted to join in on the Sisterhood, I'm sure one day it will be making its way to your door! And Happy 4th of July to my U.S. bloggers!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Last chance for the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern!

Another peek at the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pattern ~ that's right, the eyes are missing. Isn't there just always one floss colour that you are missing!!!! Once the eyes are done and the nose outlined, my lady will be finished!

So last chance to get your name in on the draw. I'll pick a name from random draw generator on Friday morning and then off she goes on her merry travels.

And since I celebrated July 1st (Canada Day) at the cottage, I picked up Blackbird Designs Sunflower House again, this time around to start a SAL with Yuko. Its a funny looking house at the moment, as I'm just painting it in all the GAST Butternut Squash.
Lucky, lucky hubby is off for 2 weeks vacation and I guess I'm having a mini sort of vacation as I'm on my own....Nick is staying with hubby this week and Kristy is off to camp as a counsellor in training.

Thanks for stopping by!