Friday, February 15, 2019

Carriage House Samplings Wild Roses

I’m shocked.  I have another finish and it’s only February 15th.  I started this piece last October.  It’s the second time I’ve stitched this design.  The first time, I stitched it for a friend and personalized it with her family’s initials and birthdates.  I loved the color of the linen and the threads and knew that I had to stitch it for myself.  Here it is:

The linen is 40ct Golden Promise and I think it is from Silkweaver.  The fibers are DMC (except for the black; I like to use Anchor black).  I personalized this in remembrance of my mother’s family.  Fischer was my grandmother’s maiden name; Nikosch was my grandfather’s name.  The first letter of their first names can be found at the top left and right.  Then down the left and right sides of the sampler are the initials for their ten children.  My mom’s initials are bottom right since she was the baby of the family.  I can’t wait to get this piece framed.

Check out this awesome find that I purchased on Etsy.  I just happened to do a random search and this finished piece popped up for a sweet price.  It is beautifully stitched Hardanger doily on Hardanger fabric.  I love the lacy edge!  I’m sure it was an estate sale find; the seller was here in Minnesota.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Something Different

I’ve been itching to do some crocheting!  I learned how to crochet when I was very young - maybe 10 or 11 years old.  My mother and her sisters and a few neighbor ladies used to get together every Monday night.  They called themselves “The Crochet Club”.  My brothers and I liked it when they got together because they had the best desserts and we always got to enjoy some!

Last fall, I had grand plans that I was going to teach myself how to knit.  I bought some needles and some Sugar and Cream cotton yarn to make dishcloths.  Never followed through, but I still had the yarn and figured I could crochet washcloths!  Found a simple pattern online and voila!  I’ve crocheted three of them already.  It takes me about an hour to crochet one.  It’s really quite relaxing and much easier on tired eyes.

Happy that tomorrow is Friday.  Winter has finally come to Minnesota.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

This Poor Neglected Blog...and a FinIsh

When was the last time you heard that from me?  Yes, I have a finish! A F-I-N-I-S-H!

I started this last month when I was on the weekend retreat at the Ranch.  And voila, it’s done!

The design is from Prairie Schooler and it is called January.  Stitched on Picture This Plus 36ct Fog with DMC.

It feels good.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Retreat Day 2

Every morning we start with a delicious breakfast.  The bacon is to die for.  Yesterday we had french toast.

I focused on Wild Roses from Carriage House Samplings yesterday.  All I have left is the personalization.

Today I will be working on a Prairie Schooler piece that I started during Friday night’s “starty party”. The fun ends at noon.  :(

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Prairie Schooler Christmas Samplers

This is challenge piece #4...Christmas Samplers from Prairie Schooler.  I’m participating in the #Stitch9Challenge with a group of stitchers on Instagram.  The goal is to try to finish nine pieces by the end of the year.

I’ve really been getting a lot of stitching done this weekend.  I’ll come back later with an update for you.  It’s a cold morning in Wisconsin.  Not much snow on the ground.  The bacon is cooking and we’ll be eating breakfast soon.  Then I will settle into my chair for the day.

Friday, January 18, 2019

On Retreat

Today’s stitching progress...

Satsuma Street’s 12 Days of Christmas.  I stitched “My True Love” and outlined the last row of boxes.

This is going back in the bag now...