Tuesday, June 27, 2017

WIP Parade Part Two

And then there's this Longaberger basket with partially stitched needlework projects!

The first design in tonight's parade is Alphabet Blocks from Carriage House Samplings.

I really thought i was further along on this one. The linen is from Lakeside and I'm pretty sure its 36ct. I'm stitching with two threads. If i were starting this today, I would be stitching it with one thread. This has been a WIP for a long time.

Next up is Never Let You Go from Heartstring Samplery.

I'm stitching on 40 ct Vintage Country Mocha. This is the second time I've started this one (had to change the linen)!

Number three - Sojourner Sampler from Heart's Ease Examplar Workes.

Now, this is sad. I was the ring leader for this project that our guild worked on last year (or was it 2015?). I really need to start working on this again. I love this sampler!

I love a good party. Jumped right on the parrot bandwagon when this sampler was popular on Facebook a couple years ago. This is the Snooty Parrots sampler from Barbara Ana.

Beautiful linen, beautiful silks. I need to pick this one up again!

Bringing up the rear in tonight's parade is the Four Seasons Band Sampler by Sally Hesketh. This was published in Just Cross Stitch a few years ago.

I love this one too! Need to resume stitching on it!

Summer flowers are starting to bloom in our neck of the woods. Aren't they pretty?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

WIP Parade

This blog has been neglected....poor blog.

Lately, several flosstubers have been filming WIP parades in which they share all of their current WIPs (Works in Progress). It's been great fun seeing the various designs everyone has been working on, their fabric and fiber choices, etc. I thought I might do something similar on this here blog. It might take several nights. Are you ready? Put your seat belt on.

Tonight's group of WIPs come to you from the trusty trolley cart. These are projects that I am currently rotating through (some more than others!)

#1 Village of Hawk Run Hollow - Carriage House Samplings

This is being stitched on 40 ct. Vintage Buttercream with DMC, one over two. When I started this in January, the plan was to stitch one block each month. When, at the end of February, I was just finishing the first block, I decided to adjust my plans and stitch one block every two months. We are now at the end of June and here is my progress thus far. I guess we should now call this the twelve year plan...

#2 12 Days of Christmas from Satsuma Street

I am stitching this on 40ct Navy Bean using DMC threads, one over two. I actually started this one last December and figured if I stitched one block per month I could have this ready for Christmas 2017. Good thing I haven't dated it yet!

#3 Blue Band Sampler from iStitch Designs

Don't adjust your monitor. Yes, it's the BLUE band sampler, but you know how much I love the color RED! I was caught up through Week 9 and Week 10 was just released last Friday so I am not too far behind. Stitched over one on 28ct banding with Threadworx variegated thread.

#4 Strawberry Needlecase from Catherine Theron

There is so little left to stitch on this one, I should really finish the stitching and get this one assembled. It matches the biscornu that I finished at the end of May.

#5 Peace, Love and Purpose from Plum Street Designs

This is a club piece from the Country Sampler. I absolutely love it. I've just been distracted!

#6 Lily of the Valley from Blackbird Designs

This was our class piece at Stitchville's Spring Fling in April. I have a reputation for sometimes changing my linen. It's supposed to be stitched on 32ct Veldt from Picture this Plus (top right). I felt like some of the thread colors were lost on the linen. I started over on 32 ct Vintage Sand Dune from Lakeside Linen. Thoughts? All that's left to be stitched is my initial and then I can call this done.

That's it from my trusty trolley cart. Tomorrow we'll check out another group of WIPs.

I'm going to leave you with some pictures from my garden. Some of the summer flowers are starting to bloom!

Sunday, June 04, 2017

A Tale of Three Stitchers

I have had quite a fun week of finishing. At the beginning of the week I thought I would be able to completely empty the finishing pile. That was an unrealistic goal! There are still quite a number of projects there that require finishing, but with that said, I accomplished quite a lot this past week.

You might remember the strawberry biscornu (the matching scissor fob Hornbook was finished months ago).

Then came the Gathering for Winter Etui....

And the spools....

I also finished another small Hornbook fob from Catherine Theron. This one is called the Wee Floral Hornbook fob.

And now, about the title of this post....

Several weeks ago I made an eBay purchase. I purchased a partially stitched project which included the Longaberger basket for a design from Hillside Samplings called Work of Thy Hands. The package arrived and the basket was in perfect condition. The fabric liner and the plastic liners were included.

More importantly, the stitching was meticulously done. The project was about two thirds complete. The original stitcher had done a beautiful job.

Enter stitcher #2...my good friend Chris loves to stitch. She does not have to have the finished project, she just loves to do it. She finished the stitching for me. She said it didn't take very long. She also did a beautiful job.

Enter stitcher #3...that's me. This weekend, I lovingly finished the basket band and all of the smalls. It turned out beautifully!

I'm looking forward to spending more time with my finishing basket very soon!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Finishing Frenzy

It took three days, but I finally finished all the pieces. Here she is...Gathering for Winter by Betsy Morgan. The cylinder shaped Etui opens up and all of the smalls can be stored inside. It was challenging to get the cylinder cut to the exact size needed.

Do you see the wood shaped acorn that's attached to the cording?

I also finished these two spools from Milady's Needle. I'm still debating whether or not I want to add the pincushion to the top of the rabbit one.

I have more projects to finish, but right now, all I want to do is stitch!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Time for an Update

Sometimes I just don't feel like blogging. Most of the time I'd rather be stitching. The Mad Tatter was kind of irritated this weekend; she said her favorite bloggers weren't blogging lately. I think that was a subtle message for me to post an update. What do you think?

If you watch Flosstube then I'm sure you know that everyone has a dough bowl. I was recently gifted a dough bowl. I'm working on projects to fill my dough bowl. Here's one that just needs to be finished:

This delightful stitch was designed by Heartstring Samplery.

I thought it might look nice with this design from Blackbird Designs called Darling Buds of May. Sadly, it also needs to be finished!

Since I spent most of Saturday and Sunday working in the yard planting vegetables and flowers, I designated today as a finishing today. I did get a few things finished, but it always takes longer than you think it's going to take.

First project finished is this sweet little strawberry biscornu from Catherine Theron. I had finished the Hornbook scissor fob last year. I still have to finish the matching needlebook.

Then I worked on finishing the smalls for a class piece from Betsy Morgan called Gathering for Winter. The pincushion was finished in class. Today I finished the scissors sheath and fob. Here are photos of the front and back:

I finished off my day with a little more stitching. I recently purchased the pattern for the Blue Sampler Band from iStitch Designs. The designer releases a section of the chart each week. I was quite behind. I'm now caught up through Week 4. Two more weeks to catch up and then I'll be ready for Week 7 which will be released on Friday!

I hope to have more finishes to share with you later in the week! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Happy Day

After a long week of being out of town for work, I spent today doing something that makes me happy. Our local needlework guild hosted Jackie du Plessis this weekend.

Today and tomorrow morning we are working on Fair Maiden. Before lunch today, we made thread waxers with some beautiful buttons that Jackie supplied.

The beautiful ribbon that Jackie selected wasn't the width she had in mind, so we are joining two narrow pieces of similar ribbon on either side of the slightly wider ribbon. We're joining the ribbon through the picots on the sides.

Looking forward to learning more tomorrow!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to the Mad Tatter!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Spring is Here!

I visited the Mad Tatter today; her yard is blooming. Her crabapple tree in the front was packed with blossoms.

These are her favorite Virginia Bluebells. If I'm not mistaken, these plants have been growing on the side of the house for more than 50 years!

She also has a small wildflower bed; these plants have been here for more than 50 years too. The Trillium isn't quite blooming yet.

So glad that Spring is finally here!

I'm close to finishing With My Needle from Goode Huswife.

I just have to stitch her face and her arms. The thread color doesn't seem quite right though; I'm worried she will look like a ghost! Will check at Stitchville next weekend for other options.

The weekend is almost over. Sigh.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Some Gifts

It's always good getting together with our Indy stitching friends. Spending the weekend with them is always a treat. We figured out over the weekend that we've been traveling to Indy since 2013 to take stitching classes with them. Some of them have traveled to Minnesota too.

I received some stitching gifts while I was in Indy. The guild had drawings for door prizes each day. I won a door prize on the first day of the class. This plastic stitch starter is from Blue Ribbon Designs. The case was made using Blackbird Designs fabric. See the cute bag it was wrapped in?

Sue gifted me one of her handmade scissors fobs. It has a swan charm at the end and it's made with pink crystals. This fob will match the Tulip Tray, a project from Sherri Jones which we took in Indy a few years ago. Thanks Sue!

Molly gifted me this sweet wool pincushion. She also sent a box of chocolates for the Mad Tatter. She is always so thoughtful!

Chris made several of these barrel pincushions using designs from Betsy Morgan that were published recently in Inspirations Magazine. I loved this one with the apples and the apple blossoms.

We did visit the local needlework/quilt shop in Noblesville, IN called Always in Stitches. I found a great piece of linen (not pictured), a fat quarter of some bee fabric, and this seam ripper tool that Vonna talks about.

Lots of fun and friendship. More tomorrow!