Sunday, November 12, 2017

What's Next?

The holiday season is pretty much here and we're starting to get ready for it.  In the meantime, I've had some stitching progress to share with you.

First up is my finish of Block1 of Autumn of Hawk Run Hollow.  It's a pretty dense stitch but went so fast!
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Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow by Kathy Barrick
Called for fabric - 40 count
DMC

I also finished And Heaven and Nature Sing.  It went pretty quickly too.  
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And Heaven and Nature Sing by Kathy Barrick
40 Count Vintage Pecan Butter
Called for NPI

I started this Blackbird Designs stocking at my EGA stitch day yesterday and finished it up today.  I stitched one of the deers twice and the toe twice.  Once for a color error and the other for a placement error.  Hoping to get this fully finished at some point!
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Deer in the Meadow
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called for overdyed cotton

I also pull out this ornament from Little House Needleworks and finished up the beaded edge (which was about half done) and stuffed it.  It's ready for the tree!
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Winter Sheep by Little House Needleworks
Called for Fabric
DMC
Button Omitted

I have no idea what to stitch next.  Nothing is calling my name at all so I'm going to stitch the black border for block #2 for Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow before putting it away for a bit.  Maybe something will come to me!  Maybe a new start?

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Organization, Some Time Away, and Two New Starts

So hard to believe that October is over and the holidays are just around the corner!  This month, Greg and I escaped to the Smoky Mountains for a week away along with dear friends.  It was just what we needed.  She is a stitcher too and we both started Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow with the goal of getting that top block done.  I was able to finish mine, she decided she didn't like her linen so she worked on other projects.  It was a great week!
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Since we've been home, I've made good progress on And Heaven and Nature Sing.  It's been a fun stitch.  I thought stitching all the brown on the deer would be a slog-fest but it went rather quickly.  I should be finishing this soon.  
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Before we left, I worked on organizing my DMC.  Thanks to a $.02 skein sale at WalMart and Greg making friends with a WalMart associate I was covered in unorganized DMC.  Since I wanted to share the loot with my friend who lives in a very rural area, I had to figure out what I had.  I decided to use those Ikea boxes I bought some time ago.  I cut a PO cardboard box to make a center divider.
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I cut smaller pieces to use as organizational tabs inside.
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I ended up with 4 very full boxes.  Very full.  These photos were early on in the process.  After these pics my husbands connection at WalMart texted him to say she had even more $.02 DMC.   I was able to share quite a bit with my friend and I sent some to someone in New Zealand where DMC is $1.69 a skein!  I can't imagine!  I plan on buying two more boxes when our Ikea opens up and then the DMC organization should be done.  No plans to organize any of the rest of it yet!  
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It's all logged into the XStitch app along with all my charts, fabric, and other threads except for what I bought while on vacation and have not put away as yet.  I love being able to easily see what I have and need at a glance!  Getting everything in there went much quicker than I thought.  

Tomorrow is Halloween and then we are full on in the holiday season.  I'm hoping to find some calm days with my needles during all of the busy-ness.  I hope that you can too and that all your stitches are happy ones!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

More Finishes?

I've pulled out a project started long, long, ago when I was a fairly new stitcher.  Teresa and I traveled to The Attic Needlework in January 2011 for A Primitive Gathering and this was one of the projects from Linda of Chessie and Me.  The project is called Needlebook of Stitches.  We assembled the cover in class and made the cording.  We did a little bit of stitching as well.
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The inside is really a sampler of stitches.
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The linen is stitched onto wool.
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The back cover has some cording with which a pair of scissors can be tied.  The front cover can be used to store spare needles.  When I got home, I finished almost all the stitching except for some of the nunn stitches on the border of the "pages".  This finished really quickly when I pulled it out and realized I was pretty close to a finish.  It's not my best work but it's a project that reflects my journey as a stitcher and I'm very ok with that!
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Today, I actually turned on the sewing machine and used it!  I made a grime guard using the tutorial from The Left Handed Stitcher.  Here is also a great tutorial from Tonya at Tonya Stitches if you only have a fat quarter of fabric.  I've learned a couple of things to improve on my next time around but for now, this is good.  You can also see my new start - Heaven and Nature Sing from Kathy Barrick.  This has been fun to stitch.  I'm using NPI and 40 count Lakeside Linen Vintage Pecan Butter.
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Last week and the end of the week before was all about Hurricane Irma and prep and then cleanup.  We are high and dry/not in an evacuation zone so we stayed.  It was a 5 days of prep/waiting and then several days of cleanup.  I was outwardly fairly calm but I had a headache for 5 days.  Here is a video from the hospital where my son works.  The entire city has felt the impacts in one way or another.   I've heard from many of you checking to see if we are ok.  I so much appreciate that!   

Hoping you have plenty of time with needle and thread this week and wishing you happy stitches!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Finishes!

I'm so happy to share a few stitching finishes with you!  It's rare that I have a finish.  Oddly enough, I finished both of the samplers on my son's birthday - August 7th.  Both are SAL's with my EGA Guild.  The Amy Mitten project was our 2016 SAL and this year we have a Brenda Keyes/The Sampler Company SAL going.

This is the Amy Mitten project.  The Scottish Sampler.  This piece has chenille couched just underneath the house (the dark and light green).  It's not fun to work with in that capacity.  I'm glad to have this done.   It gave me problems as a linen thread disappeared somewhere.  Jill helped me out with the problems that ended up presenting in the house but the rest of it just landed where it landed.  I wasn't going to stress over it since almost the entire sampler was stitched at that point.
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The Scottish Sampler/Amy Mitten
32 Count Lakeside Linen Pearled Barley
Amy Mitten's Hand Dyed Silks
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This is County House Sampler from Brenda Keyes.  I first noticed this when Tonya Brockmeyer of The Scarlett House posted her sampler on Facebook.  I asked what it was and she told me and said it was one of her favorite stitches of all times.  The linen color here is off.  I would have never stitched a sampler on this natural/raw linen but I saw it stitched on it at Stitch and Frame shop and just fell in love with it.
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Country House Sampler
Brenda Keys/The Sampler Company
40 Count Zweigart Raw Natural Linen
NPI conversion from Joe shared by Margaret the Sampler Lover

The color is more true in this picture.
This isn't a reproduction so I stitched my name in a blatant attempt to guilt my sons into keeping this when I'm gone. Ha!  Who knows, it might work!  :)
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I also signed up for a Shining Needle Society for Barbara Jackson's Springtime Eggs.  I finished the first one right away but I haven't shared it here.  The 2nd one is in progress but has not been getting any attention lately.
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I've spent the weekend organizing my stitching "stuff" because I could not find something I had been trying to find.  Still haven't found it but I'm confident I could find anything else stitching related if I was looking for it!

I hope you're having a great weekend and that all your stitches are happy ones! 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Country House Sampler and a Puppy!

I've been away from my blog but never intended it to be this long.  Tonight I decided to just check my camera on my phone and if I had pics, to post based on those pics.  I knew I'd been putting it off because I hadn't taken the time to take pictures of everything I wanted to photograph.  Sound familiar?  So here we go...

I've been working here and there on Country House Sampler by Brenda Keyes/The Sampler Company.  This is the first time I've used this raw Zweigart linen and I have to say I'm enjoying it!  Love, love, love the trees on this one and the red in the border.  It's been a lot of fun!  It's 40 count and I've got about 2 12 inch strands of one of the threads left.  I sent out a 911 via email and I have another skein on the way.  I was very good and didn't order anything else.
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One of the reasons I've been away was that in May our puppy Murphy, fractured the growth plate in his leg.  We were able to avoid surgery, however, he was casted and needed weekly visits to an orthopedic vet for monitoring, x-rays etc to be sure surgery was avoidable.  
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6 weeks later, his cast was removed and he was released from the ortho vet. The next day he was neutered and needed two weeks of additional limited activity.  Last Thursday, he got his stitches out and now he's free to be a puppy again.  To celebrate, we purchased a pool for him.   It took him a while but eventually he was splashing around and trying to catch the splashes with his mouth.  He's 7 months old now and has lost his puppy belly and puppy wiggle.
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That's a very brief update on things here.  I hope you all are having a great summer.  Wishing you lots of happy stitches!