I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Rotation Revisited

It's been a while since my last rotation update, but I've been busily stitching away during these last few weeks.  Larger projects take more time to show any real progress, and everything takes longer to complete than one thinks.  Let's get to the photos:

First up is Long Dog Samplers' Dawn Chorus.  Here is where I left off in June:

And this is where it's at now:

Here's a close-up of some of the birds:

I love the dog standing in the "O"...

I've still been plugging away at my hardanger table topper, Cindy Valentine's Pristine.  Before-and-after photos just don't work with this project, so I'll give you some photos of what I've been up to with this BAP:

Woven bars...

 ...woven bars...

...and more woven bars.
But the good news is
that once I finish the woven bars,
whenever that will be,
then "all" I have left is the hemstitching!
I have some real momentum going here,
and the project is humming right along.

Finally, here is where I left
Carriage House Samplings' Frederika
in July:

And here she is now:
All finished!
Stitching the border took
way longer than I anticipated.

Here's a close-up:
As you can see, lots of stitches
and color changes.
I'm very happy she's done.
The colors are perfect for autumn.


I took her in to be framed
the day before yesterday.
I got a call late yesterday that
she was ready for pick-up.
Norm (my 91-year-old flying finger framing guy)
helped me pick out the frame, too.
And I just love it!

Here's a close-up.
I actually said "No, this isn't my type,"
when he pulled the frame.
Then I put it next to the piece.
I clearly need to think outside of my little box more often!

My next challenge will be
making a label (and sewing it on)
to a quilt that I've entered
into my quilt guild's show,
which is being held in nine days.
It's a requirement.
Just one little label for one little quilt.
(The quilt was finished a couple of years ago.)

I wonder if they'd reject my quilt
if I brought it in without a fabric label?
I may find out.

And Debbie Rowley's Angles.
It's been screaming at me all summer.
That's my ANG chapter's challenge piece:
finish it by the deadline and you get a tote bag;
miss the deadline and you
pay $10 to the Chapter's treasury.
Wanna see how far I've gotten?

But my deadline for this piece
is June 2016, so I guess
I should do the quilt label first.

That's it from here.
Enjoy your September,
and thanks so much for dropping by!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Three Starts and Two Finishes

Happy Tuesday!  Hope August has been treating you well, with a little time to stitch, too.

Here are my new starts that have kept me occupied for the past month or so.  First, there's Catherine Theron's Winter Strawberries, an EGA chapter project.

This is the photo of (hopefully) how it will look once it's finished.  There is the main piece which is a needleroll, a pincushion, plus a cute little scissor fob.

Here's my start.  The green background for the word Scissors is stitched in "petit point" over one on 32-count linen.  The instructions were to do it in tent stitch, but you can see the telltale slanted pattern in the overdyed floss that says "basketweave."  I've actually added a couple more rows of strawberries since this photo was taken, but you get the picture.

I started and finished this next project.  The hardanger heart is attached to the metal tin using double-sided tape found in almost any craft store.  This may look familiar to some of you--I stitched one of these last year, but it went to live elsewhere.  This one is mine, I entered it in the local county fair and...

...won second place!  I was gobsmacked because I truly was not expecting any kind of a ribbon.  Believe me, the winning entry was much larger and more intricate than this little piece.  This was a freebie designed by Roz Watnemo that was given out at the last Nordic Needle retreat.  For more Fair results, check out the Flying Fingers Plus blog.

Finally, I started Count Twice by Plum Street Samplers. 

And it's finished, too!  I added the scissors and spools of thread on either end to give the piece a little more width, since the plan was to have it finished as a drum pinkeep by my GF Averyclaire. 

  I love, love, love the way this turned out!

That's it from here.
Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Rotation Review

Hey Blog Buddies,

How has July been going for you?  Hope you all have had a chance to enjoy the summer (or winter) weather.

I've been stitching, but not so much on my regular rotation lately.  I do have some progress to share, though, so get ready!

First, there is Carriage House Samplings' Frederika.  Here she was last month:

And here she is now:

I cropped out the little zigzag at the bottom left because I didn't like the way it looked in the photo, but I certainly didn't rip it out.  It's my modest start on the border, which is a solidly stitched 12 rows all around.  That's "all" I have left to go on this piece.

Next up (surprise!) is Cindy Valentine Designs' Pristine.  Here's where I was last month:

And here it is now:

It was sunnier out this time!  It's really hard to notice, but I filled the two remaining large border triangles with eyelets, and I completed all the cutting for the woven bars.  Not counting the hemstitched border, which will be done last, all I have left to do is weave the woven bars...  hundreds of woven bars.  The good news is that I actually like doing woven bars, there are just so many of them.

Here is a close-up so you can maybe see the difference between the woven and non-woven bars for those of you not familiar with hardanger.  The woven ones are skinnier!  I estimate that as of today I have the bars on the inside of the perimeter about half done--not too bad.  I finally have a little momentum going on this piece!

This is better!  That other photo was difficult for even me to make out, and I know what I'm looking for!  But looking at this close-up, that one section of the satin stitch looks wonky, doesn't it?  And don't pretend you don't know what I'm talking about!   (I'll have to look into that...sigh)

Last but not least, I finished Jennifer Riefenberg's Carrots.  Here's where I was last month:

And here it is, all finished:
I think this piece is really cute, and I'm glad that I stitched it, but lemme tellya there was simply too much laying going on for this #5-pearl-cotton lover!  The entire piece was done in cotton floss and silk floss.  True, the wacky carrot tops didn't have to be laid exactly, but they had to be shaped and couched.  The lighter green was DMC Memory Floss and the darker green was a slightly flat Kreinik braid--not a ribbon, two threads I had never worked with before.  That was fun...

But it is hanging in my kitchen now, and I get to ogle it every time I sit down to eat! 

If all this looks like a lot to you guys, keep in mind it's been over five weeks since my last rotation update!

That's it from here.  Stay tuned because I have several new starts to show you.  I know some of my friends are shaking their heads, but it's not like I haven't been finishing stuff, now is it?

Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The End of an Era

Yesterday I heard via the grapevine (Internet) that Prairie Schooler will be retiring at the end of this year.  Say it ain't so!  Their folky Americana designs are hugely popular with thousands of stitchers, including me.

Here is my first Prairie Schooler piece:

Booklet No. 4
The Bremen Town Musicians
Stitched in 1989

You don't look at it and think
"Oh, that's an '80's piece."
It's classic.
It's been hanging on one wall or another
all of these years,
and I love it just as much today
as I did then.
And that's saying something. 

I'm selfishly sad that they are retiring,
but wish them a long and happy,
well-deserved retirement.
And I'm glad, too,
because I have enough PS charts in my stash
to provide me with years of stitching bliss.

What's your favorite PS chart?
Or can you pick just one?

Thanks for visiting!