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





Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Leap Year List - May Report

Hey Blog Buddies,

We had a very cold and gloomy end to April, but the sun's out now so May seems promising.  I missed most of that gloom because we were out of town last week; the weather where we were staying was nicer--more on that in another post.  I took four projects with me for stitching in the evening.  Ha, ha, what was I thinking?  I got a little bit of stitching in on the trip (Autumn Logs), but not much.

On to the list...

First up we have the afore-mentioned Autumn Logs 
by Needle Delights Originals

Here's where I was last month.

And this month.  So close--the border stitches up quickly.

Here's Dawn Chorus by Long Dog Samplers, as of last month.

Here's this month's progress.  The end is in sight!
But there's still a lot left to stitch.

We met this fellow last month:
Tanja Berlin's blackwork horse.

I did get the stitching started!
Tanja's model is all black,
but I'm turning my guy into a bay.


Last but not least, I finally started this piece.

That barn took a while to build!
I'm stitching this on 25-count
wedgewood blue lugana, one over one.

That's it from here.
They (Google) rolled out their new
photo site replacing Picasa recently,
and this was my first attempt at using it.
I'm sure it can do many things
of which I'm not aware,
but I must have figured out the basics,
since my photos showed up in this post!

 Thanks, as always, for visiting!

Friday, April 15, 2016

April, Come She Will

...from the Sounds of Silence album by Simon and Garfunkel.  A lot of my projects seem to remind me of songs.  Does that ever happen to you?

Anyway, I have a finish to show you today!

This is one of two designs from Prairie Schooler Book 152
entitled (are you ready?) April.

It was finished into a beautiful flatfold by

Here is a better view of the lovely material
that she used for the back of the piece.

And now for something completely different...

I do knit from time to time.
This project is called Slopes Scarf
and the pattern is available on Ravelry.
It's not quite finished--
I made sure that the needle didn't 
make it into the photo.
Unfortunately, I don't remember
the brand/color of the yarn.
It's a Merino wool and it's
self-striping.

And here's something I'm really excited about...

Wha-a-at?

I ordered some antique white, 32-count,
Monika evenweave from Tanja Berlin,
and it came this week.
Its measurements are 18 x 70.
I don't think I'll need all of the 70,
so I might have some left over for smaller projects.
For those that are interested in this fabric,
Tanja sells it in either a half-yard or a yard,
and the width is always 70 inches,
which was perfect for me
because I intend to use this on the
Prairie Schooler alphabet.
I plan on stitching it all
on this one piece of fabric,
3 letters across and 9 down.
There is an extra pattern in the Y-Z booklet
which comes to an even 27.

Friends that know me personally
are well aware that I'm very eager to start
this piece.  However, I'm going to
try to show some restraint
and wait until Dawn Chorus is finished
before I start.
We'll see if that happens.

That's it from here.
Have a wonderful weekend.
The weather is supposed to 
be gorgeous in the Chicago area--finally.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Leap Year List - April Report

Hey Blog Buddies,

The calendar says it's Spring, but the weather here has been really crazy.  It certainly isn't unheard of for it to snow here in April, but on Saturday we had sleet, horizontal snow, graupel (tiny hail-like pellets) and bright sunshine in a constant rotation about every 10 minutes.  And let's not forget about the high wind that lasted all day long.  Yesterday, the temp hit 70 degrees and now it's snowing lightly again.  Spring in Chicago.

On to the stitching...

Last month I posted this photo of
Rosewood Manor's A Tree by Itself.
I know I posted a photo of the finish
a couple of weeks ago, but...

here it is all framed and hanging on my wall.
(Yes, I do still have some wall space left.)

From last month, Carriage House Samplings'
The Song They Sang.

Yes, another framed finish!


Here is last month's photo of 
Needle Delights Originals' Autumn Logs.

Here it is now.
That brown thing in the lower left corner
is the beginning of the border.

We haven't seen any progress on this one all year.
This is Long Dog Samplers' Dawn Chorus.

Here it is now.
There is the obvious progress,
and the progress that you can't see.
I ripped and restitched all of the black in the middle tree
because my tension was too tight and
too much white was showing.
That was my big roadblock on this one.
It's still not perfect, but it's a big improvement.
This piece is now back on track!

I know a lot of stitchers just love to start new projects,
but I am not one of them.
I think about it, and procrastinate.
I've been trying to talk myself into starting
my blackwork horse for a long time.
I've got the nasty part done.

I traced the outline onto tissue paper,
and basted it onto the fabric.

Then I ripped the tissue paper off.
You may notice that in the process of
removing the paper, some of the basting stitches
have stretched and sagged.
This is normal.

But then I started reading the instructions
(what a concept!)
and realized that there was a chart!
I didn't have a chart in my package.
So I contacted the designer (Tanja Berlin)
via email and received a PDF chart
the very next morning.
Now I'm thinking that I should just cut
all the red basting out and follow the chart,
because life's too short.
Wish me luck with this one.
Hopefully you'll see some actual stitches
next month.

My EGA chapter hosted a Stitch-in-Public Day
at a local library on Saturday
(the day of the crazy weather).
We had a pretty decent turnout, considering.
Here is a photo of our members' stitching
in the library's display case.
Each item is a different technique.
Next year I will wait until
the glass door is swung open
to take my photos!
(You can click on the photo to make it bigger.)

That's it from here.
Hope your April is going well.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Bird Bird Bird

(B-bird's the word.)  I'm sure those of you of a certain age will remember that classic 1963 tune by The Trashmen.  It's so bad, it's good.

Anyway, I have three birds to show you today.  The first is Tanja Berlin's Eastern Bluebird which you've already seen, but here is the finish-finish, expertly executed by my friend Averyclaire.  



As you can see, she finished it as a flat fold.
I just love it!

And here is another, completely different,
bluebird with leaves...
This is one of Charley Harper's
minimalist birds: "Bluebird."
I thought it needed a minimalist finish
which I tackled myself.
I used the blue fabric for the backing.


And, finally, one day a few weeks ago I
was sorting things out, taking apart some old
framed photos when I came across this
piece that I had been using as the backing for a photo!

I didn't take a "before" photo (I should have).
It was stapled onto a sticky board,
forgotten for so many years.
I'm calling it Vintage Wren
because I have no idea of either the
name of the piece or the designer.
It's probably from the mid-90's
because I haven't worked on aida cloth
since sometime around the turn of this century.
I gave the piece, still mounted, to Averyclaire,
and she transformed it into this darling pillow!

So there you have the three most
recent additions to my bird collection.
(OK, one wasn't quite so recent, but it has new life.)

Just remember,
"Everybody knows that the bird is the word!"

Thanks for dropping by!